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PROCREATE BASICS: Everything I Wish I Knew about Procreate as a Beginner

teacher avatar DK Ryland, Illustrator, Surface Designer

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7 Lessons (1h 7m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Getting Started

    • 3. Brushes

    • 4. Colors

    • 5. Drawing

    • 6. Layers

    • 7. Final Project

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About This Class

Hi, I’m Danielle Kinley Ryland, an illustrator who loves Procreate. I find Procreate to be incredibly intuitive and  over time I have learned a lot of tips, tricks, and shortcuts along the way. This class will cover everything I wish I knew when I first started using Procreate.

This class is great for someone who has starting using Procreate but wants to become more familiar and will even be useful to longtime Procreate users who will pick up a tip or two that may make their workflow more efficient. 

You will need a iPad and apple pencil to complete this course. 

I highly recommend you complete the class project and post it to the class project section. The class project will reinforce the skills covered throughout the course. 

Thanks for joining me! 

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DK Ryland

Illustrator, Surface Designer


Hi! I'm DK Ryland and I am an illustrator and surface pattern designer who specializes in stylized, charming, and quirky pieces inspired by nature and animals. I work with a wide range of techniques and programs to create fresh and vibrant illustrations and am constantly exploring new techniques. I love showing people what I learn along the way and am so glad you are here! 

Check out my Website to see more of what I do and I would love to be Instagram friends! 

