Procreate Handbook

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Colors

Palettes

Store your favorite colors as Swatches. Create and import harmonious Palettes so the color scheme you need is close at hand. And save, share, and organize those palettes for later use in the powerful Palette Library.

Swatches

Swatches are the colored squares in the palette, each representing a saved color. Tap any swatch to set it as the current color. You can find the current default palette at the bottom of every tab of the Color Picker.

Create a Swatch

Tap an empty space in the default palette at the bottom of the Color Panel to save your current color as a new swatch.

If there are no empty spaces in the current default palette, you can replace existing swatches. Press and hold a swatch, then tap Set.

Alternatively, see below for instructions on how to create your own palette and set it as the default to give yourself more space.

Finishing Up

The rectangles in the top right of the Color Picker display your current and previously selected colors.

Once you’re happy with your chosen color, tap anywhere outside the Color Panel to close it.

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Use a Swatch

To use a color from your palette, tap it to make it your currently selected color.

SwatchDrop

Drag a color from a Color Palette’s Swatch onto any area of your artwork and release it to flood-fill that area with the swatch color.

Find out more on how SwatchDrop works in the Colors > Interface section.

Reorder Swatches

Rearranging your swatches can help you visualize how different colors will work together.

To move a swatch, tap and drag it to a new position, and release to drop it.

Set a Swatch as a Current Color

Set any swatch to be your current color.

To set a swatch to be your current color, press and hold that swatch, then tap Set current color. It will then appear as your chosen color in your Color Button.

Delete a Swatch

Easily clear space by getting rid of unused colors.

To delete a color from your palette, press and hold that swatch, then tap Delete. It will vanish, leaving an empty space.

Palette Library

A palette is a collection of swatches. The Procreate Palette Library lets you create, save, share, and import color schemes in the form of palettes you can access from any artwork.

Create a Palette

To create your own Palette, open the Color Picker and tap the Palettes tab.

You will see a + icon in the top right corner. Tap it to create a new palette. Initially, this palette will be empty.

By default, your new palette will be called Untitled. Tap that word to rename it using the keypad.

Your new palette will automatically be set as the default palette, which means it will now appear on every tab of the Color Panel.

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Set a Palette as Default

The default palette appears on every tab of the Color Panel.

To select a new default palette, touch the Set Default button at the right of your chosen palette.

Pro Tip

If you need to work with multiple palettes at once - rather than a single default - the Palettes tab is the best place to do so.

Reorder Palettes

Prioritize your favorite palettes.

Each palette has a title at the top left. To rearrange the order of your palettes, press and hold a title, drag the palette to a new position in the list, then release.

Delete Palettes

Keep your Palettes tab clean and organized.

In the Palettes tab, swipe from right to left over your chosen palette to reveal the Delete button.

Tap Delete, and confirm that you want to delete the palette. Once a palette is deleted it cannot be restored.

Palette Capture

Capture swatches from a file, photo or live from your iPad’s camera to create your own customized palettes.

Palette Capture from Camera

Use your iPad to capture the colors of anything you point your camera at.

Open the Color Picker and Tap the Palettes tab to reveal your Palettes.

Tap on the + symbol in the top right hand corner of Palettes and select New from Camera. You will see whatever your camera is pointed at plus a palette of swatches located in the middle of your screen. To the right of the palette you will see three buttons - Cancel, Shutter and Visual / Indexed.

The Visual / Indexed button switches between two different modes that affect how Procreate builds a palette of swatches from the visual information captured by the camera.

Visual mode

Visual mode builds a swatch of colors from what the camera captures directly in front of the palette area only. This can lead to a subtle range of colors in your palette depending on the color contrast of the subject matter you are capturing.

Indexed mode

Indexed mode builds a swatch of colors from visual information captured across the entire screen area. Indexed mode captures a broader range of contrasting colors in order to create a palette.

Try switching between the two modes to see the difference in swatch colors Visual and Indexed produce. When you are happy with the variety of swatch colors in your palette, Tap the shutter button to capture and save to Palettes. Initially your custom made palette will be titled ‘Color palette’ which you can rename by Tapping the title.

Palette Capture from File

Create a customized palette by capturing colors from images in the Files app.

Open the Color Picker and tap the Palettes tab to reveal your Palettes. Tap on the + symbol in the top right hand corner of Palettes and select New from File.

Upon tapping you will navigate automatically to the Files app where you will be able to see any files you have saved. Tap any .JPG or .PNG file for Procreate to create a customized palette from the colors captured within that image. Initially your custom made palette will be titled ‘Palette from image’ which you can rename by Tapping the title.

Palette Capture from Photos

Create a customized palette by capturing colors from images in Photos app.

Open the Color Picker and tap the Palettes tab to reveal your Palettes. Tap on the + symbol in the top right hand corner of Palettes and select New from Photos.

Upon tapping you will navigate to the Photos app. Tap a photo and Procreate will create a customized palette from the colors captured within that photo. Initially your custom made palette will be titled ‘Palette from image’ which you can rename by Tapping the title.

Import & Share Palettes

Use Adobe color palettes or palettes designed by other artists and share your own with multiple import and export methods.

Import Palettes

You can import palettes created by other artists to use in your work.

Drag-and-Drop a .swatches file from any compatible location into the Palettes tab to import it.

Import Adobe color palettes

Import Adobe palettes and custom palettes created in Adobe products by other artists to use in your work.

Procreate imports *Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ASE) * and Adobe Color files (.ACO) allowing you to use swatches created in both of these formats.

Open the Color Picker and tap the Palettes tab to reveal your Palettes. Tap on the + symbol in the top right hand corner of Palettes and select New from File.

Upon tapping you will navigate to the Files app where you will be able to see any files you have saved. Tap an .ASE or .ACO file and Procreate will import the palette from that file. The palette will be titled with the name it was originally exported as. Or, if unnamed, it will be appear as ‘Untitled’ which you can rename by Tapping the title.

Share with Drag-and-Drop

Alternately, you can share using Drag and Drop.

Touch and hold a palette to pick it up, then drag it to any compatible location to export it as a .swatches file. You can bulk export palettes by picking one up, then tapping others to add them to the stack, and dragging the stack to the new location.

Share Palettes

Share your color schemes with the world.

In the Palettes tab, swipe from right to left over your chosen palette to reveal the Share button. Tap this to open the iOS sharing interface, where you can share your palette to a variety of apps and cloud services.