Procreate 5.2 Beta: How to Sign Up Tutorial
Artists are now abuzz on how to sign up for Procreate 5.2 Beta.
It’s easy to know why.
This is because Procreate is a powerful app for digital drawing and painting, and maybe the best out there.
You can create sketches, illustrations up to rich paintings, and of course, some awesome animations too, but is that all this tool offers?
It is a complete art studio that doesn’t require the power of a desktop PC or even a laptop.
That’ s because it’s optimized to run smoothly on most iPads that you can take anywhere with you!
Many already take advantage of the creativity that Procreate 5x offers.
But to answer why you’d want to upgrade to 5.2, it’d be mainly to paint over 3D models using the brushes, and all of the tools that Procreate comes with.
How about we take a look at what you need in terms of hardware to use Procreate 5.2 and what you have to do so you can join the private Beta phase?
In this tutorial, you’ll find everything you need to answer these questions and many more.
So let’s start from scratch without further ado.
What Do You Need to Use Procreate 5.2 Beta?
In a nutshell, the quickest answer to that question would be that an iPad and an Apple pencil are all you need.
But to make sure you can enjoy the latest and greatest, let’s dive in a little deeper than that.
The official website also mentions that you must have iPadOS 14.4 or above.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that older versions won’t work, but it’d be a safe bet to assume that they don’t.
If you’re not sure what version your iPadOS is, go to Settings > General > About, and there you’ll identify which one your iPad is running on.
You can also check if your iPad supports those versions of iPadOS on Apple’s official website to make sure you can use the app.
More information is available here.
To make sure you have automatic updates on, go to Settings > General > Software Update, tap to customize automatic updates there.
Once an update is available, if you leave your iPad charging overnight while connected to Wi-Fi, it’ll be automatically downloaded.
Just before the installation begins, you’ll be notified about it.
As for the Apple pencil, buying the latest would probably be best for compatibility but also usability.
Do note that you can use a wide variety of different pencils (or maybe styluses, should one say) that will work just fine with Procreate.
That includes your very own fingers as well!
How Can You Download the 5.2 Beta Version? (Test Flight)
All Procreate beta versions have launched in the past through an app that’s called TestFlight.
This is an app created specifically for developers to share their beta versions with beta testers.
Testers share their feedback alike back to them.
To download the app, you’ll need to open the Apple store.
Then, write in the search bar the name TestFlight and then press search.
Tap the “Get” button next to TestFlight’s name to start downloading.
Then the install button pops up to start installing the beta testing application.
Once you have possession of Procreate’s link specifically for TestFlight, it will open the app.
Now you have special access to download the 5.2 beta version for Procreate.
The Beta version will be a completely separate app on your iPad from any other version.
Thus, you can have a stable version of Procreate and any future beta releases you get your hands on.
Once you download and install the beta, you can see how many days are left by the developer’s choice.
You can also tap the developer’s email and send feedback about bugs or problems you encounter.
Last but not least, you can launch the beta version of the app itself, of course, and enjoy using it for free.
Usually, you get 90 days to use for free.
But that isn’t always the case because the devs may decide otherwise or set a specific date for the beta phase to end for everyone.
Next, You Need an Account
In case you don’t already have an account for Procreate, you’ll need to sign up for one,.
You can do this from the two following links.
The first link you can go to is Folio.procreate.art/register and create an account by filling in all your info.
Use this link instead of the next one.
You can see if your email is already in use or not.
Check username availability as well, in case the username you’d like to use is already taken.
However, in contrast with the other link down below, you’ll have to fill in your location info as well, which some may not want to do so.
In that case, go to Procreate.art/ipad/beta.
Below where it asks “Got a Procreate account?,” you can tap on the “Make an account” button to create a new one.
There you won’t have to fill in your location.
But you still have to put the rest of your information, agree to the Terms & Conditions, and right after tap on the “Sign up” button.
It’s important not to skip verifying your email, or else you won’t be able to move any further and apply for the beta.
So, head over to your email and check your inbox & spam to make sure you don’t miss it.
For some reason, some reported that they had to click resend.
The verification email arrived immediately right after.
So if you wait and see that no email ever arrived in your inbox, click the resend button.
Check once more.
Then, click the link that’s provided within that email to activate your account.
Now that you have an account, here’s how to sign up for Procreate 5.2 beta.
Sign In & Answer Questions to Join the Private Beta Phase
If you go to the following link Procreate.art/iPad/beta and sign in using your account details, you can apply for the Procreate 5.2.
Note that you need to answer a few questions that Savage Interactive has prepared for you (they’re almost identical to the ones from the 5X beta).
On a quick side note, the developers have mentioned before that only if you’re 16 years old or older, you’re allowed to join in.
Even though they don’t check your age if you’re signing up, it’s still something to keep in mind just in case.
The First Question Is, “Do You Use Accessibility Features in Other Apps/Devices or Experience Difficulties in Procreate Due to A Lack of Accessibility?”
You can choose either yes or no, and most people have ticked the yes option here.
The second question is “Do you use 3D in your creative workflow?”
Here, you can also choose yes or no, and answering yes would probably raise your chances of joining the beta.
Also, if you choose the “yes” option, then a couple more questions will appear right below this one.
The Next Question Is, “What Field Do You Work In?”
The choices are Prop Art, Environment Design, 3D Modeling, Concept Art, Character Design, Texture Art, and Other.
Choose whichever you work with, or if you don’t, just one that feels something you’d love doing.
The Question Right After Is “What 3d Software Do You Use the Most?”
You can choose from the dropdown menu Cinema 4D, Autodesk Maya, Blender, Adobe Substance 3D, ZBrush, Shapr3D, Forger, Nomad Sculpt, or others…
Select the one you use.
