Procreate App for iPad: Shortcuts & Pro Tips

Learn 18 tricks for using Procreate like a pro.

Over the years, we’ve discovered some awesome Procreate features that we now use everyday. We compiled them in a list to save yourself the trouble of figuring them out on your own. Watch the video and read through the list on this page, and make sure to download the PDF to save for later!

18 Procreate Shortcuts Video Tutorial

Watch the video to see the tricks in action! We’ve also listed them below if you want to jump to a specific tip.

1. DRAW A PERFECT LINE

Draw a line and pause for a second before lifting your stylus to make the line perfectly straight.
Bonus: Tap and hold one finger on the screen before lifting to snap line to 15-degree increments.

2. DRAW PERFECT SHAPES

Draw the outline of an approximate rectangle. Pause and hold until you see the “shape created” alert at the top of the screen. Use “Edit shape” at the top to edit the points.
Bonus: Tap and hold one finger on the screen to make a “perfect” shape (e.g. a square or circle).

3. STABILIZE CURVES AS YOU DRAW

Increase the streamline setting to stabilize curves.
Tap on a brush to open its settings and go to Stroke > Streamline. Adjust the slider up to the right.

4. ERASE WITH TEXTURES

The eraser library is the same as brush library. Erasing with the same texture that you’ve drawn with creates a more natural look.

5. USE CURRENT BRUSH AS ERASER

With the brush selected, tap and hold on the eraser icon until you see “Erase with current brush”.
Bonus: Tap and hold the brush to select same eraser (opposite effect).

6. SMUDGE PAINT AROUND CANVAS

Open the smudge tool (the one that looks like a hand, between the brush and eraser) to move pixels of paint, almost like finger painting. This tool has the same library of textures as your brushes.

7. CHANGE STROKE SIZE MANUALLY AS YOU DRAW

While drawing, use the other hand to adjust the size slider to change the size as you go. The same thing works for the opacity slider.
Note: Many brushes have built-in size and opacity adjustments based on brush speed and pressure that work with the Apple Pencil. So, this tip may work best if you use a stylus that doesn’t have built-in sensitivity.

8. USE SLIDERS WITH PRECISION

While adjusting a slider, drag the stylus farther away from the slider bar to get more precision.

9. QUICKLY RETURN TO PREVIOUS COLOR

Tap and hold the color wheel (top right) to return to the color you most recently had selected. You can also save and delete colors from your Color Palette.

10. CUT/COPY/PASTE SHORTCUT

Swipe 3 fingers down quickly on the screen to open the cut/copy/paste menu.

11. CHANGE INTERFACE LIGHTNESS

Go to Actions > Prefs > Light Interface to toggle between light and dark.

12. DISABLE DRAW WITH TOUCH

Go to Actions > Prefs > Gesture Controls, then General > Disable Touch actions.

13. VIEW TIME WORKED ON A PROJECT

Go to Actions > Canvas > Canvas Information > Tracked Time.

14. VIEW TIME-LAPSE VIDEO OF YOUR PROJECT

Go to Actions > Video > Time-lapse Replay.

15. CONTROL TIME-LAPSE VIDEO PLAYBACK

While Time-lapse replay is playing, drag your finger left and right to view specific parts or “pause” the video. To export the video, go to Actions > Video > Export.

16. CHARGE APPLE PENCIL WITH IPAD PORT

Remove the Apple Pencil cap and plug it directly into the lightning port of the iPad.

17. HIDE ALL LAYERS EXCEPT CURRENT

Open Layers, then tap and hold the checkbox of the layer you want to show. All other layers will be hidden.
Bonus: To bring back the other layers, tap and hold on the checkbox again.

18. TEMPORARILY GROUP LAYERS

Tap one layer to select it. On the second layer you want to select, tap, and drag it to the right. This will create a temporary group, until you select a different layer.


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