Procreate Handbook

Version 5X
Colors

Profiles

Create your art with Color Profiles designed to achieve the best results on screen or in print. Choose from our sRGB, P3 Wide Color, or CMYK options, or import your own custom color profiles.

Color Profiles

Screens and printers manage color differently. Using our color profiles, you can create artworks that will shine in either format.

Accessing Color Profiles

Access Color Profiles when creating a Custom Canvas.

In the Procreate Gallery, tap the + icon in the top right to bring up the New Canvas menu, then tap the rectangle-with-plus icon in the top right to enter the Custom Canvas interface.

Pre-loaded Color Profiles

Procreate comes pre-loaded with standard RGB and CMYK color profiles.

You can choose these when creating a custom canvas.

For screen artwork, we offer six RGB profiles. Choose between Display P3 on compatible devices, or five industry-standard sRGB profiles.

Procreate also has a number of various industry standard CMYK profiles based on common printer settings for print artwork.

Pro Tip

With a P3 canvas you can use extra-saturated greens, reds, and oranges.

RGB vs CMYK

Digital art is usually created to suit either screens or printers.

RGB is best for artwork created to be viewed on screens, as it manages color the same way screens do: by seeing each color as a unique combination of red, green, and blue.

CMYK is the best option for artwork destined for print. This sees each color as a mix of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, matching the four ink colors used by most commercial printers.

By choosing the color space best suited to your artwork destination, you will get the most vivid and accurate colors possible.

Pro Tip

If you’re not sure, leave your Color Profiles on their default settings.

Import Color Profiles

You can download custom color profiles, or create your own.

Tap Import to add these to Procreate.

Change Color Profiles

You can change the color profile of your artwork at anytime.

To change your color profile tap Actions > Canvas > Canvas information > Color profile. From here choose the color profile you wish to change to.

Even though you can change Color Profiles you can’t change color spaces from RGB to CMYK or vice versa.

NOTE: Changing an artwork’s Color Profile can have a sudden dramatic effect on your Time-lapse. If you want to avoid this, change your Color Profile once your artwork is finished.

Pro Tip

Custom color profiles are a complex subject beyond the scope of this Handbook. You can learn more about color profiles in this Explainer. What is a color profile?