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The Procreate Class: Beginner Basics + Beyond

teacher avatar Kiley Bennett, Artist + Online Educator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      TRAILER: The Procreate Class


    • 2.

      What is Procreate?


    • 3.

      Creating Documents


    • 4.

      Color + Color Palettes


    • 5.

      All About Brushes


    • 6.

      Preferences + Overview


    • 7.

      Using Quick Shapes


    • 8.

      Selection Tool + Layers


    • 9.

      Adding and Editing Text + Importing Fonts


    • 10.

      Clipping Masks + Transparencies


    • 11.

      Final Project + Watch Me Work


    • 12.

      Come Join Me! My Procreate Workflow


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About This Class


Welcome to The Procreate Class! This beginner-level class walks you through the foundations of Procreate and the features I use the most in my every day art practice.

Learning Procreate is simpler than you think, and will completely change your creative life! Whether you aspire to be a professional artist, designer, or illustrator, or you simple love to doodle and draw, this class teaches simple techniques that make a big impact. With every update, Procreate becomes more multi-faceted, powerful, and streamlined. Learning the basics now will create a solid foundation for the future, as you continue to grow with this ever-evolving app.

In this class I cover:

+ Creating a document for web use or printing
+ Color Palettes and Color
+ Brushes: How to import custom brushes and how to edit brushes in Procreate to use them in unique ways
+ Selection Tool + Moving Objects
+ Adding and Editing Text
+ Transparency Masks
+ Clipping Masks
+ Using Layers Effectively

Throughout class we will build upon techniques in every lesson, with 3 opportunities to create artwork for your final project.

CLASS BONUSES: Now offered via a Dropbox folder. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD. 
There are download instructions inside the folder, but the instructions are very similar to what I show in the original video.

Here's the color palette we use throughout class:

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Kiley Bennett

Artist + Online Educator


Hi! I'm Kiley Bennett, an artist and online educator based in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.

Whether you are joining me for a class (or two, or three!) here on Skillshare, or you're hanging out with me somewhere else online, you can expect to feel encouraged, confident, and inspired to dig into your creative side. My favorite way to share what I know is through my growing library of online courses, covering everything from lettering to Procreate to oven-bake clay earrings! In between classes, you can find other tutorials and resources for artists and creative business owners on my blog.

What will you learn here on Skillshare? 
Answer: Simple processes for creating art in my favorite mediums: digital, watercolor, and lettering. On occasion... See full profile

