The next big update to Procreate, Procreate 5X, adds new filters and adjustments that will be very helpful for those trying to do more in Procreate and less in Photoshop. The update will be available from September 21st.
The new filters include halftone, gradient map, chromatic aberration, glitch effects and more. The iPad Illustrations app has also added a companion reference window, which lets you view your entire canvas or other image on the fly as you work. Overall, this feels less noticeable than the Procreate 5 update (which added Animation Assist, a tool that adds a timeline to the app for looping GIFs and animated videos), but it has some great features to help bridge the gap to the more powerful desktop from Adobe can be closed software.
The updates that could be the most exciting for users are the new filters and how to apply them. Procreate 5X now has pencil filters so you can draw in your filters and adjustments instead of applying them as a whole layer (this is still an option).
The new setting filters are also great. Included are Glitch, which gives you four types of controls, and the Gradient Map, which takes a gradient and applies that to the color values of the image. Procreate has also added Chromatic Aberration, Bloom, and Halftone, which have three styles: full color, screen printing, and newspaper.
With the new palette capture, you can now also create a custom palette and capture an image from your canvas, photo library, or an Adobe ACO or ASE palette.
There's also a new feature called FacePaint that allows you to use your device's camera to paint right on your face in real time, if it's compatible. I have a sixth generation iPad so I couldn't try it, but it looks fun.
The biggest update for me is the reference companion. This is a moving window that you can continue to zoom in while viewing the macro image in real time, or you can load a separate image to use as a reference, which is also extremely useful.
The most exciting thing about this update is how Procreate continues to add features to keep users more and more in the app. While I personally enjoy working with a lot of apps for my art, the process of "exporting to add this one effect that I can only do in this one other app, and then importing again to keep working" can get old quickly and one Disrupt workflow.