Texturing Illustrations in Procreate | Jamie Bartlett | Skillshare

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    • 1.

      Class Trailer


    • 2.

      Class Project


    • 3.

      Building a Grunge Brush


    • 4.

      Building a Grain Brush


    • 5.

      Building a Stamp Brush


    • 6.

      Making Custom Texture Sources


    • 7.

      Using Our Texture Brushes


    • 8.

      Exporting Brushes


    • 9.



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One of my favorite things to use procreate for is to texture my illustrations. In this class we’ll start from scratch creating our own texture brushes. We’ll be able to get right to work by using the textures that procreate provides, but if you really want to customize your brushes I’ll also show you how quick it is to use some textures you create yourself.

Once our brushes are ready to go, I’ll show you how I like to use them in my work. It’s a super fun and easy way to make your illustrations look more organic and less computer generated.

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Jamie Bartlett

Graphic designer and left-handed letterer


Jamie Bartlett is a graphic designer and left-handed letterer working out of Denver, CO. She graduated from John Brown University with a degree in Graphic Design and now runs a shop for her hand lettered designs and fonts. Her work reflects everything she loves in life: a good cup of coffee, nerdy design terms, tandem bikes, road trips, and so much more.

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1. Class Trailer: Hi guys, I'm Jamie Bartlett. I've loved using Procreate as part of my workflow for the past few years, and one of my favorite things to use Procreate for, is to texture my illustrations. In this class, we'll start from scratch creating our own texture brushes. We'll be able to get right to work, by using the textures that Procreate provides. But if you really want to customize your brushes, I'll also show you how quick it is to use some textures you create yourself. Once our brushes are ready to go, I'll show you how I like to use them in my work. It's a super fun and easy way to make your illustrations look more organic, and less computer-generated. For the class project, you'll be illustrating the inside of your house, apartment, or even favorite coffee shop. Everything for the class can be done with your iPad and the Procreate app. So let's jump in and get started. I can't wait to see what you guys create. 2. Class Project: For the class project, you're going to be picking either your house, apartment or maybe even favorite coffee shop and you're going to be drawing the insides of it. Before you get started in drawing your house, I wanted to give you a few tips and tricks that I like to use when drawing to make texturing easier down the road. So here's my house. Let's look at my layers. When I'm drawing something, I like to keep my layers as organized as possible and use lots of layers. So that way down the road, if something is flattened or colors the same colors on top of each other, they can create quite a headache if it's all flattened. For this piece, I created a layer for each individual color. I have my black color, I have orange, gray, blue, brown, white, all of my colors are on a different layer. There are some exceptions, like for example, this green has to go behind this black, but this green has to go on top of the black. I have this bush down here on its own layer because it needed to go on top. Sometimes it's not always going to work, but as best as you can keep the colors on their own layer. Because when we go to texture it, say we're texturing this blue couch, we're going to pick a blue that's slightly darker than this blue. If the black and the blue on this couch here are merged on the same layer, then that blue you're going to be texturing is going to be going on top of the black and we don't necessarily want that. We want to keep the black clean. To draw my house, I just went ahead and used my favorite drawing brush, which is my prickly pen brushes that I've customized and made myself. But feel free, if you have a favorite brush to draw with, just go ahead and draw with that. So go ahead and pick whatever kind of building or a house you're going to be drawing and get started. 3. Building a Grunge Brush: Before we can start texturing a house, we need to build some texture brushes here, and procreate. These are the three brushes I'm going to show you how to make. This first one, is the grunge brush, which is really nice for adding some grunge to small, and large areas. It looks like that, then we're going to build this grain brush, which I love for a background textures, and even on top of the entire illustration, just to add a little bit of grade to it. Lastly, we're going to do a stamp brush. That brush is just like a stamp. You just press your pencil down once and it adds a nice texture to it. Let's get started building this grunge brush first. Let's make a new document, and procreate. I'm just going to go ahead and use the screen size setting. I'm going to change my color to be all black just so as they start testing the brush, and playing around with it, I can really see what it looks like. Let's go to our brushes, and then scroll down until we get this plus sign, and we're going to make a new group for these three brushes were going to build. I want to name mine skill share. Now that we have a group, let's add some brushes. "Click" on the plus sign. This is where we determined what kind of texture our brush has. We have the shape