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Daniel Kelly Ryland, an illustrator out of San Diego, California My favorite program, hands down to use for digital illustration is procreate, and along the way of using procreate, I picked up tips and tricks that have made my workflow much more efficient. So in today's course, I'm gonna show you everything I wish I knew when I started out using procreate. This course is great for beginning procreate users who want to become more familiar with the program. And it's also great for a long term procreate users because I think that you'll find some tips and tricks that will help your workflow become faster and more efficient. The supplies were gonna need for this class are an iPad and an apple pencil at the very end . After I go over all the things that I wish I knew when I first started using procreate, we're gonna do a class project together, and in that cost project, we're gonna utilize a lot of the tips and tricks that I give you throughout the course. I highly recommend that you do the class project and you post it to the Project set section . As we know the more we put our skills into practice, the more that we're gonna retain the information. With all that said, Let's get started. 2. Getting Started: we're going to start with some basic getting started type of knowledge. The first thing I'm gonna show you is that with the apple pencil, the end cap comes off to charge and it comes with the charger when you buy it. I don't think I've ever used it because it's very convenient just to stick it into your iPad And then that can charge, um, for you there. So I'm gonna fire appropriate. And then it's gonna pull up my artwork in my different stacks that I've organized the first thing. We're going to talk about his canvases and stacking and organization, and we'll just hit on this very quickly. Soto, add a campus. We're gonna hit this plus sign over here. And, um, there are presets and they're also ones that I've made. If you want to make a new size, you're gonna click on the plus sign in the upper right hand corner, and we can make this in millimeters centimeters, inches or pixels. I choose inches because my brain doesn't really process anything else. Um and so let's just be random here. Five by five inches. It'll show me that I can have up to 250 layers because that's a pretty small canvas. Um, my color profile. This is important. Um, RG it gives me different options for RGB, which is what you're gonna use for anything that you're planning on using with a screen, and then c m y que, which is anything that you're going to make into something that's going to be a printed. So if you sell prints in your shop or something like that, you see him like a, um and then I would hit create to make that campus. I'm gonna cancel, cause I don't need to make a new canvas. Um, but let's just go ahead and let's click on eight by eight. Here. This is one that I've made. Um, and that's gonna be it. A new canvas for us. Um, I'm gonna And we're just gonna work in, play in in that eight by campus. You can choose whatever size you want. That's totally fine. Um, and then what I'm going to show you now is how to stack things together for organization. So I'm going to select, um, this little raccoon character, cause I'm gonna show you a couple things with that later. and I'm gonna click on that and my new artwork, and I'm going to stack them together. So now I can name that, um, skill share a practice or class or something like that, and then we'll be working in that today during this class. Um, another thing I can do if I already have, um, stacks. And you can see I have a lot of different stacks. And let's say I'm like, Well, these are all animals. So maybe I just make one big stack and call it animals I can select click on those and stack them together. So now I have this one big stack, which is a little bit more organized, and I can name that animals. Okay. Um Okay, so this should be charged now, so I'm gonna take this out now. A couple more important things before we get started. Me, we I'm gonna be working in this campus, so I'm gonna go ahead and open it up. Now if I, um Let's say I whatever, I draw something in here, and then I, um add another wear and I juror, or let's say don't add another layer. I mean, that same layer and I drove over it and then I click out of it and I decided, You know what? I don't like that, um, line that I made. I cannot undo it now that I left the campus that I went back into my gallery. So make sure if you're still in an editing mode that you, um that you make sure that you press back before you exit the campus. Another thing that you're gonna find useful is inserting photos and there's a couple different reasons why. So I'm gonna click on the wrench tool, add insert a photo and it's gonna take me to my photo library. So down here I have a sketch of a cat lazy cat that I did, um, and you can play with the size. Here is Well, uh, when you add things in, if it's on Magnetics, it will keep its original proportions. If it's not, those proportions can get, um well, it's on uniform on free form. Those proportions can get kind of weird, Okay, but it is useful to import photos if you like sketching in a sketchbook, which sometimes I really do. And I would rather dio um so you can sketch in your sketchbook, and then you can, um, use that sketch. Lower the capacity of it. So you're gonna click on the layer, Which is this? What you just imported the photo and then you're going Teoh, lower the opacity, add a new layer. And then now I can draw directly on top of that right? Be more careful, usually, but that's the idea, so that when that when you take the sketch away the original sketch now you have this new artwork that you're creating. So that's one reason why photos would be, um, useful. Another reason why photos would be useful to click the wrench ad and sort of photo again. They took a couple pictures like of my backyard. Um, is that nature has really, really pretty color palettes. And so, um, if you have a hard time with color palettes, taking pictures is a really nice way to import colors. So this on we'll get a little bit more into this in the color section. But it's a good thing to note that when you take photos and you bring them in, you can grab colors directly from your photos. So there's a nice yellow there. And a nice purple Who that did not look like purple. Let's try that again. There we got and a nice purple. Okay. And greens and all that. Okay, the last thing I want to show you before we get started is, um, clear. That is a split screen with safari. So if I If I pull up from the bottom here, you'll see this arrow and I pull it up. It's going to give me my menu bar, and I'm gonna take safari and drag it over to the side, and it's gonna create a split screen for me. So, um, I