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iPad Lettering: The Ultimate Guide

teacher avatar Peggy Dean, Top Teacher | The Pigeon Letters

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Class Overview


    • 2.

      Procreate: Main Controls


    • 3.

      Basic Design Edits


    • 4.

      Drawing Straight Lines


    • 5.

      Ombré Effect


    • 6.

      Multicolor Lettering


    • 7.

      Textured Letters


    • 8.

      Using Underlays Part 1


    • 9.



    • 10.

      Using Underlays Part 2


    • 11.

      Glitter & Foil Lettering


    • 12.

      Using Mockups to Display Your Art


    • 13.

      Mirroring Designs for Symmetry


    • 14.

      Wet Effect


    • 15.

      Adding a Drop Shadow


    • 16.

      Create Instant Replay


    • 17.

      Watercolor Effect


    • 18.

      Basic Shapes for Elaborate Design


    • 19.

      Practice Sheets


    • 20.

      Creating Patterns


    • 21.

      Create Patterns with Amaziograph


    • 22.

      Create a Mandala with Amaziograph


    • 23.

      Wrapping Up


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About This Class

Note: Due to Procreate updates, there are some steps that have changed. Please Procreate announcements for changes in software. Techniques stay the same, but some actions have changed.

Are you ready to learn the ins and outs of how to use the iPad Pro for all of your hand lettering desires? Look no further! In this JAM-PACKED class primarily using the Procreate software, you will learn everything you need to know to get started, create pieces using special effects, and view some sample projects that should open the door to expand your creativity and address the unlimited options you'll unlock in the digital world!

Looking for the most thorough Procreate guide you'll ever need? Click here to take my Procreate Fundamentals class! It's everything you never knew you wanted to know.


Here's what you'll discover in each segment:

Main Controls (Procreate) - What do all these buttons do? How do I  _______?
Basic Design Edits - Gestures walk-through
Drawing Straight Lines - Use a tap, drag and hold to snap a stroke into a straight line
Ombré Effect - Creating a gradual color blend in your design
Multicolor Lettering - Similar to ombré, using several blended colors inside your design
Texture Lettering - Laying a textured effect to the interior of your letters
Glitter & Foil Overlays - Make your lettering look sparkly or foiled
Using Underlays (2 parts) - Different execution options to incorporate patterns, color, etc.
Wet Effect - Creating wetness/shine on your lettering, producing a "juicy" effect
Drop Shadow - Creating shadows behind your design
Mockup Display - Placing your piece inside a "mockup" frame for online store display
Tracing - Importing your own design to recreate it for perfection
Mirroring - Creating a mirrored effect from a selection
Instant Replay - Instantly replay and export your strokes from beginning to end in a video format
Watercolor Effect - Realistic watercolor background
Practice Sheets - Importing guides for digital practice
Basic Shapes - Simple shapes can bring the perfect focal point into play
Creating Patterns - Creating a pattern from one image
Creating Mandalas - Using Amaziograph app

Necessary Hardware & Software:

iPad Pro
Apple Pencil (or equivalent)
Procreate App
Adobe Sketch App (for watercolor effect)
Amaziograph App (for auto-patterns)

Note: If there is a technique you're dying to learn and don't see it in this class, please let me know! I'll happily create a tutorial and add a segment all about it. 