source, and the grain source. For right now, we're going to keep things simple, and we're just going to use the textures that procreate provides. Let's start by choosing our shape source. We go to swap from pro library, and these are all the textures that procreate provides. Before we start choosing the textures we want, I just want to show you how this brush building tool works a little bit. I'm going to choose this hard round circle for our shape source. Then for our grain, we're going to do a solid white square. Now, you can see that right now our brush is just a solid line. If I move my spacing up, my samples for my shape, they get spaced out so that you see that circle. If you don't want it to be a circle, you've got to turn it down more, and then it goes back into that, and the samples overlap, making it so you can't see the actual shape anymore. I'm going to space it out just for a second, or I'll go back to the grain source. Now, I'm going to change it to another texture. Let's choose something like this. The easiest way to explain what the grain source is if you're familiar with Photoshop, it's like a mask. It only allows the shape source to be coming through in the areas that are white on the grain. Now, our brush looks like that, and gives it some texture. We can move the spacing back down and we have a more textured brush. The texture will change based on the grain source that you choose. There's lots of different settings in ways to customize these brushes, but this is just the basics that you need to understand so that you can build some brushes. Now that we have that done, I'm going to just clear my layer. Go back into our brushes, and delete that one because I don't need it. Make sure I'm in my skill share folder. Now, let's build our first brush, and that's going to be a grunge brush. You can use a grunge brush for a lot of different ways. You can add texture to illustrations, backgrounds, even textured edges, so let's start there. We'll hit this "Plus" sign up here in the corner to add a new brush. We'll go to swap pro library for our shapes source. Now, feel free to play around with different textures, and make different grunge pressures, but if you want, you can also just follow along and use the same textures that I'm going to be using. For our grunge brush, I'm going to use ink sponge 2. Now, let's choose our grain source, and that's going to be the grunge texture. Now we're ready to start customizing our settings. I'm going to start with my spacing, and we're going to put that at around 20, and remember that's spacing out the samples. We want to have it together just enough so that you can't really tell where the sample ends and the next one starts. The reason I don't want this all the way down is because if it's all the way down, there's not much texture able to show through. I'm going to bring it up just around 20 so that we can get a decent amount of texture showing. Then next, we're going to do the jitter. The jitter is where it shifts the samples off of the center path of your pencil. If I was to draw a line like this, all of these samples are now shifted randomly off the path, which adds a lot more texture to the edge. Whereas before, if I bring the jitter down, it's more of a smooth line. This also helps to get rid of the samples overlapping. I'm going to turn my jitter up to around 22. I don't need any pressure sensitivity for this brush, and so none is being used right now, so I don't need this, so I'll turn that all the way down. Then let's go on to our shape. The only thing we needed to adjust in this menu is scatter. Think of your brush as an arrow. As you draw, the higher you adjust the scatter, the more rotation is going to be added to your brush sample. Scatter is just random rotations. Whereas, if you adjust the rotation, if you're thinking of your brush like an arrow, and you turn that all the way up, and it says follow stroke, the arrow is going to always be pointing in the direction that you're moving your pencil. We don't want any rotations, so I'm going to turn that back down to zero, and we're going to turn scatter to around 23 percent. Now, let's move on to grain. For grain, we want movement to be all the way up to rolling. You can think of the brush movement like a paint roller. If you're pushing the roller along, the roller is constantly rolling over, and not smearing the texture. Whereas, if you were to put the movement all the way down, then your roller isn't going to be moving, and you're going to be dragging in smearing the paint and you wouldn't see any texture. This can be helpful for different types of brushes, but for our brush, we really want to see that organic texture, so we don't want our roller to be dragged. We want it to be rolling along, so you can see your texture. Now we're just going to leave our scale at 25 percent. That's the size of the grain itself. If I were to bring the scale up, you can see that my texture underneath, which is my grain, is getting bigger, but we don't want it to be too big. I'm going to leave it at around 25. Now, zoom we're going to leave at zero, but let me explain what the difference between the scale, and zoom is. With zoom, your grain gets bigger as your brush size gets bigger. I'm going to clear the layer really quick just to show you what I mean. How we have our settings now, zoom is all the way down, and I'm going to turn the brush all the way up so you can see. There's that, turn my brush down smaller. It's the same texture, just with a smaller brush add. But if I were to put the zoom up, and the texture looks one