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70 Procreate Shortcuts in 15 Minutes: Learn Gestures to Improve Your Workflow

teacher avatar Peggy Dean, Top Teacher | The Pigeon Letters

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Intro + Cheat Sheet Handbook!


    • 2.

      What You Need


    • 3.

      The Gallery


    • 4.

      Your Workflow


    • 5.



    • 6.

      The Brushes


    • 7.

      Oh My Color


    • 8.

      Project Time!


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About This Class

If you're obsessed with Procreate like me, you probably already know by now that there are SO MANY gestures available for Procreate to make your workflow seamless. However, not all of these gestures are common knowledge, they aren't always intuitive, they're not readily available for us to pick up and learn as much as we'd like.

SO, in this short lesson, I'm bringing you SEVENTY different Procreate gestures to speed up your workflow and help you enjoy the Procreate app even more by easily navigating all that it wants us to do with it!

I've have a full blog with all of these gestures that you can bookmark for quick reference here.

You're about to learn gestures for...

  • Easy tricks to speed up your workflow in Procreate

  • Procreate layer gestures + how to manage Procreate layers

  • Procreate brush gestures + how to organize Procreate brushes

  • Procreate color tips + how to best utilize color in Procreate

  • Procreate gallery actions + how to organize your Procreate canvases

  • and a TON more...


You'll also find a free handbook that I've created for you under downloads!

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Peggy Dean

Top Teacher | The Pigeon Letters

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Hey hey! I'm Peggy.

I'm native to the Pacific Northwest and I love all things creative. From a young age I was dipping everything I could into the arts. I've dabbled in quite an abundance of varieties, such as ballet, fire dancing, crafting, graphic design, traditional calligraphy, hand lettering, painting with acrylics and watercolors, illustrating, creative writing, jazz, you name it. If it's something involving being artistic, I've probably cycled through it a time or two (or 700). I'm thrilled to be sharing them with you!

Visit my Instagram for daily inspiration: @thepigeonletters, and head over to my blog for more goodies curated just for youuuu.