can go over to Pinterest or whatever. Search engine Google or whatever. And look for, um, uh, photo inspiration or references or things like that. So, um, that's really nice toe Havas. Well, 3. Brushes: the next thing, we're going to talk about his brushes. The first thing you need to know is that you should not buy brushes yet. There are some really, really good packages out there. But until you really get to know what it is that you want to do with procreate, if you've got a watercolor style or lettering or things like that, um, there are a lot of options within procreate with the brushes that they already have. And now there's a a bunch more, actually, with the new update with Procreate five that most of everything you're gonna need unless you're super specialized is gonna already be in procreate. Also for you, Photoshopped people, um, if you are so attached to appropriate brush, I mean, I'm sorry, a photo shop brush those air now in portable into procreate. So there's a lot of options for brushes already without having to spend money. And I would suggest that you really get to know your brushes with in procreate first before you go out and buy and buy packages. Okay, so two, let's start with our brush library. So over here on the side are all the brushes that come within procreate. This watercolor and watercolor paper section are sections that I've done myself and brushes that I've made myself sketching. Inking all these down here should look the same as what you have. So we'll start with sketching. One of my favorite pencils is the 60 pencil. And, um, the reason being is because it, um, looks like a pencil and I can shade with it and I can draw dark lines with it. Um, and it's it's just a very versatile and very natural looking pencil. Okay, um, now the one limitation that we have with it, like let's say I want to make something. Let's say I want to make a circle really big and I want a color that in Now. If I want to color this circle in, it's gonna take me a really long time because my size is completely maxed out, right? And so it's gonna take me forever. So I've run into this quite a quite a few times, making bigger artwork with the pencil, and so what I can dio is duplicate my pencil and then create a new one. So the way I'm going to duplicate it is swipe over from the left duplicate, and it's going to make a new brush for me. Um, I'm gonna delete this one just because I've already done it. So it's this one right here. And then I went into, um, that brushes properties and one down do properties. There's all different things that make this brush look like this. There's a stroke path, Taper shaped crane, all of these things or things that I would recommend. Um, playing with and looking at. And what's really cool, too, is that this drawing pad over here is gonna show you what different things do. So if I up the spacing on this, you'll see that this whole brush is made of these little rectangular shapes and this grain rate. And the more that I space it out, the more you see, um, you see that original shape, and once you take that away, you get that pencil stroke. Um, we'll get into a couple of things later, but it's really, um, really good to play with all these just to see what makes a pencil pencil or a pen or a brush or watercolor or whatever. Eso that's going to properties and what I did here is underbrush Behavior. I turned maximum size, which was probably somewhere in here. Oh, the way up to Max. Okay, I'm just gonna hit cancel, so I don't mess with my brush. But what that does, and you can see it here is makes it so that when I turn my size all the way up, it's Aziz Bigas. It possibly can be so now, coloring in the circle becomes a lot easier, right? I love quicker. And so, if you know that about your about the different properties of your brushes and you play around and you really see what makes the brush work the way that it does, then you can play with things like that to make your workflow much more efficient. Um, what I would suggest when you do this. So let's go into I don't know, another simple brush. So let's go into studio pen. It's a simple pen, Um, and let's duplicate it every time that you mess with the brush in procreate, make sure you duplicate it first, because that if you mess something up or you lose, you lose your setting. And what made that brush what it was originally um you want to be able, Teoh, you don't want to lose the original brush. So what I'm trying to say it's OK. So it's going to our, um, duplicate brush. This is the studio pen. And let's just look at a couple things was facing. This is made out of a bunch of solid circles. Right? Um, streamline is important for all you Lederer. So I'm gonna clear my drawing pad here, and I'm gonna show you I have terrible handwriting. So this kind of perfect, um, if I were to write my name can't fit Daniel Also Danny's Fi. Um, so I reiterate that and I were Teoh up the streamline. It smoothed it out. So much for me. Rate. So what that's gonna do is make it so that if I If I want to letter that, um, I'm gonna be able to do that, and it's gonna kind of snap in place for me. It's really it's really nice for people who, um I don't have great handwriting and need some help with lettering. Okay, Um, and even if you don't need help with lettering, it just makes it much, much easier. Um, so that's that's a good one to know. Especially if you're if you're Ah, hand lettering. Anything. Um, this drawing pad over here, I'm just gonna dio, uh, squiggly line. And then you can kind of when you go to taper, you can kind of see what happens. So that's the back end, and you'll see it right here. When I move this, it gets fatter. It gets thinner and tapers, right. And then the front end to So there's all these, all these little things that you can change. We saw that it's a circle shape. The green is solid because it's a pen. There's different glazes that you can put on each of these that are either going to make them look, um, smooth or wet or, uh, all different kinds of things. Um, delusion is going, Teoh play with the wetness. All of these air gonna have different effects. And what's nice is that you can draw over here on the drawing pad and then play with that. Um, let's see anything else I want to show you here, um, apple pencil. You can play with the pressure and then brush properties. We can play like I told you before. with the size maximum and minimum size capacities as well. Um, so we can cancel that and get rid of that brush for now. So what? I suggest go through play with all your brushes. If there's something you don't you really like about a brush. But there's something that's limiting you. Chances are you can go in and create it on. Change it in a way that's gonna work for you and what you're trying to do with it. Okay? Another thing for workflow is as you