Level: Beginner

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1. TRAILER: The Procreate Class: I'm Kelly Bennett and I'm an artist and a designer. I started my career as a lettering artist and I was initially drawn to buy an iPad Pro because you could let her digitally, which at the time was really groundbreaking for me. But little did I know that procreate would open so many doors for me, not only as lettering artists, but as a creative in general. I learned to do so many types of art that I never thought I'd be able to do as I had the opportunity to have my designs on products, to do work for clients that I had only ever dreamed of and ultimately, I broadened my horizons tenfold for what is possible in my career. It took me a lot of time and exploration to find my groove in procreate and I don't want it to take you that long. So that's why I created this beginner level class. I'm going to walk you through the foundations of procreate, and show you the features that I use the most in my daily creative practice. There is no previous experience required to take this class, just bring yourself, your iPad and get ready to learn. 2. What is Procreate?: In lesson one, we're going to go over quickly, what is Procreate, what can it be used for, and who is this app for? What is Procreate? Procreate is an app for the iPad that allows you to draw and paint and create art digitally, which is so incredible. You can use it on the go. I take it with me pretty much everywhere because you never know when you're going to be bored in the car and want to draw or you might be inspired by something when you're traveling and you're going to pull your iPad out and recreate it or write it down. You can do so much in Procreate. The potential for exciting social media posts is pretty much endless, but you can also do professional work in Procreate too. A lot of the logos that I've made have started in Procreate and a lot of other elements that I might draw for a client or to go on a product will start there as well. Which leads me into my next point about Procreate. If you are just a hobbyist or an artists that just loves to draw for fun then this app is absolutely perfect for you. But if you have dreams of becoming a professional artist or designer, Procreate is a wonderful piece of the puzzle, but it is not the end-all be-all. That's why I'm really excited for this year, 2020 on Skillshare, because we're going to be sharing classes about the other programs that I use, specifically Adobe Illustrator that I pair with Procreate in my profession as an artist and a designer. But ultimately Procreate is for anyone, even if you just use this app to take pretty notes in class or you just want to doodle at home. You want to take it on the go so you can create art or even add a little something extra to photographs before you post them on social media. This app is for everybody. There is something for everybody. I believe that everyone is an artist. Everyone has creativity inside of them and I know that Procreate has done wonders for my creativity. I'm really excited to see what it will do for yours. Now let's go ahead and move on to lesson two so we can get started. 3. Creating Documents: For this first lesson, we're going to create a document which is the first step in getting started with using Procreate. I hope that you all are following along with me that you have your app, and your Apple pencil out, and you're ready to get started. Remember that throughout all of the lessons, you can always pause and rewind if you need a little extra time to complete one of the steps throughout the lessons, or you need to go back, and re-listen to something. When you open the app, you will be taken to this screen, which is called your Gallery. You probably won't have any artwork here yet, but you definitely will by the end of the class. Every time you create a new document or canvas in Procreate, it will be living here. So this is like your home base. To access already made artwork, you will simply click on the "Artwork." Just like that. When you enter into your document, everything is exactly where you left it. As a little side note, you will hear me refer to the actual space in Procreate where your artwork is referred to as a canvas or a document, or an art board, and those are all just interchangeable terms for the same thing. To go back to the Gallery, you just click on this "Gallery" button, and then you'll be taken back to that screen. To create a brand new canvas, you'll click on this "Plus" sign here at the top right, and this menu will drop down. There are default sizes for artboards that are built into Procreate but you can also create a brand new canvas that's sized perfectly for your needs. To create a brand new artboard that's custom size in custom settings for your artwork, you just click on this little black button with a tiny plus sign right there, and then this screen will open up. In this window, you can really fill in all of your details, and set up your document to be just perfect for your uses. You have the option to work in pixels, inches, centimeters, or millimeters. Procreate is a pixel based program, which means that there's a bunch of teeny-tiny little squares making up this screen. Anything that you view on a screen is pixel based. Pixels are preferred if you're making art or a graphic for your website or your social media or something that's going to be viewed on a screen. The exact sizing really depends on where you'll be sharing your artwork or your graphic. For instance, Instagram has a standard square image pixel size of 1080 by 1080 pixels, and the portrait image size is 1080 by 1350. That's a really great place to start if you want to set up an Instagram post. But I like to make my documents just a little bit larger than that size. For a square Instagram post, I like to go with 1800 by 1800. Let's type that in height and width. It's a square, or you could even do 2000 by 2000. Really the key is as long as you're maintaining a square ratio, it's totally fine, or whatever you're size is as long as you're maintaining that same ratio, and you're scaling up proportionally, then it will be totally fine. I was using Instagram as an example, but you can do a Google search of whatever preferred sizes you need for just about any social media platform. Those are all over the Internet for you to use. So don't worry, just search for whatever you're looking for, and you'll be able to set up your document that way. We're going to work in pixels throughout this class, but I wanted to touch on working in inches just in case you want to print something that you've made here. In that case, you want to change your sizing metrics over to inches, and now you will put in your height and width. It's telling me that this 1800 by 1800 inches is too large. I agree. Far too large. Whatever size you plan to print in is exactly what you should put in here. If you want to print an 8 by 10, you should go ahead, and start your canvas as eight by 10, and don't try to size up or to size down proportionally because then you encounter an issue with layers as well. We're going to learn all about layers. They're their own thing that we'll have a whole lesson devoted to them, but you definitely want to have more layers to work with. Our maximum layers right now are 23, which is a pretty good size. But if let's say, you wanted to do an 11 by 14, you now only have 10 layers to work in, and 10 layers might not be enough for you. That's something that you have to deal with when working in Procreate that you are limited a little bit when you're creating in inches, just because this program really isn't built to handle that size of artwork. You also have to worry about DPI when you are talking about printing something. DPI means dots per inch, and that's basically how many dots a printer is printing in every square inch of artwork. The more dots per inch, the more high-quality or high resolution the print is, and 300 is the standard. Definitely don't go below 300. If you can create your canvas size at the exact size you plan to print, then 300 DPI should be enough for you to get a good print in the end. The last thing you want to do when you're working in inches is you want to change over your color profile. So you have CMYK and RGB as your options for what your color profile will be. For printing, you always want to work in CMYK because CMYK is how printers will print. RGB stands for something that's very specific to how things are viewed on a screen. If you create artwork in RGB, and then you print it out, you'll notice that your colors that are actually printed on the paper are a lot duller, and don't have the same richness of color that you have when you view it on the screen. But if you change over to CMYK, you'll notice that your colors actually within Procreate are going to be just a little bit duller because it's only giving you options of how a printer would be able to print. There's just certain colors that printers cannot print. It's really useful to go ahead, and start in that color profile. Because we're not going to go back to RGB because we are going to work in pixels. I'm going to change this back to pixels. Another thing is that layers also apply to pixels as well. I'm going to go back to 1800 by 1800. DPI does not really apply when it comes to creating something in pixels, especially if we're not worried about printing it. Now, you'll see that you have a maximum amount of 58 layers. The larger your pixel size or the larger your canvas size in Procreate, the less layers you will have to work with. That's just the nature of the game. Go try to find a happy medium with the size that you need to work in, as well as how many layers you anticipate you'll need. Now, we're ready. You just click "Create." Another thing I like to do to stay organized is to give my artwork a name, and all you do is go back to your Gallery, and then tap on this "Untitled Artwork" button, and that will give you the opportunity to give it a name. I'm just going to do the Procreate class, and done. Rounding out this lesson, another wonderful thing about Procreate is that there is no Save button, and everything's always being saved for you so you don't lose any artwork. You can always pick up right where you left off. If you ever want to delete your canvas, it's super easy. You just swipe left on it, and then you click "Delete." You can also duplicate so you can create another canvas as well by swiping left or you can share your canvas with somebody also. There's a lot of options there, and the canvas size that you just created is now an option in this little drop-down menu. If you want to go ahead, and give that a name, let's say, that you wanted to set this file up specifically for Instagram because it's at the size you would just click "Edit" up here with Untitled Canvas, just type in Instagram square IG post or something like that. Then you can Save, and now this will always be there. I've got mine set to 2000 by 2000 pixels. 