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Level Up your Digital Illustrations: Adding Textures in Procreate

teacher avatar Sonia Yim, Lettering Artist & Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (1h 4m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:12
    • 2. Class Project

      1:42
    • 3. The Basic Understanding of Clipping Masks, Layer Masks, and Blending Mode

      7:53
    • 4. Application 1 Clipping Masks

      18:07
    • 5. Application 2 Layer Masks

      17:44
    • 6. Application 3 Let's Apply Everything Together!

      10:06
    • 7. Bonus Tip

      6:27
    • 8. Conclusion

      0:52
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About This Class

Do you want to elevate your digital drawings but just not sure how? Have you ever wondered how professionals add textures to their illustration that makes their artwork stand out? Perhaps, using textures seems too complicated and you’re scared to try. Then this class is for you.

Join me in this class and learn how to easily add textures to your drawings like a pro.

Not only will you learn my simple tips and tricks of using textures but also some of the basic functions of the Procreate app. 

Whether you are a complete beginner or an intermediate level illustrator, you’ll be able to freely apply textures that fit your drawing style right away. 

Key lessons include:

  • The basic fundamentals of: Clipping Masks, Layer Masks, Blending Mode
  • Applying textures using Procreate Brushes
  • Types of textures you can apply
  • Step-by-step guide on how to apply textures

After this class, you’ll be able to apply this skill across your drawings - whether it’s a simple spot illustration or more complicated art piece, you’ll be amazed how quick and easy it is to add textures and you’ll never stop applying them.

So, let’s get started! Can’t wait to see what you create!

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Sonia Yim

Lettering Artist & Illustrator

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Hello and Welcome! :)

I'm Sonia Yim - a lettering artist and illustrator based in California. I specialize in telling memorable brand stories through lettering and illustrations. I love creating art that is quirky, witty, and vibrant in colors — the kind of art that spreads positivity and makes people smile!

I have had the pleasure of working with clients like Facebook, Adobe, LG Electronics, LA Times, Trader Joe's and many more! When I'm not creating, I LOVE spending time with my lovely hubby, two beautiful kids, and two adorable dogs ;) I love nature and black coffee is my creative juice.