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1. Intro + Cheat Sheet Handbook!: Hi everybody. In today's class we are doing something very bite-sized where you are going to learn 70 different Procreate gestures. These are going to speed up your workflow. Inevitably make your process so much easier so that you can actually create the work that you want to create without feeling stifled. If you're not familiar, procreate is an incredible software that you can use on the iPad Pro. My name is Peggy Dean for those who don't know me, I'm an artist, author, an educator, and stuff is my absolute favorite. So I can't wait to share this very bite-sized class with you. I've also got a robust handout for you guys to download. That will be your cheat sheet handbook that you can use it anytime, along with some other freebies, those are things that you are going to want to grab. Let's jump right on in. 2. What You Need: Welcome to the class. We're going to jump right on him, but before we get started, I will just let you know. It might seem silly, but you do need your iPad, you do need your Procreate software. It's an app programmed in on your iPad and ready to go and you will need your Apple Pencil. Other than that, your project for this class, I want you to create anything that you want to create by implementing one dash three of these new workflows that you're about to learn. I want to see what you guys create mostly I just want to show your work because there's nothing like coming together as a community in the creative space. So that being said, we're going to jump right on in. 3. The Gallery: The first section that I want to talk to you guys about is the gallery section. What you can do from here. First off, quick preview. You can quickly preview any of your canvases simply by pinching out with two fingers on any Canvas in the gallery. Once the preview is open, you can swipe to review projects simply by swiping to the right or swiping to the left. Something to note about this is that if you do Swipe within a stack, it's going to open each individual artwork in the stack. And if you close it while in the stack, then it is going to put you in the stack rather than the main gallery. Not a problem to have. It just takes you through everything. Once you are open, all you have to do to close your quick preview is two-finger drag towards the center. So basically pinch back in. If you're open in one of these projects and you decide that that's what you want to be working on. All you have to do from the quick preview is just double-tap. And now you can see I have my bar for my canvas. I've got my light and my Procreate Interface and I'm ready to work. You can select multiple projects by going to Select and simply tapping on each project that you want to combine in this selection, you can also tap and drag. And as you can see, all these blue check-marks came on indicating that I'm selecting all of these. You can unselect the exact same way. You can rearrange projects simply by tapping and holding and just dragging it in-between to others to move them around where you want them to live. Within your gallery, you can create stacks, as you may have noticed, I've got layers that are on top of layers. These are multiple projects within one stack. This one has a ton of them, so this is a better way to organize your files and your projects if you happen to work on multiple Canvases at a time, to create a stack, there's two ways that you can do this. The first is when you have canvases or projects selected. All you have to do is go to stack and it's going to create that for you. The other way that you can do this is by taking one of your projects hovering over another image and then it creates a stack for you. To remove a project from a stack. Simply hold that project, go over to stack. It's going to reopen your gallery. You can drag and drop that wherever you want at that time to share or duplicate or delete projects, you can swipe to the left and you'll see that you can share, you can duplicate or you can delete. You can do this in a bulk setting as well after you select multiple projects from the top menu up here where you see share, duplicate, or delete. Now we'll move into some main workflow gestures, and I'll see you in the next video. 4. Your Workflow: Now we'll move into some main workflow gestures. As you can see, I have a Canvas open and I'm in my project workflow interface of procreate. The first I'll show you this to zoom in. This one's pretty simple. You just pinch out with two fingers. To zoom back out. You're going to pinch with two fingers to reset the frame. If you are wanting it to snap back to the actual frame, you just two-finger pinch it back together to rotate it. You can use two fingers and just rotate. This will do the same thing while zooming in and out. So it has a lot of easy capabilities as far as adjusting your Canvas on the screen. If you want to go into full screen, Let's say you don't want this bar. All you have to do is tap with four fingers and you can see the bar removed, the bar removed on the side with the sliders. To return to it, all you have to do is four-fingered tap again, or there's a little icon on the top left. You can tap that as well. If you want to move your slider here, you just swipe out from the side and then you can drag it up or down that will adjust it on height wherever you want it to go. If you want to switch it to the other side, you just simply go to actions, preferences, and then toggle on right-hand interface and you'll see it pops over to the right side. To invoke quick menu. You can enable this in settings. You go to Actions, you go to Preferences, and then you'll go to gesture controls, and then quick menu. You'll see that I have changed mine to where if I tap on the rounded square in-between the sliders, they will invoke or dismiss quick menu just as a sample. That's what it looks like. And then to edit what this looks like, I would go into it and you can edit the quick menu by just tapping and holding. And then you can swipe through all of the actions that you can do. Let's say that you created some marks that you didn't want to or