4. Color + Color Palettes: Back inside your Canvas, there's several areas of the screen that you might be tempted to click on but we're going to focus in this lesson on color in Procreate. Color is the first thing that I think about when I'm creating artwork, and it's a really great place to get started, and it's a lot of fun. To access the color menu in Procreate, you can click on this little dot in the top right-hand corner. You've got five menu options that open up, that you can click around in. Take you to different places in the color options, and we're going to start over here in disk, and then we'll walk our way through those. The color disk is, I think the easiest way to just randomly select colors in Procreate. You've got this outer circle that is very much a Roy G. Biv situation going in this direction. Then inside this circle, you can choose your tone. There's a really cool thing in Procreate where you can double-tap on different areas of this inner circle. It will give you the truest shade of that color, based on where you are in the circle. No matter where you are on this outer circle you can double-tap this top left hand side, and you'll get true white. You can double-tap down here at the bottom and you'll get true black. I always like to put true white in my palette, so you just select it by double tapping and then tap down here in your empty palette. Then I like to do black as well, so just double-tap down here at the bottom, and then tap into your palette and you've got your colors there. Let's say I wanted to add a pastel blue and a really bright blue. Another thing that you can do is you can double-tap on the top area and it will give you a pastel version of that color as well is that's the 12 o'clock mark I like to call it. Then over here, you can tap on this right-hand corner, and you get the truest blue, and that is applicable to any area on here, can also tap at the right and left sides, you can get gray. Then like a muddier, moodier version of that color and so on and so forth. I mean, it's just fun to tap around and see what all you can do with this color wheel. Inevitably, when you're choosing colors, you are accidentally going to tap somewhere in this color palette where you didn't want to put a color. All you have to do to delete these little color squares is to hold down on it and then press delete. You can also reorder your colors if you want them to go in a certain order based on their tone or their shade or their color, you can easily drag and drop things and move them around. The next menu option is the classic color picker. I think this is a little bit more complicated, because you've got your color slider down here. This is like your outer circle, over on the color disk, so you would access your blues over here somewhere. Then from here is where you access the tone of blue, or you can use the slider, below and then you've also got your saturation as well. Next step we have color harmony, which is really cool and new to Procreate. I really like playing with this. It's got the color wheel, but there's two or three color pickers inside depending on which little setting you have it on. If you're looking to find perfect complimentary colors, you would just click down here and make sure complimentary is chosen. No matter where you move your pickers on either side, the other one's going to follow, and it will always give you the perfect complimentary color. You can slide in and you can slide out. This is really cool if you are looking for perfect complimentary colors, you can also do split complementary. You can do analogous, which is three colors that are right beside each other. Then you can also do triadic, I'm not really sure what all this means, but I know that it's really fun. I'm going to go back to complimentary, and I'm going to find really pretty complimentary colors. To put your colors down here in your color palette, just tap on the circle and then make sure that it's filled in up here and then you'll be able to tap down here below, and then same thing. Next up is value, which comes in handy when you know the exact color codes you want to work in. For instance, if you're a brand or a brand that you're creating artwork for gives you the exact color codes. This is where you would put those here. You can use the exact colors that somebody is asking you to use, or that will perfectly match something else that you've seen online. I've got color codes for you to put into your color palette, here in just a minute so that we can use the same color palette all through the class, which is really fun. Then lastly, we've got the palettes menu, and this is where all of your color palettes will live. One thing that I always encourage people to do is to give your color palettes a name. This just helps you stay so organized. I have color palettes named based on what project I was working on, so I was working on designs for a June 2020 project, and so I named it June 2020. I've got fabric collection I'm working on here. Then we've also got our class color palette that I want us to use throughout this class, and I've got the exact color codes for those listed. I'll put them at the end of this video, so just press pause, and then go ahead and type in all of the hexadecimal codes that are listed. How you put this in is you'll create a brand new blank color palette by pressing this plus sign, go ahead and give your palette name so let's just type in TPC so that you know it's the Procreate class, press done. Then this will automatically be sent to your default color palette, which means it will show up down here when you're working. Go over to your value section, and then one by one type in all the codes that I have there for you, and tap into your squares until you have the full color palette completed. I'm going to set this one to default so we can go ahead and start working in it. Lastly I think I would be remiss if I did not discuss how easy it is to choose colors from a mood board or an inspiration photo that you pulled into Procreate. To do that, you want to first have a brand new palette setup, so just go ahead and press that plus sign, and then give this a name. We'll say mood board. Go to your color disk. You want to make sure that your inspiration photo, your mood board is in your camera roll. Just click on this wrench icon, and then it'll take you to this drop down menu. Make sure you're on the add section, insert a photo, and then find your photo. I'm going to pull in this one, and then it will appear into your document. While these little marching ants are around your photo, you can pinch and zoom in or out. I'm just going to put this over here to the side, and then when you have it placed where you want it to go, just click that little arrow sign again. If you need to move your image again, you just click that arrow sign, and then you can move it around your document. If you go off the document, and then unselect it, you will not be able to get the rest of that image back so just make sure you don't do that. I'm going to double-tap with two fingers to undo, and now I'm back at my photo. To choose colors from within this photo to add to my color palette, I'm going to click on this little square, rounded square icon here between these two sliders. This is called your eyedropper tool. This little guy pops up and anywhere that you move this tool, it will select the color that's right underneath it. Just find your eye dropper tool and then move it around to where you want it to go. Then open up your color menu and then tap into a square, and then you'll just continue to do that. See. It's really precise too, there so many uses you can get out of this. Trying to find this exact color I saw that I really liked. Then I'll just continue to tap, and there, until you have all the colors selected that you want from your mood board. If you're ready to delete your inspiration photo, you can click on this little icon here, which is our layers icon, and your photo will be on layer one. You can either uncheck this box to hide it so that you won't be distracted by it or if you're ready to delete it, you can just swipe left and then click clear. I'm going to go ahead and throw those color codes up on the screen so that you can hit pause, and you can start up your color palette so that we can all be working on this color palette together for the next lesson. 5. All About Brushes: Moving right into Lesson 4, we're going to talk about brushes, which I think for most people, the amazing brushes that Procreate offers is really the main attraction to this app and I will not disagree with that because brushes, specifically the lettering ones are what really enticed me to buy an iPad and learn Procreate in the first place. Let's go ahead and explore brushes and I'll show you the basic. To access your brush menu, you going to open up this little brush icon and then you've got your drop-down, and all your brush folders will live over here. You've got different categories that Procreate has made for you. First, let's start talking about the sketching pencils because you've got a bunch of options here, that all mimic a lead pencil. Clicking on this first option, we've got the peppermint brush, make sure that you are on black. You can double tap down here or you can access black, this charcoal color from your color palette. You can go ahead and start drawing around and seeing what that feels like. There are two sliders over here on the left-hand side of your app. I'm going to double-tap with two fingers to go back and then up here is the Gore size slider. This is where you control the size. This maximum size for this brush specifically isn't very large because it mimics a pencil, so it's not going to be very big, but if I take down the size to the midpoint, it becomes a little bit thinner. I'm not even sure that you can see that on the screen and then all the way down it is just super thin. Then down below you've also got your opacity slider. If we take this all the way back to maximum size, this controls the opacity. Full opacity, it's completely opaque and then as you slide down, it becomes more and more translucent. That can serve a purpose as well, when you get more into creating artwork. Then like we talked about in the color lesson, this middle button is your eye dropper tool, so that's just really handy. These are the three controls that you'll use the most I think, just going back and forth and it's really handy that they're all three there together. Moving through the other libraries, we've got, let's talk about the calligraphy brush library because I know a lot of you all are probably really interested in lettering brushes and there is a calligraphy folder in the latest update of Procreate. From my experience, the brush pen is really the only brush that's pretty good for lettering. I actually find that the inking folder has a lot better options. Let's talk about that real quick. I'm not going to spend too much time on it, but I think if you're interested in that, it's really important to know about brushes that are conducive to the brush lettering style. That really just means that you're wanting to use a brush that is pressure sensitive, which this is a setting that can be accessed in the brush settings. Pressure sensitivity just means that your Apple Pencil is reacting