In addition to creating, I love serving the creative community anyway possible whether that’s providing helpful resources or simply s... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Have you ever wondered how professional artist add textures to the illustration that makes their artwork stand out? I'll show you exactly how to do that even as a beginner. Hello. My name is Sonia Yim. I am a lettering artist and illustrator based in California. My specialty is telling a creative story through my artwork. I especially love creating something that makes people smile. Using textures in my artwork has helped me tremendously to elevate my illustration to a professional level, and shaped my design aesthetics to where I am today. I totally understand that using textures can be intimidating at times, especially as a beginner artist, but I can assure you that it's actually super easy once you get the hang of it. In this class, I will teach you a basic understanding of clipping mask, layer mask, and a blending mode type of textures you can apply, and a step-by-step guide on how to apply textures using Procreate brushes. This class is designed for beginners, but even as an intermediate-level illustrator, I'm sure you can learn a couple of new tips and tricks. Hope to see you inside. 2. Class Project: For the class project, you will create one illustration piece using textures. If you're not comfortable sharing your drawing just yet, no worries, you can use one of my drawings, and practice applying textures there, and share just that. The only requirement is to show a side by side comparison of your finished artwork with textures and without. Adding textures was one of the things that I've struggled with as a beginner artist, so I created this course with that in mind. I structured the class to be easily digestible and immediately applicable to your own artwork. I also think that even as a intermediate level artist, you should be able to pick up some new tricks as well. In this class, I will first go over some of the basic understandings of clipping mask, layer mask, and a blending mode. Then I will show you step by step on applying textures using those functions. I will also show you a variety of textures you can apply using Procreate brushes. Finally, I will share my final bonus tips, so make sure you watch all the way till the end. For this class, you will need an iPad, Apple Pencil, Procreate app, and Procreate brushes. Please note that all the Procreate brushes I mentioned in class are purchased. However, I will be showing you a good substitute to those brushes that already comes with the Procreate app. So this is not a requirement. By the end of this class, not only will you know how to apply textures like a pro, but also you'll be more confident using textures throughout your artwork. I really want you to have fun with this, so let's get started. See you in class. 3. The Basic Understanding of Clipping Masks, Layer Masks, and Blending Mode: In this lesson, I'll be covering the basic understanding of the clipping mask, layer mask, and a blending mode. Here I have an illustration of a lemon and illustration of an apple. I'm going to go ahead and demonstrate how to use a clipping mask on this lemon and then how to use layer mask on this apple. You can access this illustration for you to practice under the resources section. The first thing of the clipping mask is, I'm going to add the texture on the lemon. When I use a clipping mask, I try to think of it as adding the texture. I'm going to go to my layers, and I separated the lemon and the apple, and also separated the face and the artwork. I'm going to go ahead and only apply texture on the lemon. I'm going to create a new layer. Then from this layer, I'm going to click on that and select a clipping mask. You'll notice that you'll see this little arrow. That means whatever I do in this layer, it's only going to apply on the layer beneath it, which is going to be the lemon in this case. I'm going to go ahead and select the green color right here and select the brush called painting, stucco brush. Then again, make sure you're drawing on that new layer. I'm going to go ahead and add the texture. Maybe like a shadow here. There you go. As you can see, when I draw in this new layer, it's only showing where the lemon is, and you're not affecting your original artwork. In any case, you mess it up, you can always just delete that layer and start again. That's how the clipping mask works. Now, for the layer mask, I'm going to go to my apple illustration here. Same thing. I separated the face and the apple. I'm just going to push this through so you can see it. Here I'm going to go ahead and select the apple. I'm not going to create a new layer like how I did in apple the clipping mask. Instead, I'm going to click on the apple and then select the mask. It will automatically create a new layer for you. One one to notice in a layer mask is, only two color works, black and white. Let me show you again, if I were to sum the different layer, like apple, I have this green color showing up. But if I were to, let's say, select the layer mask, now it's turned to white, or it could be black. Again, only black and white will work here in this layer. I'm going to go ahead and erase the texture on this apple. I'm going to go ahead and select the layer mask, and in order to erase the texture, you will need to use the black color. Here I'm going to go ahead and select the black color. Go back to your layer mask layer, make sure that's selected. This blue bar is selecting the layer mask. Then let's say I want to add a watery texture to it, like a droplet texture. I'm going to go to my brush, go to water. I'm going to select mad splashes and see what this does. You will know what I mean by erasing the texture. I will explain that. I'm going to go here in the layer mask, and I'm going to start applying, like so. If you look at the layer mask texture right here, it almost looks like it's doing the same thing with the clipping mask, but here's how it's different. If I were to turn off the background. Put this in the middle. You can see that for the clipping mask, I added the texture on top of the lemon. For the layer mask, I actually erased the texture from the apple, so you can see through where the texture is. This is what I mean by erasing the texture. Now the next question is, you may wonder, then what do we do with the white color? Didn't you say in a layer mask, black color works, and white color works? Yes. For the black color, we used it to erase the texture. But let's say, for example, I don't like where these droplets are. It's so near to the face, and I want to fix that. In that case, is when we use the white color. I'll show you what I mean. Again, I'm going to make sure this blue bar is selecting the layer mask. Now, we're going to change the color to white. Then on this layer, I'm going to just go ahead and color in where I made the mistake. I like to think of white as something that you can correct the mistake with. You can choose any brush at this point. Again, make sure your layer mask is selected, and then just color it in. You see how it's bringing back whatever I erased. The