you changed your mind about or they were an accident. To undo it, you can just simply tap with two fingers and it will take each of those actions away to redo them. You can use three fingers tap to bring them back. If you want to rapid undo, you can take two fingers and just hold down and it will get rid of them. Three finger rapid redo will bring them back. If you want to clear layer, you just use three fingers and scrub the screen and it's going to clear whatever is on that particular layer. Let's say you want to copy and paste it, a portion or an item. All you have to do is be on, make sure you're on the layer that you want to be on and use three fingers swiped and that will invoke the copy paste menu along with the cut and paste menu. So that would be the same action. You can create a straight line by creating a stroke and holding your pencil until it snaps into place. And then you can also create a straight line that snaps into 15 degree increments by holding it down and then taking one of your fingers, holding that on the page. And then you can see it will be in perfect 15 degree increments, including if you need this to be straight on a horizontal line, it will snap to that as well as snap to a perfect vertical. Same thing goes for shapes. If you want to create a perfect square, all that you have to do is hold that down after you draw it. You can see that the square is not perfect. But if I take my finger and hold it down, it snaps into a perfect square. Before I let go, I can do the same thing where I rotate it and that's going to snap it into 15 degree increments. So it'll go perfect vertical like this, or perfect square, depending on what I want. I do need to hold it down and let go while it's being held down to make sure that that stays in that perfect shape. The same goes for circles. It'll make perfect curves. You can see this is clearly an oblong shape, but if I hold down with my finger, it snaps to a circle. Let's say that you have created a selection. I'll just grab one of these. And it's pretty large and you're not really sure you want to move it somewhere. Let's say you spent a long time selecting it and you want to be able to see your whole Canvas, but you're kinda stuck because you already had spent all that time making that selection. You don't have to de-select. You can actually hold down the arrow right here and shrink down while that selection is still there. Without ruining the selection or moving the selection. You can use split screen in Procreate. You just want to make sure you have the other app open that you want to use, the multitask width. So let's say I want to use Pinterest. Pinterest is open. And then from procreate you're going to swipe up on the bottom, hover over Pinterest and drag it over to the side. Make sure it's on the side. If it's within, it will put this picture in picture and it will be in the way you want it to be on the side. Release. And then you have split screen. You can adjust your split screen ratio with this little icon in the center by pulling to the left or pulling to the right, depending on what you want to be focused on as far as what's taking up more room. You can also at the very top here, this little bar, move it from left to right than to remove split-screen altogether. Simply take that same bar and swipe it off the screen. And then you have closed split screen and you're back to your main program. Let's talk layers now, in the next video. 5. Layers: Let's talk layers now to lock a layer, this will protect everything that's on that layer and not let you have any sort of destruction to it. Simply swipe left on the layer and say lock, you'll see a padlock right here that will prevent you from doing anything to that layer. To organize your layers, all you have to do is select a layer and you can drag it up or down within your layer panel and then just release to drop it where you'd like it to go. If you want to select multiple layers, all you have to do is I'm going to unlock those real quick. All you'll have to do is once you have one of your layer selected, just swipe to the right and then really swipe to the right and then release. And then you have multiple layers selected. If you want to group layers, you would select them like I did, and then say group. And then you'll see that you have a nice group ready to go. Another way that you can do this is by taking a selection and hovering over that layer beneath it, let go and it creates a group. Let's say you want to merge those layers rather than group them. All you have to do is either pinch them together. So if I selected this top layer, in this bottom layer with my fingers, it will group at earlier, excuse me, it will merge everything together, including what's on the inside of it that goes from multiple layers. If you want to delete a layer, just swipe to the left, say Delete. Let's say you want to adjust the opacity without having to go into all of the settings. All that you need to do is two-finger tap on the layer in the layer panel and then you can swipe to adjust opacity. If you want to select all the contents on a particular layer, all you have to do within the layer panel is take two fingers and hold, and then it selects the layer contents. So you can see all of that selected. To bring up the Layer menu. Simply go to the layers, tap the layer that you want, and your Layer menu will open for that particular layer. If you want to lock alpha, lock one of the layers, and what that means is whatever you do will only be affected to the pixels on that particular layer rather than everywhere. So let's say if I was to draw all over here, if I was to alpha lock it, which the control is two fingers swipe to the right on a layer release and you can see that it has this checkerboard grid to alpha lock. Now when I do that, it will only affect that particular layer. Side note pro tip, I prefer using clipping masks, but that is the quick gesture for Alpha Lock to isolate one layer. Let's say you want to turn off all the layers, but one of them all you have to do. It doesn't matter if it's selected or not, is go to the visibility icon, which is this checkmark. Hold down on it and it's going to turn all of the other layers off so that you've isolated only that layer. It doesn't get rid of them because you can always turn them all back on. Let's say you want to copy a layer to another Canvas to do this. All you have to do and it's not going to remove it from this canvas, but you'll hold down on the layer, drag it out, continue holding select Gallery. And then you can go into another layer or excuse me, another project. It doesn't have to be within the same stack either, and I'm still holding it. And then when I release, it will add it to that canvas as well. Now let's get into brushes. 