Procreate® Pocket Handbook
Version 4.0
Animation

Options

Access and adjust options for individual frames of your animation.

Frame Options

Hold, Duplicate and Delete frames in your animation Timeline.

Tap a frame in the Timeline to select it, and tap it again to bring up the Frame options menu.

This menu controls settings that affect individual frames within your animation.

To change settings for the overall animation and the Animation Assist interface, see Settings.

Hold Duration

Creating a pause in movement by adjusting a simple slider to hold a single drawing for multiple frames.

In animation, a ‘hold’ creates a pause by playing the same drawing over multiple frames. The more frames the hold lasts for, the longer the image stays still. Animation uses holds to adjust timing and rhythm.

Drag the Hold duration slider to your desired number of frames, up to a maximum of 120.

Pro Tip

You can figure out your hold duration using trial and error. Do this by watching the playback and adjusting your hold until it looks right. Or, you can use math to figure your hold duration out. For example, if an animation runs at 12 frames per second, then a one-second hold should be set to 12 frames.

The Timeline shows you a representation of your hold as a series of greyed-out frames. If your hold lasts for 5 frames, you will see 5 greyed-out frames in your Timeline.

You can get rid of a hold by dragging the slider back to None.

Duplicate / Delete

Quickly replicate or get rid of a frame.

Tap a frame to select it, and tap it again to open Frame Options.

Tap Duplicate to create a copy of your selected frame beside it in the Timeline. Or, to get rid of a frame, tap Delete.

Undo either option with a two-finger tap.

Animation Foreground

Create a locked-in floating foreground layer for animation.

Foreground locks a frame into place as a consistent foreground element. This foreground will appear over the top of every other frame of your animation.

In the Timeline, tap the rightmost frame to bring up Frame Options. Tap the Foreground toggle.

You can only assign the rightmost frame as a Foreground. You can also only have one Foreground at a time. Move any frame to the rightmost position to set it as the Foreground.

All layers created after will appear to the left of the Foreground frame, and cannot be moved past it. Likewise, the content of these frames are always overlapped by the Foreground frame's content.

In the Layers panel, the Foreground locks in the top position, and won't drag below other layers.

Tap the Foreground toggle again to revert a Foreground frame back to a normal frame.

Animation Background

Create a locked-in underlying background layer for animation.

Background locks a frame into place as a consistent background element. This will appear underneath every other frame of your animation.

In the Timeline, tap the leftmost frame to bring up Frame Options, then tap the Background toggle.

Only the leftmost frame can be assigned as a Background. You can also only have one Background at a time. Move any frame to the leftmost position to set it as the Background.

All layers created after appear to the right of the Background frame, and cannot be moved to the left of it. Likewise, the content of these frames will always overlap the content of the Background frame.

In the Layers panel, the Background locks in the bottom position, and won't drag above other layers.

Tap the Foreground toggle again to revert a Foreground frame back to a normal frame.