Procreate is a powerful digital drawing app for creating raster graphics, made especially for iPad and Apple Pencil. Whether you're a professional artist or someone who is exploring digital art for the first time, its impressive range of tools make it one of the leading drawing tools on iOS.
Vectornator is just as powerful, but there’s one major difference—it’s a vector-based tool.
Let’s explore how these two amazing apps can work together.
Comparing Procreate and Vectornator would be like comparing an airplane to a submarine—they're both highly powerful, but they're just used differently. They have one major distinction, however: Vectornator is a vector-based tool, while Procreate is pixel-based.
Vectornator is one of the most intuitive vector graphic tools out there. And because we believe in an efficient workflow, it’s built to work with and support other apps. You can use Procreate and Vectornator together to turn your raster graphics into vectors.
Vectornator is built to integrate seamlessly into your iOS workflow. It supports iCloud Sync, making it possible to sync your documents across all of your different iOS devices with iCloud. This makes it extremely easy to transfer your work between Vectornator and Procreate, and you'll never have to worry about losing your work.
That’s right! You can import your Procreate raster files directly into Vectornator and turn your pixel artwork into beautiful vector graphics. You can use our speedy Auto Trace tool to make a quick sketch, or for more control, you can use the Pen or Pencil Tool to trace over your lines.
In Procreate, you can create detailed digital art that’s made up of pixels. However, raster artwork is fixed to a certain size, and if you zoom in, the lines will become blurred.
In Vectornator, you can import your raster graphics and turn them into customizable vectors shapes. Your art can then be scaled up to any size, all while keeping lines sharp. You can post an image on social media, but it could also be printed as a poster, on a t-shirt, or even a billboard. The possibilities are endless!
Auto Trace works perfectly with black and white sketches made in Procreate. In just a few taps, your raster drawing will become a vector graphic with infinite resolution and the ability to scale up to any size. Perfect for your next lettering project!
Our tools are vector-based. That means you can create digital paintings and graphic designs that can be scaled up or down to any size, all while keeping a crisp, clean aesthetic.
Currently, only iPad users can enjoy Procreate. However, Vectornator is available to download and use on any iOS-supported device. While our iPhone and iPad versions are touch-friendly, the desktop version is perfect for those who prefer working with a drawing tablet, or a keyboard and mouse.
Node Level Precision
Multiple Artboards in One File
With a full split-screen, you can work on two different Vectornator files simultaneously and slide over support for great multi-tasking workflows.
If you don’t know which Auto Trace mode to choose, don’t worry—Vectornator can do it for you! With our CoreML Machine Learning model, our Auto Trace feature will analyze your images and automatically select the “Photography” or “Sketch” mode.
Sketch Mode scans your drawings on paper and turns your pen and pencil lines into editable vector paths. This mode works particularly well with hand-drawn lettering and logos.
If you’re unsure which Auto Trace mode to choose, don’t sweat it—Vectornator does it for you! Thanks to our CoreML Machine Learning model, Auto Trace analyzes your images and automatically selects the “Photography” or “Sketch” mode for you.
Photography Mode will auto-select all the tiny pixels in a raster image and transform them into vector shapes that you can edit and scale to any size.
You'll find all of our powerful vector features that syncronize with Procreate, and you'll also gain access
to our active community of creatives.
All Vectornator users will have access to our Forum, where you’ll find the Art Gallery. This is a place for you to showcase your #madewithvectornator art, and check out what other creatives are making with our software.
There are many great alternatives to Procreate. Below are our top choices, divided into two groups: pixel and vector-based programs. Pixel-based drawing tools are much more common. Here are a few that we recommend:
MediBang Paint,ArtRage, Paint Tool SAI, Infinite Painter, Sketchbook, Tayasui Sketches, Clip Studio Paint, and ArtFlow.
For an alternative vector-based program, we believe Vectornator is the best on the market.
Not so long ago, there weren’t so many options for artists looking for new digital tools. If you weren't using Adobe Photoshop, you probably used Corel Painter.
However, today there are many easy-to-use painting apps designed for Android and Linux operating systems. Here are a few we would recommend:
Paint Tool SAI, Krita, Artrage, ibis Paint X, Infinite Painter, Autodesk Sketchbook, Tayasui Sketches, and ArtFlow are all digital art programs that are available on Microsoft Windows, Linux, or any Android device.
Currently, only iPad users can enjoy Procreate. It is not available on other iOS devices such as iPhone or macOS. However, Vectornator is free to download and use on any iOS-supported device.
Procreate supports all digital images, such as .PNG, .BMP, .JPG, .PSD, and .TIFF.
Vectornator runs on iPadOS 13 & iOS 13 and later or macOS Big Sur or later (Native M1 support).
If you have an older Mac and cannot upgrade to Big Sur, we have the option to download the previous release of Vectornator that you can download on your macOS Catalina too. Download it here ➞