Beginner’s Guide to Procreate in 2021

Basic comprehensive tutorial, teach you how to use procreate software!  Here is the most comprehensive and detailed analysis for all the problems of Procreate software beginners.

1. How to adjust the brush size and transparency?

The size and transparency of the brush are in the toolbar on the left. Swipe up and down to adjust the size and transparency. The combination of different brushes and transparency has a certain impact on our composition.

The common usage is to draw with line drafts. Its process is like cultivating our mentality. The length and continuity of a line, turning and turning, and the degree of imaginary strength are all related to a person’s state of mind and artistic attainments.

    The glossy surface of the original screen or those normal glass screen protectors for iPad did make this more difficult. The texture of Paperfeel provides more friction and helps better control the Apple Pencil.  

2. How to change the size of the original canvas?

Open the software, create a new canvas and start drawing.

First, choose the canvas size you want to draw at the beginning.

If you want to draw a postcard for yourself, you need to know that its standard sizes are: 148×100MM and 165×102MM. If you want to draw picture books for yourself, the common format size of children’s picture books is 20 karat (about 200X225MM) or 16 karat rectangle (about 210X260MM).

For readers of children’s picture books aged 1 to 3 years old, a 16-size format is more suitable, because the attention and observation ability of children in early childhood is relatively poor. A picture book is 145X110MM in size, which is equivalent to the size of the palm of an adult. The small pictures in picture books need more delicate and concise presentation themes. The size can be determined according to your needs.

If you just want to apply it casually, there are many options in the software. Click the + sign at the top right to select the size and create a new canvas. If there is no suitable canvas, you can also define it yourself.

Secondly, change the canvas.

If you are halfway through the painting and find that you want to change to a larger canvas, how should you copy the existing picture? Simply put, how to change from big to small or from small to big? There is a function of copy canvas in the software, just need to find this function in Image-Copy Canvas and copy it to another artwork.

3. How to quickly draw common lines and shapes?

Straight-line: the pen will not stop until the endpoint and stop briefly, the straight line will be formed automatically, and the direction of the line can be adjusted by dragging without lifting the pen.

Wavy line: first draw a curve, and then modify and adjust through [Select]-[Bend]-[Advanced Network]. If there is an inappropriate one in the middle, you can erase it with an eraser, and then copy and splice it. If you need thicker lines, just adjust the brush to the maximum.

There is a most convenient and quick way to draw graphics. Choose a pen to draw any shape. Don’t leave the interface of the Changan pen tip. The words Edit Shape will automatically appear in the middle of the menu bar. When you click Edit Shape, many optional shapes will appear, which can be adjusted according to actual needs. This method can be used to draw squares, rectangles, circles, ellipses, and polygons.

In addition to stick figures, we sometimes need solid patterns.

Solid circles: If you want to draw many circles at once, the brush method is faster. Just use a brush, and there will be a chapter on brush making. For example, you can open a single-line brush, other brushes without burrs that come with it. Adjust the parameters of the brush, click [General]-[Size Limit]-[Maximum]

Semicircle: first draw a circle, and then drag it to the edge of the canvas, there will be an automatic cropping function, and a semicircle will soon be obtained.

Square, rectangle, triangle: Use the first method to draw the shape, and then quickly fill in the color.

Heart shape: first draw a solid circle, then click [Select]-[Bend]-[Advanced Grid], and then adjust according to the points. If you need multiple hearts, just save the picture and make a brush.

Rounded rectangle: Same as above, first draw a circle or square, then click [Select]-[Bend]-[Advanced Grid], and then adjust according to the points.

4. How to fill color quickly?

The first step is to select the color you like in the small dot (that is, the color palette) on the upper right.

The second step is to press and hold the small dot with the pen and does not leave the screen. Drag it to the position of the pattern you want to color.


A: The filled pattern must be a closed area.

B: Do not leave the screen when dragging.

About color composition:

The colors of the surrounding objects are composed of three colors, red, yellow, and blue. These are also the three primary colors we often say. This is the simplest color. How do complex colors come from? It is through their color mixing. Simply put, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple can see their relationship. Red + yellow = orange, red + blue = purple, yellow + blue = green. This is the relationship between their composite colors, you can synthesize more colors according to your own imagination, and finally form a color wheel.

About color mode:

RGB mode Red, Green, Blue, CMYK represents the four colors used in printing, C represents Cyan (Cyan), M represents Magenta (Magenta), Y represents Yellow (Yellow), K represents Black (Black) if the image is only in The RGB mode is used for display on the computer, so that a wider color gamut can be obtained. If the image needs to be printed or printed, the CMYK mode must be used to ensure that the color of the printed matter is consistent with the design. When we want to start creating a new image, we must first determine the color mode according to the actual use of the image and create a new file.

5. How to make color matching look better?

Drawing on the colors of excellent illustrations, extracting the color wheel, color matching is a process of reconciling and reconciling different hues. If the colors in the color circle are closer, they will be comfortable, and if they are far away, they will have a certain impact. In order to facilitate memory, summarized into three simple principles.