white color basically brings back whatever you erased with your black color. That's what it's doing. But either way, we are playing on the layer mask, so it's not affecting your original artwork. Last thing I want to talk about is blending mode. You'll want to use a blending mode when you're using the clipping mask. The reason you would want to use a blending mode is when you want to add the texture, and you want that texture to blend into your overall illustration. There are a variety of blending modes you can choose from, but I'm only going to show you one what's called multiply. I'm going to go back to my lemon layer, and you're going to go back to the texture layer right here. You will see the letter N. This is where you're going to access the blending mode, you click on that. Then from these options, you're going to find multiply. What multiply does, it acts like a transparent paper where it shows that color, and then it shows through whatever color's underneath. Let me show you one more time. Let's say this is normal. That's a green color. Then when I change it to multiply, it adds that extra color. It's like a transparent paper, where it's showing through that yellow color underneath. Now it blends a little bit better, but the texture still looks harsh. This is where it gets fun. You're going to go back to the blending mode, and you're going to play with the opacity level. For example, I would reduce it down to about 59 percent. That looks good, and it blends better to the illustration. This is when you want to use a blending mode. Not that we have this understanding, let's go ahead and apply this to our artwork. We're going to start with applying textures using clipping mask. Here's a quick recap. You want to use a clipping mask when you are adding the textures. You want to use a layer mask when you are erasing, taking away textures. Note that you're going to use a blending mode multiply when you are using clipping mask. Remember, both clipping mask and layer mask can be used without affecting your original artwork. 4. Application 1 Clipping Masks: In this lesson, I'll be showing you how to add textures using clipping mask. Remember, you want to use a clipping mask when you are adding the textures to your artwork. This can be adding textures to our overall objects or adding textures as shadows or highlights. Here I have an illustration of a flower boy and some flowers. If you want to access this file and practice on your own, you can do that, it'll be available in the resources section. Here I'm going to go to my layers and we're going to start with the bushes layer right here. We're going to start applying textures using clipping mask. What I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead and click on this plus sign, add a new layer, and then click on that and apply clipping mask. What I want to do with the bushes here is that I want to do two things; one is I want to draw this texture line that goes, the overall texture, to this bushes. Then another thing is I want to add a little specs or dots to make this bush less perfect, and adding those textures just brings out that special quality in illustration. Let's go ahead and apply the lines first. For this one, I'm going to go ahead and select the white color, and then the brush I'm going to select here is going to be under Sketching, and we're going to select the Oil pastel here. Make sure that new layer is selected, and I'm just going to go ahead and draw overall line to the bushes and that'll add some fun textures to it, something like that. Then I'll do the same thing on this other side. This one maybe I want to do, a little differently like that. There you go. Then I'm going to go ahead and add those little specs or dots to add a little bit more texture to it. I'm going to go ahead and create a new layer, because I don't want to work on that same layer. Then same thing, click on that and apply clipping mask. You will see that you can create as many layers as you want, as long as there's an arrow showing, then you would know it's only applying to that base layer. I'm going to select that new layer, and I'm going to use a spec or dot brush. This one is called Dead head, and this purchased Procreate brush, but I can also show you some of the substitute you can use within Procreate. This one is a purchased one, I'll show you that on this side and then I'll show you what could be the substitute up Procreate default brush on the other. I'm going to choose something called dot. I want to actually use this green color as a dot. In order to do that, I'm going to use one finger, hold it down, tap it down, then Procreate will automatically select that color for you. Go back to my brush, there dot, and then start applying. Make sure you're drawing on that new layer, like so. I don't know if you can see it well, I'm going to zoom in after I'm done. You could see that I added this little textures to it, and immediately it looks so much better. Now I'm going to show you the substitute brush you can use. This one is a Procreate default brush, I'm going to go to elements right here, and then we're going to use what's called Driven snow, and I'll show you on this side. I'm going to zoom in so you guys can see. Something like that. You can draw or you could start it down like that. There you go, it looks more unique now. Now we're going to move on to the flowers. We have four flowers right here. I'm going to work on this flower first because they have the same shape. I put them into all one layer right here. What we're going to do here is we're going to add some lines, shadow and highlights, all using clipping mask. First thing I'm going to go ahead and create a new layer, and then I'm going to click on that, click on clipping mask, and I'm going to draw the lines first. I want to choose color white, and I'm going to go ahead and choose the brush drawing called Little pine. Then you can go ahead and just draw the lines. Make sure you're drawing on that new layer, and then draw a line like so. Notice that I'm drawing all the way outside of the flower, but it's not showing because again, I'm using a clipping mask, it only shows where the flower is. Another tip, if you tap with two fingers, it's going to undo what you just did, so that's a quick shortcut if you didn't know that. There you go, I'm going to move on to the side to do the same thing. Draw a line, draw a line, draw a line, and draw a line, there we go. The next thing I want to do is add shadows. I want to do that in a separate layer so I don't mess up this one, so I'm going to go back to the layer, create a new layer right there, and then click on clipping mask and make sure it's applying to your base layer. For the shadow, I want to go ahead and use the purple color but little bit darker. In order to do that, you're going to hold down with one finger, that's automatically going to select that color for you. It's changed to purple. Click on that, go to the Disk, and I'm going to just select little bit darker color right there. The brush I'm using here is called Shader brush. This one is the purchased Procreate brush, but if you don't want to purchase, no worries, I'm going to show you the substitute