But if you don’t know which one to choose, then Blender is one that many artists use, in case this helps.
The last question is “Why do you want to be a part of this beta?”
This is the most crucial one.
So, you’ll need to pay extra attention here if you want to get accepted.
While answering, keep in mind that the developers are after crucial feedback from the beta testers.
This means that they’ll prefer you over others if you promise to report any bugs and other kinds of problems you face while beta testing the application.
Developers also seem to prefer people that already use the previous 5X stable version over others.
This is because you already know your way around and how the application is supposed to work.
Thus, identifying any problems instantly.
Once you’re done, tap the blue button “Apply now >”
You’ll have successfully applied for the private beta.
So, that’s how to sign up for Procreate 5.2 beta.
You Then Receive an Email “Application Received”
The email is a thank you note for all the beta testers and informs you of what follows next.
Since this is a private beta, they’re politely letting you know that only a few will be selected to join in,
This means that you may not get the chance to experience the 5.2 Beta version of Procreate yourself.
In case you’re selected, though, you’ll receive a link that can only be used for the next 48 hours.
Once the time is up, the link won’t be valid anymore and unusable.
If you fail to use your link within the 48-hour time period, your place shall be redistributed to another tester that has signed up.
You’ll have to reapply for the Beta phase once more.
So, keep in mind to check your emails often.
Receiving the next email means you’ve been chosen successfully and that you can proceed to download Procreate 5.2 Private Beta!
The link won’t lead you directly to a file or Apple store either but will launch the TestFlight app and show you something like an invitation for the 5.2 beta.
However, before you continue, make sure you have already installed TestFlight (to do so, follow the instructions mentioned above).
When Is Procreate 5.2 Stable Version Coming Out?
If you look back on the previous stable version release dates, Procreate 5 was released on December 8th of 2019 which was a Sunday.
Procreate 5X was released on September 21st of 2020, which was on a Monday.
Judging by that, it’d make an easy bet to assume that the developers prefer Mondays.
If not a few hours earlier than that.
Though that doesn’t help much with the date since those dates are almost a month and a half apart from each other.
Note that beta apps in Test Flight usually give testers around 90 days to use the app.
This leads to the launch date of the stable version being somewhere around mid-January of 2022.
Are you eager to get your hands on the 5.2 version, or do you maybe not know yet what this specific update offers?
What’s in The 5.2 Update?
The Procreate Devs, Savage interactive, has already announced what to expect in the new update.
There’s been quite a hype about it, actually, but all with good reasons as well.
If you’d like more information about Savage Interactive, their official website’s available here.
Import 3D Models
The most significant change is the ability to import 3D models, which has fascinated many.
Furthermore, you can paint the models using the brushes and tools you’ve already gotten familiar with from Procreate.
The 3D designs can also be previewed through Augmented Reality.
Many have claimed they can’t wait to see because seeing under realistic shadows and lights your models do have a wow factor, as they say!
More Accessibility in the Menus
Another change will be in the menus, promising even greater accessibility from within Procreate 5.2.
That’s why they ask that question first when applying for the beta.
All tools can be found, adjusted, and used easier than before, as Savage interactive claims.
For example, whether you use the compact or the card form, you can see the color palette on both forms, which is excellent news.
Voice Over Integration
In Voice Over integration, you now get to hear each move you do while designing.
In case that’s something you want, just enable the audio feedback.
Some have asked about this feature from the devs in the past.
It’s something essential for their work.
A performance boost was announced too, but that’s not for everyone, it seems.
Owners of the newest releases, the iPad Pro 11″ and iPad Pro 12.9″, pack the latest chip, the M1 chip, with a CPU and GPU, with eight cores each.
The chip itself promises a 50% boost in tasks and an increase in graphics performance of about 40%.
Procreate 5.2 has announced that with the M1 chip, you’ll see a performance boost up to 4 times.
Although one should take that with a grain of salt whenever devs use the words “up to.”
Should You Join the Beta or Wait for The Stable Version?
In a word, the answer is “Both.”
Join the beta to get a good feel of what’s to come.
Experiment with the tools.
Especially if you don’t already own Procreate 5x or earlier versions, give yourself the chance to use an amazingly polished app for literally no cost.
Please wait for the stable version to use it professionally to avoid any app crashes or bugs.
Plus, it’s free to upgrade if you already own Procreate 5 or 5X, which means there is no point in avoiding upgrading.
If you have some even older version of Procreate, you’ll have to buy it for the one-time fee of $9.99 in the United States, exclusively on the App Store.
Final Thoughts, Is Procreate Worth It All?
Suppose you think how much other professional drawing tablets cost, talking about the ones that give you the option to use them on the go.
In that case, it should be a no-brainer simply because you get unbelievable quality and an indeed very polished app for the price of $9.99.
Compared with the latest Wacom Cintiq, which costs $1,199.95, there’s not much to say.
But if one doesn’t own an iPad and aims at the latest and greatest, featuring the M1 chip.
The 11-inch starts at $749, and the 12.9-inch starts at $999.
You get fantastic performance and quality for a lower price, plus the endless different kinds of uses all iPads come with.
That by itself makes buying an iPad still the best solution at the moment.
Although some will argue that as time passes by, a drawing tablet will remain powerful compared to iPads after a set amount of years.
But this is about Procreate and not iPads or drawing tablets.
So, a conclusion to come after reviewing the app, in general, would be that it comes on a par with desktop programs.
Moreover, it packs limitless brush options by customizing them, and can create very high-resolution images.
Sadly beginners usually prefer a less sophisticated app, especially young kids.
Thus, missing out on options like the brush clone or flood filling, among other choices which make Procreate a great app to have and use as a digital artist.
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