3 Super Awesome Tips and Tricks for Procreate Part 2
Finding tips and shortcuts for Procreate that can speed up your work is always a game-changer. Today I’ll show you there Procreate tips you may not know about already. This is part 2! If you want to check my other video, be sure to watch it.
What I’m Using in this Procreate Tips and Tricks Video
This tutorial uses the following:
- An iPad. I am currently using the Gen 3 12.9 inch iPad Pro
- Apple Pencil 2
- Procreate App – We are using 5.2 at the time of filming
Super Awesome Tips and Tricks for Procreate
These tips may be things you already know. But if you don’t, I hope you pick up something helpful!
Tip 1 – Create a Perfect Square or Circle
It’s easy to draw a perfect circle or square in Procreate with this quick shortcut.
If you aren’t familiar with the quickline feature in Procreate, it basically works like this:
- Draw a line, but don’t let go.
- Hold the end of the stroke and it will snap into a straight line until you let go.
- The same can work with circles and squares as you draw them.
But if you find that your circle isn’t perfect or your square looks a bit wobbly, before letting go of your stroke, use your other hand and hold down on the screen until snape into the perfect shape.
Now you have the ability to create perfect bubbles in your drawings!
Tip 2 – Recolor Tool
Now, I personally love the stress relief of coloring by hand with my drawings that have line art shapes. It soothes me.
But if you’re in a hurry, there is a fast way to add color to each area.
This feature works with a layer set to reference. The reference feature on a layer (in this case the outline) lets Procreate know that you want to fill in areas that the outline creates into shapes with color.
- You can simply drag and drop colors to each area on a new layer under your line art. I prefer to do this with one new layer for each color. But let’s go one step further and speed up your workflow.
- Once you drag a color to an area on a new layer, this message appears at the top – Continue Filling with Recolor. Tap on that message at the top of the screen.
- A crosshair icon will appear, drag it to the section/shape that you just filled.
- You can also adjust the flood amount at the bottom of the screen by dragging your pencil across the screen. I tend to drag mine all the way up and then back down slightly to get the perfect fill. Depending on your brush’s texture you will need to adjust this.
- Now, start tapping on all of the areas that you wish to fill with that one color. But be careful, because if you accidentally fill an area you don’t want to be filled, you’ll have to click off of the selection tool, tap undo, and then repeat the process again to continue filling the other areas.
- To continue coloring with different colors, create a new layer for that color and start again.
Tip 3 – Quick Selection of a Layer
Oftentimes I need to make a selection of items on a layer.
The standard way is by opening your layers palette, tapping on the layer, and then choosing select from the pop-out menu. But there is a faster way.
Use two fingers to press and hold (long press) on the layer and the items on that layer will now be automatically selected. Fast, right!?
Did You Learn a New Procreate Trick?
I hope you took something valuable away from this video today. Tips and tricks like these can be such time savers. If I find more I’ll be sure to do another video next month. But go back to Part 1 I did in June 2021 if you want to see those tips.