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Peggy Dean

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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. Class Overview: Hi guys, I'm Peggy. I'm hand letter and illustrator here at Skillshare. I am introducing a class to you all about iPad lettering. The iPad Pro has been a huge game changer in this whole industry. It's amazing for our industry, for illustration, for the whole plethora of the art world. It's been a phenomenal breakthrough. I'm really excited to share with you the things that I use on a daily basis. Some things that we'll be covering, first and foremost are brushes. There are so many things to learn about as far as the brushes go on this platform. You'll learn how to manipulate the existing brushes. Then you'll also learn how to create your own, import some that you may purchase. It's really endless what you can do with these brushes. Down to the smallest detail about how their brushstroke reacts to the way that you direct it, it's pressure sensitivity, its rotation. So there's a lot to know about those and I'm really excited to introduce those to you. We'll also be going over overlays. So when you see those glittery or foil looking layovers over the lettering, I will show you exactly how that's done. How to create that ombre effect. There's a whole lot you can do with layering. It's essentially Photoshop that you can touch, which is the coolest thing, and I think that you'll really enjoy it. You'll also learn how to create texture inside your letters and how to make them come to life with that, if you want to add more of a grittiness or a rough edge. Then how you can actually scale and rotate just very particular spots that you may find that you want higher or smaller. That's really easy to do on the iPad. The capabilities are endless on this platform. I'm really excited to introduce them to you. I'm eager to see you in the class. 2. Procreate: Main Controls: First, we're going to go over just the basic controls of what you'll see on Procreate. So when you open your iPad, you're going to open Procreate. This is their icon. Then from here, these are some projects that I'm currently working on. But what you'll see is a little add symbol off at the top. We're going to click that. Then here are your canvas sizes. You are able to create a completely new canvas by clicking "New Canvas", and that will bring up your width and height in pixels. If you want to change it to inches, to centimeters, millimeters, anything like that, you can put a custom value in here and then change your DPI. Otherwise, they have some presets here. They have screen size, which is essentially just the exact size of your iPad screen. Then we also have square. This is good for when you're creating brushes or when you have some work that you want to upload to Instagram, it's nice and easy because it's exactly squared. Your 4K, your A4, so there's plenty of options here. I added a couple, 8 by 10 for some print work with a really high DPI, just so that I can ensure the highest quality. Then you can always import them. That's not typically done with the canvas sizes, but it is an option that you can do. Let's just start off with screen size. Again, this is the iPad screen size. Exactly what you write is what you're going to see. To go over these buttons here, so your gallery brings you right back to where we just were. You're going to see everything that you're working on currently right here, and you can open any of those up, and then they're there to work on. To delete this canvas, let's say you don't want it anymore, you just swipe to the left. You can delete it, you can duplicate it, and you can share it. Let's say you want to make edits, but you don't necessarily want to change the original artwork, you can duplicate it and go from there. Opening this up, this wrench up here is going to show us a couple of different things that we can do with the actions we can insert. So we can take a photo from the iPad, we can import an image, you can choose where you want to import it from. It can be photos, import from Dropbox, or iCloud Drive. It can be anything that you turn on that you may have location-wise, that's more of a cloud service. Then going into the next, we have canvas. This is going to tell you some data about your canvas that you currently have here. Then you can also see where you can flip the canvas horizontally, vertically, copy it, and instant replay. If you want to see exactly the steps that you took to get to where you are with your artwork, that's how you do that, I'll show you that later. I'm going to share. Same thing that we saw earlier. This is just from inside the actual piece that you're working on. You can press "Share", it's going to give you some options you can do. The Pro is the Procreate, so it's going to keep all of your layers in this program; so it stores here. If you keep it in the gallery, it stores here anyway. The next is the PSD, which is Photoshop. It's going to keep all of your layers so that you can then bring it over to a desktop or laptop and work on it from there. You have PDF, which is a good file size for a digital distribution like print houses and publishers. JPEG, that's your flattened image, so the layers don't exist anymore. It's a smaller image file. PNG, it's also a flattened image, but it locks in the transparency. For example, if you have some lettering that you have done and you don't want that white background or whatever color background, it'll only keep the part that you have visible, which is nice. Devices, this is where you're going to hook up any stylus that you have. I'm using the Apple pencil, which is sync differently, it's Bluetooth directly to iPad, but if you were to use a different device, this is where you can hook that up. Your Preferences, this is going to show you very specific control over direction. I don't mess with this area much. I haven't really needed to. I've left that alone. Then your help button, and this is where you can seen like customer support, the community. They have some forums you can read over. This next tab here looks like a magic wand. This is for adjustments. You can change your layer opacity. Let me open one of these up so that you can see what that actually looks like. Okay. If you wanted to change your layer opacity, you're going to click on "Layer Opacity", and then you're just going to slide to adjust it. So you can just slide that down. If you want to blur, you can click on any of these blurs, and then just create whichever effect that you want to do, change things like this. That's fun for more of an illustrative design, and especially if we want to blur backgrounds. Sharpening, same thing. It doesn't do much to this one, but if for some reason you had a blurred image and you want to sharpen it just a bit, adding Noise, that adds a little bit of a grit. Then "Hue, Saturation, and Brightness". This is really fun because, let's say, you are not a fun of the blue and you want to switch that, you just drag the hue change, and you can change that to whichever color that you want, which is really fun. Then you can bump up the saturation by this stuff here. Let's say you want to really saturate it or you want to bump it down a little bit, that's there for. Then this guy is for brightness. So brightening that up, making it a little darker. It's going to affect anything on the current layer. If I had these separated into different layers and my background was one layer, and then my lettering was a different layer, it would only affect the layer that I was currently on. Going over here again, "Color Balance", that's going to pull. This is more for images. It doesn't do a whole lot for lettering, but it's going to adjust the balance of your colors, and then curves same thing. If you know about that from photography or something like that, you can use that on iPad Pro. Then re-coloring is more of a direct pinching. You can set where you want that recolor to go, and then recolor adjusts a certain aspect of your piece. From here, we can go to this Selection tool. It looks a bit like a ribbon. What this will do is pretty cool. You can do an automatic selection. If I click that, it's going to select everything that's