Procreate Handbook

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Gallery

Import and Share

Learn how to import an image to create a new canvas, and share your art with the world.

Import

Create a new canvas using the Files app, or by dragging and dropping an image into Procreate.

Import from Files

Tap Import in the top right Gallery menu to open the Files app. Navigate to the folder where your stored images are, and tap on the file to import it.

Drag and Drop from Files

Hold on a file to pick it up, and drag it into Procreate.

Once you've picked up one file, tap other files to add them to the stack so you can drag them all in at once.

Import from Photos

Tap Photo in the top right Gallery menu to open the Photos app. Navigate to the folder where your stored images are, and tap on the image to import it.

Drag and Drop from Photos

Tap on a photo to pick it up, and drag it into Procreate.

Once you've picked up one photo, tap other photos to add them to the stack so you can drag them all in at once.

Share

Procreate provides a variety of ways to share your artwork with friends, clients and colleagues.

Share a Single Image

Swipe an artwork thumbnail to the left to reveal the Share button.

Tap this Share button on any canvas to select your file format and destination.

Share Multiple Images

Share many artworks at the same time from Gallery Select mode.

Tap the Select button to enter selection mode. Tap canvases to select them. Any selected artworks will display a blue tick.

Tap the Share button at the top right of the Gallery to share all selected artworks in the format of your choice.

Drag and Drop

Drag artworks out of Procreate and into any other application to export.

The destination app nominates the file type of the exported image. If the app doesn't request a specific file type, artworks are exported as a .procreate or a PNG image by default. You can customize the specific file type in Procreate's Advanced Settings.

Share Destinations

You can share your files to a huge range of apps, folders, and cloud services.

iOS Sharing

Procreate uses the iOS Sharing system to share to AirDrop, AirPrint, or any app and service that provides a document extension.

Files App and Finder

Save to the Files app to export artworks to a cloud service (such as iCloud Drive). Or you can select On My iPad to keep exported files on your device.

Once your artwork is on iCloud Drive, you can access it using Finder or the Files app on your other devices.

Pro Tip

For more information on using Finder to manage files, see Apple Support.

iTunes

Pro Tip

iTunes has been retired as of the Catalina operating system update. If you have Catalina installed, the below information no longer applies. Catalina users can use the File App and Finder for fast and simple backups.

Exporting to iTunes is great for speedy transfers and backups to your Mac or PC.

After you've shared your artwork to iTunes, head over to your computer.

Plug your device in using the suitable USB cable and open iTunes. Once detected, select your iPad in the left hand panel of iTunes.

With your device selected, choose the File Sharing heading from the sidebar.

You should see a list of apps inside a box. Select Procreate and drag the artwork out of iTunes, or use the buttons to save the artwork to your computer.

You can import a canvas back to Procreate by dropping it back into this folder and using the Create > Import > iTunes feature. Files exported to iTunes can also be accessed through the On My iPad section of the Files app.