with your screen and creating a stroke based on how much pressure you are applying. Let's take our size up to about 12 percent. If you apply very little pressure, you're going to get a pretty thin stroke. If you apply more pressure, you get the super thick stroke, and that's pretty much the fundamentals of brush lettering are, it's made up of these thin and thick strokes. I have a class on sculpture called littering and color that goes through the fundamentals of brush lettering if you're interested in that, and it is the same no matter whether you're using pen and pencil or your lettering in Procreate. Any brush that you find you really like in Procreate, can be made into a pressure sensitive brush. Let's go over that real quick. Let's say that you are in the, where's our artistic section? You want to make one of these crazy brushes down here into a lettering brush that's pressure sensitive. I think this one might be a little bit. No. It is not pressure sensitive at all because you can see that it doesn't change no matter how hard I'm pressing or how light I'm pressing, I'm just going to double tap with two fingers to undo all those strokes. Let's say you want to make the plimsoll brush, a lettering brush. You want to create a duplicate first, just to maintain the original brush features. Swipe to the left, press duplicate, and then this is where you can edit this brush to be a lettering brush and now it has that little Procreate swatch up beside it. Click into this brush studio and all of these options will appear. The only one that you need to know for lettering, is the Apple pencil setting. You want to take the pressure size all the way up. This little preview will show you that it changed a little bit and now you can practice making some thin and thick strokes and you can actually see in this little preview box that it is more like a lettering brush now. You can click on this little icon to clear the drawing pad or you can reset all your brush settings. That will then, pressing done. I'm going to actually change the name of this by going to about this brush and we'll just do plimsoll lettering, just so we can keep it straight that we made adjustments to this brush. Now it even looks a little bit more like a lettering brush. You can go in here and you can play around on your Canvas with creating different types of strokes. There's also some super artsy, fun artistic brushes in here, so I suggest taking a little while to sit down and go through all the brushes and the brush library and just see which ones you like, play with them all, see what they look like because there's a ton of really cool ones in Procreate. I'm just going to go back to using the mercury brush under inking for this next example. Changing the color is super easy. You just go into your palette and you can access any of the colors this way or you can choose one from your palate and start making strokes. You have seen me tap with two fingers to undo, but that is not the same as erasing. There's also this little back arrow and the forward arrow down here that will redo what you just did. But there is an actual eraser in Procreate. You can just click on this right here, and then you can use your pencil to erase streaks. Now the eraser itself, you can also change it to be whatever brush you want. Which this is a little more of an advanced technique I'd say, which we might end up using in our final project. But if you wanted to get a more artistic type of eraser, look like if you're trying to erase something specifically and you want it to have a certain look like I want to erase with my plimsoll brush, it will actually change it to erase just like that brush. You can do a lot of fun things with the eraser as well besides just erase our work. Then there's a smudger as well which looks like this little finger going like this. This smudger is also able to change into different brushes too, and this also, I use a smudger a ton, especially when I'm trying to get a watercolor look, because you can set it to, let's do sassafras. It will actually smudge your artwork and create. You can't see that. If I make a black mark here and then I use my smudger on it, it will actually smudge it out, like that. You can do a lot of cool things with this smudger. You can blend colors that way. Let's do two colors. I'm just grabbing yellow and orange, and I'll zoom in. I use this smudger a lot, I'm going to take this size down to blend colors. This is a super sensitive brush. I might take the opacity down even more as well. It takes a minute. But you can get a really smooth blend that way by playing with the smudger brush settings as well as your opacity in your size. Actually, I'm going to set my eraser to the airbrush, the harder brush, which is the biggest one possible, and we're just going to erase the whole thing. Now we're ready to import the brushes that I've prepared for you for this class. It's super easy. Just on your iPad you can go to whatever browser you prefer to use. I'm using Safari, but I've also used Chrome with this download process before and it's basically the same. You just want to go to, and it will take you to this screen right here. Below you'll see that I have three brushes ready for you to download. There's the monoline brush, the textured brush, and the extra texture brush. Just press this download button and on Safari, this box opens up and it says, ''Do you want to download this brush?'' You will then click Download. Then up here, there's a little arrow that bounces up and down and if you click on that, that's your downloads folder and it will have that brush right there for you. Just tap on that brush and it will automatically bring it into Procreate, I know that you can't see it. If you go to the brushes menu and go down to Import, that TPC monoline brush is right there and it is ready for us to start using and this is what it looks like. It's a mono white brush, so it does not change size depending on pressure. This is what the texture rush looks like. It's just got a little bit of texture there for you, and this also is a pretty large brush as well that you can take it down, super small. Then the extra texture brush is another texture brush, but it has more texture. You can see and decide, that comparison of texture between those two. Now that we have all of our brushes downloaded into our imported folder, let's make a special folder for all these brushes to live throughout class so that you can access them really easily. How you do that, is you drag down on this menu over here to the left until you see this plus sign. Click on the plus sign and then give it a name. I'm going to call it TPC Brushes. Then go back to your imported folder and just drag, hold down and drag those brushes into that TPC folder one at a time. Before we move on to the next lesson, go ahead and grab that TPC monoline brush and I'm going to show you one more setting in the brush settings that you will want to play with. The monoline brush, full opacity and full size, this is what it looks like. The settings that I have for it in this stroke path setting, I have the streamline and about 32. Streamline is something that's super useful, super handy when it comes to creating artwork that looks clean, because it controls the smoothness of your stroke. If streamline or all the way down at zero, and I took this line down a little bit smaller, you would see every single movement that my hand makes when I am drawing, even if I feel like I'm making a really straight line, it's still jagged. But if I increase my stream line up to a 100 percent, then it causes me to create a completely straight line which is super useful. I like to keep my stream line down to about 70 ish percent, because with streamline there's a bit of a lag. If you're a really fast writer and let's say you're taking notes or you're trying to do some like messy lettering in Procreate. If you have streamline all the way up, it is going to lag it just a little bit because it's straightening those strokes out. Let me just show you an example. If I wanted to do like some, I'm going to clear this layer so it can start over. It's lagging just a little bit. It's something that you can feel a little bit more when you're doing it yourself. However, if I take streamline down, even just a little bit to let's say 65 percent, then it looks, this is something that my Apple Pencil does because it's getting old. Just please ignore that. It's about time for me to get a new one. If you go really fast, with a streamline turned down, it looks a little bit more like handwriting, which is really great. Just play around with those settings as well and see where your preferences are. 6. Preferences + Overview: There's a few areas that procreate that we have really left to explore, and those are mostly in this section at the top left. So to the right of gallery, you've got this wrench icon, which drops down into this menu with all of these options within it, and you'll be utilizing the arrangement knew a lot. First category is add, and this is where you can add anything to your document. We added a photo earlier in the color lessons so you're familiar without, you just click "Insert a photo" and then it takes you to your different options, but you can also insert a file which I've never, ever needed to do. You can add text, which I will be doing later on in this class. Then you can also perform general commands like Cut, Copy, Copy canvas, which is copying everything that's on your canvas and then paste as well. The next menu item is canvas, which gives you the opportunity to crop and resize your document if you need to change something after it's been created. So if you click on "Crop and resize", it opens up this new window and you can resize your canvas like this, and you can also type in some custom size options down here. I've never needed to rotate, but you definitely could if for some reason that tickles your fancy and then just press done or you can reset to your original options, which is what we'll do and then press done and then that will resize or crop your canvas. There's also animation assist, which is a more advanced high level technique, but I will say if you're interested in learning about this, I'll link a YouTube video below that walks through animation assist, which that's even advanced for me. I don't do a lot of animation, but I want to give you the opportunity to learn about it if you want. There's also the drawing guide, which is super cool. If you turn it on you'll see this grid appears. Actually, I don't know if you can see that or not in the screen because it's really light colored. So I'm going to click "Edit drawing guide", and let's turn this to black, and let's turn the thickness all the way up just so you can see the drawing guide there. But when you click on "Edit drawing guide", it does give you the option to change the color of your grid and also the opacity. So the translucency or the full opacity of what your grid looks like the size of your grid. So if you increase your grid all the way up, you now have your art board split into four equal quadrants, which can be super handy for getting something