connected. Then from there, I can click this "Arrow," and then actually move that around however I want to.I can also, from the selection tool, click on "Free Hand," and then I can take anything that I want. From hear I would click the "Arrow," and then I can change that however I want to, and this is cool because you can rotate, you can pension, and another neat part about this feature is that any of the corner arrows, if you press and hold, you can actually morph and transform just that area, how you want it to look. If you want to select the entire layer, just click on the "Arrow," you have the whole thing and you can make that smaller or larger. I'm sure at this point you've noticed, when you are wanting to zoom in and out, you can just pinch in and out. If you're really small and you don't know exactly where the guidelines are. If you just pinch really fast, it'll just go full screen.On this side, this is where we get creative this is where our brushes exists. There's a lot going on here. Most of these that you will seen our stock, and so this is what they come with. I encourage you to play with them. I am not going to go over every single won of them just because there are so many and that could be its own separate class. I'm going to skip over that for now. Right here, is just more of a blurring effect. If I was to bump this up, it's just going to do some color emerging, and you can change the effects of that depending on opacity and size. Then your eraser tool is right here. If you click your "Eraser" again after selecting it, it will unlock all of the exact same brushes that you have over here. If you want to have the same effect or texture that you have in your lettering that you need to lighten up a certain area. You can bump the opacity way down, and select the exact same finish that you have on your eraser and then go from there, which is pretty neat. Let's say that I wanted to do more of a splatter effect. I can go through and do something like that, which is pretty fun. Then these two squares, one in front of the other, that's where your layers exist, so you can add a layer, you can also delete layers, you just swipe to the left, say delete. A lot of times you'll found that you're going to want to duplicate layers, and to do that, you also swipe to the left, you have duplicate, you have select for the, selecting the layer you have copy so different options there. One of my favorites, which we'll get to as awful lot, that locks the transparency and only grabs what exists on that layer, and then you can do anything that you want and it will only affect work on that layer and we'll go over that. Then lastly, we have our color disk, and so you'll click the color disk and you'll see that we have your entire color wheel. Right here, we have our main color, and right here you can change the lightness, darkness. You can really go anywhere you want, and to get even more fine tune, you just pinch it open, and then you can see a little bit better. It's going to show you your current choice and then your previous choice. Let's say I have this red and then I want to use that for a little while, but then I want something to complement it. I can drag that down, and it's going to show me what my current selection is and what my new selection is, and exactly what those look like side-by-side. That's a pretty neat feature. Another thing that you can do is to save this color because you don't want to lose that you can add it to your palate. This is one that I'm currently working on, but if you press this arrow, then it'll open up these pallets.These pallets down here, iconic new drank comic.These are the ones that actually come with there program. But if you click this "Plus sign" here and titled palette to change the title, you would just click on that and then you can change it to new, change it to whatever you want it to say, and then select them just by pressing the, and so you'll see this little checked mark up here and then go back, so that's the one I have here, saving this color. I'm just going to press a square, any empty squared down here, and I will save. If for some reason you accidentally set a duplicate, all you have to do is hover, and get it to enlarge a little bit and then just drag it off and then it'll drop it write off. To delete these, it's the same thing where you swipe to the left and then you can delete it. Or you can share it if it's a palette that you want to provide elsewhere, you want to sync it to a computer or something like that. Color wheel is that if you double-click anywhere, it's going to lock into the primary area of the color that you have selected. Let's say you want white, double-click in there snaps it to white. Here will snap to the center, snap to primary, snap to black. Same thing over here, that's what that looks like. It's pretty neat. The bars that are docked to the sighed here on the left, in your settings, you can switch it over to the other side. Whether you're in brushes or eraser, what it affects is your size, and then your opacity. If I wanted to change my size, I would just drag this up. You can actually see the stamp of the selected brush that you have, and how big that will get and how small it will get, and it gives you a percentage so that you can remember exactly where you left off. If you do come smaller, you can say, Okay, I was just at 60 percent, so I can go back up there, down here you have your opacity, same thing that's going to show you exactly how much transparency it will give you. If you wanted to, let's say you forgot to add a color to your palette, or you wanted to pull something from an existing color, you can just press this, and then while holding that down, select any color.The color that you're hovering over will be the top of this ring. If I want this pink, I can just do that. Now that's the paint that I have. Then if I want to share this piece, I'll just click my "Wrench" and then I'll go share, share artwork.I'm just going to save it as a JPEG. It'll show you just the same thing as what you're probably used to seeing on your iPhone or iPad. When you want to share something, you're just going to press Save Image, and then its export it to your camera roll. Let's get started in the next chapter on actually beginning your iPad lettering. 3. Basic Design Edits: So to get started, I'm just going to open a brand new canvas and I'm just going to make it to screen size, so anytime you want to undo something that you do, if you double-click, you can press this arrow here, which will undo what you just did, if you press this arrow, it will redo it. Another trick to do that, it's quick double finger tap, and then to redo it, triple finger tap. So that's a little shortcut that you can use as there's a lot that goes into changing and editing how this looks, so I have one that I've already made and then you can add your own brush set by pressing new set and then you can name that what you want and then it'll be there for you to add too like I have, an area where I have favorites, I have an area that I have imported brushes that I've gotten elsewhere, and then my own. I have this brush that I'm about to use, it's a custom brush pen that I created from scratch on here, which is something that you can also do and create them from scratch and that's up on my blog that anyone can grab and that's for free, same with the mono pen that I have. So here we're just going to write the same that you would with a normal brush pen, so like your upstrokes will be thinner, down-strokes, upstrokes, down-strokes, so practice doing that with the Apple Pencil to kind of get the feel of what that's like. So upstrokes are obviously lighter pressure, down-strokes are more pressure and then it really responds to exactly the amount of pressure, so I might want to go big, I might want to do smaller. So the thickness is definitely varied by how much pressure that you put down, which is really cool about this and the pencil is very responsive to every stroke that you make, that is so accurate to writing with a brush pen. Something that I also want to show you is the streamline. This right here, I have mine set at 30 percent, what that does is it eliminates your choppiness in areas like this, can turn that up much higher, and