way at this size, and it does all the way up. Let's make sure we turn our zoom all the way back down to cropped. We don't need to mess with anything in the dynamics, that can just stay like this, and then we'll go into our pencil settings. That can just stay like this as well, because we're not going to be messing with pressure or any tilt sensitivity with this. Then let's move on to general, and we're going to have the max size be 400. That's the max size your brush will be if you turn it all the way up. Then the minimum we'll just leave to none. Then the opacity limits we'll just leave max and none as well, and that's adjusting how opaque you can make your brush here in the slider, and that's it for our grunge brush. We have some nice texture, that we can now go ahead and shade in texture, some of our illustrations with. But before I finish, we do have one more thing. We do need a re-title brush, and I'm just going to title mine, skill share, grunge. Hit "Enter". Now, we have our first brush. 4. Building a Grain Brush: The next brush we're going to do is our grain brush. And like I said before, this works great to add some texture to backgrounds or even illustrations that's a little more settle, but it really helps keeping it from looking to computer-generated. Let's go back into our brushes. Add a new one. We're going to be working with procreates textures that they already have in the program. We'll swap from pro library. And for the grain brush, we're going to go down and we're going to find the bleed texture. This has a nice feather around the edges and some fine texture in the middle. And then for our grain source, go in and scroll down until we find the flakes. And then that start at the beginning like last time, or start from stroke and work our way down the line. So the spacing for stroke, we're going to have it just around 18 to 20 %. I'll spread it out nice. That's all I needed to do for strokes. But again, we're not going to be working with a taper or pressure sensitivity for this brush. So we can bring that all the way back down.Then let's go to shape. So since this brush is really mostly determined by the grain, there's not much of a shape that's coming through. But just to make sure everything's pretty random and not to uniform, we're going to put the scatter up to 50 %. Then same thing for the randomized. We're just going to check that just to make sure everything looks pretty random. And the randomized property is just every time you start a brushstroke, the starting point of the shape will be randomized. Let's move on to grain. For the grain, just like the last brush we're going to be wanting the movement to be set to rolling pretty much with any texture brush, it's going to be rolling or else everything is just going to look smeared and you're not going to get any texture coming through scale. We're going to leave it right there at 25% and zoom. We're going to leave it down at cropped. And then rotation. We are going to put all the way up to follow stroke. I am going to show you doing that. Kind of softens the texture a little bit and leaving it down to where it was. It was much more harder. Okay? We don't need anything in dynamics. And same with pencil. We're not using any of the pressure or tilt sensitivity settings. We'll just go straight to general mark size. We're going to bump that up to around 750. Then the minimum size, we're going to keep that to none. Then I'll pass any limits that the Max to Max and the minimum to none. Again, you can always go back in and just re-size limits, if you're working on something really large and new need some bigger textures, just go ahead and bump that up a little bit. But, I like to keep it down just a little bit so that every time you are adjusting the size, it's not so dramatic. If you move it just a little bit. That is how we set up our texture brush. I'm going to clear my layer so you can see how I look at. And it just has some nice grainy texture. Because we randomize that, the texture isn't perfectly the same every time. We can go over it add more. It's going to look really nice when you have a background color. I'll show you how I use this brush a little later. 5. Building a Stamp Brush: Our last brush is going to be a little different than the other two we've built. This brush is more of a stamp brush instead of brushing it on, like it's drawing on your screen like that, you are going to just be making stamps. So you just press once and get a texture. It's not going to work to brush it on like this. But I really like these types of brushes for adding texture to work. So to build our own, let's start by adding another brush. Go into Procreate's library and go down until you see Paint Dab 2. Select that. Then for our grain, you just need to fill up with a blank white square, which basically means there is no grain. We're just going to be able to see what our shape texture is. So let's go to stroke. We're going to put the spacing all the way up. Because again, we're not going to be using this by drawing lines and coloring anything. We're going to be stamping it just like you would a rubber stamp. So put the spacing all the way up and then go on to shape and then we're going to turn randomized on. So by turning the randomized on, every time you put your pencil on the screen and stamp your texture, that texture is going to be rotated in a random direction. Then you can skip everything else go straight to General. We're going to put the size limit all the way up. Because this texture is great for our big areas and small areas. So we need a maximum amount of sizes. That's all there is to stamp brush. Feel free to play around with the other textures that Procreate provides and make as many stamp textures that you would like to use for this project. So now that our brush is done, you can see we have quite a large brush so that you can use on big areas, if you are texturing the smaller illustration, you can easily just downsize that brush and add some texture to smaller areas. If you do drag your pencil, we put the spacing up so high that it's not going to repeat that texture. All right, now we have all three of our brushes. So now let's move on to the fun part and start texturing our house. 