Procreate Handbook

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Drawing Guides and Assistance

Drawing Assist

Create technically accurate drawings while Procreate does the heavy lifting. Drawing Assist matches your strokes to the Drawing Guide you’ve chosen so your work flows faster.


Drawing Assist aligns your strokes to your Drawing Guide, acting like an invisible ruler.


Activate via Drawing Guides screen

On the Drawing Guides screen, flip the Assisted Drawing toggle to activate it on your primary layer.

When Drawing Assist is active, you’ll see an Assisted tag on that layer in the Layers panel.

When you set up a Symmetry guide, Drawing Assist is switched on by default.

Activate via Layer Options menu

You can also toggle Drawing Assist on and off from the Layer Options menu.

Tap your primary layer once to bring up Layer Options, then tap Drawing Assist.

When you switch on Drawing Assist from the Layer Options menu, it activates the last Drawing Guide you used on your current canvas, remembering all your previous settings.

Pro Tip

You’re not constrained to the guidelines; they’re just there to help you out. You can draw using Assist anywhere on the canvas, whether you’re on a guideline or not.

Draw Freehand

If you prefer to draw freehand, toggle Drawing Assist off, or draw on a normal layer above or below the Assisted layer.


Take control of your tools with highly customisable shortcuts.

For even finer control over Drawing Assist, navigate to Actions > Prefs > Gesture Controls > Assisted Drawing.

Here you can set up and adjust a number of touch and Pencil shortcuts and settings to integrate Drawing Assist into your workflow, your way.