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Fundamentals for Lettering in Procreate

Gracia Goldberg, Lettering Artist

Fundamentals for Lettering in Procreate

Gracia Goldberg, Lettering Artist

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14 Lessons (1h 46m)
    • 1. Course Introduction

    • 2. File Setup

    • 3. The Procreate Interface

    • 4. Working with Layers

    • 5. Choosing the Right Brush

    • 6. Gesture Shortcuts

    • 7. Working with Color

    • 8. Importing Assets

    • 9. Grids and Assisted Drawing

    • 10. Using a Clipping Mask

    • 11. Using a Layer Mask

    • 12. Bonus Technique: Overlapping Shadows

    • 13. Adding a Cutout Image

    • 14. Final Touches

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About This Class

The Procreate app for the iPad is a game-changer for the hand lettering industry: drawing your designs directly into a digital format is a huge time saver and makes your design process so much more efficient. But there are a TON of tools and concepts in Procreate that may be completely unfamiliar to you if you've never used design software before, not to mention well-hidden options. And let's face it, you don't have time to read through the Procreate guidebook; you want to get to lettering so you can post your amazing work on Instagram and/or start landing clients!!

This course will walk you step by step through the most important features and tools in Procreate for illustrative lettering work. You'll learn the best ways to create certain design elements right from the start, instead of having to learn these strategies the hard way through months of trial and error. We'll cover:

  • Getting Started in Procreate (file setup, the Procreate interface, and working with layers)
  • Essential Tools in Procreate (brushes, gestures, working with color, importing photos, adding text, and assisted drawing tools)
  • Decoration Techniques (using clipping masks, layer masks, creating realistic cutout images, and adding finishing touches to your lettering and illustration)

And along the way you'll learn all the tips I know from years of experience creating lettering and design work for personal and professional use in Procreate!

To complete this project and follow along in the videos, you'll need two assets: a Procreate brushset and a Procreate color palette. Download these assets to your iPad, and the Importing Assets lesson will teach you how to import them into Procreate and start using them!

BONUS: With this course, you get a FREE Procreate brush sampler set courtesy of Quiver Supply Co! Download the free sampler here, and take a look at Quiver Supply Co's other brushes too!

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Gracia Goldberg

Lettering Artist


Hi, I'm Gracia! I'm a self-taught hand lettering artist with a soft spot for fun, illustrative lettering. I primarily work in Procreate for my lettering, as well as some clean up and refinement in Photoshop and Illustrator. I love learning and trying out new styles of lettering - and with a professional background in instructional design, it's my goal to break down those lettering styles and techniques and make them easy for you to understand and learn as well.

