Procreate Handbook

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Actions

Add

Import images into your canvas, add text, and use the clipboard for cut, copy, and paste actions.

Insert

Procreate provides you with a number of simple ways to insert pictures into your canvas.

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Insert a File

Use the Files app to insert an image from any connected location.

To insert a compatible image file, tap Actions > Add > Insert a file. This will bring up the Files app displaying your recent images. Using the navigation bar at the bottom, you can also Browse all your connected folders.

You can import PNG, JPEG, and PSD files.

If you import a PSD this way, it will be placed in your document as a flattened image. To import a PSD with all layers preserved, use Gallery Import.

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Insert a Photo

Use the Photos app to insert an image into your canvas.

To bring a JPEG, PNG or PSD image from your Photos app into your canvas, tap Actions > Add > Insert a photo. Your Photos app will pop up. Scroll through your folders to find photos you’ve taken and images you’ve saved to your iPad.

If you import a PSD this way, it will be placed in your document as a flattened image. To import a PSD with all layers preserved, use Gallery Import.

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Take a Photo

Snap a photo with your iPad camera and instantly insert it into your canvas.

Tap Actions > Add > Take a photo to bring up your iPad’s inbuilt camera.

Take a photo, tap Use Photo, and it will be dropped into your document ready for use.

Insert a Private Layer

Just like importing a File or Photo, you can also import a Private Layer that won’t appear in a Gallery or Time-lapse Video.

Private layers are ideal for not revealing reference images and other content that isn’t part of your final artwork without having to delete or turn off layers in your file. A Private Layer works like a regular layer in all aspects, except it will not appear in a Gallery preview image or in an exported Time-lapse video.

Insert a File as a Private Layer

Use the Files app to import an image from any connected location as a Private Layer.

To insert a compatible image file as a Private Layer, tap Actions > Add and then slide the Insert a file tab to the left until it reveals a grey Insert a private file button. Tap this button to bring up the Files app displaying your recent images.

Using the navigation bar at the bottom, you can also Browse all your connected folders. You can import PNG, JPEG, and PSD files. If you import a PSD this way, it will be placed in your document as a flattened image. You cannot import a layered PSD file as a Private Layer.

Once an image is selected from the Files app it will appear on your Canvas and in your Layers menu with the word Private under the Layer title.

Insert a Photo as a Private Layer

Use the Photos app to import an image into your Canvas as a Private Layer.

To bring a JPEG, PNG or PSD image from your Photos app into your Canvas, tap Actions > Add and then slide the Insert a Photo tab to the left until it reveals a grey Insert a private photo button. Your Photos app will pop up allowing you to scroll through your folders to find photos you’ve taken and images you’ve saved to your iPad.

If you import a PSD this way, it will be placed in your document as a flattened image. You cannot import a layered PSD file as a Private Layer.

Once a photo is selected it will appear on your Canvas and in your Layers menu with the word Private under the Layer title.

Take a Photo as a Private Layer

Snap a photo with your iPad camera and instantly insert it into your Canvas as a Private Layer.

Tap Actions > Add > and then slide the Take a Photo tab to the left until it reveals a grey Take a private photo button. To take a photo, Tap Take a private photo to bring up the Camera app and take your photo.

Once a photo has been taken it will appear on your Canvas and in your Layers menu with the word Private under the Layer title.

Cut, Copy or Copy All and Paste to a Private Layer

Paste from your Paste Board and insert it into your Canvas as a Private Layer.

Cut, Copy and Copy All as normal. Find out more on how to Cut, Copy and Copy All in the Cut / Copy / Paste section.

Once a selection, layer or entire image has been copied, Tap Actions > Add > and then slide the Paste tab to the left until it reveals a grey Paste private button. Tap Paste private to paste your Clip Board contents into a Private Layer.

Once pasted it will appear on your Canvas and in your Layers menu with the word Private under the Layer title.

Add Text

Type editable vector Text into your document to create snappy designs and striking word art.

Offering crisp vector text, a range of pre-loaded fonts, professional-quality text editing features, and the ability to import your own fonts, Procreate’s typography tools offer a world of design opportunities.

Tap the wrench button in the top left of the screen to open the Actions menu, then tap Add > Add text.

A Text box has now been added to the canvas. You can drag the text box to move it, begin typing immediately, tap the Color button to change the color of your text, or tap the Edit Style button to access a variety of fonts, design tools and editing options.

When you’re happy with your text, open the Layers panel, tap the thumbnail of your Text layer, and tap Rasterise. This converts your vector text to pixels. Now you can apply any of Procreate’s features and effects to it.

The Text section offers an in-depth exploration of this powerful and versatile feature.

Cut / Copy / Paste

Add, remove, and duplicate parts of your canvas from the Actions menu.

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Cut

Cut a layer or selection.

This classic clipboard function will remove your selected area from your document and store it on the iOS clipboard. From there you can paste it elsewhere in your canvas, into a different Procreate canvas, or into another app.

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Copy

Copy a layer or selection.

Copy works the same way as Cut, without removing the selection from the original document.

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Copy All

Copy your entire canvas.

Where Copy and Cut will only affect one layer, Copy All will copy the content of every visible layer of your Canvas as a flattened image.

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Paste

Drop your Cut or Copied image into another document or app.

Once you’ve Cut or Copied your image data, you can Paste it elsewhere in your current canvas, or into another canvas, or even into emails, chats, and other compatible apps.

Pro Tip

Procreate offers two other ways to access Copy Paste without going through the Actions menu. You can set up and access Copy Paste options via QuickMenu, or call up the Copy Paste menu with a single gesture.