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Procreate is award-winning sketching, illustration, and painting app made for iPad users. It is used for digital painting developed and published by Savage Interactive for iPadOS and iOS.

If you want to create your imagination using your skills via illustration, sketching, and painting, then this blog is for you; we will guide you on how to get started in Procreate and how to use this app over your device.

Follow these steps if you want to know how to create attractive and dynamic illustrations and creative designs and paintings:

Selecting a Sample from the Home Screen

Once you start the app, you will see some artwork samples offered by Savage Interactive to show off its recent features. You can easily select any of these samples to launch the files. You can also choose the one to delete your creation.

Creating New Stack

Here is how to create a new stack for your artwork in Procreate:

  • Press and hold down a particular artwork.
  • Then, drag into another artwork until it starts to flash on your screen.
  • Release your finger, and you will see that your artwork now is grouped together into a Stack.

Importing a Photo Directly from the Files App

Here are the steps if you want to import a photo directly from your Files app:

  • First of all, hit the Import option.
  • Choose the desired image there.

Starting a New Project Using Your Camera Roll Photo

Here are the steps to follow if you like to start a new project using Camera Roll photo:

  • First and foremost, hit a Photo.
  • Then, choose the desired image there.

Starting a New Project Canvas

Below are the instructions to guide you on how you can start a New Project Canvas:

  • First and foremost, hit the “+” tab to launch the panel of New Canvas.
  • After that, choose the Preset option there.

Creating a New Custom Canvas

Here is how to create a New Custom Canvas on your device:

  • Press the “+” signed tab to launch the panel of New Canvas.
  • Then, hit the icon of New Canvas to launch the Custom Canvas window.
  • Now, you can easily choose the dimensions in mm, cm, inch, or pixels. The hardware and dimensions determine the number of layers that is available on your project.

Note: If you want to work on a larger project with lots of layers, you may want to consider having a 12.9 inch iPad Pro. It will give you a larger surface area and better hardware specification.

  • You can easily change several things such as Color profile and Settings to Time-Lapse Video Recording if you like to use this feature.

Setting-up Your Stage

Once you have created your Canvas on your device, then use the precious one minute to read all these menu options available at the beginning on the top left edge. Here’s how:

  • Gallery: It takes you to the Gallery menu screen to start a new artwork.
  • Actions: It contains submenus like:
  • Canvas: It helps you to adjust your canvas, enable drawing and animation guides, and import reference photos.
  • Add: It is used to insert photos, texts, copy/cut, and paste.
  • Share: It is used to export your artwork as a source file or an image.
  • Video: It is used to export a Time-lapse recording of your favorite artistic process for every project.
  • Preferences: It provides you a dark or light mode and several user interface options, including pressure-sensitive options and third-party pressure-sensitive stylus options.
  • Adjustments: It has many options sub-menus that will provide a unique class of painting and drawing effects like:
  • Blurring: it will give you several blur effects like Gaussian Motion and related Perspectives.
  • Lighting and Coloring Adjustments: It provides you Brightness, Hue, Saturation, Gradient Map, Curves, and Color Balance.
  • Special Effects: This section helps the users put additional effects like Glitch, Bloom, Liquify, Halftone, Chromatic Aberration, Clone, Sharpen, and Noise.
  • Selection: It enables the users to select a particular area of their artwork to edit and move using several options.
  • Brush Library: It includes several brushing tools like digital pencils, pens, and various brushes that provide an extra layer of uniqueness to the artwork.
  • Eraser: It is used to erase any smudge, brush marks, or strokes on a selected layer.
  • Color/Palettes: You can easily choose your brush color and create or import your color palettes.
  • Smudge: This section allows the users to blur or smudge a particular selected area of your canvas.
  • Move: It will help you to move to a specific area or layer of your artwork.
  • Layers: Here, you can customize or move your layers using different blend modes for each layer in the project.
  • Add: You can easily add photos, files, and text apart from copying and pasting jobs.

Inserting an Image or Text

Follow these instructions if you want to insert your desired text or image into your art:

  • First up, hit the Actions tab.
  • Then, press the Add option there.
  • Select the appropriate option to select your photo, file, and text.
  • Adding a file or photo allows the users to drag and resize it onto the canvas accordingly. Adding texts will bring up several options for editing a particular style of a text. You can also use an on-display keyboard or the paired one to your device.

Inserting Text

Here are the instructions to follow if you want to insert a particular text to your artwork:

  • At the start, hit the Add option by navigating the Actions tab.
  • After that, press the Add Text option there.
  • Enter your desired text and adjust the same using the available options.
  • You can easily change your canvas’s properties by navigating the Canvas submenu if you have decided the one you have selected at the beginning isn’t what you need.

Adding a Drawing Guide

Below are the guidelines to follow if you want to add a drawing guide to your artwork:

  • Get started; choose the Canvas option using the menu “Actions.”
  • Then, toggle on the Drawing Guide option there.
  • You will now see four types of drawing guides: Isometric, Perspective, 2D Grid, Symmetry, etc. You can choose the preferred one.

Editing a Drawing Guide

Follow these steps if you want to edit a drawing guide:

  • First of all, press the option Edit Drawing Guide located under the option Canvas.
  • Then, choose the one from the options: Isometric, Symmetry, 2D Grid, and Perspective.

Removing an Artwork

Here is how to delete artwork on your device:

  • Swipe up the artwork from the right-hand side towards the left.
  • Then, press the Delete option. If you want to organize it better, then you can easily create your folder.

Procreate is one of the preferred drawing and art apps specially designed for iPad. If you also want to use the app, then turn ON your iPad, create a new Stack, import images from the Files app, and start a new project for your artwork. You can easily customize and add several effects.

Source: How to Get Started in Procreate?


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