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1. Course Introduction: Welcome to fundamentals for lettering in procreate. This course will cover everything you need to know to get started using the procreate app on the iPad to create beautiful lettering art. So if you're new to lettering, new to procreate or just want to brush up on the basics and build a stronger foundation for your craft, this course is for you. Procreate has been a game changer in the lettering and illustration industry. With this app, you can draw your art directly into a digital format. But with the tools and techniques available to you and procreate, your digital illustration won't lose any of its authenticity or hand drawn feeling. However, a lot of those tools and techniques are a little bit hard to find. Given pro creates minimalist interface. That's where this course comes in. We'll walk through the creation of a complete lettering piece from start to finish, teaching you where to find the different tools and tricks and procreate that you'll use in this project and probably most of your future projects, too. You'll be able to learn from my years of trial and error as a digital lettering artist and no, all the best ways to use procreate for your projects right from the start, Learning the ins and outs of procreate will save you hours of time in your creation process . You don't have to redo your whole piece just because something isn't perfectly centered. You can fix spacing and layout issues quickly and easily, and you can see exactly what colors and textures look best with your peace without having to redo anything over and over. These benefits make a huge difference when you're trying to grow your lettering business and produce high quality, professional level work. The first few videos in this course will cover how to get started in procreate. We'll talk about setting up files for specific purposes like print or digital media, the basics of the procreate interface and what layers are and how they make your creation process incredibly flexible and intricate. Next, we'll dive deeper into the essential tools of procreate. You'll learn how to choose the right brush, the gesture shortcuts that will save you time while you're working and the different ways you can change and work with color in your pieces. Then we'll start working on our final project by importing images and other assets into your procreate app and you'll learn how to use per creates, built in grids and drawing assist tools to help you create perfectly straight lines. Even shapes and mirrored symmetrical designs in the last few videos will finish up the class project by covering tools like layer masks and clipping masks that are usually saved for more advanced tutorials but are actually really simple to use and can make a huge difference when you learn how to use them right from the beginning. At the end of the course, you'll have a finished professional quality lettering composition that integrates lettering with images, textures and some simple decoration techniques. But in addition to this final piece that you can share on social media and used to start building a following as a lettering artist, this course is also going to give you a really strong foundation and procreate. That's crucial if you want to start using this app for high quality paid work. So grab your iPad, an apple pencil download per create and let's jump right in 2. File Setup: Okay, So in this video, we're gonna talk about file set up and procreate. So the first thing we're in a cover is just creating a new canvas and procreate and how you want to set that up. So when you open your procreate up, you'll see your gallery, which, if you're new to procreate, this might look totally empty besides the sample images that they give you. But that will change pretty soon. So to start a new file, you're going to tap on this plus side in the upper right hand corner and you'll be able to choose options for a new canvas. So procreate comes with some preset canvases like the screen size, which is just gonna be the full size of your iPad screen, whatever size you have or square, which is pretty self explanatory. But that one you know, you'll use a lot of your doing instagram posts or something like that. Um, I'll usually use that one. Like I said, if I'm doing an instagram post or just screen size, if I'm doing sketches or something like that, but you might also want to make your own presets. If there's a type of file that you regularly work with. So, for example, I do a lot of commissioned illustrations that I print at eight by 10 11 by 14 inch sizes. So I have presets created for those. Here's my eight by 10 praying my 11 by 14 print. Now, if there's any possibility that you were going to print the work that you create in procreate, I would highly recommend that you go ahead and set your canvas resolution to at least 300 d p I, which is the standard for printing images so that they're not blurry. So let's create a new preset in here, and I'll show you how to do that to create a new preset urine atop this button here in the upper right hand corner of this canvas menu. I'm in Procreate five, by the way. So you're set up might look a little bit different if you haven't updated to procreate five yet. But the basic options are still the same, so you can give your canvas preset and mean by just tapping on the name here, and this one will say is gonna be a five by seven print syllable. Just type that in and then when you want to do is set your dimensions. So these Aaron pixels right now, if I'm working with something for a print, especially since I'm naming it and inches, I want to change that two inches so you can do that just by tapping in one of those field. And then it will bring up this menu where you can select inches down here. It's saying, That's way too large at 2500 inches right now. So we're just gonna change that Teoh match our five by seven size and I want us to be landscape, so the width is gonna be seven. Hi, it's gonna be five and you'll see up here. It's already sat to 300 d p I, which I said was good for print images. And then it's gonna show you hear the maximum layers that you'll get with a canvas of this size. So if you change things around, you'll see that maximum layer number change. So, for example, if this were a bigger file singing 11 by 14 size, you can see that that maximum number of layers went way down because it's a much bigger file, so it kind of depends on your size. And if you're printing it or not, and that will determine how many layers you can have in your if you don't know what layers are, you're not sure what I'm talking about. Don't worry about that. For now. We will cover that in a later video. So the other options you look at on for your preset campus, you can choose a color profile. So in general C. M Y K is gonna be used for print. RGB is gonna be used for digital images. There obviously are more detailed options. You can look out here if you are interested, but I'm just gonna keep a generic C and y que for now. Since again, he said this was gonna be a print campus. So the other options on here are about the time lapse. So procreate automatically saves a time lapse video of the changes that you make to your canvas so you can export that as a video later to kind of show the process of how you made your image so you can adjust the settings here if you want to do that. And then there's a couple options here about your background color so you can choose the background color that you start with for this preset campus if you want to. Or you can hide the background if you want that. And so when you're done here, is gonna tap, create, and it will automatically open that new canvas for you. But if I go back to my gallery, you can see that that is now a preset in my menu here. So if I ever want to make a five by seven print, that's ready to go, and I can just tap on it. So now we have that print ready came this. And of course, you could make other presets that are optimized for digital uses as well, with lower resolutions and RGB color modes, for example, or whatever specific needs you have for your artwork. If you're just starting out, you're probably far and using the default procreate canvases for anything you're gonna post online. And you might just want to create one higher resolution preset for things you're gonna print now, the other things that you need to know on this gallery page. First of all, you can stack your artwork, and this is basically like organizing them into folders, and it just keeps your workspace tidy and organized. So to do this, you're gonna hit, select at the top, and then you can select different artworks that you want to group together. So here, three that I use for a video tutorial earlier. They're all separate right now, but it be nice to have them organized in one place. So with those selected, I can just hit stack at the top and it organizes them into one space right there. And then you can rename that stock by just tapping on the name and typing in a title. If you're working on a piece that's gonna contain a photograph or an image that you have saved somewhere else in your iPad, you can also start a new artwork directly from importing that image by topping on import or photo. If you top import is gonna take you into your iPad files up, and if you talk photo, it's gonna take you into your photo role. You can also do this from inside a file once you've created a new canvas, which we're gonna cover in later lessons. So this is just another way you can do it if you want to start out from that image. So those were the quick and easy basics that you need to know about setting up your files and procreate. So we're gonna go ahead and create a screen size canvas which we're gonna use as we learn skills and build our project for this course. So I'll see you in the next video. 3. The Procreate Interface: So with your brand new canvas open, you'll see a handful of buttons along the top and the sides of your screen. So over on the right are your basic tools. You've got brushes and eraser color and layers your brushes in to be selected by default, and this is what you're gonna be drawing with. So procreate comes with a ton of default brushes. So all of these here are default brushes that come with the program. You've got sketching brushes, inking brushes, drawing painting, calligraphy textures, all kinds of things. In here. They mostly fall into two different categories for our purposes, some that you'll use to draw in others that you're gonna use to add texture or patterns. So we'll talk about brushes in more detail on the next module. But for now, we're just going Teoh, go to the sketching section and pick up one of these default pencil brushes so I'll just choose the six B pencil. So now if you look over on the left side over here, you've got to bars that are gonna control settings for your brush. So this one on top is gonna control the size, so it's got a percentage is telling you how big that brush sizes. So if I go down really small oops, you can tell that that line is really small, really thin. If I boosted up all the way, it's a lot thicker. This one down here is gonna control the opacity. So if it's up all the way the top, it's as dark as it possibly can be. And if you move it down lower, it's gonna be a lighter, more transparent brush. And then you've got buttons down here at the bottom where you can undo and redo your strokes. Now, I'm just gonna erase all those. I'm going to keep my brush in a pretty large size. We could make sure the capacity of all the way up. And then I'm just gonna write out a word. It's really simple. I'm just gonna write out the word test so you can see that I drew my word in the color that's selected in this top right corner. If you tap on that, you can open up the color menu where you can change the color and also change the view of your colors. So right now we've got the classic disk and you can change your color by moving your pan around in the different areas of that disk. You can also use Thekla ASIC version, which is just square, and you can adjust things using these bars down here. The harmony setting. If you pick a color, it'll show you it's complimentary color. Or you can choose different color methods up here. So if you want to see try attic colors, you can look at those and so forth. The Value menu allows you to actually input, like RGB codes or Xa decimal codes to get exact color values. If you're working from a palette or something like that, and then you have your palate view, Um, and these are different sets of colors that you can say even reuse in different procreate projects. So if you click the plus sign at the top, it'll create a brand new palette, and it'll set that to default. So then, when you go back through to these other color picking modes, you've got that pallet selected down here. So to add colors to that pallet, you just pick a color on and then tap inside that pallet so you can do it on any of these screens may be on the classic screen. You want to pick a color, you just top and added down there, even on the harmony screen, tapping at it value screen again. You can choose using these different levers on, then just top tad in your palate. So now that pallet we just created has thes colors in that they're not very pretty. But we could also rename that by tapping on its name, typing something in hitting done. And now this palette is saved. In here, we can share it. We can see it at the bottom while we're working with in any of these different views. If you want to delete individual colors from the palette, you just have to hold down on them. Let go, and then you get the option to delete so you can go through and delete individual colors that way. Or you can delete the whole pallet by swiping to the left and hitting delete, and then it will be gone. So other buttons appear the top. We've got the eraser, so if you top it once, it'll just select the eraser, and you can erase