perfectly centered. Then you've also got the thickness of your grid lines, and really, the grid is mostly just to help you if you are working on something that requires a lot of straight lines. If you click "Done", your grid only appears for you in the document while you've got it turned on. Even if you leave it on, when you save your final artwork, the grid will not appear. It's truly just something for you. It is not contained anywhere in any of these options, it's literally only able to be turned on and off with this button. Then within your grid, let's go ahead and talk about some of these art things. I'm going to go back on this artwork real quick, so we've got that cleared. Go back to our drawing guide. You've got these options down here too as well. Isometric, perspective, symmetry. Symmetry is the only artwork I have used before. I think it's pretty cool. If you click on "Options", you've now got some different options for symmetry. The quadrant and the radial symmetry are ones that I've used more often, but pretty much no matter what option you choose, if you turn on rotational symmetry, anywhere you draw, it will be exactly reflected on that other side. So because we have rotational symmetry turned on, it's rotating it to be symmetrical on the other side. So if we wanted to create a perfect circle, ideally, we'd start here at the top. This is not a perfect circle at all. Do you get the idea? It is completely symmetric, and let's go back and explore. I think the other symmetry options are way cooler than this one. So let's do quadrant, and this is one that I've used a lot for doing like flower reese and things like that. Whatever you draw in this quadrant is going to also be drawn in the other four quadrants, which is just super cool and something to play with, and a lot of people use this for like their mandala making meditative drawing sessions on the iPad. So something super cool to think about and to play with, let me clear this layer to remove this artwork. Another thing that's important to remember about this symmetry is that whenever you've got it turned on, so let's say I am drawing a heart, just drawing a couple hearts here, whenever you click on this layer menu, which we haven't gotten into layers yet, but I have to show you this, you will see below layer one that it says assisted. This means that symmetry is turned on for this layer. If we click into a new layer, it doesn't have that symmetry option there. So it's not going to be on a symmetry settings. However, if you click on this layer and you click "Drawing assist", it will take it to those same symmetry options that you had for this first layer. So you can toggle this on and off depending on whether you want to access your symmetry options or not. But if you want to change symmetry for a new layer, say you wanted this layer to be in the quadrant, so to have it reflected in the four different corners that you want a new type of symmetry for this layer, you will have to go back in, edit your drawing guide, click on your options, and then let's say you want to change to radial and just make sure your assisted drawing is on click "Done", and then make sure your layer is there. Then this now will reflect it into four radial quadrants of your artwork. So this is just really fun to play with. Something that you could probably go down a rapid on, and spend hours doing. Let's clear this. I'm going to turn my drawing guide off. The last thing on this canvas option is Canvas information. You can click on that and it will tell you everything about your artwork. So if you can't remember how many layers you have to work in, this will tell you that you have a maximum of 58 layers and then pretty much anything else you want to know about your artwork here. So click "Done". The next menu item is share, and this is where you export your artwork when it's completed. You can also save your artwork out as an editable file and then access it and edit it somewhere else. So if you share it as a procreate image, it will actually maintain all the different layers and all the moving parts over to another procreate user for them to open up in their app, which we are going to be doing. I have a procreate file ready for you later on in this class. Then you can also send your file as a PSD, which is a Photoshop Document. So I'm pretty sure I don't use Photoshop, but I'm pretty sure the layers do remain intact there as well, so you can take it into Photoshop and edit that way. But you can also export as a PDF, JPEG, PNG or TIFF file. I use the JPEG and the PNG the most. You can also just share your layers below which I've never done. Sharing these out animated is once again something that's more advanced, but it is covered in that YouTube video that I've linked, if you're curious about that. The next menu item is video. Procreate is constantly recording everything that's happening on your screen. So you'll probably see a ton of these time-lapse videos on Instagram artists will share them, and that's where this is accessed within procreate. Once you're done creating your artwork, you can export it as a video time-lapse that will show the full start-to-finish of your artwork coming together. Now we have preferences. Preferences is where you can make things a little bit easier for you depending on how you like to navigate, procreate, so you can switch your interface to be light or dark. So maybe you have the dark interface on, I prefer the light interface, so I have that turned on, but that is where you can access that. You know what, I am right-handed, but I guess I have the left hand interface on. If you switch this on, it will just move those options over to the right hand side. So I think it's just totally up to you what you like, and then there's also all these other options down here that I've never really messed with, but one thing you might want to take a look at his gesture controls. If you go through all of these, there's all these commands that you can do either with your Apple Pencil or with your hands. So like that two finger tapping, to undo, that is a gesture control here as well. You can also set, I have my eraser set to touch. So wherever I touch on this screen with my finger, it will act as the eraser, and that can be pretty handy sometimes. You can go through all of these menus and figure out what works for you. There's a ton of things you can do here just depending on what your preferences are. So one thing that I do a lot is with Copy and Paste. I like to have the three finger swipe, and that means that anytime I use three fingers to swipe down on my canvas, it will give me the options to Copy and Paste. So let me just show you what that looks like. I've got my artwork here, swipe down with three fingers and I've got my Cut, Copy, Copy All, Cut, Copy and Paste options, so if I press "Copy and Paste" will then pays this exact same artwork onto a new layer of its own. Then I can also three finger swipe to "Cut" that, and then if I needed to move it to a new layer, I can three finger swipe down and "Paste" it onto new layers. So "Copy and Paste", just like you have learned to do in regular computer programs, the same thing applies here, but it just depends on what gesture controls you prefer. 7. Using Quick Shapes: In this lesson, you'll have the opportunity to follow along with me in your app as we walk through some of the basic functions in Procreate that I use the most often. First, we need to download our tracing sheet, which can be found over on the TPC bonuses page that's over on my website. So if you go to, you'll come to this page. We're going to download this quick shapes tracing sheets. Just press download. This will open up as an image in your browser, so just hold down on it and then you are going to add to photos. Then we'll come back over to Procreate. Now we're going to go to our wrench and insert a photo, and just quickly grab that photo. It is sized perfectly for your art board. Unselect this by tapping this arrow, and I'm going to name this layer tracing sheet. To rename a layer, you just tap into it, click rename, and then we're going to do tracing sheet. Now we are going to start a new layer on top of that because this is actually where our tracing is going to go. So let's lower the opacity on this tracing sheet layer by clicking on the N, and then lowering the opacity down to about 20 percent or so. Then go back to this new layer and then grab any color you want from your pallete. I'm going to go with black just so it's easy to see. Then let's grab in our TPC brushes. Let's go to the monoline brush, click on that, and then get your streamline turned up. I would say, well, you can turn it wherever you want. I'm going to put it right at around 50 percent. Click done, tap out of that, and now we're ready to go. Let's first start by tracing over this line. I like to pinch and zoom, and reposition my art board when I'm making lines that are really even drawing, or I turn my iPad as a whole, it's really up to you. But just start by attempting to draw a perfectly straight line on top of the one that I have drawn there. It's pretty hard to do. We talked about using streamline earlier, so if you want to tap with two fingers and undo, we can take our stream line up a little bit and then try drawing another straight line. It's still not completely perfect. It's really hard to see and maybe it would be possible as a totally straight line, but there's a really cool function in procreate called quick shapes. Let's just start by drawing a line again over the second one, but I want you to hold down when you get to the end of the line. You'll notice that this little window pops up as well, and you might have also noticed that your line completely straightened itself out. So let's tap with two fingers to go back then try that again. Just hold down at the end and you'll see your line straighten up. Now I want you to click on this edit shape. This has made a quick shape line for you. Procreate has recognized that you want to draw a straight line, and by holding down a little bit at the end, it has done that for you, and if you click on that edit shape button, these little nodes pop up to where you can actually manipulate things about the line. It's still going to be a perfectly straight line no matter wherever you put it, but you can stretch it out. You can shorten it and you can move it at different angles. So that's really cool. So just tap out of that. Unfortunately, once you create a quick shape and then you tap out of that quick shape, you can't access those little nodes again, so it is not really editable after you tap out of it. But let's go ahead and start making a star as well. So you can just make a bunch of quick shape lines to create a perfect star. So just hold down on that and then you can tap the brush icon to tap out of it, and then again. Then if you need to change your little nodes around to fit that more perfectly, you totally can and just keep tracing out using quick shapes to create a perfect star. Now that you have your star created, you can also flood your star with color by grabbing this little color circle at the top and then dragging it into