you can see how it kind of is a magnet to the pen and so that really streamlines it, and some people prefer that just having it up just a little bit and again, mine's at 30 percent. All of my upstrokes are real light, my down-strokes are real bold. Let's say I want to put two more words on this canvas, but they're not going to fit so what can I do in that scenario? I can just press the arrow, this is the only thing that I've written on this layer, so it's only going to select here and just make that smaller, get it out of the way, and then if I want my paper instead of moving the entire iPad, I can actually just pinch it in the direction that I want it to be, and then upstroke, down-strokes, upstrokes, down-strokes are thick, upstrokes thin. So here, I made a little more spacing in between the letters than I did with the other, so I'm going to show you how to get that more consistent. So I'm going to take my selection tool and go around what I just made, press the arrow to select it, and then you can actually just shrink it in like this. Sometimes though, if your down-strokes are much thinner than your original, it will make it so that it doesn't look as thick, but yeah, shrinking it will make the spacing make more sense with your original word, and then you can shrink that, put it where you want it composition-wise. This part I'm really excited to show you. So let's say I want to put it right here, but I don't want this to be so much interference with my other word, I'm going to bring it down so it's not overlapping, I'm going to grab just the part that I want to change. So let's say I want to move the g and the h down a bit, I'm going to grab my selection tool, I'm going to make this really big and then I'm going to just drag right next to it, go around all those parts, and then connect and press my arrow, and now I'm just going to be able to move my g and my h, which is really cool. I'm going to bring this in, and now I want to just change where this h is sitting, and so I'm going to scrunch it, have it reconnect, and then I'm going to smooth out this area with my eraser. So to do that, I just click my eraser, I'm going to click just a normal air brush, medium hard brush, bring that way down and just smooth out this area right here. I'm going to take this [inaudible] over in here, a little area here, so you can really fine tune exactly how these are going to look right here, I can actually use some more ink and then here I'm going to erase this spot and pinch it. Now, I can bring this word up under where I actually wanted it to go and now that that's there, seeing what my composition looks like, and I'm going to shrink this down and add one more word and looks like I made that about the right size, so I'm just going to push that where I want it as well and you can kind of move these around to see how you want your composition to look like I have it kind of off-center here where it goes to the side or more centered or it looks like right now I'm staggering, so it could be right about here, I'm going to shrink it just a bit and if you're not sure what it looks like, you can always drag it up right next to the letters to make sure that the size is about right, and we will just have it go right about here, just for balance and I encourage you guys to move yours around to see how you like it to sit and then once that's done, because I did select that, I'm going to click the arrow which will grab the entire layer and just center it and that creates the base of my piece, and now I can apply any sort of after effects to it. 4. Drawing Straight Lines: In this video, I'm just going to show you how click on your eraser tool get on whatever brush you'd like to go on. Rather than free forming here, see how that takes away from the bottom line. I'm going to start, drag it through, and then just hold it without lifting and see it snaps. That's a little further down than I want to go, but I can take that up higher, drag it through. I haven't lifted my pen, and see how you can move that where you want it to go, and then set. I do have a couple of areas that I want to clean up just slightly, but it makes it a lot easier and more consistent. You can also do that to create these clean lines with a brush. You just drag hold it and then it snaps into place. Then you have this straight line that you can move, and then you lift up and you can do it again. Pretty simple snap to create a straight line. 5. Ombré Effect: In this video, we are going to go over how to apply an ombre effect to our piece. We're going to pick the color that we want the words to be. A base, you can go from purple to blue, you can go from pink to orange, the options are endless. So I'm going to drag my black up to its brightest color, and in this area, when you drag it down, it'll just show you more of a dull version of the color that's in your main selection. I'm going to do more of a red into a pink. You can also drag this, so it's like a poppy red or more of a magenta red. So really wherever you want, play with these colors, and then I'm going to drag it up to be a little bit brighter, and what you'll do here is what is called an Alpha lock, and if you notice on this layer, I don't have a background, the background is actually here. So you can eliminate the background, and only this layer will show up. So if you wanted to put this on a blog or a website or a logo of some kind, whatever background has already existing, it will only show just the lettering you've done. What I'm going to do is Alpha lock this layer only, which locks in the transparency and only colors in what is on this layer. So all you have to do is drag to the right, and if you see that it says Alpha lock, right in there. So drag to the right, and these white brackets here, is how you know that the Alpha lock is on, and then we will go to our brushes, and scroll over to airbrushing, select Airbrushing, and there's a lot of different options here. I typically go with a soft brush. It's going to blend the bass because the edges aren't sharp, and I'm just going to pump that guy all the way up to the largest size that it gets, and then wave my pen over it, and that will color the entire thing. Now, to apply the ombre, you just go back into your colors and move it down a bit. You can go all the way down to your end color. Let's say I want to do a brighter purple color, and then I can drag that at the bottom, and then I can blend the two, and I'll go right in between these colors, and then I'm going to drag that right through the middle, and so that creates the ombre effect. If you notice that you want a little bit more of that red coming down, you can always undo by double finger tapping. Let go under that red a little further. If you decide you want to do even a darker color down here, drag down to right underneath that purple color, and if you're not sure, like let's say you want to go a little bit deeper with this red, and you're not really sure where you want to be because the color that was selected last was not that color, you can always hold this square down and then just tap where that red is. You'll see that the color has been selected. From there, you'll see the previous color and you can readjust according to what that is. Let me show you a more dramatic color. Let's say I want to go pretty deep. So if you start from the top, you can see it coming into it, versus if you were to just go over, you would lose a lot of that middle color. So if I'm going to pull that back up here, a little more red, come from the top, and you can just see it just grazes the edges. So that is how you would do an ombre effect. 