brush you can use on the other flower. This one is called Scatter brush 4. Then make sure you're selecting a new layer and just apply texture like this. There you go. This is where you're going to use the blending mode. When I use shadows, I almost every time use a blending mode, Multiply. I'm going to go back to that same layer, I'm going to click on "N", go to Multiply and then adjust your opacity. There you go, look how much better it looks. Now on the pink flower, I'll show you what other brush you can use that comes with Procreate. For this one, we're going to go to Sketching and there's something called Bonobo chalk, so we're going to use this brush. I'm going to choose a pink color that's a little bit darker, so I'm going to go ahead and hold down with my one finger and go back to the color wheel, select something that's a little bit darker and do the same thing in the same layer, because it already has the multiplayer option there, the opacity level is all there, it's going to be the same, so I don't have to do it again. I'll just go back to that layer and apply texture. This one is a little bit less course than this one, but it works. There you go. Last thing I want to do with these flowers, I'm going to add highlights. So I might go here. Again, I don't want to mess up the shadows I created, so I'm going to create a new layer. Click on that, Clipping mask. For this purple flower, I want maybe a pink highlight on the top, and for the pink one, I want like a yellow highlight on the top. I'm going to go ahead and do that. I'm going to stick with the brush I have, which is the bonobo chalk, so I'm going to stick with that. I'm going to choose this pink color to add there. Hold down with one finger and then apply just on the tip. Like that. Maybe I'm going to increase the brush size a little bit. That looks good. On the side, I'm going to do yellow color, so I'm going to choose this color, hold it down, it's going to change it to yellow for me. I'm just going to use the same layer here because I'm doing the same thing, and just apply like so. Another tip I want to tell you is that when I'm adding textures like this, sometimes the line here, I want to erase it so that it blends a little bit better just these edges. The easy way to do it is instead of just deleting the layer and start all over, is to hold down onto the eraser icon. Let me show you what happens. If I were to just hold it down, it will change to eraser to the current brush I'm using. In this case it would be Bonobo Chalk. If I have that eraser, it'll be easier to fix this line. I can show you. I can just go ahead and erase a little with that same texture so that line is not as harsh, just the edge. See how it blends so much better. Same thing here. I'm just going to use that same eraser with the same brush and just go in and erase a little, so that's looking much nicer. Now let's move on to these other flowers, so for this orange flower, I want to add this grainy textures in the middle part and for this purple flower also I want to add some depth to it. I want to add shadows in this middle part and then shadow on this bottom, highlight on the top, and then add some lines for details. Pretty much everything we did so far I'm going to apply to this flower. I'm going to go to the orange flower first. Again, here I separated these layers, so I'm only applying texture to this flower. I'm going to create a new layer, select that, select clipping mask, and then I'm going to use orange color, hold it down, and go to my color disk, choose something that's little bit darker. I'm going to stick with the brush I have which is a Bonobo Chalk and make sure I'm on that new layer and just go ahead and apply some shadow or textures right here. Then again, when it's a shadow, I always says it looks better if you change the blending mode to multiply, looks so much better, and then I'm going to play with the opacity a little bit, so it blends a little bit better. Let's just draw little bit more on this side, it looks like I didn't center that. That looks so much better. For this one we're going to do the same thing on the purple. I'm going to go find that flower. Again, I separate it and I'm going to I push this through so you can see it. I separated this layers, so we could only apply textures on certain petals. I'm going to start here on the backside where there's going to be a depth right here in the middle. Create a new layer, click on that clipping mask, select the purple color, holding one finger down, go to the color wheel. Let's have this a little bit darker and make sure you're on that layer and add texture. Again, this is like a shadow, so I'm going to change the blending mode to multiply and lower the opacity. Again, if you ever want to fix a little bit on this edge right here, you can always hold down on the eraser, it will change the eraser to the current brush and you could easily fix mistakes. Now I'm going to go to my front petal, create a new layer, click on that clipping mask, and then I already have the color that I want, so I don't have to adjust anything and I just go ahead and apply shadows down here. Go ahead and change the blending mode to multiply, lower down opacity. This one I definitely do want to fix that, so I'm going to hold down to my eraser so it'll change it to the current brush, and then I just want to make that edges little bit more natural. That's looking so much better. The next thing I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead and add some lines to this flower. I'm going to create a new layer, but I'm going to create it in between the shadow and the flower petal because I want the line to be underneath the shadow. I'm going to go ahead and select that layer and then change the brush to drawing little pine, and then start drawing. Let's try again. Remember if you tap with two fingers is undo. I just going to draw a line like this. You don't have to draw the line exactly like how I'm drawing. You could add your own unique touch to it. Add lines however way you want it. I'm just going to add little bit of lines so it's a little bit more detailed than just being plain. Something like that looks nice. The last but not least, I'm going to go ahead and add the highlights. I want to use the same pink there. I'm going to add the highlights here, so I'm going to use the pink. I'm going to hold down the pink and then I have to go to that petal first and then create a new layer and select clipping mask. I'm going to go back and select the Bonobo Chalk brush. I like that one, so I'm going to go to sketching and there's a Bonobo Chalk, and I'm going to go ahead and just apply that on top like so. Then I think it'd be nice if I add a little here too, because it's almost like that could be flexion almost so I want to do the same thing on this part 2. I'm going to go to my this one, the front petals, I'm going to add another layer on top, select clipping mask, and then just apply some here too. I think it looks pretty nice. There you go. We're done with flowers. Now the last thing I'm going to work on is this flower head of this flower boy. All we're really going to do is add some shadow and some highlight and I think I'm done. I'm