Procreate Handbook

Version 5X

Interface & Gestures

Give your art professional finishing touches with the extraordinary capabilities of the Adjustments menu.


Access cinema-quality filters and effects in the powerful Adjustments menu.

Adjustments Button

In the top menu bar you’ll find a magic wand symbol. This is the Adjustments icon.

Tap it to open the Adjustments menu.

Adjustments Menu

Polish your image with two different adjustment types.

There are two types of adjustment available through the menu — Adjustments and Filters. Adjustments adjust color within your image and Filters affect your image through pixel manipulation and special effects.


The top half of the menu is dedicated to color adjustments. Designed with professionals in mind, these four versatile tools are used to adjust and balance the colors in your image.

Tap an adjustment to activate it, then apply it using the toolbar at the bottom of the screen.

When activated, an adjustment affects your current primary layer.


The bottom half of the Adjustments menu offers 11 powerful filters for fast, simple image adjustments and fun special effects.

Tap a filter to activate it, then adjust it using the on-screen gestures described below.

Layer and Pencil Filters

Apply filters and color adjustment using two different modes — Layer Filters and Pencil Filters.

Adjustments and Filters can be applied across an entire image or layer with Layer Filters, or painted onto a section of an image within a layer with a brush using Pencil Filters. Some filters, such as Liquify or Clone are only available as Layer Filters.

If both Layer and Pencil Filters are available for an adjustment or filter, they will appear as separate buttons when you select that adjustment or filter.

Tap an adjustment or filter to activate it, then Tap either the Layer or Pencil button to choose which mode you want. Note that a Pencil Filter can only be used with an Apple Pencil.

When using Pencil Filters a sparkle will appear on the brush icon at the top of your canvas. You can still select brushes while using a Pencil Filter, but that brush will now paint the filter effect you have chosen onto your layer.

While using Pencil Filters you can also swap to the Smudge or Erase tool to smudge or erase any part of the filter you have painted. Again, a sparkle will appear on the Smudge or Erase icon to indicate you are in Pencil Filter mode.


Access Layer and Pencil Filters quicker using these gestures.

Tap an adjustment or filter and flick Down + Left to access Layer Filter mode.

Tap an adjustment or filter and flick Down + Right to access Pencil Filter mode.


Take your art to the next level with industry-standard color adjustment tools.

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The top half of the Adjustments menu is devoted to color adjustments, offering a variety of ways to create perfectly balanced images. Read on for an overview, and explore each tool in more depth through the Handbook pages to follow.


Hue, Saturation, Brightness

Modify the vibrancy and brightness of your image.

Adjust the color value, vibrancy and lightness in your image with simple sliders.

Quickly adjust the Hue, Saturation and Brightness with sliders to make striking changes to your color of your image.


Color Balance

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

Finely adjust the tonal values of your artwork with color balance sliders and use buttons to apply changes to only the highlights, midtones, or shadows of your artwork.



Modify the color and tonal balance in your image in one smooth motion using the intuitive Curves graph.

Adjust the overall gamma and amounts of Red, Green, and Blue in your image using an intuitive curve and a helpful histogram that clearly represents the distribution of color in your image.


Gradient Map

Map alternative colors to the highlights, mid-tones and shadows of your image.

Map various preset and custom gradient palettes to your image using gradient mapping.

Learn more about Color Adjustments


Blur, Sharpen and Liquify your image and more: Procreate offers a wide range of special effects with these 11 powerful filters.

The Adjustments Menu

Access cinema-quality filters and effects in the powerful Adjustments menu.

The bottom half of the Adjustments menu is devoted to Filters: quick tools designed to instantly create a variety of fun and punchy visual effects. Read on for an overview, and explore each tool in more depth through the Handbook pages to follow.

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Gaussian Blur

Smooth and soften your image.

Give your image a soft, out-of-focus look. Drag your finger right or left to apply an even blur to your current layer.

Learn more about Blur.


Motion Blur

Create the illusion of fast movement.

Create the appearance of speed and motion by applying a streaky blur to your layer in the direction you drag your finger.

Learn more about Blur.


Perspective Blur

Create zooming and blasting effects.

Drag a disc into place to set the center point, and drag outside it to create a blur. The Positional setting radiates a blur in every direction from the center point. The Directional setting blurs in a single direction.

Learn more about Blur.



Add grain to your image for the organic feel of old film stock or newsprint.

Increase or decrease the graininess of your image by dragging your finger right or left. Choose from three different types of Noise — Clouds, Billows and Ridges. Adjust the Scale, Octave and Turbulence to control how your Noise appears.

Learn more about Noise.



Bring out the detail in your image for a crisp, focused look.

Drag your finger left or right to set the level of sharpening you apply to your image.

Learn more about Sharpen.



Create the illusion of a glowing light.

Create realistic looking lighting effects to an isolated object or across an entire image. Adjust the Transition, Size and Burn to control how your Bloom appears.

Learn more about Bloom.



Add analogue and digital video inspired glitches and distortion to your artwork.

Add four different types of digital Glitch effects — Artifact, Wave, Signal and Diverge. Adjust how they interact with your artwork with individual controls for each effect.

Learn more about Glitch.



Create a retro color magazine or newspaper halftone print effect.

Choose from Full Color, Screen Print or Newspaper plus control the size of the halftone pattern.

Learn more about Halftone.


Chromatic Aberration

Shift the red and blue plane of a RGB image to mimic a camera lens’ Chromatic Aberration effect.

Apply Chromatic Aberration radially from a focal point using Perspective or horizontally and vertically using Displacement mode.

Learn more about Chromatic Aberration.



Morph the pixels in your layer to create a variety of mind-bending warp effects.

Use extraordinary Liquify effects on your image with the touch of a finger. Select from Push, Twirl, Pinch, Expand, Crystals, and Edge modes. Control the Size, Distortion, Pressure and Momentum of the effect and adjust the amount to reconstruct your image.

Learn more about Liquify.



Instantly paint one part of an image onto another part for quick and natural duplication.

Instantly paint one part of an image onto another for quick and natural duplication, or replace one part of an image with another part, instantaneously.

Position a disc over the part of the image you want to duplicate, and paint where you want the new copy to appear.

Learn more about Clone.

Adjustments Actions

Apply, preview and edit your changes with the Adjustments Actions.

Tapping the canvas when using Adjustments opens the Adjustments Actions which offers five options:

  • Preview all your changes ‘on’ and ‘off’;
  • Apply all changes and remain in the interface;
  • Reset all changes and remain in the interface;
  • Undo the last change and remain in the interface.
  • Cancel all your changes and exit out of the interface.

Hit Apply to commit to any changes you wish to keep and then Cancel to exit Adjustments.