Principle 1: Color is also its own unique emotion

Excellent color matching can play a role in rendering emotions. Warm colors such as red and orange convey feelings of enthusiasm, vitality, and impulsivity, while cool colors such as blue and green give people a sense of stability, rationality, and reliability. Black, Purple can create a mysterious atmosphere, color matching needs to be selected for different emotional needs.

Principle 2: You must know two colors

Here we need to know two colors: interval colors and complementary colors. According to the six-character sequence of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple, the interval color is a color in the middle, red + yellow, orange + green, yellow + blue, green + purple, blue + red. According to the six-character sequence of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple, the complementary colors are two colors in the middle, red + green, orange + blue, yellow + purple… The combination of complementary colors can express a kind of strength, vigor and vitality, and have a strong visual impact Powerful, but also a very modern and stylish collocation. The effect is very good when used properly, and there will be uncoordinated, unpretentious, and unstable effects when used improperly.

Principle 3: Three colors are appropriate

Japanese designers have proposed a golden ratio of color matching, which is 70:25:5, 70% of which is the main color used in a large area, 25% is the auxiliary color, and 5% is the embellishment color. Under normal circumstances, it is recommended that the picture color should not exceed 3 kinds, and 3 kinds refer to 3 kinds of hues, such as deep red and dark red can be regarded as one kind of hue. The fewer colors you use, the better, the fewer colors the more concise the picture, and the more mature your work. The fewer colors, the easier it is to control the picture unless there are special circumstances, such as some festival posters, which require a lively and energetic atmosphere in the picture.

The multi-pictures used for colors appear to be very active. The more colors, the more colors must be allocated in strict accordance with the color matching ratio, otherwise, the picture will be chaotic and the aesthetics will be insufficient. Generally speaking, light colors give people a light feeling, dark colors have a heavy feeling. If the picture wants to give people a sense of visual comfort, it is necessary to pay attention to the balance of light and heavy, and the dark and light colors are distributed as evenly as possible in the picture to avoid “weightlessness” of the picture.

6. How to choose the brush you like and make it?

There are special brushes that are shared or sold by others. The more brushes are not the better. Subscribe to, and we would period share selected brush tools with our fans.

Even if there are more than one hundred and two hundred, you will find that there are only a few commonly used and easy-to-use brushes. Just use the brush you like.

Brushes can be made by yourself. For example, a quick way to make a round brush: click on a single-line brush, and other brushes without burrs are available. Adjust the parameters of the brush, click [General]-[Size Limit]-[Maximum] to increase the value to the maximum.

If you want to make brushes of other shapes, such as square and heart-shaped brushes, the method is as follows: Take the square brush as an example, click on the brush library, click the plus sign, [Select Shape]-[Shape Source-Insert Picture]-[Particle Source -Insert picture] and then adjust the parameters at [General]. You can try to adjust it on the canvas, and adjust the size limit to a suitable one. Remember to give the brush a memorable name. Start drawing after finding the right and favorite brush. The easiest way to start is to imitate beautiful fancy English fonts, which makes it easier to have a sense of accomplishment.

7. Common gestures.

A: Tap with two fingers to undo the current operation. If you hold it still, it will always be undone. In the gallery, you can freely rotate the picture with two fingers, zoom in or out to fit the current screen, and merge layers in the layer area.

B: Three-finger tapping to return to the current operation.

C: Three fingers slide left and right to clear the current layer screen, three fingers slide down to display the copy and paste interface.

D: Tap once with four fingers to hide/show the software operation interface.

8. How to use clip mask well?

A clipping mask is an object that can cover other artwork with its shape. Using a clipping mask can only see the area inside the mask shape. By using the shape of the lower layer to limit the display state of the upper layer, a clip art effect is achieved. In terms of effect, it is to cut the artwork into the shape of a mask. Very interesting masks can often produce some special effects. Clip mask can have the effect of cutout.

9. How to make good use of the perspective function?

There are many different reference lines in the perspective function. It can make our works look neat and beautiful overall. Help to align the various elements and calibrate their positions. When you need to limit the size of a certain part during design, you can use the reference line as an aid, and then the operation is only performed on a specific area. It can be found in [Settings]-[Canvas]-[Painting Guide].

10. How to record the screen of my own work?

The software has its own screen recording function, open the software, and you can find it in [Settings]-[Video]. Click on slow motion recording, after recording, playback in slow motion, and finally export the slow motion video, which will usually be saved to the album. Apple’s own screen recording function can be added to the control center to add the screen recording function. Press the Home button twice You can look down on the record button and click to start recording.

11. How to learn to make beautiful gradient fonts?

Making gradient fonts is very simple, there are three methods for reference.

Method 1: Choose the brush you like and write the words you want to write on the white paper first. Slide the layer of this word to the right to make it transparent. Then directly select the color and paint on the word.

Method 2: First paint large pieces of color on the white paper, and then create a new layer. Choose an eraser with a brush attribute to write words. The gradual color will be painted again, and it will appear following the trajectory of the brush.

Method three: On white paper, paint in large chunks of color, using this area as the background. No need to create a new layer, just use the eraser of the rubber band pen to write the word directly. Writing swash English words is a difficult point, and decorative words are also another difficulty.

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