as you go on and you play with these brushes, You're gonna, um, have favorites. So something that you can do here in your brush library is it's usually right here. So you're gonna have the pole down your brushes and press this plus sign and add in. Uh, we'll just call it favorites. Oops. Okay, so now I have a new brush set. Right. Um, I'm gonna go through and take my favorite brushes that I use all the time, and I'm gonna add them into my favorites groups that went into watercolor. That's okay, cause I could just move it into my favorites now. Um, let's say I want to move my drying brush like that brush. If I move this whips. Excuse me. If I move this rush into my favorites, it's gonna take it out of my thinking section. So what I'm gonna want to do is duplicate it and then move that duplicate into my favorites . So now here we go. So now I'm gonna have that drying brush in both my favorites and my thinking. Uh, right here. Okay. So I would go through as you get to know the brushes that you really like. Um, and there's some really cool, interesting textures, um, that you can play with. And as you get to know those, I would put them in a favorite pile, make the duplicate, put it in the favorites file. That way, Any time that you're working on something, um, you can just you can open one thing instead of searching. Oh, yeah. Where was that pressure again? Was it in painting or artistic? Or was it a texture? Uh, because that will really reduce the time that you spend searching through your library. The next thing we're going to talk about with brushes is the brush lighter over here. So this is my size lighter. And this is my capacities later. So if I'm drawing, um, this is actually a good brushwork as it gets so big. If I'm drawing while I am drawing, I can slide it down to increase and decrease sizes as I go. I can also do that with capacity. So I've got high rapacity, lower capacity. It's kind of nice for if you want to fade your, um your line off. That's just give us some space here. So if I'm drawing and I want Teoh have a hard line that fades off at the end and we can play with that too, being a little bit more gradual. There we go. Then you can you can use the opacity Slater for that. Okay, Now, the next thing, um, if I'm let say this circle is too big for what I wanted to dio previously, and I where I just want to trim off some of it or make it more even or something. I'm gonna use my racer to do that. Now, my erasers set on some random brush right now in the painting section. And if I were toe erase with that brush, he would look a little weird. It's cool brush, though. Um, So what I'm gonna do is use the same brush that I drew with, which is my six b pencil to race with, um because my brush has already set on that six b pencil. If I just hold down my race tool, it's going to say the little thing popped up that said erased with Kurten current brush, which is really, really nice because, um, my edges here are going to be raised with the same brush, so it's gonna have that same texture as what I drew with. Okay, so that's really nice to be able to talk, go back and forth just by clicking it down. Now, let's say I changed my race to my drink. I could do the same thing, and it's gonna say paint with current brush the same thing. Now I'm on my dry race brush because my eraser was on that and I toggled back over to it. The same thing happens for my smudge brush, right, smudged with current brush it's gonna use. Here we go. Um, I'm gonna be able to smudge with my dry in crush. Okay? So with this much brush Talk about that for a second. Um, let's say we're gonna draw with, um, let's say three different colors. So make a line with three different colors here. Actually, I'm gonna use my six b pencil. Showed that lines a little thicker so you can see it better. Um hmm. Purple and sorry. I keep clicking the wrong thing. And blue. Okay, so about three lines of color. And if I go over to my smudge brush, I can now use that to kind of blend thes together. That's one really nice use for your smudge brush is being able to blend colors. Okay, you can. Also, this background color for this paper is not just a background. It's not just paper, it's it's actually the white color, so you can smudge that into your colors as well. I think that's it on on brushes. Make sure that you play and you really get to know all the brushes that appropriate has to offer 4. Colors: the next thing we're gonna cover is color. So over here on the right hand corner is your current color that you're using. Now, if I want to switch back to the color that I was previously using, I'm just gonna hold that down and it's going to take me to my previous color. Hold it again. Oops, Sorry. Hold it again and then previous color. So if you're working between two colors, it's extremely useful. Uh, let's open that up. And there's a lot of different, um, options Four ways that you can pick your colors. I personally like to use the disk. I like to choose my color and then, uh, pick my my tents and my shades from there. Ah, the other way is with the classic display, which is kind of the same idea, right? We've got our colors here and then tints and shades as well. Now, um, this is harmony is a new one, and it's really interesting for procreate five. So this is my color that I have now and not showing me the complementary colors, the triad IQ complement of your colors. So, um, straight complimentary. It's gonna show me the exact complementary color to what I have just really, really useful when you're picking colors for an art piece. Um, anywhere that I move this and I can move either one. It's going to show me the exact complement to that color. It's really, really nice. Um, let's go, Teoh split, complimentary, Analogous. And it's and so, um and this is nice for, like, something that's monochromatic. And so this is a really useful new tool. Now it's really cool as well. With the new Procreate Five is that I can grab this line up here and I can move my my color palette to my canvas and I can move it anywhere on my campus, right? So I would probably have it over here being left handed and so that I can easily access my colors. This is really useful if I'm using three different colors because I can't just toggle back and forth between them. I can choose one color draw Next color draw. Next color draw, right. Those are really pretty. So this is this is a nice new feature for sure. Um, connects out of that. Open it back up. Here we go. Um, this one I value I really kind of stay away from. And then these air, These are all my different palettes. So to add a new palette, I'm gonna click this plus button. I can name it if I want. Uh, I'll just say skill share class, That's what it's for. Okay. And let's go back, Teoh adding in a photo, because this would be a good time to show that. So wrench