going to go ahead and find my flower boy layer right here, and go to the face and there's a flower head right here. I separated the face and the flower, so we're going to click on this flower head and I'm going to add a new layer and I'm going to select clipping mask. Same thing, I'm going to select this yellow color and that's a little bit darker and apply shadow. I'm going to use one finger, hold it down. There's my yellow color. Go to the disk, select something that's slightly darker. I'm going to stay with my Bonobo Chalk and then make sure that layer is selected and start applying. It's not really noticeable right now if you see, it's very subtle but again with the shadow, we like to use blending mode multiply, and that's going to show through. You click on this "N" button, go to multiply, this one I think 89 percent looks good, and then you can fix even more. However way you like it. That looks good, and I would like to maybe use an orange color for the highlight here. I'm going to go back to my layer, create another layer, click on that, select clipping mask, and then I want this orange color right here and same brush, and you're going to go ahead and apply like so. Save that. The edge is right here. That's looking nice. As you can see, this is a pretty simple illustration, but is adding these textures to it and all I did was using the clipping mask. It just looks so much better. Now that we have practice applying textures using clipping mask, let's move on and start applying textures on our break using layer mask. Here's a quick recap. Use clipping mask when you want to add textures without distorting your artwork. Play with blending mode and opacity level. The illustration and all Procreate brush information can be found in the projects and resources section. 5. Application 2 Layer Masks: In this lesson, I'll be showing you how to apply textures using the layer mask. Remember you want to use a layer mask when you are erasing textures from your artwork. This method is super useful for applying textures on a t-shirt design or creating a interesting textured objects. Here we have this flower and lettering design here. This design is not going to be available for you to download in the resources section, however, I am going to give you the sample flower brushes which I created for you to use any way you like. First of all, I'm going to show you how to create design using the flower stamp brushes and then next, I'm going to show you how I use the layer mask in order to create these patterns right here. Then how do I use a layer mask to apply textures. It's going to be like a three-step process here. First, I'm going to go ahead and lower the opacity of my original design right now, just so I could use that as a guide and create a new one. I'm going to go ahead and create a new layer, and I'm going to just go ahead and select this color that I'm using. I'm going to go ahead to the flower stamp sample brush and select flower 1. That's going to be this one. I'm going to adjust my brush size to be about 26 percent. All you really need to do is use it like a stamp, so you just click on it. Then I'm just going to rotate a little bit. In order to do that, I'm going to click on this and then just slightly rotate. You just grab this. It's not working. Let's try this again. I'm going to go ahead and maybe draw it a little bit lower, like here, and then click on that and rotate this green dot right here and move it to where I want it to be. I'm going to make the size a little bit bigger. I'm just going to drag this, make sure the option is in uniform so it's moving exactly without distorting the size. That looks good. I'm going to do the same thing with the other ones. I'm going to create another layer. Go back to my sample pack, it's going to be this brush, I'm going to do about, let's say 32 percent for this one, and just stop. That's perfect. I'm going to create another layer. The next flower I'm going to do is this one. I'm going to adjust it to about 30 percent as well. That there, and I'm going to rotate, the same thing, select it, rotate around here. Looks good. I'm going to add the leaves. I'm going to create a new layer. That's leaf 1. This is going to be around, let's do 20 percent. Rotate that right here. Same thing. Click it again, rotate. It's pretty easy. It's really simple. I was supposed to create that on a new layer so I can easily rotate it like so, rotate like that. Now, what we're going to do is add this pistil, the stem, and these dots. I also have this in my brush sample. I'm going to go ahead and create another layer. It's pistil 4. I am going to go ahead and adjust it to maybe here, like that, rotate it. You can always adjust the size as you go. Excel. Then for these stalks, I'm going to go ahead and use my pistil 2. You can actually play with this, make it small though. I'm going to maybe make it, that's good, this one is nine percent. Then add the stem. There is no curved stem in my brush pack, so we're going to draw that in. I'm just going to go ahead and create a new layer. It works best with the inking pen. I'm going to go to inking and there's something called Studio Pen too. I'm just going to use that. Let's do about 28 percent. All I'm going to do is just draw a curved line and hold it down. Then it will make it more perfect shape. Let me show you what I mean. I'm just going to draw something like this. I like to draw this far just because it's just easier to draw for me and I will erase it later. Something like that. Hold it down, and then just do something like that, and we're going to erase it so it's not too long. I'm just going to use my eraser, erase it here so it's not touching the flower and I'm going to erase it here. Like so. The first part is done. Next what I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead and use a layer mask to create these patterns here. If you remember from our previous lessons, you want to use a layer mask when you want to erase something from that layer. In this case I want to erase these lines, the pistil and these dots so that if I were to turn this into a t-shirt design, I want it so that the background would be like a t-shirt color, for example, like this. You see how this part is empty and that's what I want. I'm going to show you how to do that. Let's change this back to black. I'm going to go ahead now, turn off my template, the guide that I had. These are all the layer that we created. So first thing we want to do is we want to merge that into one layer, it's super easy to do this. You're just going to grab like this with your fingers and go and it will all be in one layer. Now all you need to do is go here, select that and make a mask. Remember, the extra layer will be created for you and now we're only working with black or white. Again, I want to erase something so I'm going to stick with black. That looks good. I'm going to go ahead back to my flower stamps sample. I'm going to select this pistil 1, and I'm going to apply it right here in the middle. The trick here is if you make your pen straight 90 degrees, it's easier to center it correctly. Which one did I select? The first one, I would do about 25 percent and then go like