6. Making Custom Texture Sources: So I showed you how to make the texture brushes using the textures that Procreate provides. But it's actually pretty easy just to make your own textures and have completely unique brushes. Just quickly here I'm going to take this Sharpie. Just going to scribble a little bit on here and see what we can come up with. Let's try that. This is a small square one that would probably make a better stamp, whereas this circle one that would probably work better for a brush. So now I'm just going to grab my iPad, snap a picture, then I'm going to go into my picture and just edit it a little bit so it works better. I'm going to do this round texture. So I'm going to crop it so that it's a square and I'm going to go into light and I'll bring up exposure pretty high so that this background here is pure wipe. Then I need to also make this black and white. So go down and we'll just pick the noir setting. Say done, and that should be good. So now let's go on to Procreate. Will quickly just add a new brush and this time we're going to say insert photo. We have that photo. New texture right there. Then let's go grab a grain that's already in procreate. We'll just use this paper mush one. Let's try that. Then let's go back into the settings, we need to invert this because it's drawing the white pixels. So we want to draw that as the white pixels. So let's just draw and see what it looks like so far. Actually not that bad, just like that. But again, like I showed you, you can adjust the spacing to get a little more texture coming through, maybe want a little jitter, and it's that easy to make your own textures. So don't be afraid to experiment a little bit. You already have the camera on your iPad and you can easily find some textures around the house or draw more with some markers or crayons. 7. Using Our Texture Brushes: Now that we have all of our precious belt, we're ready to start texturing our house. I'll open up my layers and like I showed you previously, I like to draw with my different colors on different layers. I have an orange layer, a gray, brown, white, red, and so on. That doesn't always work because like you can see here, I have black on top of green, and then over here I have green on top of black. Sometimes I might have to have multiple green layers, I have a bush layer here and a green layer down here. You just play around a little bit, but it just keeps things a little more separate, so when you go to texture, you can work with different colors because most likely you're going to be using a version of that color to texture over. For example, let's start with these big green trees up here. I find my trees layer, and then I'm going to add a new layer above that, and I click on that layer and we're going to make a clipping mask. Now everything I draw in this layer, is going to be masked out by these trees. Nothing is going to show outside of these trees. I'm going to use my grunge brush that we made, then sample my green color. To sample, you just go over here to the square, click on it, and it brings up the sample tool. Then I'm going to change my color to be slightly darker so we can see that texture, make sure I have my grunge brush, and make sure we're on that mass layer. Then you can just start adding some texture. Make it a little darker. If I draw over here, it's not going to show up but it is in that layer. I'm just going to add some texture and you can even go back to that light green, find a lighter version of that green, add some texture that way too. They can be like shadows and highlights or if you want more of a flat look to it, just add texture. You can always go in and erase. Sometimes when I erase from my eraser, I select to that same grunge brush, so that while I erase. It's not completely smooth, it fades into that texture a little better. Go back in, I need to add a little more over here until you're happy with it. We have other textures we're going to use too, you don't have to finish the trees right now. We've got our trees, and I'm going to do the same thing for all my other colors. I go to my blue layer, add a layer above it, make that a clipping mask, then sample my blue layer, make it a little darker so that our texture shows up, then zoom in nice and close and just have fun coloring and texturing. Since I'm working on my blue, I like to embark on anything else that is blue. You don't have to texture everything, I definitely leave some things untextured so it doesn't look too crazy. Let's go to our black layer, pick a clip mask, and this time I'm going to use our stamp brush on this TV right here. It's a little too big. Try that again, and sometimes with a stamp brush I just stamp a couple times, undo it, until I get what I'm looking for. That's pretty good. I'm going to do the same thing to this window and this car over here. Here we go. See that actually is the same texture, same rotation, so I'm not adding that and try