How to Effectively Use the Reference Feature in Procreate for Filling Colors

How to Effectively Use the Reference Feature in Procreate for Filling Colors

I’ve had people ask me about why I don’t use the Reference Features in Procreate. And, let’s be real here. There are 100 ways to achieve the same results. I am a FIRM believer that no one person is better than another. You do you. You do what makes you feel most effective in the app you’re using. We need to be cool with that. I’ve seen that all of my life starting with Photoshop. I once had someone tell me I was doing something wrong. I wasn’t. I got the same results. i just did it different!

With the Reference features in Procreate you can effectively color in line art. It’s one way to do it. I don’t do it because sometimes it’s a more tedious process for me or I don’t get a good fill depending on a brush I use. So therefore I have gotten into the habit of doing a color outline and then fill that area. It’s just what I do. You should do what makes you feel best!

But, I wanted to go over this feature in a video so you can learn another way to do things. One of many!

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Watch Use the Reference Feature in Procreate for Filling Colors

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Holly McCaig

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


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  1. Casey Rhoades on October 19, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    I never knew what the Reference tool was for until now! Hah! I’m sure I could have flipped through the manual, butttt I didn’t want to. I’m not sure I’ll utilize it often, but it’s still nice to know what it’s for. I love all of your videos! *hugs*

  2. Leslie McDavid on October 28, 2018 at 6:05 am

    Thank you for all your great videos! I have learned all about procreate and lettering from you!

  3. Enya on November 3, 2018 at 1:32 am

    I’m confused.. where’s the video? I signed up for the lettering library but I’m not seeing this Reference video anywhere

    • Holly McCaig on November 6, 2018 at 9:29 am

      Its’ there for me! It won’t be in the library. It’s in the blog post.

  4. Katfish on November 14, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Hey Holly! I saw a video yesterday, I’ve been binge watching iPad and Procreate videos haha, and was wondering if you knew about the color drop threshold feature? May help with coloring in those areas made with textured lines, or even to help fill in spaces a bit better without the white pixels around the edge as much.


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