this, see it's perfect. Now I'm going to go back and select the second one and do it to the other flower. I'm going to do about 20 percent. Let's stick with 20 percent, see what happens. That looks good. Then I'm going to do the dots, I'm going to go to pistil 3, make sure you're staying in the layer mask, you have black selected and I'm going to do about 30 percent, let me do it again. I did that wrong. Again, make your pen straight it helps a little bit. That's a little better. Let's try one more time. There you go. We have that going. The last thing I want to do is draw the lines right here, but not really drawing, I want to take it away, because we want that background or if this was a t-shirt, you want that shirt color to show through. Again, make sure you're on the layer mask. I'm going to select inking studio pen. Let's do around 20 percent. Then we're just going to go ahead and try it, I think that was too much pressure. Something like this. It doesn't have to be perfect. Like that one. Let's try that one again. Again, two fingers and tap, it's going to undo whatever you did. There you go. We used the layer mask in order to get rid of the elements we don't want. I'm going to show you again, if I change the background color, thinking this is a t-shirt design, then it will show through whatever we erased. Perfect. Now, the last part is we're going to go ahead and apply textures using the layer mask. It's really easy, we're going to go back here. We're pretty happy with what we erased in this layer mask we worked on, so I'm just going to go ahead and merge them. Click on this, you could just pinch like that, and it will merge into one layer. Now, we're going to create another layer mask and start erasing the texture. What I'm going to do here is I'm going to go ahead and create a mask. There's couple of things I'm going to do. One texture that I want to apply is maybe overall, a rough texture which makes it really nice for t-shirt design, specifically. The brush I'm going to use is called Dead Head. Again, this is a purchased brush. I'm going to demonstrate with this one first, and then I'll show you what substitute brush you can use that comes with Procreate. In this brush pack, I'm going to use what's called Scratch. I'm just going to adjust my pen size. Again, make sure your Layer Mask is selected, this blue bar, and I'm going to apply it throughout. See what happens. Look at that, looks really nice. Again, if I were to change the background color, it's going to show through. This is why this is perfect for t-shirt design. I'm going to go back. Then let me show you how you can do this with a different brush. I'm just going to two-finger tap, one more time, one more time, one more time so I can get rid of the texture. The replacement or substitute I found that's similar would be under Organic, and there's something called, let's see, I think it's this one, Spires. We can try this one. Same thing, make sure you're selecting the "Layer Mask", and play with the brush size, and then you can just apply it either dotted down like this, that works, or you could just slightly draw over it. There you go, this is also you're erasing the texture. If you were to, again, change the background color, this will show through. I kept it with the Dead Head, I like that really scratched texture to it, so I kept it at that. Then another thing that I'm going to show you is we can use the textures to make the shape a little bit more interesting. What I'm going to do with this one is I want to make this leaf so that it fades away on one end. I'm going to go back to my, same, Layer Mask right here, and I'm going to go ahead and select my shader brush. Again, this is something that I showed you in our clipping mask lesson. It is a purchased brush, but I will demonstrate with this one first, and then for the other leaf, I will show you the substitute for that. I'm going to go with the Shader Brush 4 again, and then adjust your brush size. What I'm going to do is I'm going to just play with this leaf, just one edge, I want to show the texture by erasing it. Look at this, I'm going to go ahead and do that. Look how interesting that leaf looks now, especially for a t-shirt design. But if you notice, I erased too much. I don't really want to erase anything on the stem, but I don't know, because of the brush size, it did. But if you remember from our previous lessons, not to worry, we have the white color brush, remember that? White is it brings back whatever I erased. Again, this is why I think of it as fixing my mistake. I'm going to just choose a studio brush in this case and color it. Not really coloring it, I'm just bringing back what I erased before. There, I fixed my mistake. For the other leaves, I will show you a different brush that comes with Procreate. We can use, go to Charcoals. I like something called 6B Compressed. I like this texture too, so you can use that. Make sure you are selecting the "Layer Mask" and the color is black because we are erasing the texture. I'm going to go ahead and do that on these other two leaves. Again, just play with it. You don't have to use these exact brushes, it's really for you to experiment and try different brushes. Let me try that again, maybe make the brush a little bit bigger, like that. It's a little bit better, look at that. You play with the pressure too, depending on the brush. You can do it on this side too. I did too much. Go back. Then you could do something like this. Look at that. You can just keep on playing with multiple textures, just make sure you are selecting the layer mask, make sure your color black is selected when you're erasing the textures, and you can use the white to fix any mistakes that you made along the way. But this is exactly how you would do it. Now that we have applied textures here, I'm just going to copy and paste it to this other side since I already add a texture. If you're happy with your result, you can just go ahead and merge the layers together. I'm just going to make a copy of it, I'm going to turn off my template that I had, and then you could just select that, this arrow button right here, and I'm just going to flip it. I'm going to flip vertical, flip horizontal, and bring it down so it matches like so, then I'll be done. I'm going to go ahead and apply some textures here on my lettering. Same thing, all I need to do is click on "Mask" and make sure I have my black color selected. I'm just going to go ahead and add some scratch here, like so, like that, and you can just keep going. I just want to show one last thing, how this will look as a t-shirt design, I thought that would be interesting to show you the end result. All I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead delete everything, and I'm going to merge everything into one layer, so now, this is a one piece. Then I have a mock up picture below so you could see it. I'm just going to go ahead and change this color because it's not really noticeable with this color, I'm going to select that. Easy way to do this is you could just click on "'Alpha Lock". I'm just going to go ahead and fill color so it will turn to black. You can pretty much change it to any way you like. I'm going to reduce it down. Look at that on a t-shirt. Just so you could see. Look at these textures. Because we got rid of the textures, you can see through whatever color is underneath, which I think it's super cool. Don't forget, when you want to erase the textures, you want to use layer mask. Now, you've mastered how to apply textures using the clipping mask and a layer mask. If you're ready, let's go ahead and combine everything we learned and apply both of them into one art piece. Here is a quick recap. Use layer masks when you want to erase textures without distorting your artwork. This method is super useful for t-shirt designs. Procreate flower stamp brushes and all Procreate brush information can be found in the Projects and Resources section. 