your shape. As long as your shape is connected, all your lines are connecting together, color should flood the entire shape. So for instance, if you draw a circle, but it's not connected even by that much, your color will actually flood the whole screen. There is something called threshold that happens and sometimes it just depends, see this little slider at the very top. Sometimes you can take your threshold down and it will read what shape you're trying to fill in and it will do that for you, but the rule of thumb is to have your shape fully connected before you flood it with colors. So that's just a little side note too. You can also make quick shapes with circles as well. So I took my stream line down a little bit and I'm just going to draw the circle, and then if you hold it down, that edit shape button will pop up, and from here you can choose from circle or ellipse. So an ellipse is more like an oval shape, and depending on how you draw your circle shape, it might only give you an option for an ellipse, or it might only give you an option for a circle. It just depends on what the quick shape tool reads. So I'm in a click circle and it turns it into more of a perfect circle. I'm just going to use those nodes to match this up with the circle shape that I had drawn, and then that is good enough for me. So I'm just going to fill that in. You can also do quick shapes for arches, squares, and rectangles too. So just try playing around with this and matching up. Your shapes should be in line with the tracing sheet underneath. Squares and rectangles are a little bit more fresh writing I think to work with. My pen is acting up, just ignore that. Yeah. Then you can click on the edit shape button, and for me, these options come up. Rectangle, quadrilateral, that's a very hard word to say. Polyline, I want a square so I'm just going to keep it on square, and then I'm going to use my nodes to match up. Then to draw a rectangle, you would do the same thing, just draw a rectangle shape and then it will match that up for you. So that's a little lesson in quick shapes. They are really, really useful and they can be an awesome tool for you to use when you're drawing just to make things a little bit cleaner and also get it done a little bit faster. 8. Selection Tool + Layers: In this lesson, I have another file prepared for you to download. Let's go back to TPC bonuses and I'm going to grab the layers exercise. Just click "Download" on this and this is a procreate file, so it's going to be similar to when we downloaded. Brushes, you're just going to click "Download", then click your download's arrow and then click "Layer Exercise" and it will import inside this artwork. This is a procreate file that I shared with you. If you open up the layers panel, you'll see the shape's layer right here. This is artwork that I created in my Procreate app, that is now being shared with you and you can edit it just like I'll be able to, so you can follow along with me. I want to show you the selection tool, which is this arrow button that perhaps throughout previous lessons we've had to use that arrow button a couple of times, but I want to go more into depth on what this button does. When you click on it, this bounding box or marching ants, as I call them sometimes appears around all of the shapes and that's because when you press this arrow, it automatically selects all the artwork that is on the layer that you're currently in. All of this artwork is contained on this layer. Therefore, when I press the selection tool, it will draw a bounding box around all of it and I can then move everything around. I'm going to turn off magnetics. I can move everything around and I can also resize it by grabbing these little corner nodes and then resizing as big or small as I want to. The selection tool also comes with a few additional options. When I select this artwork, I've got these options down here there's free form, uniform, distort, and warp. Usually, I'm always on free form, because if I want to scale something up or down, it will scale it proportionally and if free form is on, I can resize it this way and it gets all out of whack. I'm going to press "Reset", so that it goes back to normal. I like to always keep "Uniform" on, I'm going to size this down a little bit. You can also have on "Magnetics" and that will keep it moving in a straight line, up or down. This is useful too, if you want to move it in a straight line. There's a blue line that pops up that helps guide you to make sure that you're moving in a straight direction. You can also flip horizontally, vertically, you can rotate, which is really cool. You can fit to screen. Let's rotate, fit to screen and you can also just reset, which is what I'm going to do. You can also select specific things inside your artwork. If you select this tool directly to the left of the selection tool, you can actually draw a line around a shape, then if you connect that and then tap on that little gray box, you'll see that everything else has this gray line, gray lines around it. It's hard to see that on screen, but you'll be able to see it perfectly on your app. Then if you grab the selection tool, you will be able to turn magnetic off. You'll be able to move this shape anywhere you want. You can also use this to move things in your artwork to a brand new layer. I'm going to select this, I'm going to do a three-finger swipe down and I'm going to do cut and paste. It doesn't look like it moved at all, but it did because if we open up our layers, we can see that that shape is now on its own layer. If we had the layer below, we can still see this one and vice versa. Also, if we're on this layer with this little shape contained, we can just press this button and because that's the only thing in this layer, it will select it. Let's go ahead and move each one of these pieces to its own layer, just so you can get a little practice with this. Go back to this layer with all the shapes and then draw your line around it, connect it, three-finger swipe down, cut and paste and you'll see that that's on a new layer. Delete this random one up here and then go back and repeat this process for all the shapes. Now, you have everything on it's own layer, so let's talk about what you can actually do with layers, and you'll understand more and more about those as you work through Procreate and especially in the next few exercises that we have left. Layers are what make digital artwork so versatile. When you're creating artwork, it's so helpful to have everything, all of your different elements on different layers, so you can easily manipulate your artwork without messing it up. When you draw on pen and paper, there's no way to move elements around. If you mess up, you have to either go with it and make it work or you have to start over. When you use layers effectively, every part of your art work remains editable and you can have the complete freedom to change and edit things at your will. I want to walk you through turning these shapes into an overall pattern by utilizing our layers. We have everything on its own layer, which is great. I want to go ahead and start adding some color and to do that, I am going to create a new layer. I'm actually going to drag and drop it right below our very first shape layer and I'm going to name this background. I know that we have a background color layer, but I would rather not mess with that, just a personal preference. I'm going to grab this lightest shade of very peachy pink and I'm going to flood that background layer. Now, I want to go in and individually add colors to all these shapes one by one by selecting that layer. Then you can just pick any color that you want from our palette and one by one just go in and flood those shapes. Now, that we've got all of our color filled in, I want to scale all of these down proportionally, but I have everything on a different layer. There's two ways that you can do this easily. You can select all of your layers. If you have one selected, you can swipe right on all of the other ones and it will select them all. Then you can grab your selection tool and you can make sure uniform is on and you can scale all of them down at once. I'm going to put these into the top left corner like this, but you could also put all of these into their own group, which is what we're going to do. I'm going to go ahead and select all of these again and we're going to, say, group them and I'm going to call this group Top-left. You'll understand why in just a moment. Then from here, you can collapse this little arrow down and it has contained all of your shapes and their separate layers within this group. You can also grab the selection tool and you can move everything in a group that way as well, so it's really, really easy. I'm going to turn my drawing guide back on and then I'm going to make sure it's all the way up. I want my size and my grid all the way up and I'm going to turn it to black, so that you can easily see it on your screen. Now, we've got our first grouping is on our top left quadrant. I want to fill all these other quadrants with shapes as well, to create an overall background pattern. I'm going to swipe left and just simply duplicate this group. It is right on top of that first group, so I can grab the selection tool with this new layer. Actually, let's go ahead and rename this so we can keep it straight. Going to name this Top-right. Then we're going to grab that selection tool and then move the shapes over. Let's go ahead and do a horizontal and a vertical flip and that will give us a little bit of differentiation between these two, so it doesn't look like we've totally just copied one layer and moved it right next to the other one. You can even look into these layers in this top right section. I want to change the color of this little macaroni shape here, because these two yellow ones, being so close together catches my eye. I'm just going to grab this coral color and recolor this shape and then I might do the same for this one, just because it looks a little obvious, so right across from one another. There we go, that looks great. I'm going to re-collapse that one, then we're going to duplicate this grouping. I'm going to name this one Bottom-left, because I want to move this one down here to this bottom section. Now, this is overlap, so we are going to go into these layers and move some things around. I'm going to move this little dot right here by just selecting it's layer and I'm actually going to size it down just a little bit and move it around and then I'm going to do the same thing with this little shape right here. Grab that shape and I'm going to resize it, I'm actually going to rotate it as well. Looks too similar to that one rotated in that direction. I think that looks pretty good. I might change this little blue ribbon shape to a different color, clubs this group. Finally, I want to fill in my last quadrant, so I might take this original grouping and duplicate that and name it Bottom-right and then also drag that grouping up to the top, so just so I can keep everything nice and orderly. Then do the same thing. I think I'm actually going to delete this ribbon shape from here. We don't necessarily need that one. This guy needs to be moved and rotated and the color needs to be changed too and then I might also grab that, rotate it, and then bring the size up just a little bit. I feel like this needs to be changed, this little dot needs to be changed to different colors, so let's do that. Now, we've got this really fun, organic-looking, background pattern. I'm going to remove my drawing guides, so that's not distracting us. We have all of our groups with all of our layers contained really nicely. If you wanted to grab, say, I want to center this a little bit more, I'm going to swipe, right and select everything and I'm going to just center this a little bit more, so it looks a little more uniform. Then if you wanted to just save out, actually, I'm seeing other things too. Always got to be working on it, I'm going to move by bottom right quadrant, I'm not a fan of where all the stuff is placed, so I'm going to go into my bottom right quadrant and move this shape over a little bit. Also need to change the color, as it is too close to that one. Then also move this dot as well down a little bit more. Now, whenever you've got it where you want it, to export this, let's say you wanted to use the size of your phone background or whatever, you can go up to your wrench and go to Share and then JPEG and then you can save it to your camera roll as well, and now, it will be an image in your camera roll. In the next lesson, we're going to build even more on top of this by adding text and talking about all the different things you can do with text when it comes to creating graphics. I can't wait to see you there. 