Procreate Handbook

Version 5X


Hand-draw around your desired content for an intuitive approach to selection. Draw to make a freehand selection, tap to use polygonal lines, or combine both approaches to create complex shapes.


Create detailed and intricate selections using a freehand or polygonal line.

Tap the Selection button to bring up the Selection toolbar. Tap Freehand.


Draw your selection freehand with a finger or Pencil.

You can create a selection by drawing the shape you want, exactly how you’d draw normally. Don’t be afraid to lift your finger or pencil - you can keep drawing your selection by placing it down again.

While in Selection mode, you can still use Procreate’s navigation gestures to zoom, pan, and rotate your canvas as usual.



Tap to place corner nodes connected by straight lines to create hard-edged polygonal selections.

Tap your finger or Pencil on the canvas wherever you want to place a corner node.

As you tap around, you will add further corner nodes, and the dashed lines of your selection will connect each of these with a straight line from the previous node.

Pro Tip

Combine Freehand and Polygon lines to create unique shapes.

Commit and Edit

Depending on the action you want to take next, Procreate offers several ways to close your Freehand Selection.

  • Tap the starting point: The origin of your line is marked by a gray circle. Tap it to close your selection. Now you can add further areas to your selection, or choose a tool and begin editing.
  • Tap the Add/Remove buttons: Apply the selection and keep Selection mode active for further modifications.
  • Tap any tool: When you’re happy with your selection, tap any other tool to begin editing your selection. You will know your selection has been committed when you see semi-transparent moving diagonal lines outside the selected area.

You can Paint, Smudge, or Erase the selection, ColorDrop into it, or Transform it.


To cancel your selection and exit back to your artwork, tap the Selection button again.