add, insert a photo. Uh, let's grab. Yeah, that's fine. Let's grab this weird flower that's in my backyard. That's got these really pretty orange colors in it, right? So let's say I just want Teoh add these colors into my skill share class palette that I just made. So I'm just gonna color pick, and then I'm gonna tap on one of the boxes in that class and let's say I want the screen, too. These are cool colors, actually, um, something darker as well. And maybe like this blue. Right? So, uh, you can do this with pallets that you can. You can do this with pictures. You can do this with pallets that you find online, um, other pieces of art that you find a color that you really like? And you wanna, um, replicate it? Uh, this is really, really useful to be able Teoh upload either a photo or a screen shot or something that you can pull colors from to make your own palettes. Okay, what's also nice about this? So let's say I pulled these colors and then I go, OK, so this is really cool, but I want the exact compliment. I could go back over to harmony, and I want the complementary color. That's this yellow color. And now I'm gonna add that into my palate. Okay, so the next thing we're going to talk about is, um, getting perfect white and perfect black. So I really like this feature as well. So if I'm in my disk, I can just double click over here on white, and it's gonna give me pure white. If I double click on black, I get pure black. And since I'm in this orangish yellow color, it's gonna give me that the pure version of that color. Right? Um, so it's really convenient way to get back to quite get her to get back to black. Okay, so let's get rid of that picture. Um we can get rid of that layer as well. So, um, my next layer, Let's go, Let's go back to. But I have. Let's go back to black. Let's grab inking. Um, just a regular pattern here on I'm Inish Dress circle. And then what's really nice about any closed shapes is that you can fill those automatically with color. Okay, now I'm still holding on to this, and what you'll see is this color drop threshold. If I go, you're not gonna see it on this. So if I go to high, it's gonna fill up the whole page. But if I go too low, let's see if yet there you if I go too low, there's gonna be this line that happens when I color drop in. So let's try that again. And let's get that threshold up higher. And let's see if we can get rid of that line. Yes, so now we don't have that line. So this is something to be aware of that if you're using color dropped to fill objects that you make sure that the threshold is high enough for zoom in so that you see that it's sealed. Some pens are have a lot of texture. And so color drops not gonna work really well with them. And sometimes you just want gonna want to color it. And instead, um, color drop is pretty cool for being able to change colors as well. So I can drop this on top of that and change the color automatically. That is a nice feature as well. Okay, the next thing we're going to talk about is, uh, color adjustments. So let's grab that complementary color and filler. And so we've got two different colors here. That's fine. We'll abstract. Um, sorry. And we're gonna go to our magic Juan and these air my adjustments. So, um, four color, specifically, we're going to go to hue, saturation and brightness. And down here, where we can play with the colors here, it's pretty cool. Uh, and we can play with saturation, make it black and white or just full saturation. Um, and then brightness. Okay. And then if, um, if we like it wherever we have it, let's change those colors. Then we're just gonna up. Sorry. Um, sorry. If we don't like it, we can click out and press reset. If we do like it, we just hit on that wand and we're in. We're set with that change. 5. Drawing: Let's get into drawing now. So you've probably were you see me doing this? But if I undo something, I'm gonna use two fingers tap troops, which is gonna change my color back to its original color. And if I use three fingers, it's gonna redo what I undid. So I can do that with drawing lines, emerging layers pretty much anything I do and procreate. I can undo with two fingers and redo with three fingers. This is really convenient because the button for, uh, undo and redo or down here, which is fine. But this is like if I have a Thanh of lines, this is much faster. And if I made a ton of lines and I don't want any of them, I can hold down this two fingers, Um and then it's gonna get rid of all that. Now, uh, the only time, uh, undo and redo are not gonna work is if I go, let's draw this line and I go out to my gallery and I go back in. If I try to undo that line, it's not gonna work because I exited this canvas. So just keep that in mind when you're when you're trying to undo, Um, anything that you have stopped gone out of your gallery and are starting on again. If you don't like this later at all, you can just scrub the whole thing. And the way you do that is use three fingers and lips and wave them back and forth, and it's gonna get rid of the entire layer. And now you haven't a blank slate. Okay, So drying straight lines. You are going Teoh most certainly try to draw a straight line, and I'm not very good at it. So, luckily, once I, uh, once I hold that line down that I drew procreate is automatically going to turn it into a straight line. And once I let go, it's gonna It's, um it's gonna create that straight line wherever I let it. Let it drop. Now, if I want, um a perfect, uh, parallel line. I can do that by holding one of my fingers down or horizontal in. Okay. Okay. Another really nice way to draw straight lines is by using your drawing guide. So I'm gonna go amuse my wrench, and I'm gonna go into canvas and drawing guide is right here. I'm gonna turn it on and it's gonna give me these boxes, so, um, I can draw right along these lines. This is also really nice. If you're doing lettering and you want Teoh draw within these confines right here and you create any layer and then you can, you know, and then you can make your letters right. And then you can kind of stay within that line and you know where you are. Um, we're gonna go back into ranch canvas and edit drying guy. So there's a lot of things you can do here is Well, um, this is what we're in right now is a to degrade. That's what I use most of the time. I do play with the grid size, depending on what I'm working on and how big I want those boxes to be. Eso that's really nice. You can also play with the color of the drawing guide. If I don't know one's easier on your eyes or something. The thickness of those as well on the capacity. If maybe they bother you while you're driving or something. Cancel that, Um actually, let's go back in to edit drawing because there's some interesting stuff in here. Um, isometric drying guide is just isometric your