6. Multicolor Lettering: In this video, I'm going to show you another way to create this texture underneath without it being a texture, it's just more of a color overlay. I'm going to Create a new canvas. When you're creating something that has a little more wording to it, I'm going to bring anything that drops to a descender like this Y. I'm going to bounce it up so that it doesn't come down into the next word that I make because I want these to be pretty close together for composition purposes. Notice that my ascender on the D is just a little lower than normal and then I left some empty space here because I'm actually going to create more of a ascender for this B. Now I'm going to Create a new layer and I'm going to make that completely black, come back to my writing layer, drag that above and then go to my air brush, go back to my colors and then that is where the fun begins. I'm going to alpha lock this layer, come in and just start adding a bunch of different color in here. An easy way to do this too, would be to just go in and make the whole thing one color so you can see it and then do some adjustments off of there and just keep changing the color. You can even do more of a splotchy feature on the brush hub. You can just do some tapping on there and that will create more small transparent areas. For this looks really cool, especially when you incorporate a lot of different colors. [inaudible] just a little bit different. 7. Textured Letters: In this video, we're going to talk about how to create texture inside of your word, but still maintain that brush pen effect. I am going to select my normal brush that I would use, and write my word on my phrase. Then from here I'm going to lock it. Again I swipe to the right, and then these white brackets so that it has its alpha log on. Now I'm going to go in and choose the texture that I want to use. So let's say I want to add more of a gritty effect. There's this rusted decay brush, if you bump that up to the size that you want it to display and then just change what to whatever color you want. I'm just going to do a gray and then overlap that. Then you have this awesome texture that's been applied and what this brush would look like without the alpha log as an overlay, is not going to write the way that we want it to. So this is a really awesome effect that's really easy to overlay into your existing text. So I'll show you another one. Let's say you want to do more of a splatter effect. So in your brushes, go over to spray paints and then you can click splatter or flex. Flex is a little bigger and will add as much greediness as much as it is. Flex is actual paint. So I'm going to go in here and choose my color, and I'm going to choose something pretty bright. A pink logo with more of a tangerine color and then make sure you're on alpha log and then your rushes on clicks. I have this slider here that chooses the size. I'm probably going to go about three-quarters of the way up here and then just go over your word, which adds a really cool effect. You can keep doing this with different colors too. Where it looks like paints flattered and it looks really cool if your base color is also a different color rather than black. But you can really have fun with these textures and that is it. 8. Using Underlays Part 1: It really is a really simple, they're really fun. Another way to go about doing this is to create a new canvas and we'll just go to Screen Size, import one of these overlays. Let's just pick this gold color, drag that a little bit bigger, and then create a new layer, but put it underneath this one, and then on this layer that we have, lighten it, and then come back to this empty layer. Remember to put it underneath, and then you can write in whichever color you'd like. Just make sure that you're on your correct brush. As you write, you will see that underlayer. You will see that gold, and it's just another way to do that. Lastly, I'm going to open New Canvas. I wanted to show you two different things with color and applying effect to that. Let's say that you want to create the same idea, but you want to have two layers where there's color and then underneath you want it to look more of a pattern, go ahead and find the pattern that you want to put in, and I'm just going to use another sparkly one right now for a reference. Make that bigger, and then create a new layer by pressing the plus sign here, and then this new layer, just by taking the color right here, dragging and dropping it will fill the entire canvas here. I'm actually going to make this a little lighter, and then from here you can take your Eraser tool, click your Eraser again, and you can go to that Brush pen that you've been using, make sure the size is correct, and then with the Eraser, you can write directly on this and have that blue sparkly show up underneath. Let's say you come off your original background, all you have to do is go to that Sparkle layer, select it and drag it a little bit bigger, and then that's done, and you can crop this. Unfortunately, Procreate currently doesn't have an option to crop that, but if you save the image, you can crop it at that point. Then from there, if you don't like this color and how they match up, you can just go back to that fill color layer and change it depending on whatever you want to do, so you can make it any color you just would have to go in, and because it's erased so that it does separate, so you would go in and just adjust it by making sure you fill all the areas. But it's a drag and drops, so it makes it really simple. Then I'm going to show you one more version of this. Let's say you want to do a color, so we'll drag whichever color we decide that we're going to use onto this layer, you wouldn't change the background color because you'd want the extra layer. You can't move any work that you do with the eraser because it selects the entire layer. What you want to do is actually add a layer, and you can't erase on a new layer. I would just recommend grabbing your brush and then changing the color to white, and then writing on it from there. Because if for some reason there's something you don't like, you can then move that and adjust it however you like. What makes that fun is that you can change the color as well. Then if you're not happy with it, rather than having to rewrite it over and over, you can Alpha lock that, go back and change the color and make sure your Air Brush is selected, and then go through and do that, and then you can do an armory on top of the color. There's a lot of options that you can do it than changing the effects. 9. Tracing: In this video, we're going to be going over how to trace your own work. This is something that's super easy and an awesome feature that you can do with Procreate. Let's say you have a piece that you are not in love with and you want to rewrite it, but you basically want to have the same form. There's just a couple of tricks. For example, I am not super happy with the way this v turned out. Then I think I want to raise my w just a bit and perhaps even heighten all these letters, which you can do with the selection tool but if you want to redo the whole piece and just write it a little more eloquently, I'm going to show you how to do that. I am going to go to this one tool and click that and then go to layer opacity. I'm going to turn my opacity way down. I can still see the writing, but I'm just going to turn it down so that I'm able to trace over that easily without it disrupting the new writing. Then I'm going to go to Layers and then I'm going to add a layer and then choose the color that I want. I just want to go with black. Make sure you're on the correct brush and then you can just trace. It doesn't have to be perfect because this is going to be a new piece. It's not even going to tie in to what you've done because we're going to delete that layer underneath. You can really take your time figuring out exactly how you want that composition to be. That w comes up higher, I'm happier with that and then I think with the h, I'm actually going to bring it from over here and throw a flourishing. Then heighten these letters a bit so they have a little more bounce. Then my v, I don't want it to be so low and to an angle like this. I'm happier with the way that that looks overall. I'm not going to make this word so big. I'm going to go back to that layer, select "Now" and then just shrink it to what I do want it to be. Go back to the layer that I'm working on and now I can delete the bottom layer. Again to do that swipe to the left, delete and now you have this new canvas. My All looks a little smaller than everything else so I'm going to select that and just enlarge it a bit. Then my a right here looks a little bit thick. I'm actually going to take my eraser and just going to slide this down and then go back and round it out a bit. Again, you can go real big