again. There we go, that's better. Then for this chimney, I'm going to actually sample the pink color, because I want it to look like the background is coming through. I'm going to switch back to my grunge brush, slowly add some texture, play around with where you want it to show up. Let's do the car, let's work on that a little bit. I'm going to do it lighter green, see what the stamp texture is like that. It looks like dirt on the bottom or something. All right. Then continue just adding texture to all the areas you want. I want to show you how I like to use the grain brush. A lot of times that's mostly used on the background, but I also like to put it on the very top as well. I'm going to start with the background, add a layer above that, and I'm not going to add any kind of mask or anything because it's going to go over the entire document. I'm going to select my pink background color, we're going to make it just a little darker, get migraines selected, then zoom in so you can see. There's what my texture is looking like. It's a good color for that. I'm just going to quickly go over some spots on the image. I'm not going to color the entire thing, but I'm going to just give it a little bit of texture, and then I'm going to change the color. Let's do a little darker than that, so we have some areas that show up a little better, probably do less of the darker. You don't want it too obvious. Then we are going to go to lighter pink. I'm just layering on these colors. Just putting them on little areas. This is on the background of everything, and then I'm going to go all the way to white. Just do that, in a couple of areas because that's most noticeable. You can put that again. I do one more color of pink which is going to be really really slightly darker than my original color. Color that a little more, taking a little lighter, and now to finish off the background, or that tech type of texture, I add one more layer to the very top, and this, I'm going to change to white. I actually want to make the texture of the grain a little bigger, so this is where you need to go into your grain brush, go into to grain setting, we're going to increase the zoom to about 50 percent and see where that gets us. We'll go back in. Yeah that's pretty good. We're going to just add a little bit of white specs on the top layer, you can see it showed up on the tree here, maybe a little bit on the front of this house right there. If you want, you can go on to the eraser, you erase any of the specs that you don't want. This is just all low detail work, but it really does add some nice touches at the end. Then I'm going to pick, let's just do the green, or let's do black. I'm just going to add a little bit of those specs here and there too. Since this was a circle brush, we might have to erase. Some of the textures a little bit, just so it doesn't show up as much and the circle shape anyway. Let's do one more color, we will do green. That was pretty good. Then I'm just going to go ahead and finish off the rest of my texture on my green bush down here, probably do some on this brown, maybe a little more on the black, and I'll show you what it looks like when it's done. Here's a time-lapse of me texturing my house from start to finish. 8. Exporting Brushes: When you're all done texturing your house, the next thing you need to do is export it so you can share it on Instagram or whatever platform you like to use. We just need go up here to the tools icon. Go to share. We're going to share it as a JPEG. Click on JPEG and export it. Usually if I'm wanting to share it on Instagram or Facebook, I like to send it to my phone. I like to use the AirDrop function. If you have an iPhone, your phone will show up right here. But if you're wanting it to go to your computer so you can easily share it on Skillshare, the best way to do that is to save it to whatever cloud service you prefer. You can save it to your Google Drive, Dropbox, or even your Creative Cloud. I can easily save it here to Dropbox. My folder. Save and done. Now, I can easily create a class project on Skillshare, and share it with the rest of the students. Now that we're done building your brushes, I'm going to show you how you can export them and share them. First, I'm going to show you how to share just a single brush. You pick the brush that you want, and you slide it to the left, and you click share. Just like how we exported the JPEG, you can export a brush. I'm going to save it to the Dropbox, and save it in my folder, and save. Then, if you wanted to share that brush with a friend or you're looking to sell it, all you have to do is provide that file. Then all they need to do to add it to their Procreate is go to the Plus, and import, and then find the brush. Now, if you're wanting to export the whole library rather than doing each brush individually, the best way to do it, is to export the whole library. Choose your library. Mine is called Skillshare. Click on it, and then click the share. Same as before, just pick your Dropbox or wherever you would like to save it, and you're done. 9. Thanks!: That's it guys. Thank you so much for checking out my class, I hope you enjoyed it and were able to learn a few things. Once you're done with your house, make a student project here on Skillshare and share it with the rest of the class, so we can see. If you share your house on Instagram, feel free to tag me @jamiebartlettdesign, so I can see your work. If you're not already follow me here on Skillshare so you can see every time I post a new class. Thanks again guys, and we'll see you next time.