perspective during bed. If you tap somewhere, it's gonna create a vanishing point. Eso This is really nice for drawing in perspective. Symmetry is interesting. I think it's fun to play with. I don't really, ever use it. Um, So Okay, so we have symmetry and let's just click done, and then let's play with it. So if I wanted Teoh, I don't know, draw heart. It's gonna whatever I put on one side, it's gonna duplicate on the other. So this is really good for people who drama ndaa, Lazar, anything like that. We'll go back to drying. I'd put it back on that TD grid and then, um, turn it off. Okay. Yeah. Let's go back to Sorry. Let's turn that drawing very back on it. It drying God. So you make sure that assisted drawing is turned off once you're back in your to degrade. Otherwise your pencils gonna do weird stuff, and you're not gonna know what's going on. It's because that's clicked on. Okay, All right. And now let's get rid of during guy. Okay? All right. Next. Let's go into our magic wand. here, and we're gonna play a little bit with adjustments. So, um, opacity of the entire layer were only in one layer. Let's let's actually combine these just so we can see what it does to everything. So let's go back in that magic wand capacity. We can change the capacity of the entire layer. Okay. Gaussian Blur. You're going, Teoh. Whoa, There we go. Be able, Teoh, blur the image if you want to, um, motion blur because it's gonna make it look like your images in motion. So all these effects aren't really affects that I use often, but their effects that can be extremely useful. Um, depending on your project, Uh, let's go to Let's go toe liquefy. It's pretty interesting. So liquefied has all these different options Push. You're going to be able Teoh literally push your lines twirl you're gonna be able to literally twirl your lines. And even if you just leave your pencil, it's gonna just twirl around your pencil for you Pretty psychedelic and cool Pinch. It's exactly how it sounds. Gonna pinch everything into the middle expand. It's gonna expand everything out, make it kind of bloated. Uh, crystals are literally no crystals, uh, edge and reconstructed school. Because if you don't like what you did, it will put it all back to normal. Okay, Um and then if you don't like any of it, you can use to reset it and then play around again once again, this is something that it can be very useful. It's probably not something you're gonna use everyday, but it's nice to know it's there to be able to use it when you need it. Okay, so it's get out of that, and I'm gonna delete that layer out a new layer, and then we're just gonna talk about shapes. So you saw me draw circles already, and so we'll talk a little bit about that. So I drew a circle. It's not a perfect circle, but at it shape comes up, and I can either choose in ellipses or a circle. And so once I click on that circle now, it is a perfect circle, so I can draw perfect circles every time because, um, because of that tool, and that's gonna work for other ships as well say I'm trying to draw a square. It's gonna give me that at it. Cheap um, option. And then I can turn it into a perfect square. And if I want Teoh, maybe, uh, turn that square. I can select it, trace around it, hit the arrow, and then adjust it however I want. Okay, um, that's gonna work for other shapes as well. Rectangles at its shape, rectangle. And then, let's say I don't want a perfect rectangle or perfect shape at its shape. Uh, let's go poly line. And I can mess with how these lines interact with each other. No, like an airplane or paper. Your players. Okay, so that's pretty fun, too. 6. Layers: for last section layers. I'm gonna go ahead and go back into my gallery and show you and talk about layers with a completed simple illustration. So this record is made up of five different layers. The 1st 1 being, um, like a rough sketch shot, the shadow underneath its feet and tail, the base color, the shading that's on top and then the details. So it's got a lot going on to create this simple illustration. Working in layers is going to make it. Really. It's gonna make it much more simple to make edits as I go and later on, if I want to change anything, um, let's talk about our selection tools first. So my selection tools this s over here and let's say I want to take these eyes and move them into a new layer because I wanted people to at edit them without affecting the nose and the whiskers. Say, for example, So I'm gonna cut out cries, and then I'm gonna click on the arrow and I'm gonna swipe down with three fingers and I'm gonna say, cut and paste. When I do that, it's going to take my selection and it's gonna put it on a new layer. This is a really, really useful tool for editing. And for even if you you put the let's say, um, let's put those back together let's say I wanted to draw. I don't know. Um, okay, we got that blue color. Uh, let's crab are favorites. Pencil. Let's say I want to make clouds really bad class. Um, and I wanted those on a different layer on a background layer, and it's I noticed that it's on my detail air. I can go in and select them and then cut and paste them, okay. And then that cut and paste is gonna put them on a new layer. And then I can rename that Klatz. It's really nice for when you make a mistake, basically, and I do that all the time drawing on the run layer and then going having to go back in and fix it. Okay, let's turn that off. Okay, Copy and paste. Um, let's talk about merging layers. So let's say I mean, actually delete this cloud layer. So I'm just gonna swipe over and say Delete, let's say I want all of these to be, um, on the same layer. Then I'm gonna pinch them together. And thats going, Teoh, make it one complete object. Okay, I'm gonna go ahead and undo that because I don't want to merge them. I'm Another option is Teoh group them. So if I have one of those layers highlighted and a swipe, um, the four layers that make the raccoon And I say group now I have a new group, and I can turn it off and on when you have a thana layers, this is nice for organization, and then I can name that raccoon if I want. Do that as well. Okay, I think I'm back. Okay. Cool. The last thing I want to talk to you about within the layers category is a couple of the tools within layers. So I'm gonna cook on my shading layer, and there's all these really nice options here. Two of my favorite are all flock and clipping mask. And so I'm gonna talk about those. So if I click on Al Flock, that's gonna, um it's gonna create that checkerboard background. So that's how you know it's on. Um, and what that does is makes it so I can draw within just that layer, and then anything in the backgrounds not gonna show up. So let me show you what I mean. So if I draw over, do this with that's when, um so if I draw over that layer, it's gonna draw