on this to get those edits like this guy can get rid of. Then overall, I'm just going to press the arrow center this better and you're done. 10. Using Underlays Part 2: In this video, I'm going to show you how to create your own patterned background and do an overlay and then erase that overlay so that you can see with what you're writing, that awesome color underneath. So to get started, I'm going to just go to my Airbrush. You can go to any texture brush to do this. I'm just going to choose my soft brush, get that a little larger, and then get some color going. Then I'm just going to drag that through here. Get some purple, and blue. Once that's done, I'm going to create a new layer and I'm going to drag black over it. You can do any color over it. I'm just going to use black and then I'm going to get my eraser tool. I'm going to make sure that it's on the brush pen that I want to use. I make that awesome effect here. I'll show you in another one of those looks with a little more texture. I can go into one of the more textured brushes, such as this Grunge one, or I could use the Decimals, or Diagonals. There's a lot of different brushes. You should really go in and play around with those. There is this awesome Crystal one, it looks really cool. I'm going to just stick with the Grunge one. Then here I'm just going to go into different variations of gray. Then once I have that, I'm going to go over it, create a new layer, overlay it with black, get my eraser. It's on that brush I want to use. This is more industrial. Keep in mind, you can't move this around, so you want to make sure that your composition is going to be correct. I could have scooted that over just a bit more, but that's the effect that it's going to give underneath. Then if you want to change it just slightly, you can actually go back to that layer and then select it, and then move it where you want it to go. 11. Glitter & Foil Lettering: In this video, we are going to go over how to apply a glitter overlay. So let's say you want a shiny, sparkly version of what is written here, we will just do an overlay and show you how to really quickly apply that. In my class resources, I have a couple of those for you to try, and then from there you can just search for images, you can use Shutterstock or even just Google Images. We're going to go to import. You'll go to tools, to the little wrench and then insert import image, and I have them saved in my photos. I'm going to click photos and I actually have an overlay and underlay file here. I'm going to click this. Now, you'll see I have a ton of glitter, some foil effects. I even have some little sprinkles here, and so you just select one of these. We'll just go with more of a subtle kind of golden to black. Once you click that, it applies it to your Canvas. I want to show you that it's actually its own separate layer. So we're going to keep this on top of this one. What we'll do is make sure that layer selected, we're going to cover completely. Make sure that none of your original design is coming out of the edges, and then you'll go to layers, and then you'll press this little n, and this is going to give you blending options. Don't worry about dark and contrast, difference, color, any of that, all you have to do is make sure you're in the lightened area, and then the blend instead of normal are going to click lighten. It immediately applies. That's it. Let me show you what that looks like. If you don't want to tap undo, and you're here, and you just want to get rid of this because you decide that you want to use a different overlay, just click your layers again, swipe to the left, you'll see a delete, just delete that layer. So go into import image again, and wherever you have your overlays saved, it could just be in your normal camera roll. Let's say we want to do this really bright pink, make that nice and big to cover my image. It doesn't matter if it's crooked, doesn't matter if you need to do something like this to make sure everything's covered, and maybe you have a design over here you don't want it to overlap, you can always erase that part of it, just by coming here. It will not affect the overlay, because all of my original design is completely covered by this overlay. So I'm going to go back to my layers, press low-side here, press lighten, and there you have it. One more of these, I'm going to show you what it looks like when you add kind of a gold foil effect. Let me go back to my photos, back to my overlays, and to this gold foil. And this kind of gives it more of an embossed effect. I'm going to do the same thing and lighten. Let's say this part is a little too light for you, there's two options of what you can do. Remember you're actually on the foil layer. Even though it appears to be part of this layer, you can select this layer and move it and see how that lays. So that darkens it up a bit. You can bring it over here, make it a little more gold. You can actually make this larger, so those darker areas come up a bit more. Another thing you can do is stay where you are, click the eraser. Just hit this area here where it was too light, and then do the exact same thing again. So you can either import it the same way we did, or you can go to the layer tab, swipe over and duplicate it. Because you duplicated it, It's already on the setting of the blend for lighten that we already did, so you don't have to do all those steps. Just select the arrow and move that. Then you can bring that darker area because it's duplicated, up higher, and then you're set. You can save this as a flattened image just as is, but if you blend these layers and procreate, it will undo that lighten. So you want to make sure that these layers stay separate, and you can save it just like this by going into the wrench tool here, Share Artwork, and then save it however you'd want to, and it'll stay in this format. That's it. 12. Using Mockups to Display Your Art: Let's say that you have a piece that you want to put into a mockup frame for your online store or to share on social media, you can either start with your mockup or you can go and add your mockup to the picture and then just rearrange layers. It doesn't really matter what you do there. I'm just going to import one from where I'm already at. Then I have a folder for mockups. This one. I'm just going to select this one. You can find mockups on Etsy for sale. They usually run right in between $5 and $10. Some will come with multiple packs, but typically a design like this will run you about five to six bucks. It's really nice to place your art into when you want to display it. Photographers take these specifically for reasons just like this. Then I'm going to drag this underneath my art layer. Taking my art work layer, and make that smaller and just kind of fit it inside this frame, the way that I think the composition looks best. Sometimes you might find with a piece that you have that already has a background now the contrast at high. If I had a white background that I put on here, it would look like this color, so it would be like bam, here's my picture. I would tone that down. To do that, you'd stay on your same layer and just go into your brightness and just dip that down a bit and it will make it closer to their color that it should be, because you don't want it to look like it's lit up or like it's back lit. This should be all you need and then just share it. I'm going to save the image, and then in your photos, that saved image, I didn't adjust the canvas in Procreate. I'm just going to crop this real quickly and done. Then you have this awesome mockup photograph that you can use to display art on your store, on Etsy or a different platform of some kind, including social media. 