6. Application 3 Let's Apply Everything Together!: Now that we have practiced using both clipping mask and layer mask, I thought it would be useful and helpful to show you how I use both of them together in one illustration. Here I have a cubed dessert illustration. You can also find this illustration if you want to practice with this under the Resource section. Here if I open the file, I've organized each elements in layers. What we're going to do is I'm going to go through from bottom to top and start applying textures. I will show you whether I'm going to use a clipping mask or a layer mask. I thought it would be really helpful to combine all the knowledge we learned in our previous classes into one illustration. I'm going to start with the leaves. I have two layers. I separated the leaves and the stems. For the leaves, I want to erase the texture. I thought that'll be interesting so that this pretty pink background color will show through. I'm going ahead and click on the layer and create a layer mask. The brush I'm going to be using is called beat Tones 45* Line- B. This is a purchase brush. But I will also show you one of the other Procreate default brush you can use. All I'm going to do is go to that layer mask, select black, and apply that textures only on the top part of the leaf. See how interesting texture makes. I think it's really pretty. Go ahead and do that. Then on this side, I will show you a different brush you can use. This is the Procreate default brush called vintage and you could go up here, select this one. Let's look at that one and do the same thing on this side. See how interesting that is. I love playing with these fun textures. We can go ahead and do that. I'm pretty happy with the leaf. I'm going to move on to the next element, it'll be this heart candy. I think it looks good as is. If I want to do something, all I would do is just add shadows. Remember adding textures I'm going to use a clipping mask. I'm going to select the candy, create a new layer, select Clipping Mask, and I'm going to select this color. I'm going to choose a little dark color here. I'm going to Sketching, bonobo chalk and just apply textures here. I'm going to go back and change the blending mode to multiply so it shows better and then reduce the opacity. That looks pretty good. Now I'm going to move on to the waffle cone. For the waffle cone, I want to do two things. I want to add the shadow and I want to add some lines. Again, I'm adding these textures, these lines, so I will be using a clipping mask. I'm going to create a new layer, select that, apply clipping mask. I'm going to choose this dark brown color right here and then just use sketching 6B pencil and draw the lines. That was too thin. Go ahead and make it a little bit thicker, like that. Then too like so. This was sticking out because this was created in one layer, so I'm just going to erase here. I want this to show little bit more, so I'm just going ahead and use the blending mode multiply here. Click on the end so it's a little bit darker. I like that. Then I'm going to create another layer. I'm going to do it in-between the lines and the waffle cone so I can add the shadows there. I'm going to keep the same brush and I'm going to choose the bonobo chalk again and just add some shadow like so. Again, it's not very noticeable because I didn't change the blending mode just yet. Changes to multiply and that looks so much better. Play with the opacity. Pretty happy with that. Now moving on to the doughnut. All l want to do with this doughnut is l just want to add overall texture to it. I'm going to go ahead and create a new layer here. I'm already using a clipping mask as you can see. It shows on top of the doughnut. All I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead and choose a brush called painting. There's something called stucco. I want to do maybe this pink color, but slightly darker just to do overall texture. I'm going to go ahead and draw like that. You could change the blending mode if you want to. Again, the point of this lesson is not to directly follow what I'm doing, but to see how I make a decision on whether to use a clipping mask or a layer mask. Have fun with it how you want to apply the textures. I think I like it how it is, so I'm going to keep it this way. Now moving on to the cupcake. All l want to do here is maybe add some shadows. I'm going to go ahead and do that on this paper layer. I'm going to create a new layer, select that, select the clipping mask. I'm going to select maybe this dark pink right here. I like that. I'm going to keep my bonobo chalk and then I'm going to go ahead and apply textures. You can see that well because the blending mode is not multiply yet. If I change it, it will be more noticeable. There you go. Looks so much better. What's next? For the strawberry, all I want to do here is maybe show the seeds. But instead of drawing in the seeds, I want to erase it. Again, this background color will show through because I think it'll make a perfect seed color. In this case, I'm going to use a layer mask and delete the part of the strawberry. I'm going to select the strawberry, click on Mask. I guess you can use any pen here. I'm just going to use a pencil. 6B pencil will do. Make sure you have the black selected. Then I'm just going to zoom in so you can see. I'm just going to go ahead and draw the strawberry seeds in. It gives a little texture too because the pen already has this texture. I think that looks pretty nice and cute. You see how this pink color is showing through. I use the layer mask there. For the macaroon, all I really want to do here is to apply the same texture that I applied with this doughnut. I'm going to go ahead and select the macaroon, I'm going to create a new layer. Again, I want to add the overall texture so I'll be using a clipping mask. There you go. Then I want to keep the same brush painting stucco. I want to more like a highlight, like a pink color, so I'm going to go ahead and choose maybe bright pink color. Then I'm just going to apply on top. But maybe not so much all over, but just more on one edge more so it looks like a highlight. Something like and also like that. That looks really good. The last element here is a ribbon. I'm going to leave this up to you how you want to either add texture. If you want to do that, you can just select the blue ribbon and use a clipping mask. Another fun thing you can do is you can actually select that blue ribbon and create a mask. You could draw a letter in it to make a little message. For example, I could just grab inking brush and then I just want to erase the blue part so the white ribbon down here will show through. You could do something like that, like write a message or something. This was like a mother's card I made side I thought. But anyways. The whole point of this exercise is for you to see how you can make a decision whether you want to use a clipping mask or you want to use a layer mask. Have fun with that. Yay. Now you have completed this lesson. I hope you have the confidence to start applying textures to your own artwork. But before you go, I want to share final bonus tips for you to try. Here's a quick recap. Use clipping mask when you want to add textures and use layer mask when you want to erase the textures. Keep playing around. Practice makes it so much easier. The illustration and all the Procreate brush information can be found in the Projects and Resources section. 