9. Adding and Editing Text + Importing Fonts: In this lesson, we're going to build on top of that pattern that we made in the previous lesson by adding text to it. First, I'm just going to hide everything that we have here so it doesn't distract me. So I'm just going to uncheck all of these groups. So one by one, you'll see them disappear, but unchecking them just makes them invisible. It doesn't delete them, so it's all good. Then I'm going to start a new layer and then we want to add text. Another thing is, you'll see this is layer 29. I accidentally made a little dark. This is layer 29. Remember when we started our canvas, it said that we had 58 maximum layers to work with, but you could easily see how when you're working in Procreate, it's really great to have a ton of layers just in case you get into something that's complicated and has a lot of moving pieces. Go over to your wrench, in the Add section, click Add Text. It was set to that periwinkle color, so that's what color the text is that we're going to change that in a minute and you can type in whatever you want. I'm going to go with, you are capable of amazing things. I'm going to do a little inspirational quote. Then I want to edit my text style. So you can also edit this box right here. You can toggle this on and off to get all caps or all lowercase. Then you've also got your fonts over here. There's a lot of fonts in here that are pretty great, but I'm going to import a font that I want to use. A great font resource is You can download a ton of really cool ones from there and you can use them for your personal use. But if you want to purchase a font to use for professional use within your business, I highly recommend Creative Market because they have a lot of great fonts there as well. The importing process is the same for the iPad either way. So first, you want to download and unzip your font files from a computer and then add those font files into a Dropbox or a Google Drive folder. Then make sure that you have Dropbox or Google Drive or whatever you use installed on your iPad. From here, you can click Import Font. Then I've already got mine selected, but it will take you to all of these options. I have my fonts in a folder on Dropbox called Fonts. So if I click on that location by go down to Fonts, I've got all my fonts right here, and I'm going to choose this Afterglow Font that, I am pretty sure I purchased this on Creative Market. Nothing changed, but these are all in alphabetical order. If I go up, can find Afterglow, and it will be right there. I think I want mine to be in all caps. You can also do the Left justified Center, Right justified or this. I forget with this call, but I think it's called Column. I want mine to be Left justified. This is just my personal preference. You can also increase your size. This is an annoying thing that they haven't fixed, the text part of Procreate yet, is that you can't see what you're doing when you're in the text-box because this box takes up so much of the screen. I'm just going to have it centered. You can raise the up your size, but you can also use, this is your text bounding box. If you increase your size, you might also have to increase this box to accommodate the full size of it. Once again, you can't really see what I'm doing because this covers it. But I encourage you to play around with that. You can also change the tracking. The tracking is the space in between each of your individual letters. The leading is the space in between lines. Your baseline is the line at the bottom. Once again, you can't see it. I'm going to keep it at zero percent. Your kerning is your space in between individual letter relationship. So if you toggle in here where this little blinking launches up, you can actually change just the spacing between these two letters. So that's something that can be fun if you get into typography, that's a cool thing that you can do there. I'm going press Done. I'm going to now use my Selection tool to select this font and then move it where I want. If you want to edit your text styles here, you can go to this layer, which is our Font layer. You can click on that and then you can click Edit Text and it will bring that window back out. I do want to change the color, so I'm going to just select this Edit Text and then I'm going to change the color to be this black color right here for now, click Done. I want to add back in my background layers because this would be a really cute fun graphic for social media. But it looks a little bit busy with this text on top of all this stuff, so I think what I'm going to do is, I created this layer earlier, all you have to do is create a layer and then drag it and drop it where you want it to go. I want mine to be in-between my text layer, in all of these shape layers because I want to draw a white box to fit around all of my texts to give it a little bit more of a clear background. I'm going to select true white, and then I'm going to use Quick Shapes to draw a square. Then I'm going to make sure this is fully connected. Then I'm going to flood the shape. Now that created a white background for me. It looks little bit big, so I'm going to size this down a little bit. Actually, you know what, I think would look super cool. Let me grab my text I'm going to make this smaller to fit inside of my box. I think my box is a little bit wonky, so we might need to change them. I'm going to change the text color to the color of our background, which is this color right here. I'm going to go in to our box layer. I'm going to rename this box. I'm going to make it this black color, something that'd be really cool. Now from here this would be a really cool graphic to share online, just as it is. But you could also get a little bit more creative, even in an open up one of these layers, and then you could, for instance, if we wanted this little yellow piece to actually be coming out above, can actually just erase this little piece, but something that would be even a little bit better is to go into your layers and find that shape, and then we're going to drag that shape out of that grouping and then put it in between your box and your text. That way it is on top of it on its own. Then I'm going to do that for this layer as well, which is in our top left-hand side, so just grab your Top Left. I'm going to drag that shape outside. Now, that's living above that box. So you could really do a lot of things to get super creative. Anytime you want to go in and change your text, if you wanted to do another graphic that was similar to this, all you'd have to do is just go in and edit that text. But what I suggest you do is go back to your gallery and then swipe to the left and duplicate your canvas. Then go in on this duplicate and then change your text to be something else. Let's edit it and say, your future is bright. Then I'm going to edit this style, toggle that the top. There you go. So the same thing, you can do a lot with this. So I encourage you, if you want to share this as your project for the class, export this out as a photo and then upload it into the project so I can see it. Another thing is when you're making graphics for social media, if you have a logo that you use, it's really cool to have that logo saved as a PNG in your camera roll. I have my layer saved as a PNG in my camera roll so I can actually insert that PNG logo. I've got a white one which you can't see, a black, and this coral. If I'm going to grab my white one and it's got that nice transparent background. I can just resize it and then place it down here, and this is truly like a Kylie branded graphic that I could post on social media. That's super fun to do as well. 10. Clipping Masks + Transparencies: [MUSIC] In this lesson, we're going to walk through clipping masks and transparencies which are effects within procreate that I use a lot to give an artistic feel. Let's first start with transparency. I've got a brand new art board here. I just started a new Canvas using this 1800 pixel by 1800 pixel Canvas. That's where I I'm right now. I'm going to draw a couple of quick shapes, circles. So just grab any colors you want because I'm just going to show you how these work. Now I want you to overlap all these circles together. I'm going to select each of these until they are overlapping. Like this. Transparencies can be found in this little end right here. If you click on this, you've got your opacity, but you've also got all these options down here. Let me put this over here where you can see it a little bit better. If you open up your end where on this yellow layer I'm actually going to work in the middle layer so that you can see it. If you click on the end, you can scroll through all these layers and you can now see that it's changing how these colors interact with one another, even though they're on separate layers. These different options in your transparencies are interacting those colors differently together. I use multiply a ton because to me, multiply is very true to if you were using paper with markers, if you layer this periwinkle color on top of this yellow color using markers, you're going to get this green color too. This to me is like a really realistic way that colors work together. Then you can go to this layer, click on that, and then use multiply for that as well. You can see because this top layer, this layer is on top of both of these. It's interacting with these colors as if you had layered them on top of one another. Don't think anything