13. Mirroring Designs for Symmetry: In this video, I'm just going to show you a quick way that you can meer a design. If you have some writing and you would just want to add a flourish underneath, I'm going to use just my regular fresh pen. Let's say I want to do just a really simple flourish like this. I can try to do something on the other side. Notice my line is thicker here and I can just keep trying to do this and it's just not going to be a complete balanced like what I'd liked. I'm going to select this by going to my selection tool and just go around this image, and then before I press the arrow to lock it as a selection, I'm actually going to click these two lines down here, and this is going to create a new layer based off of my selection. If you go up here and under layers, this right here is a completely separate layer so it's laying. There is another one of these laying on top of it. Since I'm on this layer, it will only select that new piece that I created. I'm going to select that and I'm actually going to drag it from one side and match on the other, and then skip this on over. Then I have this double flourish that's nice and symmetric, and then I can put in a little design right in the middle. That is how you meer an image based off of a selection. 14. Wet Effect: In this video, we are going to go over how to add highlights that you might have seen that make things look a little bit more juicy like, if you were to write something like watermelon, you can add more of that shiny highlighted look. I'm going to open this up and write my word. Once I have that, I'm just going to go in and get a white color and make my brush just a little bit smaller and then just do align and then two little dots. I'm going to do that on all of my downstrokes just toward the top left of the downstroke. That is how you create that more shiny, almost wet look. 15. Adding a Drop Shadow: I'm going to show you a quick way to add a drop shadow. So you can choose any color you want. I'm just going to stay on this blue. I'm going to write out what I want here, and then what I do to create that drop shadow is go into my Layers, and I'm going to swipe to the left and I'm going to press ''Duplicate''. Then Alpha lock the bottom layer, go into whatever color I want my drop shadow to be. So you can do black. You can also do a color that contrasts or a color that is a little bit darker than the color you have selected currently. So I'm just going to choose the midnight blue. Then I'm going to go to my Airbrush. But first even though I have Alpha locked this layer, you want to make sure it's also selected, because otherwise you're just going to draw on this top layer which is not Alpha locked. So I go to this layer here, just color over it. If it's easier for you, you can drag it to the top so that you do see what you've done or you can Alpha lock the top layer and then bring it down. But from here we're going to select that bottom layer and just drag it, slightly off of your original design, and then that's it. 16. Create Instant Replay: If you have seen the videos that people are creating of the process of their work without it being something that they're filming, but it's only the letters that you actually see forming on their own, that it can be done on Procreate. You want to ensure that taking video is enabled, to check that you'd go into your tools, into the wrench symbol here, under Canvas it will be video enabled, and then from there you just press instant replay. Before we do that, I want to show you what turning this off might be. Let's say you have a piece that you're creating, you get to a point that you want to edit it and make some changes but you don't want to show the edits that you're making, you can turn video enabled off. It's going to ask if you want to purge the video. That basically is deleting the existing recorded video, you just click on don't purge. It'll turn the video off, and from here everything that you do is not being recorded. Then you would just go back and enable it again. From here to instant replay, you would just click on that under Canvas, and then it's going to show you all the things that I've done on this particular Canvas. Then share it. To do that, you would just click the wrench, click Share, and then click Export Video. It will export it. Then you can save video. You can share it instantly if you prefer to do that. You can save the video and then you have it, and share however you want. That is how the video portion of recording your work on Procreate works. 17. Watercolor Effect: In this video, I'm going to show you how to create a piece that marks what watercolor looks like. So to do this, you're going to need the program Adobe sketch. This is a free program. So open Adobe sketch, we're going create a new project. Then in here, these are your brushes. If you tap and hold, you can see the different brushes that they have. They have a round brush for watercolor and then they have a flat brush. I'm going stay on the flat brush that covers a little more area. Then if you just quickly tap it, it will show you this is the brush you're on. This is the size that you're using. So of you tab and drag. That's how big the brushes that you're using. The flow here, this determines how much color is going into the water. So I'm going to change the color. This is just your typical color wheel and this is your dark to light here. So you see I have zero percent flow right now, so it's just water pumping that up. It's just going to create more opacity. So I'm just going to start creating tiny little circles. If it's in one certain area more than others, that's going create a little more vibrancy in the color. Then after I do this, I'm going to turn the flow all the way down to zero, and that's going make just water. I'm going to drag the brush around just the exterior. You can kind of see the water expanding and if you go into it again, it starts to retract. So if you like the way that looking and you don't want it to do anymore expanding, you don't want it to work anymore. You can freeze what this looks like just by pressing this fan and it will not expand anymore. This is what you'll stay with. So if you want go back and with a slightly different color, make sure your flows backup, reasoning arrived back in with those tiny circular movements. If you don't like something that you did to undo it just two finger, drag to the left and then it's gone. If you want to redo it two finger, drag to the right. So it will push this in here and then take my flow all the way down and just go around the edges here. Then you'll see it starts to expand and it starts to blend a bit more. I'm going to turn this backup, let that continue and then push in a little of this color upward, comeback in, change the flow here. I'm going throw a little bit more of a vibrant color in on that same palette. Then you can save it. Just go to your share. Then you can do or resend it to Photoshop. You can copy it, you can share it. Then you have the same options as before. You just say save image, allow access to your photos and then you're set. Another way to do this is to lay water down first. Some flows all the way down and I'm just going to saturate with water. Then take my color up, go over that. It's already expanding a little more than it would have. Take it all the way down. Then I'm going to go over and here with water to break that up a little bit. I'm just going along the edges as I see it continue to expand, pushing a little more color and getting the edges with that. So if you do want to use the pencil, you do have control over the pressure, which will create more vibrancy in the color. So it also affects the flow, if you will, but the color and how much it comes out. So I'm just going drag little color here, take my flow down. Give a nice pressure of water right around the edges. You can see that starting to warp. Then I'm going to add another color in to the string and turn my flow back up. Then turn my flow back up and then back down. Make sure I really get red around the edges. You can see that start to expand to the same color just a really light flow. You can just leave it at that. I really like the more transparent watercolor. I think that it looks a lot more natural. You can also create a cool border or even just coming down from one of the parts. So I'm going to turn my opacity up to about 35 percent. Then I'm going to take this watercolor and just bring it down here. Then I'm going to make that opacity just a bit stronger and then my brush size just a little bit lower. Then come in from the top a little bit more without bringing that all the way down and then turn my flow down, get some water going in there so it blends. I'm going to turn the opacity up even higher and then