anything that you've put on your canvas. If you tap it again, it'll open the brush library so that you can actually set your eraser to be the same texture and shape as the brush your using. So we used the six B pencil in the sketching category, So if I want my erasing to look the same as the pencil and as faras texture, I might want to select that as my eraser brush so that when I go in, it's got that same kind of texture to it so you can see it a little better if I color this in more. So let's say I messed up on this edge and I need Teoh erase a little bit if I have, for example, a very hard edged brush. So this is a monoline brush that I have that has a very hard edge to it, and then I erase it. We got a little bigger. You can see that is a very hard edge that I'm erasing, and it doesn't really match the texture of this really sketchy pencil brush. So it looks a little awkward with this really harsh line and then the sketchy lines, too. So that's why if you've got your A racer set to the same brush that you used to draw. Now you can see how different that edges. When I erased. There's still that really sketchy texture to it, and it fits in a lot better with what I already have drawn there. It's a small difference, but it's one of those details that can make a pretty big difference once you start working on things, the razor can also be adjusted with these same bars on the side, just like we did for the brushes. Um, so if you're a racer is way too big and you just want to erase a small detail, you're gonna want to bring the size down on that top bar, and then you can get really detailed with what you're a racy. And if you just want to erase a little bit and kind of give more texture to your piece, you can lower the opacity and then it won't quite erase everything, but will kind of leave a little bit of transparent texture on there. So that's something else you could do. Another tool up top is this finger, this smudge tool. So if you select this you can go in and just kind of smudge. What's on your canvas? I don't use this very often, but if you're creating something where you want, you know a lot of texture or a lot of hand drawn feel, or you want colors to kind of bleed together that could come in handy now, on the in the top left, there are some really important tools as well. So this cursor arrow, the one on the furthest right. If you tap that, it's elects everything that's on your current layer. So this lets you than moving around. You can adjust it on the canvas and get it in the proper position, and I also lets you resize things. So right now this is set to uniforms, so everything is going to scale proportionally. So if I bring that in, it will get smaller. If I bring it up, it'll get larger. You can also select free form, so that will let you kind of squish and stretch things without it being very proportional. And then the Magnetics option. Don't hear this 1st 1 in the bottom left. This will keep things lined up, So if I want to move something exactly upper down. This will help me kind of snap it to that exact line, um, either way or at an angle, and then you can also flip and rotate things using these buttons down here. So if I want to flip it horizontally, I can do that vertically. I can rotate 45 degrees, or it can make it large enough so that it fits to the edges of the screen, all kinds of stuff with those tools. Now that was useful for selecting everything on your layer. But there may be times when you just want to select a portion of your drawing. So the second button from the right over here, this little squiggly line is your selection tool, so minus said to free hand right now. So I'll just draw around whatever I want to select. And then if I talked the cursor, I'm Onley moving that piece of my layer when I could move that around and resize it just like I did with the whole layer. You can also set it to rectangle or ellipse. So if I don't want to do Freehand Aiken, just use the rectangle option to select that. But again. Then I can move it around on its own. Now, this magic wand button the 2nd 1 from the left. This is your adjustments menu, these air effects that you can add to your drawing to do some pretty cool things. And we're gonna talk about a few of these later on in the course. So we'll just skip over that for now. And then the wrench icon is your actions or kind of your settings menu. So under the ad option, this is where you can insert a file or a photo from your iPod. Like we mentioned in the last video. You can do that from within the file. You don't have to start your new file that way. You also add typed text here. You can cut and copy your canvas on the canvas menu. You can crop and resize your canvas, so if you want it to be a different size, you can adjust that here by grabbing when the corners of the edges and just re sizing that you know. So at the drawing guide here, which we're gonna talk about in a later video, you can flip your canvas around or you can double check on your canvas information in case you want to check on what the d p I is for this canvas. How big it is things like that. The share menu. This is where you're going to export your image once you're finished. So you have plenty of different options of what file type. You can share it as video. These options are related to the time lapse video that procreate automatically records as you create a new artwork. Um, so you can turn that on or off here If you want. You cancel out of that, um, and then you can export your video using that option. So if you want to export that process video, which you'll see a lot of people put side by side with their final image on instagram and things like that, this is where you would export that video preferences gives you some choices about how your interface looks. You want it to be light or dark. Um, if you want this, uh, this menu over here to be on the right side of your screen on the left screen So things like that you can adjust here and then the help menu this where you can go to the procreate guide and things like that. So, of course, there are a good deal more tools and settings and procreate than what we covered here in this quick video. But we went over the basics you'll be using starting out and procreate. So in the next lesson, we're gonna talk about one more aspect of how procreate works, which is by using players. And after that, we'll start getting into more details about all these tools and how you'll be using them and how to start putting them to use. 4. Working with Layers: thin this video. We're gonna talk about the concept of layers which are used in procreate and how to work with, um so appropriate uses layers to keep track of all the pieces of your illustration. If you're familiar with Adobe products or other design software, this probably isn't new to you. But if you're not, this might be a difficult concept to wrap your head around so layers, allowing to keep different parts of your drawing on separate planes so that you can edit them independently of one another. You can stop them on top of each other. You can move them around without affecting the other ones and things like that, so you can think of layers almost like the digital version of tracing paper. Each layer is a new sheet of tracing paper. If you put them all on top of one another, you'll be able to see everything you drew on each paper except in pieces where there's something drawn there and you can't see through it to the bottom layer. So let's see how this works digitally. Maybe I want to add a background cheap to this drawing of the word test. So if all my artwork had to san one layer and I'd have to draw the portions of that shape around my word. So let's grab a different color and say, I just wanted a circle behind this word or like an oval shape, I would have to draw around the top of it. I would have to draw kind of exactly along these lines and make sure I didn't draw over top of any of my tax. I would have to see where that might go and just draw around these shapes. And I have to go in an outline, everything so that I didn't draw on top of my letters and you can see it would just be really tedious and way more work than it's worth. The other thing is, if I wanted to go in and adjust this word test at some point, well, I can't do anything because it's fused together with the beginnings of this background circle. I can't go in and just select the word I would have to use my free select tool and then I'd have to go around really precisely just to select this text and then I'd probably end up. I probably end up grabbing a little bit of the red or some of the blue would stay with that red background. It's just a mess, right? So let's undo all of this, and I'll show you the easier way to do that using layers. So the Layers panel is thes two squares up here on when you click on the it'll open the layers menu. You create a new layer by tapping on that plus sign. So because I want a background circle, I'm actually gonna drag this layer just by tapping on it, holding down and then moving it, and I can drag it underneath my layer with the word test on it. And now what I can do is draw. I have that bottom layer selected. I can draw my oval or my background sheep right there on the canvas. Gonna fill this in real quick by dragging the color that's called a color drop, and we'll talk more about that later. But I can create this background. Sheep fill it in its behind. My text on the really great part is this is completely separate from the word above it so I can move that circle around. I can make it smaller. I can make it longer whatever I want to do to it, and my letters are not affected. So other things you can do with layers you can if you top on the end in the layer panel again turned down the opacity of the layer, so this makes it more or less transparent. So this is really helpful. Like if you've used tracing paper with a pen and pencil Teoh Ilary to create new sketches off of old sketches and kind of continue to grow an idea. This is basically the same thing. You can turn down the opacity of one layer so that you can still see it as a guide. But then you can add a layer above it and create a new version of that layer by using those transparent letters as a guard but kind of changing things as you go. So maybe I didn't quite like the way that word looked, and I want to make it skinnier so I can use these letters on my transparent layer as a guide, and I can go through and then create like a skinnier version of this word, which just makes it a little bit easier than if I had to go through and completely draw a new word Freehand with no reference to go off of. So I could do that. And then the check boxes would turn off and on the different layers. So once I had completed that word, I don't need my guards anywhere. I can turn that off. I can also delete layers by swiping to the left and hitting delete. Or I can duplicate them with that same menu God and delete this one turned this one back on and make it 100% um, capacity again. Other things you can do our group and merge layers. So if I want to put these two layers in the one group so I can move them around together while they still retain their independent properties of one another, I can select multiple layers by tapping on the 1st 1 and then swiping to the right on the 2nd 1 and that will make the group option appear. So now you can see they're organized into a group. I can rename this group if I want. Call it Group One. I can rename my layers as well by tapping on them and selecting rename. And now these are part of a group. So it not only helps me keep my workspace more organized, but now if I want to move those around, all I have to do is select the group than hit the cursor icon. Now I can move them around, but they're still on separate layers, so I can still move them independently if I want. I can still edit them independently as well, so to merge layers. If you are completely done editing these two layers, you are 100% sure that you like them the way they are. You can merge them back down into one layer so you can do that either by if they're in a group, you can select flatten. And now this is one layer those refused together. Or you can select a layer tap on it and then hit Merge down and it will merge it into the same layer as the layer that's underneath it. So undo that personally, I recommend keeping everything on a separate layer if you think you're gonna edit it. Apple. If you're not 100% sure that something is done and you're not gonna touch that layer anymore. It could just be really tedious to try to make any edits to it. When it's on a layer with other elements, it's just much easier to keep everything separate. You know, used groups, if you if that makes it easier to kind of work with everything. But ultimately you'll find that keeping things on separate layers is gonna be a huge help s so that you can go in and edit and adjust as you need to. So the other couple tips having to do with layers. Another way to emerge layers together is to pinch them. So if I wanted these two layers to combine into one layer instead of going to the different menus and selecting it that way, I can simply pinch them together using two fingers, and they will combine into one layer there, Um, and then the layer menu pops up anytime you top on a layer that's selected, so there are a lot of options here. You can rename it from here. You can select what's on that layer. You can fill the layer with whatever you're active color is, and they're just a lot of different things on here that where you're gonna use in, um, later lessons and as we kind of build our course project so we'll look into those in more detail. Leader. For now, though, you just need a basic understanding of what layers are and where this menu is so that you can select them and keep your work organized and your process really streamlined. So take a little bit to play around with layers, see how they work if you're not familiar with this concept, and we will