with in that black area and on Lee, anything that has pigment. Okay, now, let's say I want this to be more solid. I would have to turn Alfa lock off to be able to fill that in, but I also, without awful lock, can draw outside. I have would have already drawn. Okay, Another really nice option to do something similar without changing. Um, that original layer is gonna be to create a mask. So I'm gonna add a layer above that, my shading, um layer and I'm going going to click on clipping mask. And so that clipping mask is for this layer, and you can see the arrows pointing at this layer. And so, in my clipping mask, if I draw, it looks the same as what I did with Al Flock. All right, But what you'll see is that my clipping mask is just a big blob, and it's clipped onto my shading layer so it's only gonna show up in the shape that's in my shading layer. If I turn off clipping mask, you'll see it is a big blob. And if I turn it back on a little clip on what's really nice about this is that it doesn't change your original, uh, layer. So if I decide you know what, I don't really like a blue raccoon. I can just delete that layer. And now I'm back to where I waas okay, that's it for layers, a couple a couple extra tools that I want to talk about real quick, and I'll just tag him on here is, um, the fact that you can add text. So if I go into my wrench and say add and add text, I can, um, it's just I reckon I can type in here, and then I can mess with the font right and style and then the size and all of those things . Okay, this is useful for, um, if you're doing maybe a dummy for a book or, um, that's where I think it would be useful. I tend to do mine in a photo shop afterward because I find it more convenient, but this is nice to have toe have the option. It's also going to create its own layer as well, so we can go in and delete that as well. Another thing I want to talk to you about is time lapse replay. So this is really fund have for instagram or for just seeing how much time and what your progression was when you made your piece of artwork. And so, um, you're gonna go into video under the wrench tool, and then you're gonna click on time lattes replay, and it's gonna go through and show every single edit that was made to this raccoon. And so you can kind of see how I created the record and what that process looks like. This is always a fun one toe ad to instagram. Okay, Um and then the last thing I want to talk about this is gonna come into play when we do our for our final project is, um are animated gifs. So we're gonna go back into that wrench, click on our share tab, and then animated GIF. Now, when I do this right now, it's not gonna make much sense because it's just gonna play between all of my, um, you could do it fast. Whatever. It's gonna play through all my layers. We're gonna use this to create one that actually makes sense in the in the final project, but just want to show you how to get to it. Okay, cancel that. And let's get started on our final project. 7. Final Project: now for a group project. We're gonna go back into our gallery, and we're going to start fresh so I can either add a new canvas and start with that or I can going to this 1st 1 and just delete this layer or turn it off and start new. This one's empty, so I'll start on this layer. The first thing I'm gonna do is just pick a color for a night sky. So I'm just going to do a simple cute moon illustration. You can follow along with me and do exactly what I dio, or you can, um, get creative ing get crazy with it and do whatever you want to do. So I'm just gonna pick a a dark night sky type blue or purple, and then I'm gonna go into my brushes. And I know that some of these painting and artistic brushes air really cool. So, um, I'm going to go into painting and I'll just use a simple watercolor, and I'm kind of playing here, too, as I go. So bear with me. Um and I'm just gonna paint a night sky, gets, um, color in there. Some streaks in there. Maybe I'll change that color just a little bit more blue and grab another brush and feel free to play as well. And just kind of don't you do not have to be to perfect here. Okay, um, and get some texture. I like me. Go roll. This is a good one. It's get it up and turn the capacity down In that way, we're just getting some really nice background texture with these artistic brushes. And you can do that with a lot of these brushes. Just play. Um, and so we can name that. Oh, let's say sky or background. And then at another layer, um, this next layer, I think should be our moon. And we can grab a Let's go into the yellowish colors and then really, really light. Okay, Um, yeah, and let's go into inky and we just grab a pen and let's draw that perfect circle. Okay, so we've got not a perfect circle hina edit it and will create a circle. So here's where we can also, um, place it where we want it right in the middle. I think maybe this is a little bit too big, so I'm gonna grab it and with Magnetics turned on. I'm gonna change the size and then re center it. Okay, so that looks good. I can, um, fill this, make sure my threshold is up so that I don't have any lines here and gaps. So I've got my base for my moon. The next thing I'm gonna do is add some texture to it, and I'm gonna go into ALF. I'm sorry. I'm going to go into my layer. Let's name that rename it moon. Okay. And then let's turn on Al Flock so that we can add some texture without that texture going outside of the parameters of the men. Okay, um, let's say I want some of these colors, so I'm just gonna grab it by pressing down and color grabbing, and I'm gonna go back to my painting section and grab watercolor. Now, this would be a good time to if I keep seeing myself using watercolor Teoh, duplicate it and put it into my favorite section so that now I always do that. There we go. So now I can just go grab it, okay? In this section if I keep using it, so I'm just gonna stamp with it and create a little bit of texture. I really like this brush for, um, in texture. It's really interesting and cool, and we probably want a variation of color there. So let's grab more purple tone. Um, and I I tend to pretty cool. Okay, so now we've got to start. We probably also want some glow around the moon. Um, so in between our moon and our sky layer, we're gonna add another layer. We can name that now, too, and just call it glow, okay? And let's go into those brushes. And this is another time we were just playing right. So let's go into either painting for artistic and we can play with a couple different, Um, a couple different colors here. I'm sorry. Not colors a couple different brushes here, so let's try it just randomly. Let's try Sasser for us and see what happens. We want a light bluey color with capacity down. That's good. And then probably the rush to be pretty big. All right, so