come through the top. Same thing, go down and throw in some water. Then you can just do this and build it as you would a regular watercolor piece and see exactly how much saturation that you want put in. Then from here you can save this piece and then open it up and procreate and do some lettering. So opening, procreate. Instead of opening a new canvas, I'm just going click the plus symbol and say import. In my photos camera roll, I have this saved now. I can just go to my regular brush. That's it. 18. Basic Shapes for Elaborate Design: In this video, I am going to show you how to incorporate a simply shape, apply some color and texture to it to use as a background to your hand lettering. I'm going to go into my brushes, just select the largest hard brush and I am going to make sure that the size is all the way up. I am just going to go with black and just set that down. Get my Arrow tool and make that a little bit larger, probably about right here. Then I'm going to off alpha lock this and then go in with some color. But before I go into it, see how that creates a harder edge. We want to go back into the soft brush and push that color through. I'm just using some blues, some darker blues, and then I'm going to do some darker purple. Instead of doing that hard lay, if you simply tap, then it will create more of a transparency over that so it's not quite as strong. From here, I am going to go into my one of my more textured brushes. I'm going to use this driven snow. You can change the brush size. I'm going to have it at a higher setting and push the opacity down to about 60 percent. This brush is pressure sensitive also so you can control how much that's showing up. Then I have this really cool piece that I can remove the background, I can keep a black background, I can add some texture in the writing if I want to. There's lots of options that you can do with just creating something off of a circle. 19. Practice Sheets: The iPad is a great resource for practicing hand lettering. You can import some practice sheets that you may already have and you can even find just a typical outline on Google, whether it be a dot pattern, or baseline with an ascender and descender and x-height. Here's, for example, just a dot reference. These are also in the class resources that you can input on your own. Don't write directly on this layer. You want to create a new layer. Then you can practice whatever you want based off of these areas here. Let's say you want to use these four corners as a base, which I go over in my first class on how to form your letters, you can use that as a reference. Another type of lettering practice sheet that you can import would be more structured lines. That just looks like this, then you can practice from that too. It's a great resource to practice your bounce lettering. Your baseline, your descender, and where you come down even below the descender or x-height, ascender and then even higher than that. You have it as a guide and then you can go in and break the rules a little bit. But the iPad is great for that because you can see exactly what you want to change without wasting a bunch of paper. Let's say, I didn't like that cross, I think I'd rather it be this way, or this way. Some more structured practice sheets. This is one I've created for practicing swashes. For example, here we can practice our crossbar. We can practice our serifs, just a little bit of a different laden stroke. You can go over and trace these practice sheets and see what that looks like. Then right next to it, you can do that again and again. It's great for things like that. Then you can develop your own style in doing this. You have the idea, but let's say you want it to be more bold, or you want your accent to be up and over rather than under an out. There's options to do here with the iPad, to just import practice sheets, which I think is really neat. That is how to import those guys. 20. Creating Patterns: In this video, we're going to be going over how to create a pattern. To do this, we will duplicate from a selection. Instead of a layer, you can do a selection manually, or you can just click the area of the layer because I have nothing else on this layer. It will only select the image. But if you do a selection, it's the same thing where, you just free hand over it, and then click the arrow. So two different ways, but for now we're just going to click the arrow. We're going to do a three finger drag up, and that it will allow us to copy and then just paste it. Then you can move that one where you want it. So let's say you want to go about right here and then same thing, three finger up, Copy, Paste, drag that where you want it to go. Then three fingers, Copy, Paste. Then you have your pattern, and your pattern is complete. 21. Create Patterns with Amaziograph: In this video, we're going to go over how to create a pattern in an app called Amaziograph. The icon looks like this. I'm going to open this up. You can create a lot of different things with this platform. They have mirroring, kaleidoscope, rotation, they have different shapes that are rotated automatically. I'm just going to do something very basic and go with this simple grid, that is, I'm going to click this add, this plus sign, to do a new canvas, and then the squares plus rotation. I'm going to click on that and then I'm actually going to adjust this, because anything that you draw inside of this square is going to show up on all of them, but rotated. If I click this icon right here, that's a circle with little grids on it and select adjust grid, then I can drag these wider or on a different slant. I'm just going to make this about that big and press done. This icon will also allow you to change the type right here, in case you decide that this isn't the graph that you want to use. This program doesn't have a lot of brush options like the others do. Unfortunately, it does not allow you to import, but, if you choose brush, you can choose the size just by tapping these four. I am just going to choose this smaller middle one, you can choose your color, so fill color, and then make that whatever you want. Mixing colors, in order to do this, you would just drag whatever color you want into one of these empty spots and then notice it's selected after I dragged it, now I just want to press on it, and it's like a stirring motion,so if you rub the pen across that area that's how saturated it will get, so I left it a little bit lighter. You can also mix white, and then notice it got much lighter. You can mix any of these colors together and create whichever paled you'd like. I'm just going to choose this color and go ahead, and make my background this light yellow. You can choose the font color that you want to use, and if you wanted to make that, just drag it down here, full saturation, and then let's say I wanted make it a little lighter, use some white, little bit lighter there, and then I can add some blue to make it a little more purple. Add some more white, get that a little bit lighter. So there's a lot of options that you can do with color. I can make it more of a blue-green color, teal. That's why I didn't get it lighter. It's a little bit more of a dole teal color, just go on one of these squares. Making these patterns would make excellent wrapping paper, and then you have this really cute image here, and then what that looks like without the grid, is like that, and then you can just save this image the way that it is. 22. Create a Mandala with Amaziograph: Let's say you want to make a mandala. This can be really fine, so you just get this nice and big because you want to see what you're doing. Anything that you do in just one of these, is going to show up in all of them. That's what it looks like so far. It's really fun to do these. That's it. 23. Wrapping Up: That is all I have for you guys. I hope that you have so much fun creating on this platform. I can't wait to see everything that you come up with. The opportunity is endless here. This guy is a game changer. Let me know what you think, let me know what you've learned, show me what you've learned. I can't wait to see your projects. I still think that they're going to be an inspiration to everybody here. Thank you again you guys. See you later.