Procreate Handbook

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Adjustments

Color Adjustments

Take your art to the next level with industry-standard color adjustment tools. Adjust Hue, Saturation and Brightness, tweak your Color Balance, experiment with Curves over a helpful histogram, and Recolor parts of your image with ease.

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Hue, Saturation, Brightness

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Color Balance

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Curves

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Gradient Map

Hue, Saturation, Brightness

Tweak the color value, vibrancy and lightness of any layer with simple sliders.

HSB is the simplest way to make quick color adjustments.

Tap Adjustments > Hue, Saturation, Brightness to enter the HSB interface.

Interface

Three sliders give you control over the general quality of color in your image.

  • Hue determines the overall color tone used in the image. This slider is a spectrum of all available shades of color.
  • Saturation determines color strength. Move the slider left to desaturate the color down towards gray, and right to make the color as vibrant as possible.
  • Brightness sets the overall lightness or darkness of the image.

Commit Changes

Commit all changes with one touch.

To commit your changes and leave Adjustments, Tap the Adjustments icon again.

To commit to changes and stay in Hue, Saturation & Brightness, Tap the canvas to invoke Adjustment Actions and Tap Apply.

Color Balance

Correct or stylise your color scheme by changing the balance of hues that make up your artwork.

Colors on-screen are formed of a mixture of three primaries: red, green, and blue. Combining these three values in different ways allows for over sixteen million unique shades of color.

Changing the mixture of those colors with Color Balance gives you the power to make quick color corrections on your image, or push colors to the limit to create stylisation.

Tap Adjustments > Color Balance to enter the Color Balance interface.

Interface

Use RGB sliders and Highlights / Midtones / Shadows buttons to tweak the colors of your active layer.

Color Balance splits Red, Green, and Blue into their own sliders, with each color balanced by its opposite (Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow).

It also splits the Highlights, Midtones, and Shadows of your image into three sections so you can more finely control which parts of your image are affected by your color changes.

Sliders

Slide to the right to move the tone of your layer towards Red, Green, or Blue. Slide to the left to shift towards Cyan, Magenta, or Yellow.

Buttons

Tap Shadows, Midtones, or Highlights to choose which part of your image will be affected by your color changes - the darkest parts, the middle tones, or the brightest areas.

Pro Tip

Adjusting the Midtones is the best way to achieve an even adjustment. Midtones are selected by default when you open Color Balance.


Commit Changes

Commit all changes with one touch.

To commit your changes and leave Adjustments, Tap the Adjustments icon again.

To commit to changes and stay in Color Balance, Tap the canvas to invoke Adjustment Actions and Tap Apply.

Curves

Modify your layer’s color and tonal balance in one smooth motion using powerful Curves.

Curves offer by far the most advanced way to adjust color and contrast in your image.

Tap Adjustments > Curves to enter the Curves interface.

Overview

This tool represents the tonal values of your layer as a straight line on a graph. You can bend this line into curves that affect the colors of your image in a variety of ways.

The colored part of this graph is called a histogram. It’s a map of where each color appears in your image, and how much of it there is, and it can help you visualise how your changes will affect the overall color balance of your layer.

Interface

Nodes

Drag a node up to affect the lightness of your layer. Drag a node down to affect the darkness. Drag a node left or right to affect contrast.

You can add up to 11 nodes. To remove a node, tap it, then tap Delete.

The best way to understand how curves work is to experiment with them and watch how your layer changes.

Histogram

The histogram is an graphical representation of the balance of red, green, and blue color in your image. Colors other than red, green, and blue indicate the channels overlapping. For example, purple means that blue and red are both present in that part of the image, while white means all three channels are active.

Gamma and Channels

By default, when you start using curves you’re changing the overall gamma, which means you are adjusting all three color channels - red, green, and blue - at the same time.

Tap Red, Green, or Blue to start adjusting a color channel in isolation. Adjusting curves on individual color channels allows practically limitless control over color corrections and effects.


Commit Changes

Commit all changes with one touch.

To commit your changes and leave Adjustments, Tap the Adjustments icon again.

To commit to changes and stay in Curves, Tap the canvas to invoke Adjustment Actions and Tap Apply.

Gradient Map

Apply a colorful gradient across your images using a Gradient Map.

Gradient mapping analyses the highlights, midtones and shadows of an image and replaces these with the colors found in a new Gradient Map.

Tap Adjustments > Gradient Map to enter the Gradient Map interface.

Interface

Use preset Gradient Palettes to assign a Gradient Map to you image or create your own custom Gradient Palette.

Gradient Library

The Gradient Library contains eight preset Gradient Palettes you can instantly assign to your image — Mystic, Breeze, Instant, Venice, Blaze, Neon, Noir and Mocha. Tap a Gradient Palette to assign it to your image. Alternatively, slide the Gradient Palettes left or right to see the various Gradient Maps cycle through your image.

Touch and Hold a preset Gradient Pallet to Delete or Duplicate it. Touch, Hold and Drag a preset Gradient Pallet to reorder it in your Gradient Library. To restore your Gradient Library’s default gradients Touch and Hold the + symbol at the top of your Gradient Library panel then Tap the *Restore defaults *button.

Create a custom Gradient Palette

To create a custom made gradient palette Tap the + in the top right hand corner of the Gradient Library, or Tap an already selected Gradient Palette to edit it.

Gradient Map

When creating or editing the Gradient Library interface will change to the Gradient Map interface. Here you will see a gradient with at least two swatches. The left hand side of the Gradient Map affect the shadows and darker tones of your image, and the right hand side will affect the highlights and brighter tones of your image.

  • Tap a swatch to bring up a color picker and change the color of that swatch.

  • To add a swatch to your Gradient Map, Tap anywhere along the gradient where there isn’t an existing swatch. A Gradient Map must have at least two different swatch colors at either end of the gradient. However you can add an extra 10 swatches along the gradient for a total of 12 colors.

  • Touch and Hold a swatch to delete it from you Gradient Map.

  • Tap a Gradient Map's Title to name or rename it. Tap Done when you are ready to save a Gradient Map to your Gradient Library.


Commit Changes

Commit all changes with one touch.

To commit your changes and leave Adjustments, Tap the Adjustments icon again.

To commit to changes and stay in Gradient Map, Tap the canvas to invoke Adjustment Actions and Tap Apply.