6. The Brushes: If you need a precise brush adjustment, all you need to do is go to your brush slider here. Oops, select the slider and then tap out of it or drag out of it rather. And you'll see that as I move up, It's a lot slower than if I were a directly in here. That's going to give you a much more accurate size. The same goes for opacity, precise opacity, tap and drag out. And then you have a much more precise selection. If you want to organize your brushes, just go to your brush panel. And brushes will be, will grab one, hold it, and drag it up or down and then release it in-between two that you want or just below it. Then you can also organize brush sets by doing the same thing. So you can tap and hold, drag it wherever you want it to go. If you want to create a new brush set, you will want to be in your brushes, your brush set menu, just pull down and you'll see it will reveal this plus symbol. That is, you will select that and it will create a new brush set. And then if you want to create a new brush, it could be from any of these folders. Make sure you're in the right folder and simply tap the plus symbol on the top-right to share a brush, simply swipe to the left and say share. You can also duplicate brushes by pressing Duplicate. And then you can delete a brush set by doing the same thing, swiping left and saying delete. If you want to share a brush set, you will just tap on the brush set and then say share. You can also rename, delete and duplicate that way as well. If you want to grab the same brush that you're using for your eraser as you're using as your brush, simply just hold down on the eraser and it will give you the exact same brush that you're using in both places. Same goes for this smudge tool. Just hold it down. Now we'll move into color in our next video. 7. Oh My Color: Now we'll move into color. Color drop is really easy if you want to fill a canvas by selecting the round color icon, dragging it and dropping it onto the canvas. Now, you can adjust the flood threshold of the color. So let's say I have a shape right here and I've kept it kind of light at the bottom here because I want to show you what this would look like if I were to adjust the threshold. So sometimes this works differently, depending on your shapes are what you're feeling. But you'll see the color threshold is right here at the top. If I drag down or drag up, it will affect my color drop threshold as you're changing through your colors. Maybe you get on a blue and you're having fun with it, but then you want to go back to the previous color rather than having to sample it, you can just hold the color icon on the top and then it will revert to the previous color. Speaking of grabbing the last color from the Canvas though, all you have to do is hold down your finger and then you will see this circle come up. And you can grab a color from just about everywhere. Now to create a color palette, all you need to do is go into your color interface. You should see this by default, but you can go into palettes on the top, on the bottom left. And then all you have to do is select the plus sign here and then say create new palette. It also gives you the option to take a picture and grab it. Create a palette that way, create one from a file or create a new one from photos. But for this one, you would just select the plus sign and create new pallet. And then you'll see your new palette is untitled right here. You can organize your color palettes by selecting them, holding and dragging them up or down, just the same as you do with your layers or your brushes. To add a new color to your palette, make sure you have the color selected that you want. And then all you'd have to do is select a square within that palette. And then it will live there to rearrange, organize your colors. You can tap and hold and drag, and it will move around within your palette. You can also delete colors from palettes by tapping and holding. And then it will let you delete the swatch to share a color palette. Simply swipe to the left and say share. You can also delete this way by swiping to the left and saying delete. Let's say you want to get a true color. You can go to the color disk here and see this white area. It's really hard to find a perfect white. So if I take my finger and I double-tap, it's going to snap it directly to that white area. So even if it's way over here, I just double-tap, see it'll snap right to white. And this goes for black. It goes for the blue. It's really anywhere within the disc that you want it to isolate to. Do you want to get even more specific with your colors. You can take two fingers and pinch out to zoom in on the color wheel. Or if you want to zoom back out, just take two fingers and pinch in and it'll bring back your hues. Join me in the next video to grab your download. I am excited for you to get your hands on this one. 8. Project Time!: Alright everybody. Now your project for this class is to take one to three of these new tips that you use to really enhance your workflow and make things run a lot smoother for you and just share your beautiful art because I want to see it. Everybody wants to see it. And your next steps, if you want to dive even deeper, check out my other Procreate fundamentals class, everything that you didn't realize that you wanted to know. I've got a plethora of classes and also a lot of freebies. As you could see your downloads, you can access flow, grab them, they're really good. You're going to want them in your back pocket. Okay. See you online.