get more into using them and doing things with layers and these tools that we've covered in the next videos, uh. 5. Choosing the Right Brush: Theo. Now that you've got the label and when it comes to procreate, let's start looking at the tools that are available to you in a little more detail. So first we'll look at the brushes there in Russia's that you're going to use for drawing in line work and then their brushes that you'll use for texture and patterns. So the brush when he used for drawing depends on the style that you're going for. So let's jump into the sketching category and choose the six B pencil, which is a default brush and procreate. So we already looked at this in some of our module one videos. But using this pencil brush gives you this sketchy kind of textured quality to the lines that you draw So here, about the word hand drawn on and you can see that it looks a little more hand drawn because it's used with this brush that has a texture with it. The edges aren't completely smoother, crisp. They've got a little bit of this graininess to it. And then since I also used the brush to color in the whole letter, you can see that that texture is carried throughout the fill of the letter as well. So these kinds of brushes air great when you want a little bit more authentic kind of hand drone appeal and a little more texture in your pieces. You may want a more smooth line, though instead, so that's where you'll want to use a brush that doesn't have this texture. It's got like a solid grain that it uses so you can look at the monoline brush that also comes default with procreate. To see an example of this now, in this word, you can see the edges are much smoother. There's no texture in here. It's a very flat, and that's what you're gonna get looks. That's what you're gonna get when you use that monoline brush. It's just one solid sheep solid color. And there's not really that extra greatness or texture to the line that you're making. So I would use this one if you're going for a really clean, precise, smooth looks, something that you want to look very digital. And then there are brushes that simulate like drawing pins, so things that are more for ink, textures and things like that. So if you go to the inking category, you'll see the default procreate brushes and there that have that inky kind of texture. So, for my example, I read out this word inky, and I use this default brush called Mercury, and they're a couple of things to notice here. So first of all, it does give you a little bit more of that texture around the edges. So while the inside is really kind of solid, one color, one flat color around the edges, you see that texture as if this were a pen that year. That's kind of bleeding onto a paper. So the other thing to notice is that some of these ink brushes and things like different paintbrushes and things like that they will affect what's underneath it so you can do one solid line and you can see that's just my street teal color here. But if I go over it again, you see that it you can see that darker line on top of it, so as opposed to your monoline brush. But I do one line of teal here. I pick up my pen and I do another line on pop. You don't see anything added to that color. It's just one flat color. Nothing's mixing together with some of the ink brushes. It's like actually painting or your there's a witness to the brush like there would be in real life. And so when it's drawn on top of it again, you can see that kind of how the extra witness would interact with what's already there, how it would mix together and make it darker so you can see in this word you can see where I kind of went back over the lines or filled things in to make it more need or more accurate. And so you're gonna get a more realistic texture and more realistic characteristics with some of these ink brushes. While it's still a little more solid and a little more filled than, say, the pencil brushes now. Like I said, there are other brushes that you're gonna want to use for things like texture. So one of the default ones and procreate is bonobo chalk. So if you go to the sketching section top arm, bonobo chalk and then a little bit bigger, you can see that this provides a really nice texture. So this is one that I'll use pretty often if I want to create shadows or sheeting on my letters and things like that. So I probably wouldn't draw a letter with this because you're gonna get you know, it's really kind of transparent in different parts, and it's just not a solid line. It's It's really better used for, like, a texture, like a larger area of shadow or sheeting. So let me show you a few examples of how our use these different brushes on projects. So starting with this one, this is one where I use one of the pencil brushes to make it look really sketchy. So that was just the style that I was going for with this piece. Even got like a pencil down here. So the idea behind it is you were taking the first stop. You're doing the first sketch, you're building something, and I wanted that kind of hand drawn pencil sketch kind of feel. So even though the lines are pretty straight, you can see that there's still just texture everywhere, texture along the edges, texture. When I filled in the letters with that pencil, a brush thes simple lines that go around the piece. Those are all just done with a simple pencil brush, so it really gives it that kind of hand drawn element on a little bit of visual appeal. Now, kind of the opposite of that might be this piece where I used a monoline brush and it was super smooth and see the edges are really straight. There's no texture in, there is just flat color. And that's because with us, when I was going for that kind of digital sticker feel almost eso that might be an example of where you just want flat color. And you would just use one of those normal monoline brushes. Now, in this next one, I used to run the ink brushes that I have because I wanted it to have a hand drawn effect. But I didn't want it to look like a pencil sketch. I wanted it to look like it was, you know, maybe painted or drawn with an ink pen. Eso things like these lines. I wanted them to look really hand drawn, just the edges of any of the sheeps. I wanted them to have this hand drawn effect, but with ink and set up just like a very textured pencil. So you can see the color is really solid itself, but it's got all those really textured edges to give it that kind of effect. And you can also see in this one that I did use a texture brush to kind of add of this print or in kind of texture to the page, as if it's like an old paper or, um, you know, like something that's been printed. And so that's where those texture brushes come in really handy when you just want to add an overall texture to your background or kind of give it this print e kind of feel in some of the certain shapes. That's also something I did in this piece, but just a little bit of a different type of texture. So I used 1/2 tone brush, and I used that to kind of shade in the shadows on this drop shadow of my drop shadow of my letters here. So I have to wonder like these little dots that you can use to shade things in. And then I also added that texture subtly in the background as well, just to give it more of that kind of printed feel so hopefully that helps give you an idea of the different kinds of brushes you can use and why you might choose thumb, depending on what type of artwork you're creating and what your goal is without artwork. Um, remember that the levers on the side here can control your brush, size and brush opacity. So I would play around with those, especially if you're working with texture and things like that. Turning down the opacity can be a good way to make that texture just kind of subtle, Um, and appropriate for your piece. So I want to leave you with one last tip for brushes. So especially when you're starting out, you may. Let's choose the sketching brush with six B pencil for this. You may see that maybe, especially when you're doing things like script lettering that is just a little more wobbly than you like it. And part of that might be the transition of drawing digitally rather than on paper. But there is something you can do to kind of help you out with that. So if you I'm actually gonna make a copy of this so I don't affect the original, So first I'm gonna take this pencil, drag it to the left hit duplicate. But then, if you tap on any brush a second time, it'll open up this brush studio. And in the brush studio there's a setting called Streamline Here. So you can take that. If you move it all the way up or, you know, pretty high up there and hit done, you'll see a definite difference in how that brush moves. So instead of it being really wobbly and kind of being affected by your handshaking, that streamline is gonna make it really smooth. And you're gonna get those kind of perfect round curves and edges that you want. Um, the drawback to using this, where kind of the trade off is that your Penn might feel a little bit like ropey if that makes sense, so it's almost like you're pulling it along. You'll feel just this little bit of drag behind your hand as you're using it, especially if you're doing things like round shapes. You'll you kind of feel it pulling the line along behind you. And that's something that maybe it's not really easy to demonstrate on screen. But once you get your hands in here and you're trying it out for yourself. That's something you'll realize. So I would recommend. I mean, I use streamline on a lot of my brushes just because it makes it a lot easier to keep things very neat and and smooth, so I would recommend using it. But just keep in mind that when you have that on one of your brushes, you need to make sure you go kind of slow so that you're not getting like shapes that you didn't intend to get because of that leg. Okay, so that's all we're gonna cover for brushes for right now. So hopefully that gives you an idea of at least the different categories of Russia's other are and procreate and the most common ones that you might use for lettering and why you would use those. And what are the different effects that they would give? So I'll see you in the next video 6. Gesture Shortcuts: Okay, So to really get the most out of procreate and the efficiency that it can bring to your design and lettering process, you have to learn the gestures that go with this app. So we're gonna go over a few of those today. There are more, but we're gonna cover the most common one so that you can work quickly and efficiently. The most common one is the two finger tap to undo. So any time you draw something on your canvas that you don't want their anymore, take two fingers tap and it'll disappear. This one is by far the most common one that I use, and even to the point where I find myself doing this on paper when I am drawing by, he end with pen and paper, and it's That's not good, but you'll use it all the time. If you want to bring that thing back that you won, did you can do three finger tap to redo? Get rid of that So the next one is swiping down with three fingers to bring up this copy paste menu. So this is really helpful. For example, when I wrote out this word and I just wanted to copy in peace this d so I didn't have to redraw it. Um, mixture on that layer, you would use your selection tool the squiggly line up their to free form, select the letter top the cursor icon. So you just have that selected. And then here you would take your three fingers swipe down, and you can copy and pieced, and that will automatically select this new D that you have on a new layer. And so if I left that selected, I could have moved that around, I could just drag that over to create a second d, which is what I did when I initially made this Onda. Um, yeah, so I'll use on all the time. Like I said, if I need to duplicate a letter, um, I also use that if I want to take something that is on a layer with other things and put it on its own layer. So I've got right now, my layer has all of these letters on the same layer. If I want to do some work on just the H or I want to make just the age of different color, I would take this. Select it. Use my three finger swipe to bring up that menu and then cut and pieced. We'll take that each from the hand drawn layer. And now, if you can see it's on its own layer by itself, so I can move this independently from the rest of the word, and I could change the color. I could do different things to it independently of the rest of the layer. So that's another reason why I use that menu a lot. Another gesture that is ah, useful is the three finger scrub. So this is what you'll use when you want to completely erase a layer. So you just take three fingers and you move back and forth on the canvas like this. And so you can see because that age was on its own layer. I just erased that one layer so the rest of my artwork is not touched, and I can undo that with a two finger tap. Now, if you want to review or customize any of these gestures, you can go to this wrench your actions menu and under the Preferences button, you'll see gesture controls right here so you can tap on that and can customize what the different gestures will do for your procreate up so you can customize that if you want, or if you just need to review how to do certain things with gestures, you can find all that here. Like I said, there are definitely more than we covered in this quick video, but I just wanted to give you the most common ones and the ones that will definitely make your life a lot easier. 