Procreate Handbook

Version 5X


Complex use of Selections calls for robust tools. Turbo-charge your workflow and make your life easier with these three advanced options.

Reload Previous Selection

You can reload your last used selection with a tap and hold on the Selection button.


When you invoke this shortcut, the words Mask Reloaded will appear in the notification bar.

Reloading your last-used selection will automatically activate Selection mode. From here you can make further modifications to your selection if necessary.

Save and Load Selections

Store the selections you use over and over, and recall them whenever you need them.

If you need to repeatedly select the same area, you can store the selection so you don’t have to re-create it.


Tap Save & Load, then tap the + button in the top right corner of the Selections pop-up to store your current selection. It will appear in the list as Selection #, with a thumbnail preview of the selected shape.


Tap Save & Load, then tap a previously saved selection in the list to reload it. You can now make further modifications to the selection if necessary.

Select Layer Contents

Select the complete contents of a layer.

In the Layers panel, tap a layer to bring up Layer Options, then tap Select.

Pro Tip

As a shortcut, hold two fingers on a layer to select it.

This will select any painted pixels from that layer, automatically invoking Selection mode and ​committing the selection so you can paint straight away. ​You’ll see areas outside the selection marked by moving diagonal lines.
To adjust the selection, tap and hold the Selection button to reload the mask and access the Selection toolbar.

Layer Select respects the existing transparency of the layer, selecting only the parts where you have drawn, painted, or pasted images. This can be useful for feathering effects.

From here, you can take all sorts of actions on the selected area: Paint it, Transform it, copy, feather or clear it, and plenty more.