7. Bonus Tip: Now that you're getting more comfortable using textures, let me share few final bonus tips that are super easy to apply yet super effective. I want to share three last bonus tips with you guys. Here we're back at this flower boy illustration and the first tip I want to tell you is using the texture brush on the edges of your objects. What I mean by that is if you go to this flower boy, I have a shirt layer here under flower boy. On this layer, if you look at the shirt, it's a very clean cut. Adding textures to those edges add the extra uniqueness to your illustration on top of all the textures you're using. I'm just going to show you how I do this. I'm just going to go ahead and select that shirt layer. Make sure you're choosing the same color and then I'm going to choose a brush called Charcoals 6B Compressed and just apply on the edges. It almost looks like I drew with a crayon, something like this. That looks really neat in my opinion along with all the textures you're using, something like that. Sorry I went over, I'm just going to erase that, but this is something you can easily do and make your illustration even more unique. Tip number 2, you could add some really fun patterns to your illustration. In addition to the textures, you could use some of the really fun brushes on top of it to make that add that fun pattern to your illustration. For example, on my shirt, I'm going to go ahead and maybe add the dots all over the shirt that makes it really fun. Since I'm adding the texture or adding something to the layer, I'm just going to go ahead and select the layer and create a clipping mask. I'm going to go ahead and do that and then select clipping mask. I like to use the brush called Beat Tones Dot 1A. This is a purchased brush, but the concept here is that you could use any brush you like, but something that's more fun. Not necessarily just grainy or just watercolorish pattern, you want to use something that has more fun pattern to it. I'm going to go ahead and use maybe a white color here. Make sure you're selecting the clipping mask and just go ahead and apply. You see immediately this character looks a little bit more fun. Adding these different, unique, or fun, funky patterns, it makes your illustration look so much better. Once you're done adding textures, the final last thing you could do to make it a little bit more better is adding the paper texture. This is really easy to do. You just need to find a paper texture picture on the Internet or you could take a picture yourself. In my case, I downloaded from a website called unsplash.com. You're just going to go ahead, find the picture, and bring it over. How do you do that? You're going to click on this tool bar right there and you're going to insert a photo. I already have a picture right there. I'm going to go ahead and insert the photo into your canvas. In this case, I inserted right above this shirt, but what you want to do is you want to insert the photo on the very top of your artwork like cell. Here it is. I'm going to reduce it down. There's two things we're going to do. You bring the paper in and you're going to make a duplicate. You're going to just go ahead and swipe to the left, select duplicate so you have two layers. I'm going to turn off the first one. Second one, you are going to change the blending mode. This is what we're most familiar with called Multiply. You're going to go ahead and do that. It blends in already, you can see. Then on the second one, I'm going to turn it back on and this is to act like a highlight. I'm going to go to the blending mode instead of choosing the Multiply, we're going to choose Soft Light. Then you're going to reduce the Opacity down a bit. Play with the Opacity. Same thing with the Multiply, you can play with the opacity. Now, these two are going to act like this extra layered texture for your already textured artwork. I'm going to group it together so it acts as a group, because you may wonder, what do I do with the side? I'm going to show you how I'm going to fix that. I grouped this paper texture together. I'm just going to select that and I'm going to move to the left. Now, I don't want to move. I wanted to move exactly to the left. I'm going to click Snapping, select Magnetics, so it's not going to move. I'm just going to go ahead and slowly move to the left like that. Then I'm going to create another group, swipe to the left, duplicate. Now I'm going to move this to the right. Go ahead and move to the right, like so. It's not going to be perfect. If you see this line, don't worry about it. You could just go ahead. Did I go the opposite way? Let's try one more time. Let's just practice this. Just go all the way and then maybe go around here. This one was pretty good, but if you still see the line a little bit, you just have to move a little tad more and you're just going to go ahead and select that. Then maybe if you just tap it down like that, it only moves very little at a time. I'm going to the opposite direction. I'm going to go this way, tap this way. It's almost perfect. There you go. That's the final bonus tips I wanted to tell you. Congrats, you've really completed my course. Now it's your turn to create your own unique illustration using textures. You can use as little or as many techniques I've taught you in class. I can't wait to see what you create. 8. Conclusion: Congrats you made it. Now you've learned how to apply textures like a pro. We started out by learning the basics of clipping mask, layer mask, and a blending mode, and then we went through several examples of how to apply each method. Finally, we practiced applying all methods together at once, and then I shared my final bonus tips. I really hope this class made you feel that anyone can draw using textures and gave you the confidence to start using textures in your own artwork. I'm really excited to see what you come up with, so please don't forget to share your results of this class in the project section. Also, if you enjoyed this class, please make sure you leave me a review. Lastly, I'll be sharing some of my favorite student projects on my social media, so let's connect. Thank you so much for watching. Bye.