7. Working with Color: thing. OK, in this video, we're gonna talk about color. So in the first module, you already learned about selecting a current color for your brush. What you do up here and we talked about creating color palette. But now we're gonna talk about a few other ways. You can manipulate color in your illustrations, so one of the most common and useful ways to fill something in with color is the color drop function. So let me demonstrate on a new layer. But this is where you take whatever color is selected up here. You drag it out of there and you drop it on your canvas, and it's just gonna fill whatever space that you've dropped it into. So by dragging it onto an empty layer, it's gonna fill that hole layer. But it's I create a shape and then dragged the color into that shape. It will only fill that shape now something Watch out for here is if you use a sketchy brush or a brush with texture. So let's go back to our sketch in category and choose the six B pencil. So if I draw a sheep with that brush and I try to drop color into it. It's gonna explode everywhere because that outline isn't totally solid. It's like the colors leaking through under the rest of the campus. So usually this is something that you can fix, though, so if you take your color, drag it in here. But don't let go. You'll see. Now there's this color drop threshold at the top, and if you drag that down, you can fix it so that it will stay within this box, even though it's not a completely solid line. So just to see that again, you can see as it goes up, it's It's not recognizing that line. And if I move it to the left, that bar is going down, and now it's going to recognize that learning as being solid. Okay, so color drop is pretty useful. But say you are on this layer with hand drawn and you want to change the color of all these letters. Well, you could do that using color drop, and you'd have to drop it into each one and change all the colors, and that's fine. But it could get a little tedious if you have a lot of those pieces. So another thing you can Dio is used the layer menu to do the work for you. So go into your layer menu. Tap the layer that you have selected that you want to change the color of hit. Select. Make sure your new color is selected up here. Top that layer again and hit Phil Layer. And now you can see it has mostly filled in our hand drawn letters with that yellow color. But you can also see it's not perfect. So it's got that kind of dark blue color like still in the edges. So this works really well, if you've got like, a non textured brush is a little bit less than perfect. If you've got something sketchy like this, something you can do to avoid this from happening is to actually fill your layer on a new layer so I'll show you what I mean gonna go back and I'm gonna select hand drawn. But this time, instead of filling that same layer with yellow, I'm going to create a new layer top on that new blank layer and then hit Phil Layer and then turn off my blue one. So you're going to see on that new layer. It didn't leave behind any of that kind of dark blue residue that we got when we filled the layer directly. Another good trick to know is how to use Theo Eyedropper tool. So say, I've got an image that I really like the colors off like this proud of you, one that I've got in the background. Um, I thought I want to grab those colors without having Teoh, you know, use my color disk to find the exact shade of red or whatever. I could just place my finger on the canvas, but hold down and that will bring up this eyedropper and you can see it's gonna select whatever color I'm over at that moment. So if I want to grab this red, I just have to grab the red. And now it's my active color. I could add that to my palette if I want to, so that I conceive it for later, or whatever I want to do with that. So one last tip for adjusting color is to use the hue, saturation and brightness adjustment, so changing the color is easy. If you already know what color you want as your new one. Um, but let's say on this piece, maybe we have a background. We felt these yellow letters on top, but we don't really like the way they look together, and I'm not sure what would look good together. So instead of trying to pick a bunch of different colors and then coming in selecting, filling my layer or, you know, creating a new layer, feeling that one and then I have to do that whole process just to see if I have been like these two colors together, um, there's an easier way to do that. And so you would just select the layer of the object whose color you want to change. Go to the magic wand button up here, so your adjustments menu and then with a hue, saturation brightness. And so that will bring up this menu at the bottom, and now you can change the hue of your layer. You can change the saturation of the layer and the brightness of the layer. And so, using these three options, you can just really quickly kind of go through and find a color that you like against this color back drop, and it's just a lot quicker. It's a lot easier than trying to guess at a color that would look good and then trying to go in and switch and fill layers and do all this trial and error. You can just simply move this along the spectrum and see what you like. So those were just some quick tips for working with color and procreate. So you've got the color drop option where you just drop a color on your canvas. You can select a layer, create a new layer and then filled out later with color. Or you can use the hue saturation brightness Adjustment menu to easily pick a new color so that you can see it against the other elements of your illustration of the same time. 8. Importing Assets: All right, so in this video, we're gonna start the project for this course. So I'm gonna create a brand new square size canvas by tapping the plus sign here. And just having square is gonna be a symmetrical piece. So square works nicely on. Also, it's optimized for instagram so we can post it. When we're done to for this project, we're gonna be using images and typed text to create some different effects. So the first thing you need to know is how to import those things into procreate. And before we can import them, we need the image files to be saved. Honor I've had. So the first image we want to grab is a gold glitter image. You can get this off of a free stock photo website like on splash dot com orp exel's dot com. So you would just go to one of these websites, type in gold or glitter or texture background and just take a look at what's there, see what you like, and you can download it to your iPad. You can save it either to the files up in your iPad to the photo role, I think is what will probably default to if you're saving it as an image. Or you could say that to 1/3 party storage system like Dropbox or Google Drive or something like that. So to bring this into procreate, you're the top. The wrench over here, and under the ad menu, you'll see options for inserting files. So if you saved it in files or in dropbox or something like that, you'll want to tap in sort of file. But if it's on the photo role of your I've had, you just top insert a photo top on your photos, find it in there, and it'll import on a brand new layer into your procreate project. So I'm gonna go ahead and just rename this for the sake of clarity. And now we're gonna import another image, one that we're gonna take right now. So to take a photo and add it into your procreate canvas your tap the wrench again. But instead of saying, insert a file or photo, you're to take a photo and that will open up the camera on your iPad. So if you haven't done this before, you might have to give it permission. Access the camera, but Either way, you can pick up your I've had right now. And what we're gonna do is take a picture from a top view down of your shoes. So just take a picture of your shoes. Once you're done, there will be a use photo button and this bottom right hand corner, and then again, it will import it straight and appropriate. Since I already have my picture taken, I'm going back to insert a photo. And I'm just gonna drop it into procreate right there. So again, I'm gonna rename this layer. Just call it shoes. And I'm actually going to leave these images where they are for now. But turn the layers off by un, checking the boxes on each one. So we're gonna work with these a little bit later on. But for now, we don't need They don't need to be in our way. So other types of assets you can import into procreate are brushes and color palettes with which we've talked a little bit about before. So I've provided some of these in this course for you to use with your project. So go ahead and find those files within the course and download them to your iPod. You can save them again either in the files up of your iPad or Dropbox or something like that. So to import a new brush or brush set in this case, which is what you have for this course, you're in a tap on the brush icon and you're gonna tap this plus sign and then that will open up the brush studio where you can create your own brush. But in this case, we're just importing some. So click import at the top here and navigate to wherever you saved your brush set. So it should be ufl brushes dot brush set. And if you tap on that file, it will import them into procreate, so it's gonna import them as a set. So you'll see here, you'll have ah, ufl brushes, um, category on the left hand side. And there should be two brushes in there. Monoline square and the monoline round. Now, since already have these brushes in my procreate up, you can see I just imported a duplicate set. So to get rid of that, then tap on it that'll open of the menu. And Aiken delete that set. But I still have my original right here. If you ever import individual brushes that aren't in a set like this, you'll probably find them in your imported set. Procreate automatically creates this new set for you whenever you import an individual brush. So if you are importing of Russia and you wonder where it went, check the bottom for that imported category and it's probably in there. You can always take these brushes and you can drag them two different sets if you want to rearrange them later. Okay, so now we're gonna add the color palette for our project. So if you've downloaded that from the course, navigate to wherever you saved that. So for me, that's dropbox, which I'm actually gonna open through the files app on my iPad. Go into Dropbox and find the color palette, which is called ufl appropriate foundation stott swatches. So if you go to wherever you saved that and then tap on it on your iPad, it will automatically import it into procreate so you won't see any difference at first. But if you open your color palette menu and scroll all the way to the bottom, you'll see that it imported that pallet right here. Ufl appropriate foundations. So I already have this palette in my procreate since I created it. So I'm actually gonna delete this palette by swiping to the left tapping delete. And I haven't actually up here at the top already. Okay, so now we have all of our external assets imported into our procreate file. The last thing we're gonna do in this video is add some typed text. So obviously I'm a hand letter, and if you're taking this course, you probably are too. But there are times when you might want to use a standard, fond or typed text for an element in your work. Procreate out of the ability to type a couple versions back. And if you open that wrench menu again under the ads section, you'll see that there's an option called add text. So if you tap on that, you'll see that this text box appears and you can type anything you want into there. So I'm gonna type the word step in all caps, and then if you hit at its style, the keyboard will go away, and you'll see all of these options for your typed text. So for this project. I want something that's pretty blocking and thick. So I'm actually gonna choose Avenir for my fonds and bring it up to black. So it's really heavy. Um, I can also change all these options for my fonso for the size. I'm gonna bring it way up to about 600 and you can see Obviously it's too big for that box . Eso If I tap out of that and then extend my box a little more, it'll fit on one line again. And I'm also gonna just the current ing Just who About 6%. 5.9 that works six point do around there just to give the letters a little bit of breathing room. And there are a lot of other options in here. As you can see, you can import your own font. If you want to do that, you can change other attributes and other options for your phone. But for this example, we're gonna say pretty simple. Also, the text shows up in whatever your active color is up here. So if you want to change that, you can select your color menu up here while your text boxes activated. And then you can change that just by tapping on different colors for this project. We want to keep it this kind of coral color, though. And then you can always reposition this two by tapping that cursor icon and just moving it around on your canvas. Okay, so we've imported images, brushes and color palettes from outside of procreate, and we added some type text to our campus. So we are all set on the tools that we need to create our final project, and we're gonna continue in the next video. 