that's a start. Let's turn that opacity down even more and just get that nice little hello outside of the moon. It's kind of cool, and now it's nice about this, too. Is that if I don't like how it's centered? Because it's on another layer. I can, um, play with the placement here. Okay. That's pretty cool, actually. Great. Um, something to be aware of when you move an object. Like, if I were to move it over here, Not that that makes sense. But, um, whatever was over here gets cut off. So now that is actually gone. So just be aware that if you do cut off anything that it disappears from procreate. So, um, now let's add a face to this moon so that it's a cute moon. Um, and let's call that face and let's double click on black to get ourselves a pure black color. And let's grab an inking pen. We can stick with Studio Pan. Or maybe drank would be fun to Yeah, maybe give him a little more texture. So added shape will get a perfect circle. Let's just color that one in. Okay, um, place somewhere we want, and then I'm gonna select that I actually, you know what? I'm gonna No, that's fine. Just like that. I am just, um, swiped down, and I'm gonna copy and paste it. So I've created the same I over here on If I just move it over pro creates gonna give me this guideline so that it stays perfectly in alignment with the original I Okay, And now I can merge those two layers together at another layer, grab perfect white and maybe put a little like, um, actually, I'm gonna grab that and copy and paste it so that I am, like, perfectly even here. Okay, Okay. And then I can merge those two little dots as well. I can either a color play pick black, or it can double clicked to get boob, double click to get black, and then I'm gonna draw It's cute little mouth. So my line if I want a perfect line, if I just hold it, it's gonna create that perfect line for me as well. And it might take me a while to get this one right. That's break you all right. And I accidentally put it on the wrong layer, so I'm gonna select it, and I'm gonna swiped down, cut and paste. And now that's on its own layer. And so now I can adjust it. However, I want it okay. Um good. There's our moon. So here's are actually, let's add some stars. So that would probably be above sky. And you know what? If I'm happy with this face, I'm happy to merge the whole face together. Okay, um, above sky, I'm gonna add in another layer and create some stars. Uh, let's go. Just studio pen, and we'll just create a nice little thoughts. The harder a press, the bigger those stars were gonna be. The lighter I pressed, the smaller they're gonna be. You can also change, obviously that the size with your slider and go through and make it a starry night in this glow area because the glows on top, it's already gonna fade these a little bit. But I do like to be a little bit more faded. So if I'm in the kind of glowy area, I'm gonna turn the capacity down and just make these a little bit more, um, difficult today to see, as White just makes a little more realistic, I guess. And then as they go out, they can get brighter. - All right, there we have a moon in a stirring it. So, uh, now that we have that we're going Teoh. And we have all these different who We have five layers. Let's name that stars. You don't have to name your layers, but it does help. Just stay organized. So if we I'm sorry, Um, okay, if we highlight thes and group them together now, this is Moon. I just think that's why our moon one Okay, um and then I'm gonna grab that and duplicate that group. Okay, so now I have two of these groups. Moon Oops is not what I meant to dio. Okay, so moon one I'm gonna rename to Moon. We, uh, blink because we're gonna make our blink in our animation. So I'm gonna go in and look at my my layers, and I'm gonna grab my face layer here. I'm actually gonna turn off the 1st 1 I'm gonna grab that base layer, and I'm going Teoh, select her eyes. Uh, actually, you know what? I'm not gonna do that yet. I'm gonna add a layer above the face, okay? And I'm gonna have black. And that dry ink Penn, The same pen is her eyes, and I'm gonna make her blink. Okay, so we're gonna turn these and you can't see them because capacities up. So let's turn the capacity of the face down so that we can draw on top of it and see what we're doing. So here's one blink and let's say I want Teoh. He race a little bit of just clean it up. That's better. Kind of taper the edges there. And I'm erasing with the same brush that I'm that I'm working with. And I got that just by holding holding down the erase 12. Okay, that looks almost good. Okay, I'm gonna grab that winking, uh, I and I'm gonna copy and paste it, and I'm gonna do the same thing I did before moving across, okay? And then I'm going to merge those two layers. I'm gonna go back to my face layer, select the eyes and get rid of them. Because in my animation, um, I don't want her eyes the open. I want them to be closed. I want her to blink, so I'm gonna get buying those layers. So now she has a new face in the in the other group. Um, so the animation is gonna go from the fact that she's awake in the 1st 1 with her eyes open . I guess she's awake here to She's got her eyes open in the 1st 1 and then she closes her eyes in the second, so she's just blinking. Um, I can also add a couple more stars in because that might make it look like it's twinkling. The stars were twinkling, So I'm gonna go ahead and just Adam in in a couple places. I could also erase some to, like there, blinking on and off a swell, But I'll just add some and let's see. Oh, you know what I did? I combined them when one when the opacity was down on the mouth. So we're gonna go ahead and go backward here and we're going. Teoh, get rid of the eyes. So we're gonna okay back to this spot. So what I did, Uh um this is why the undo and redo are so great. I combined these two when the mouths a passage, he was down. So I'm gonna go back in turn the opacity at before I emerged them. Okay, now we're good. Sorry about that. Uh, let's go back into stars ad. Um, a couple more here and there for the the twinkle effect. Okay. And now we can test our animation, so we're gonna go into a wrench tool share animated GIFs her. This layers turned off. We gotta turn this layer on. Sorry about that. Okay, so all there's need to be turned on. We've got two different groups. Um, and then now let's go back in. Wrench share, Animated GIF. Ah, she's blinking like crazy. So let's turn that down to, like, one frame per second. And she's looking. And if we wanted to blink a little faster, we can do that, Okay? And then you can export that. Andi Send it, Teoh. You know your dropbox or your mail or whatever? Okay, great. So that is your project. I can't wait to see what you come up with. I hope you learned a latte. Uh, and I hope you had fun. Thanks for joining me.