will happen to this one. Since this yellow layer is on top of a white background, nothing is happening to it. If we were to start a new background layer, some of that below, and then flood it with black, for instance. You can barely see anything that's going on here and that yellow, in fact, will basically disappear for most of these options. If I change this background layer to this orange color, all the colors are going to look different. It's just really fun to play with these. I'll show you an example of how I use transparencies to create more realistic art work. Let's go into the gallery. Here, this was a color palette that I shared on Instagram and I wanted it to look like an abstract painting. You can see that there's some color variation going on. It's really subtle, but you can see it. I wanted this to look like a painting. In each of these layers I have, for this one, I have darken on for this purple layer because I liked how that interacted with that peach layer that was right below it. I have that one on multiply, and then I have this red layer on just a normal. Let me find another one. This was an abstract painting that I was working on, and I have the same thing going on here. I just go through, see, I have normal. This one is on soft light. A lot of these are normal or multiply. I love that one. This just helps give the effect of a more realistic painting, even though I'm doing it digitally, it just adds the depths and adds interest. Another thing that I've done on actually both of these that I just showed you is that I added what is called a texture mask or a clipping mask with texture at the very end. It's hard to see. But I have added a Canvas texture on top of these to make it look like I actually painted this on Canvas and it's a subtle thing, but it's pretty awesome. I have a paper texture and a Canvas texture available for you all to download. I'm going to go back in here and I'm going to delete this layer. I just want to go back to normal, change that to multiply as well. I want to go back to our TPC bonuses. There's a paper texture and a Canvas texture. I just hit download on both of those and then save these. These are just photos you're going to save to your camera roll. Then go back in here. I'm going to start a new layer above this. I'm going to add my Canvas texture into that layer. It's inserted here is an image. However, we can set this to multiply and it will interact with everything that's below it in such a way that it gives that texture. But it also makes it look super realistic. However, you can still see this Canvas texture everywhere else. If you wanted to just add texture to a shape, I'm going to delete this. You're going to do is go in above each of these layers and create what's called a clipping mask. It's so easy to do. You're just going to select that layer, click clipping mask, and understand that the clipping mask is only going to work for what's right underneath it. It will only be working for this little shape right here. We're going to go in and insert our photo. Choose your Canvas. Now, it is only on top of this shape right here. We can just set this to multiply. That texture is added into just that shape. If you want to have it texture on all of these shapes, you would go in and create a clipping mask layer above all of them and then insert your photo. Then set that photo to multiply. There's something else really fun that we can do with clipping mask that I think a lot of people would love to utilize. I'm going to delete all these layers. I actually going to select all of these and click Delete. Now on this layer I'm going to add text. Let's add our text as black. Change the color and then click add text. I'm just going to do, hello, edit style. I'm going to go to future because that's a really good font. Then I'm going to click that for bold and I'm going to increase my size and my box to accommodate that and then click out of it. Let's say you wanted to add a really fun background to just this text. You could change the color, sure, but you want to do something really fun and unique. You want to add a pattern or something that you created to this text specifically, we can do that with clipping masks as well. I'm going to click on the layers, make a new layer above it, change that to a clipping mask layer. Now, I'm going to go in and insert a photo of, I've got a pattern that I created previously. Now, as a clipping mask, it is showing this pattern only behind our text. However, it's super hard to see our text right now because it's all white. You can do your background layer or you can create a layer below it. I'm going to flood that with this black color. Now, you can just see the pattern below your text. This is a really cool thing that you can do as well. You can also use photographs. You could with a clipping mask. I'm going to delete that. Go right above this, change this to something so we can see our text. You could go in here and grab one of your brushes here. I'm going to use this extra texture monoline and I'm going to grab, let's see, grab this orange. Then as long as this layer is selected as a clipping mask in your drawing in this layer, you can draw behind your text and you can change colors. Let's do pink. This is really fun to just do something that's a little bit different. Then grab your smudge tool and I were actually set my smudge to one of these TPC brushes, maybe this extra texture monoline. Then you can go in here. Let's change the opacity on that. I smooth the colors out a little bit. It's really up to you how you want to do it. Because our text below it is black. It's smudging and you're seeing a little bit of that black color come through. But you can always go back in with your brush and add in some different colors if you want. Really play with this. It's so much fun and really cool. We can even go above this, create a clipping mask here and then add in our paper texture. Let's go to that other photo we saved at our paper texture and then set that one to multiply. Now, we have a really cool paper texture underneath our letters. This is just a super fun thing that you can also do with clipping masks and transparencies. 11. Final Project + Watch Me Work: For the final project in this class, I want to encourage you to create your own piece of artwork using doodles or your handwriting, or even just simple shapes to make a background pattern. This can be an abstract pattern, which is what I'm going to be doing or it can actually be something similar to the background that we created here. While you're creating your artwork, just utilize your layers, explore different brushes, and transparencies, and then finish off your project by adding text or using clipping masks to create a cool effect. I'm going to be doing something that's just really simple, easy, and a little bit abstract, that's what I like to do, and then I'm going to add text overlay at the end in a texture. You can feel free to follow along with me, but I am going to speed this video up and it's more of just a watch me work type of thing. I encourage you to do your own thing and to just use the techniques that we've learned throughout the class. If there's anything that I need to explain as I go, I will unspeed the video and stopped to explain that so definitely watch just in case there's anything extra in here. [MUSIC] I created a group of all of the abstracts layers because I decided that when I added my text, I wanted this abstract painting to become the clipping mask that's used inside of the text. I started by creating a group with all of these abstract layers, then I duplicated that group, and I'm going to uncheck the previous one. I'll just title this as the original so that I know this is the original abstract layer. Open up this group and then I'm going to pinch all of these layers and pinch them together and this officially merges them. Then I'm going to move them out of the group, so that they're their own layer and then delete this empty group. I have two empty groups, then I have that extra one that I created. Now that this layer that's checked means it's visible is over top of my text layer, I'm going to make it a clipping mask, and now that is only going to be contained within my text. That's a little bit about merging layers because we didn't talk about that earlier. Another thing too, is that I want to move my text to be centered in the middle of my art board. That means I also need to move my clipping mask when I do that as well. I'm going to make sure both of these are selected, and then I'm going to move those together because your clipping mask layer is truly just its own thing even though it's only showing up through what you've got on that layer below it. If you move your clipping mask, I mean, you can move it anywhere and it will completely go away if it's not touching any of those things. If you just move your text, you can move your text outside the boundaries of your clipping mask. That's something to think about as well. You want to make sure that you move your layer and the clipping mask above it together at the same time by having them both selected like that. I'm going to keep on going. I'm almost done here. [MUSIC] I'm getting ready to finish up here, and I'm adding my canvas texture as a clipping mask above my background color here. But I don't like how dark this canvas texture is appearing. I'm going to go into that clipping mask layer, got it set to multiply, and I'm just going to lower the opacity just until I can tell that there's just a little bit of texture there. Might not even really be visible, but it looks better to me. That's where I want that. Just putting finishing touches on this, I added my logo, I'm going to put that centered. Then I'm going to grab all the layers that contain artwork, and I'm going to pinch down those until they look pretty good and centered in a good size for posting online. There is my final project for this class. I have used transparency layers, clipping masks. I use a pencil sketch to add in this word here to add a little bit of interest and I also added that below my text layer so that the pencil sketch appears below. I'm using text and I'm using this abstract painting that I created as my clipping mask background for this text. 12. Come Join Me! My Procreate Workflow: Thank you for joining me here on Skillshare for the Procreate Class. Make sure to save out your final projects and share them with me so I can see them, but also so your fellow classmates can see them as well. If you finished this course and you loved it, I would love for you to join me over on a free course that I host called My Procreate Workflow. In My Procreate Workflow, I go over organizational techniques and a little bit more of a bird's eye view at the app and how to stay organized and work efficiently within Procreate. I would love for you to join me and the hundreds of people that are already over there learning my organizational techniques. You can do that by clicking on the link that's below that says My Procreate Workflow. You can find me on Instagram and tag me in your final projects @KILEYINKENTUCKEY, and you can also find my website at