How to Add Gold Foil Textures to Brush Lettering in Procreate

Ever wonder how to add gold foil textures to your brush lettering in Procreate? Who doesn't love gorgeous gold foil art prints? They are all the rage on Etsy.

Ever wonder how to add gold foil textures to your brush lettering in Procreate? Who doesn’t love gorgeous gold foil art prints? They are all the rage on Etsy.

UPDATE: This is from an old version of Procreate – watch this video on How to Add Textures Like Glitter in Procreate for an updated method! Use Clipping masks! YAY!

Gold Foil Prints

You can’t look for the perfect feminine quote without it done up in pretty gold foil. But how the heck can you do it digitally using the Procreate app on the iPad Pro? I am here to show you just how to add gold foil textures to brush lettering in Procreate.

Finding Gold Foil Textures

This post contains affiliate links marked with an asterisk (*) where I get a small commission for referring a product. I’m going to share gold foil textures you can find at Creative Market that are top-notch quality.

First off, you’re going to need really great gold foil backgrounds or texture files (preferably in .JPG file format) to use. Here are some that I recommend:

Gold Foil Textures, Gold Backgrounds by Paper Element*

Gold Rush by Studio Denmark *

Rose Gold Papers by Origins Digital Curio*

Gold Marble Textures by Skyla Design*

If you’re looking for free gold textures, this is the set I found in the video by Gold & Berry.

Gold and Berry Free Gold Textures

There are tons of great gold styles for Photoshop and Illustrator, but don’t buy those. Those aren’t what we’re looking for. We need flat JPG graphic files for this tutorial on how to add gold foil textures to brush lettering in Procreate.

Other Tools Needed for this Tutorial

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  • I’m using the iPad Pro 12.9″ (this tutorial is for iPad Pro and Procreate and won’t work with Photoshop or other tablets unless they run the Procreate app).
  • Procreate App
  • Colorado Brush Letters Procreate Brush Set by Holly Pixels
  • Zip Tool App (the app I use to unzip files on my iPad Pro
  • DropBox (optional to store your awesome textures)

How to Add Gold Foil Textures to Brush Lettering in Procreate

As always, I like to do a full video to help you see and understand the process. So take a looky and see if you can do it too.

Step by Step on How to Add Gold Foil Textures to Brush Lettering in Procreate

UPDATE: This is from an old version of Procreate – watch this video on How to Add Textures Like Glitter in Procreate for an updated method! Use Clipping masks! YAY!

  1. Find a gold texture and then download it to your iPad. If you need to unzip, use the Zip Tool app that I mention in the video.
  2. Next, brush lettering your favorite quote on a new layer.
  3. Insert your gold texture file on a new layer and choose the Tool Icon > Insert > Insert Flat Image (locate your gold file).
  4. With the brush lettering layer selected, press down until the slide out menu appear and choose “Select”
  5. Now select the gold foil layer (one time – don’t press anything else).
  6. Choose the Select Icon from the top tools and hold it down. An options menu will appear at the bottom.
  7. Click on the parallel lines icon and your new brush lettering with gold texture will be on a new layer!

Like What You See?

If you’re like to see more brush lettering videos or tutorials using the Procreate app please leave me a comment below and let me know. I’d love to answer your questions and improve my tutorials if I miss a step for you!

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About Holly McCaig

Holly McCaig is a 20 year veteran of the design world. With her mark being made in scrapbooking and photography, Holly now educates eager artists how to do lettering in procreate on the iPad Pro. She resides in Denver, Colorado with her two dogs, Lola and Daisy. Visit Holly: Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook | Shoppe

21 Comments

  1. Rozelyn on December 12, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    I’ve watched this video I don’t know how many times and I just can’t get I right. When I select the selection button and hit the lines it just copies the gold foil into a new layer. What am I doing wrong?

    • Holly McCaig on January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am

      Are you sure you selected the text layer first, then in the pop up choose select, then click on the foil layer one time (the text should still stay selected) and then do the process where you tap and hold the select button and choose the lines? It sounds like you might be accidentally deselecting the text when you click on the foil layer. I have another one of these featuring foils coming up next week for holiday lettering week on my YouTube channel.

      • Rozelyn on January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am

        Ok. I got it! Thank you so much

  2. LannahK on December 1, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Hi!! yes so I got the zip app and it works great but anytime I try to save the photo it crashes on me, any suggestions??

    • Holly McCaig on January 1, 1970 at 12:00 am

      Try rebooting your iPad. Make sure everything is updated (iOS and Zip App).

  3. Lillian on April 7, 2017 at 4:42 am

    Awesome ! thank you for sharing 🙂 saved me looking around or trying to mix the perfect gold !!

    • Holly McCaig on May 7, 2017 at 11:07 am

      WOOHOO! I always love when I can help someone!

  4. Nidhi on May 10, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Hi, can this gold lettering also show up as shiny & glittery when printed ? Its urgent, can u pls tell me !

    • Holly McCaig on June 10, 2017 at 9:47 am

      It will have a gradated look when printed at home. If you want a real gold foil effect you need to have prints done with foiling.

  5. photographybypamela on March 2, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    mine only says insert a file, insert a photo or take a photo it dont say insert flat image

    • Holly McCaig on March 2, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      This video was before Procreate 4. With Procreate 3 that was the only option. With Procreate 4 File goes to your files/dropbox. Photo goes to your photo album.

  6. lovelylin23 on May 6, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for this video and all your videos! I cannot tell you how helpful these are!! I am new to this whole procreate thing and being that there are zero classes to take or books to read on this, ( at least I haven’t found any) this is amazing! I bought some textures from Creative Market a while back and now I can play with them! Again, THANK YOU for doing these videos!

    • holly on June 6, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      So happy to help!

  7. Lorena on November 6, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Holly, you are a total Star!!! I’m loving all of these tutorials, I can’t believe I’m doing this stuff and only got my ipad pencil procreate three days ago!! OMG, thank you, thank you, thank you. You’re one awesome teacher, girl! x x x

  8. HaylZ on May 1, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    I followed your awesome tutorial. However, I don’t get the double line option when I hold down the S. I’m not sure what to do. I’m very new to this and would love your help! Thank you for posting your tutorials they are wonderful!!!

  9. Cindy on November 22, 2020 at 1:36 am

    How did you get the zip tool app to work???

    • Holly McCaig on November 23, 2020 at 10:21 am

      Hi. This is a very old post. You don’t need an unzipping app anymore. Just press on the .zip file and it will decompress now with iPad OS.

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