Everything You Wanted to Know About Procreate Brushes

The power of Procreate comes with the amazing amount of brushes available. This post will help you discover everything you wanted to know about Procreate brushes!

Everything You Wanted to Know About Procreate Brushes

The power of Procreate comes with the amazing amount of brushes available. This post will help you discover everything you wanted to know about Procreate brushes!

Procreate is powerful and comes with tons of brushes. However, there are artists out there that develop some of the most beautiful brushes that you can’t get with the app itself. They test the brushes and create beautiful works with them to make sure they will do what the end result is desired to be.

Procreate Brushes

Procreate Brushes are designed to work with the Procreate App and the iPad Pro. You cannot use them in Photoshop or other Adobe products. They are a .procreate extension and will not open in those apps.

How to Install Brushes

I’ve put together a few videos about brushes and how to install them. There are a couple of ways to do this.

My recommendation is to always download brushes to your computer and put them on a cloud storage. This way you can organize them all with proper names and crediting the developers. My folder looks like this on DropBox:

I create a folder with the name of the brush set and the developer, then I unzip them on my computer and put them in their folder. My files stay neat, organized, and if I ever change a brush in Procreate I have the original backup to pull from DropBox.

You can use any cloud storage like iCloud or Google Drive if you don’t want to use DropBox. It works very similar. Plus you keep your iPad free from tons of files filling it up too fast.

How to Install Brushes Unzipped Already

Here are my videos on installing Procreate brushes. One is how to install a single brush – usually not zipped. The second is how to install multiple brushes at one time. I’ll assume you unzipped the files and have them stored on a cloud device.


How to Unzip Files on the iPad Pro

This video will show you how to download brushes from my shoppe, unzip them and install them directly using the iPad Pro.

**NOTE, We have converted our brush sets to a .brushset file – see above video!

Where to Get Procreate Brushes

I sell several Procreate Brush sets including Colorado, Creative Light and Grid brushes. You can get them all in my shop. I also recommend purchasing from Creative Market. This site has tons of resources for designers and a huge variety of Procreate Brushes. In fact, I do a weekly Procreate Brushes Review video series where I show you the brushes I buy and let you see them as I test them out for you. These are my current favorites and recommended:

Check out my reviews on them:

On the Mark Designs – My Favorite Illustration Brushes

Ian Barnard – Chalk Dust

Mila Garret – Neon Procreate Kit

Ellamee Creative – Stamp Brush Vol 1

Things to Know About Procreate Brushes

  • Never redistribute brushes you get free or purchase. These are copyright protected. However, most artists don’t mind if you use their brushes to create art for sale. You can use mine this way!
  • You can always adjust a Procreate brush settings by clicking on the brush. You may need to adjust the Streamline or other sensitivities to meet your needs.
  • Most brushes are created with a source file that determine the shape of the brush. This isn’t something you can change to adjust to your needs. The source file makes the brush design. Calligraphic style brushes are usually oval shaped, so you won’t get those beautiful curves in the bowls of your letters – you’d have to draw around to smooth them or fix it in vectoring post.
  • If you have trouble with lettering and getting better control because you are heavy handed or light handed. Check out my post on adjusting Pressure Curve.

Want to Make Your Own Brushes for Procreate?

Creating your brushes for Procreate takes some time. You need to use them over and over and have other people test them before you offer them up. Here is a post on making your own Procreate Brushes or how to make a watermark signature stamp brush.

Got More Procreate Brush Questions?

Just ask – leave me a comment and I’ll see about updating this post with an answer!

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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


  1. sneha on March 15, 2023 at 8:21 am


    how can one track if their brush is used for commercial use?

    • Holly McCaig on March 24, 2023 at 8:39 am

      I don’t believe that is possible. 🙁

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