9. Grids and Assisted Drawing: all right. Now, with everything we need set up or imported into appropriate canvas, we're gonna start actually, lettering and drawing. No. So it really helpful tool for that is the built in drawing guide in procreate. So you're gonna go to this wrench, Um, and under the canvas menu, you'll see this option called drawing guide. So if you turn that on, you'll see the default will automatically appear on your canvas, but you can customize it by hitting at it. Drawing I'd I typically like my grid to be a lot smaller than this. So I will adjust the grid size down here to make that great a lot smaller. And then you can also adjust the color of the grid by using this scale up here, um, aren't typically like to put it somewhere in the light pink area because I find that to be , you know, I can still see it, but it's not too distracting for the purposes of this video. I'm actually gonna keep that grid pretty dark, though, just to make sure that it shows up on the video for you. So once you're done with that, you just hit done, and you've got this great on your canvas, which can help you when you're drawing in lettering and you want things toe line up perfectly. So the first thing we're gonna do is on our color palette. Were to select this kind of darker tan color you're went to select from your brushes the monoline square brush that you imported, and then we're gonna create a new layer top on the layer to bring up this menu top rename. And we're gonna call this layer, take the because that's what we're going to let her. So select your brush again. Um, lower the size if you don't, about 10%. This is gonna be a significantly smaller than our words stepped down here. Um, and then we're just gonna draw the letters. And you can use this guide to help you keep those letters really straight on your campus. So I'll just go ahead and write. Take the up here a little bit closer to the top. Okay, so there are a couple things you might notice here first is that the square brush leaves a lot of these come crazy corners. The square monoline brushes really meant to be more of a guide so that you can create these perfectly straight lines and, you know, thick, straight lines when you're lettering. But because it's gonna make that weird edge because of the way that brush is built, you're gonna want to probably either go over this like use this as a guide and then go over top of it and the new layer just outlining and tracing these shapes. Or you can just kind of go in with your eraser and clean things up. So I'm gonna just try to clean up the edges of this real quick. Okay, that looks pretty good for our purposes. Anything you'll notice is that this isn't really perfectly. Even some of my letters are a little bit wider than others. Some need to be adjusted vertically. So now you can go in and using your selection tool. You can draw around the letters that you want to change and just move them around, make them bigger, smaller. Um, just the spacing, whatever you want to do to kind of perfect that lettering. Okay, so that looks pretty good for now. And if we need to adjust that leader, we can still work with that But what we're gonna do now is create a border around the edges of our peace. And this is where pro creates quick shaped tool can be really helpful. So if we want to just draw a really simple border just a line across, um, around the edge of our piece here, we can do that. I'm actually in a select round brush again because I wanted to have rounded edges. Um, maybe he thought, Let's try 99%. So if I want to draw a completely straight line across the top of here to start my border, I can just try to follow this grid line and keep it a straight as I can. But I'm a human, a kind of shaky hand. So you're gonna see that's already kind of wobbling around on that line. Procreate makes it really easy for you to get exactly straight lines. All you have to do is draw a straight line aske closer straight as you can. That doesn't have to be perfect. And then when you get to the end of it, you're gonna hold your pen on the screen. Don't lift up. So if you take a look at this, you'll see drawing a line. Hold down and you see that this line created message pops up at the top. And what's happening now is it is created an exact straight line from where I started my pen to where I stopped my pen. And now I can move this around. I can make it shorter or longer, but where whatever I do, it's gonna stay completely straight. So I can just that where I want it let go. And now I have a perfectly straight line. You can also top at it. Shape up here and sometimes you'll see other options appear, Um, and you can also move the endpoints again when you have this selected. Now, we could do that around all four sides of our peace. But there's actually an even easier way to do this. And that's using the symmetry grid that's built in to procreate. So first actually want to adjust this cause that's not really centered, and I want it closer to the edge, and it looks like I drew that on the same layer as take the so. What I can do is select this line that I made use my three fingers, too. Um, select, cut and pieced. And now I just moved that onto its own new layer. So now I can move that up here without affecting my letters. And this grid can really help you center things, too. So if you look at, um, where this line is right now, you can see that on this side there are two grid blocks on the side. There's a little less than two good blocks, so I can I can kind of even that out by shifting it over a little bit, and that'll help me figure out exactly how to center this. Okay, So now, like I was saying, we want toe use that symmetry grid to create this border around our whole piece without having to do several different lines. So what you can do is go into your campus menu again, edit your drawing guide in this time, select symmetry down here in the bottom, right? And so, by default, that's just gonna put this line down the center. So anything you draw on this side is gonna be mirrored over on this side. But we want this line to be married on all four sides, so If you go to options, you can select quadrant rotational symmetry it done. And now let's see what happens. If I draw here, you can see that line is appearing on all four quadrants, right? So anything I draw is gonna show up in all four sides of my square here. Now, the only unfortunate thing is you can't have that two d grid on at the same time as you have this symmetry assist on so I can no longer really see a line here to help me draw perfectly straight like I was earlier. But what I can dio as I can take this layer with the line that I did draw perfectly straight using the grid. And I can use that as my guide now. So I'm gonna just turn down the opacity. That was I just selected that layer attacked on the end, and then that brought up the opacity bar here. And I can slide that down so that it's still visible to me. But I can see on top of it, too, when I draw something new and when a creaky new layer we'll name this one border and now you see how this layer has this word assisted of the bottom. That means that if I'm drawing on this layer, it's going to use that symmetry assist to copy everything in all four quadrants. I want that on this later. Now that I'm gonna draw my border over here. So if I tap on that layer, activate drawing assist, and it's going to activate whatever drawing assist that I have selected currently in this edit drawing guide panel. So it's just gonna take whatever changes I last made to this drawing guide, and it's gonna apply them to this layer here. So now what? I can dio going to take my brush, my model on round brush. I'm still on that darker tan color. I'm actually going to make my brush a little bit smaller, somewhat my border to be a little bit smaller or thinner than it is here. So I'm gonna go down to 6% and now I'm just going to quickly draw a straight line. You can see it's copying all the quadrants. I am not lifting at my pinks. I wanted to be a perfectly straight line. I can make it perfectly level by following that line that I created earlier and is now just less Popik so that I can use it as a guide. And then when I'm satisfied, stop about their lift, my pen. And now I've got this border of four lines on all four sides of my square that are perfectly symmetrical and perfectly straight. So now I'm gonna delete that one line that we were using as a guide. And I'm going to show you something else you can do with the quick shapes in procreate. So let's say we want to add, like, a little circle in the corner of this border. So I'm still on my assisted border layer. It still has the symmetry assist activated here. And what I want to do is add a small, perfect circle in each of those corners. So I'm going to zoom. Anna bet gonna draw a circle just like with the lines. When to keep my pen down on the screen. I'm not gonna lift up and we'll see what happens. All right. So you can see at the top here. It says Ellipse created, um, So what it's doing is it's creating a perfectly smooth sheep for me. Based off of what I created. So I can make this bigger, smaller, kind of find the size that fits. And then I'm gonna let go of my pen. I'm gonna hit this edit shape button. And the only option that's popping up here is a lips. So what? That means it is. I did not do a good enough job with my circle, and it's not recognizing that it could make this into a perfect circle for me, so we're gonna undo that one. I'm gonna try to get our circle a little bit more perfect. Let go. And now let's see. Okay, Now I have that option for circle. So you do have to get relatively close to the shape that you're aiming for. But now, if I tap that, it adjusts this shape. So that is a perfect circle for me. He select that if I zoom out, you're going to see that that circle is in all four corners. Because I was doing that while I had that symmetry assist still activated. Now you can use Thea quick shape with other shapes as well. So say you want Ah, square somewhere on your canvas. I'm just gonna create a new layer. I want to create a square. I can draw square hold down my pen and you'll see it, says Quadrilateral created. And then once I kind of size it and let go. If I top edit sheep, it'll give me options for what it can change this sheet into now. This one was a pretty crooked down here, so let's see if it even gives me the option of square and it does so it looks like that was close enough. But if I tap square, you'll see it kind of snaps those corners in the place to give me a perfect square sheet. So it's got other options. Appear rectangle Polly Line quadrilateral. So it'll change that shape for you. And then from there, you know, you can rotate it so that it's perfectly parallel, or you can be a bigger or smaller or whatever you need to dio. But you can do that with squares, rectangles you do with a triangle. Just draw a triangle, hold your pen down, and now you can move that around. You can edit the points. He can turn it into different shapes. So you've got all kinds of options here that procreate can help you with Teoh create more smooth than and more perfect shapes and drawings. I'll delete that. Okay, now again, we've got that assisted word in our border layer. So any time I draw on this board earlier, make this you're gonna see it copied all four quadrants because that's the symmetry. Assists that we have set up. If you don't want that to happen anymore, all you have to do is tap on the layer unchecked drawing, assist. And now I can freely draw on this layer without it copying all four quadrants again. But for now, we've got a good symmetrical border set up. We know how to use the built in grids and the assisted drawing tools and procreate toe help us create really even straight lettering lines and sheeps very easily in our piece. So in the next module, we're gonna get into some more freeform lettering as well as using those images we imported earlier to add texture and interest to our peace. So I will see you in the next video 10. Using a Clipping Mask: way. Okay, so we've got to start to a project here with all of our really kind of straight linear elements plotted out. But now we're gonna add in some more freehand were loose lettering and add texture to our piece using one of those images that we imported in the last module. So the first thing we're gonna do is on the word first in a loose monoline script, lettering on our peace. So I'm gonna create a new layer. You re name this first. That's the word that we're gonna let her. And for this one, it does not matter what color you choose, because we're going to end up applying thetacticsroom image to this lettering, which will I'll explain in a minute. But for now, you can just grab whatever color you want all kind of stay on this dark tan color. So I want this lettering to be, um, a little bit sicker than take the up here. So I'm gonna bring us up to maybe 15% and I'm going to see how that looks and try a little bit bigger. Yeah, I think I like that. So I am a brush sizes at 19%. And what I'm gonna do is I'm going to letter that word first in the middle in between. Take that and step and actually want this to kind of overlap. Um, my step lettering down here. So I'm gonna make it kind of a bit bigger than the space that's here right now. I'm going, Teoh exaggerate some of my strokes a little bit so that they kind of dipped down into that lettering. All right, so I'm gonna now move these layers around a little bit and Ah, remember, that's why it's so great that we have all of these. We have take the first and step, all in different layers. So now I can kind of edit them and resize them to get the look that I want. Okay, So I made first a little bit smaller. I adjusted it so that those dips down and kind of covering different parts of my words. Step here. And then I made take the quite a bit smaller because those aren't really our focus words here. They're just kind of extra. And we want to really contrast those with the words that we want to emphasize, which is first up. You know, when you're happy with your lettering and everything is in the right position the right size. You want to find your texture, image layer that we created earlier this gold glitter. We're gonna use this texture to fill in the lettering we just created in the word first by using what's called a clipping mask. So the first thing you need to do is turn on the layer. If you had to turn off like I did, and then you need to drag this layer right above the first layer so you won't be able to see anything because you've got this layer on top. But watch what happens when we create a clipping mask with this layer. So tap on the layer to bring up that menu top clipping mask. And what's happening is this layer is being clipped to Onley, the lettering, the artwork that you have on this layer directly beneath it so you can see that that texture is showing through just in the places where we used our brush to letter on that layer. So that's really all there is to using a clipping mask. This is a really easy way to add realistic and detailed texture or color to the artwork that you're creating digitally and procreate. The only thing you have to keep in mind is you have to have your texture or your image directly above the layer that you wanted to clip to. So as long as you've got that part down, you can use clipping masks with all kinds of different images and create some really interesting effects. 11. Using a Layer Mask: Theo. Okay, so in this video, we're gonna talk about a layer mask. This is a way to hide parts of a layer without permanently destroying those parts. I'll show you what I mean by that. With our project, we wanted to look like certain parts of this gold lettering actually go behind these typed letters down here. So I could on my first lettering layer, I could go in and just erase the parts that I want clips that I want to look like They are behind a letter, right? I could do that. And now it kind of looks like that part is dipping behind. That s But if I make a mistake or if I want to just the size of this word at some point and , you know, move it around now that part is completely destroyed. I can't go back, and I can't, um I can't get that part back without just completely redrawing it and reworking my piece. Which, of course you can Dio and this example is pretty simple, so it wouldn't be too hard. But when you get in the more complicated pieces, it can just be very tedious. And Messi on make your life a lot more difficult. I'm undo all of that, All right, So with a layer mask, we can avoid all those problems by just hiding the parts that you don't want to see right now. But they're not greased. They're just kind of hidden in the digital ether, and you can call them back and reveal them again at any time from your mask. So let's see how that's done. I'm gonna tap on my first layer in my panel here and then select mask, and you can see that creates another layer that's kind of attached to this layer that you have selected. So it's just called layer mask and you can't really move it around. It's it's stuck to that layer. Now. The Onley colors you're gonna use on the mask are pure black and pure white. So it's just the way of differentiating between what you're erasing and what you want to show on the layer. So right now my entire layer mask is white, as you can see in this little thumbnail, which means that everything on my later the first layer is going to show, so to hide parts of layer, I need to draw on this mask with pure black. So if you open up your colors and you go to the disk, if you tap twice near black, it will automatically snap it to true black for you. So that's a way to know that you are on true black. Um, and then if you go back and make sure you're on your layer mask, grab a brush and I'm actually gonna move this a little Bix, I don't like the weight. That's, um, overlapping with the letter. So give me just a second, okay? That's a little better. So now I'm going to on my layer mask with true black selected and my monoline round brush. I'm gonna go in, make this kind of small so I can get really detailed here, and I'm just going to hide pieces of my lettering by drawing over it in black, and I just want to draw where this s is and to make that a little bit easier to see, I can actually reduce the opacity of both of these. My gold glitter, which is being clipped to my first lettering. So if I just reduced capacity on both of those by tapping the end, you can see now it's transparent and I can see exactly where the edge of that s is. And I can hide my letter just to where the S shows up. So I also want to pretend like this tea is dipping down behind the e. So I'm gonna do the same thing where I hide any part of the tea that's overlapping with this E and the parts of your word first that you choose to hide might be a little bit different depending on how you drew it and what parts of your word are overlapping with the words stuff. So this might change for you. This might be different for you if you let her your word a little bit differently. But now if I turn the capacity back up on both of those layers the gold glitter and the first layer, you can see that it looks like the F is going behind the s here, and the tea is going behind the E. I'm actually going to do a little bit more adjusting here to my first lettering, So I'm gonna go back to my monoline round. I have that I believe at 19% and I'm gonna add another dip where my are is So I'm just going in and actually erasing this rainouts. I really just want to completely redo this. I want to add another overlap in my lettering. So I'm gonna go down with that sieving and bring that back up, okay? And I think that'll work. I just wanted to add something else that went on top of step because right now I've got two pieces here that are going behind it, but I kind of want to act like thes two layers are interacting, so I want let I want lettering here both on top of stuff and underneath stuff. So it kind of looks like it's weaving on top in on bottom, in and out. So that will work for me for now. And then again using that mask if, say, I wanted to adjust the position of this and shifted over a little bit. Obviously, my parts that I hid from the first lettering don't match up with step anymore. But the beauty of using a mask as I can just go back into that mask find a true white by double tapping and it'll snap to tree white and then just paint white with a small brush. If I paint white over this area, it'll reveal my letter in gun. So I didn't erase my lettering. I just hit it using that mask. And so that way I can really easily go back in and adjust if I make a change to the position of my lettering or if I just want to redo things a little bit. So then I am going in now with True Black, and I'm hiding this part that now should look like it's going behind the S. And over here, since I moved that t down a little bit, I would come over here of true black and hide more of that T. And it's not easy. You could just go back and forth, revealing and hiding the different parts of your lettering on that layer because you have this layer mask in place, and so that way you're not erasing anything. You're not permanently destroying anything. You're not completely redrawing anything. It's just a lot easier to work with now. Layer masks can be a little tricky to wrap your head around at first if you've never used them before. If you're not familiar with the concept, so this is confusing. Don't worry too much, just trying to follow the steps for this particular project and continue playing around with layer masks as you practice and procreate and you'll get the hang of it. 12. Bonus Technique: Overlapping Shadows: theme. One more thing you can do here with this overlapping lettering to make it look more realistic or to give it a little bit more of a fun effect is you can add shadowing to any part where the letters overlap with each other. So what I'm gonna do first is I'm gonna add a little bit of shadow underneath this bottom part of the are where it's on top of the tea and this little bit right here where the bottom of my F covers this s and so what I'm going to do is first of all, I'm gonna take my step lettering and I'm going to rest. Arise it. So what this means is I'm no longer going to be able to edit this as text. It's going to be a pixel based image just like the rest of my layers and procreate. So if you're nervous about that and you want Teoh preserve a copy of this adds creditable text. You can always duplicate your layer. Turn that off. So if you want to change something later, you can go back to this text layer and use it and then you can rast arise. This one toe work with right now so you can see now this is more like a is treated as an image or a picture rather than, um, type bubble text. So with that, I can now select the lettering on this layer, and so anything I do now it's on Lee going to affect areas where this lettering exists. So first I'm going. Teoh, take the red coral colors of that exact same color that we used to let her step. And then I'm going to create a new layer above this. Call it first shadowing because it's a shadow from that word first, and then change the blend mode on this to multiply. So if you top that end, it'll open on these blend mode options. Underneath you scroll all the way to the top. By pulling down, you'll find multiply. Just top out of that, you'll see that end changed to an M, and what this is going to do is create a darker version of this coral wherever I paint on this layer. So this is gonna be a shadow. So I want something with kind of a soft edge to it, not a really hard line I wanted to look kind of blurry, so I'm gonna go into the sketching menu and grab bonobo chalk. This is a pretty decent built in brush and procreate that you can use for shadows. And then if I go zoom in here, I want some shadow underneath this part to show that it's kind of like a three D element. This gold lettering is on top of the coral lettering. So now I just have to go in and kind of we could make that a little bit smaller, that 2% with my brush. I was gonna go in and paint lately underneath that letter, and so you can see there that that bonobo chalk brush. It's pretty subtle, but it has its not just a hard line here, right? It's kind of feeding from dark and delight, and it's got that kind of softer effect that you want from a shadow. And then, if you zoom out, you can see that is making it look a little bit more three D because you've got this dimension by adding that shot right there. Now, the reason we selected step before we did that is because it limited us to Onley, drawing on the stuff lettering. So if you see, I can't draw anywhere else. I can't draw in this white space because I have this step lettering selected. I can Onley draw on top of it. And so what that does is it just makes our lives a little bit easier. So when I'm creating this shadow, it's not gonna draw up here or over here. That's going to limit it right here onto that lettering. It's almost like a like a temporary clipping mask or something. So now you can de select to get kind of a better view of what that looks like. If that's maybe a little bit too harsh for you, you want a more subtle shadow. You can always reduce the opacity here just so that it gives it a more subtle effect. I'm gonna lower mind to about 75%. So then I would do the same thing with these other parts of the lettering. So select your step layer and then make sure your first shadowing layer is active. That's when you're actually drawing on. And then, with the bonobo chalk brush does lightly go underneath where that shadow would hit can de select thinking of you of what that looks like and actually looks a little bit too big for me. So I'm gonna try that. Try that again just because this really isn't overlapping all that much. Um, so I do want that shadow to just be pretty small and subtle. Okay, that looks a bit better. And then you can see that there's a little bit of shading there to give it that three D depth effect. Now, you can do the same thing on this first lettering because you've got step overlapping on top of that, too. So this one is a little bit trickier because we don't have a solid color here that we're using that gold texture on the first lettering. So I might just take, like, a dark grey or black and use that instead. And so I'm gonna create a new layer above my glitter layer, meaning that step shadow, and then I'm gonna change it to multiply again. That's just a useful blood mode for when you're creating shade and shadows. Um, we'll start with a true black, and then just see how that looks. So with my bonobo chalk, Um this time I want to select my first layer but remain active on the step shadowing layer and then go in. I'm gonna draw my shadow. Now, something you're going to notice is that we are drawing on top of the step lettering, which we don't want to dio. But because we can't because of the way these layers are overlapping, we can't move the step shot over the step layer on top of all this because it would mess up our other layers on our other overlaps. So we'll go back and fix that in a minute. But for now, let's just add those shadows. So there's a little bit over there and then a little bit where this f goes underneath, That s okay. So I'm gonna reduce the capacity on that a little bit, so it's not really harsh. We'll put that one down at 75% to, um but it's hard to see what that's gonna look like because we've got these areas that we need to delete. So know what you can do is select step, go back to your step shadowing layer and now just Reese and is only gonna erase the shadowing that is on the step letters. It's not gonna touch that little bit of shadow that's outside of this letter, so you don't have to be super careful here. Just erase what's on those letters de select, and you can see that it's kind of subtle, but it does add that effect of a little bit of shading a little bit of shadow on the first gold glitter lettering so you can go back in if you want to add a little more to that, because it is a little harder to see, since this is already on a texture rather than just that solid color, you could go back in and add more shadow if you want, but I kind of like it, keeping it a little bit subtle. So I am happy with that, and that just adds a little bit more dimension to our lettering here, with it overlapping on each other. 13. Adding a Cutout Image: alright with our lettering Mostly taken care of. Now we're gonna work with the picture we took earlier of our shoes. So first, I'm gonna go into my layers panel and use the check box over here to show that layer again . And I'm also going to drag it to the top just so we could see everything easier. So I just hold down on that layer until it expands a little bit and then drag it and I can position it anywhere in this panel so I can go in. Since I just want this portion really of the shoes, I can go in with my eraser and I can erase all the rest of the image. But an easier way to do that is to just select it and bring anything that you don't want. Anything. You want a crop off the edge of the canvas. So if I d select selected again, you can see that just cropped the image right at that line. So that's just a knee easier way to kind of delete large portions of the layer at one time . Okay, so now I just have this portion which is much more manageable, easier to work with, and I want to rotate it to get it facing this way you can also, if you have Magnetics selected down here, it'll kind of snap to the different angles. So if I want to rotate it exactly 90 degrees, I would have Magnetics on and snap it to that 90 degree rotation. So at this point, there's still a good amount of background that I want to delete. So I'm gonna go in with my eraser now and erase kind of the larger areas of background that I won't delete it. I'm not gonna go too close to my actual shoes, though, because we're gonna do something a little bit different for that, Um, just to play things a little safer. So first I'm gonna take out the bigger trunks with my research. Okay, So now I don't want to go in with my eraser because we're getting so close to the edge, and I can easily take out pieces of the shoe that I might not want to take out. So instead, I'm gonna use another layer mask so that it's easier to kind of go back and forth if I make mistakes. If I raced too much. If I want to bring some back and stuff like that, so I'll tap on the shoes layer top mask and brings up another attached a layer mask. And remember, if I want to hide something on this player, I'm gonna paint using black. So grab true black from your color palette. Here crab, your monoline brush, and then just start painting one word of advice that I have here. When you're doing something like this, make sure you're erasing and several separate strokes. If you go in and you raise a whole huge section without lifting your pencil at all, and then you accidentally go into the picture when you go. To undo that, you have that whole section that you now have to redo. So it's It's a little bit easier to make sure you're kind of using multiple strokes that you're picking up your pen relatively frequently just to avoid having to redo a lot all at once. And if you're getting distracted by this other stuff that we have going on the background are lettering layers. A quick and easy thing can do is just hold down on the check box next to the shoes layer and that will hide all of the other layers. And just leave this one visible so that you can just focus on this layer and concentrate on oops on masking it. You have to make sure you tap back on the layer mask when you go back into work. Okay, so that's pretty good for now. I could clean it up a little bit more around the edges, but you don't have to be perfect if you don't want to you so you can kind of take it to whatever point you think looks good and remember, because we use a layer mask for the very edges. If you go back in and you see that maybe you chopped out a little bit off the foot or the shoe picture, just go back in with white. Make sure you're on your layer mask again, and you can paint that back in however much you want. So when you get to a good point with this now we want to integrate this real life image with our digital illustration. So we're gonna add a really subtle shadow underneath the shoes and kind of pull it together with the rest of our image. So if you go back in, hold down on that check box again and everything that all the layers that were visible before will come back, I want to move these shoes down to the very bottom of my screen. Um, I don't think I want them to overlap, because we already have so many overlapping elements. So I think I'll cut them off a little bit more and bring those right down there. Um and then I'm gonna move all of my lettering up just a little bit. Um, so you want to make sure you select all of the layers that are involved with your lettering , You just swipe right to select multiple layers, and then you can come in here and move that up. It's good. Okay, so is looking really nice, But again, we've got these shoes kind of floating here, and they look a little bit weird with the, um, very flat digital background. So the first thing I'm gonna do is add a background color to my image. So if you go to your layers panel any top background color, select that first, um, color swatch from the palate and It's just a really slate off white so you won't see a huge difference. But there will be a little bit of color in the background. Once I've done that, I'm gonna add a really subtle shadow underneath the feet. So I'm gonna tap on the shoes layer. I'm going to bring up that men you hit select so that just those shoes are selected. Uhm, I'm going to add a new layer on top of it. I'm gonna select the same colors, my background, that really light off white color. And then on that blank new layer tap open that menu and hit Phil Layer. What I've done is I've taken umm the shoe layer and I kind of duplicated it. But just in a solid color at least the sheeps that those shoes are making now you can actually see anything because it's the same color as the background. So you wanna change the blend, vote a tap on that end, bring it down to multiply and then this is going underneath our shoes so you want to drag that layer down there called this shoe shadow. Now, if you turn off the shoes, you can see this really kind of faint. Um, shadow underneath. It might be hard to see on the video, but there's just a slight color difference there. I might make that a little bit darker. And probably for the sake of this video, I'm gonna go ahead and do that. So I'm actually gonna go up to this next tan color and select my shoe shadow layer and fill that layer in. So now it's a lot darker, and you can see that contrast much better. You'll notice, though, that when we selected this shoe layer and created this new filled layer from it, it did include the area that we painted in our layer mask. So to delete that from this layer, um, top directly on the layer mask hit Select down here. Hit Invert. Now go up to your layers top on shoe shadow, open the menu and hit clear. And now you've just deleted anything that was from the layer mask is deleted from this shadow. So you've got just a really clear outline exactly of the shoes. So obviously we can't see that when the shoes were covering it, though. So we do want to select the shoe shadow layer. Top that cursor and we're just gonna move it kind of down and to the side just a little bit , so you can kind of see it poking out underneath or to the side of the shoes. I'm gonna keep mine there. For now, we can see where are Shadow is. There's just a little bit of this different color poking out from behind the feet. So this effect doesn't look all that natural, though, right, because it's got a really hard line or a hard edge to that shadow, which isn't supernatural. Um, so if we want to give that a softer edge and kind of more of a shadow feel, we can add an effect called a Gaussian blur. So with that shoe shadow layer selected top over here on that magic wand, tap Goshen blur, and you're going to apply the blur by moving your pen across to the right, as if it's on a slider. So I'll just start over here and move it to the right and you'll see the percentage of Goshen Blur is increasing here, and you can also see visually, the shadow is getting more and more spread out and blurred so we don't want it to be so spread out that we can't tell where the shadow is, right? So instead, I'm just gonna dio a little bit maybe something like, let's try 5%. We'll see how that looks with our picture. So I am. I'm not gonna do any more blur yet, but I'm actually I want to make this look a little less harsh. I want more of a subtle shadow, so I could blurred a little more and see what that looks like. But first, I'm gonna try just reducing the opacity. So opening that layer by tap on the M, I can see the opacity bar here and was going to turn it down a little bit, and I'm gonna go to about 70% capacity, and I think that gives it a little bit more of a subtle feel. So you can really just barely make out that blurred shadow down here. But it's not too in your face. It doesn't look too fake, kind of because it's such as more subtle. So if you want to move that around a little bit and just see what looks best, you can play with that you can add more blur to it. If you want, you can reduce or increase the capacity. Just play around with that and see what you like. Bust, um, to give just this little realistic element to your shoes. So I'm gonna stop there. I'm happy with that. It is a pretty subtle effects, so I might be a little bit hard to see in the video. But you take that to wherever you want it for your illustration. And so at this point, we've got our lettering kind of our basic lettering figured out. We have a border. We have a background. We've got that shoe image cropped and masked and inserted in here with a little bit of shadow underneath. Just a better integrated with the rest of our canvas. So we're almost done, and we're gonna finish up in the next video 14. Final Touches: ware on the last video of kind of finishing up this project for the course. So things were looking pretty good so far. But there are a few really easy, simple last steps that you can take toe. Add some extra decoration and final touches to your piece. One of those steps is adding an in line to your lettering, and we're gonna add this to our last word. This step right here in in line is just a really thin line that runs through the very center of your letters. So this works well with thicker letters that have a lot of space in there on, and it just helps highlight the shape of the letter and makes it stand out a little more. So I'm going to create a new layer right above my step lettering layer, and I will rename it Stup in line. And I'm gonna grab that lightest color in the palette, which is the same color we used in the background. No ground, my monoline round brush and I'm gonna make it pretty small. So start at 3% and see what that looks like first and then all I have to do is go in and trace through the very center of the letter to create that in line. And I actually want to try making that a little bit thinner, so I'm gonna go from 3% down to 2% and try again, okay? I like the look of that better. I like it a little bit thinner. So now I'm just gonna go through and do that with the rest of my letters. I'm also using the quick line or the quick sheep and procreate to make these lines super straight. So I'm gonna make my in line, but then hold it down any time. It's a straight line so that it will snap to that straight line and procreate. Okay, so once you go through each of the letters, you've added your in lines, and we are done with that word. So in lines are really easy technique you can use to just add a little bit more visual interest to your laddering anytime you have these pretty thick or blocky letters. Another thing we can do to just add some final touches to this piece is create some decorative filler shapes around our lettering. So what? I'm gonna do is create a new layer. Um, and the very bottom. So just a just above my background or above anything that is not visible. And on his name, this operation. And I'm gonna select thesis color in our palate. That kind of lighter tan color got my model and brush still, and I'm gonna increase that size just a little bit. Let's try 5%. And then I'm just gonna draw in some simple dots and kind of star shapes around my lettering just to fill in some of the white space that still exists in my piece. Really nothing too crazy here. I just filled in a few very simple shapes. Different sizes of these stars. Some circles, um, just pen taps for dots around the background, and it really just adds a little bit more visual interest, and it makes the piece look a little bit more complete so you can go around and kind of see where you think the balance is off in your piece and maybe where you want to add an extra little doodle or shape just to fill that in. Okay, so I think that looks good. And here we are with our finished product for this course. So we incorporated typed text and hand lettering using a couple imported brushes. We colored are illustration using an imported color palette. We also used a clipping mask to fill some of our lettering with an imported texture image. We used layer masks to hide certain portions of our lettering. We use pro creates, built in grids and drawing assist tools to create symmetrical straight lines for our border and even perfect circle shapes. And we took an imported image, hid parts of it with another layer mask to create this cut out effect and integrated it with the rest of our drawing by creating a subtle shadow underneath, which we made by changing the blend mode of the layer and creating a Gaussian blur effect. So we covered a lot of ground and procreate just by creating this relatively simple project . There's, of course, a lot more that you can do with this up, especially when it comes to lettering, an illustration. But I think the tools and effects that we use in this introductory course and project really cover the foundation of what you need in order to get started creating professional quality products in procreate right away. So congratulations on working through and finishing this project. I encourage you all to share your work with the hashtag unfettered tutorials If you post your work on instagram and, of course, feel free to tag my instagram handle, which is unfettered letters, so I can see and share your work as well. I have a YouTube channel under the name Unfettered letters where I post more tutorial videos and quick tips on lettering and procreate. So I encourage you also to subscribe there. If you want to continue learning lettering and enhancing your procreate skills with me, Thanks for following along. And I hope you enjoyed this course.