Procreate® Pocket Handbook
Version 4.0
Drawing Guides and Assistance

Create

Create a wide array of Drawing Guides to help you build the structure of your artwork. Activate a guide, choose the functions you need, and tweak how it looks.

Activate

Add a visual guide to your canvas to help you build realistic environments and objects.

Tap the Modify > Actions > Guides and select the style of guide you would like. To activate, the Assisted Drawing button must also be selected.

Your Drawing Guide is now activated.

You can also activate a Drawing Guide from the Layers panel. Tap your primary layer once to bring up Layer Options, then tap Drawing Assist.

If you have used a Drawing Guide on this canvas before, Procreate Pocket will remember your previous settings, and default to those.

Choose a Drawing Guide

Choose from a variety of Drawing Guides to suit every purpose.

Under Modify > Actions > Guides you will find four types of drawing guide. Each guide is designed to assist your work in different ways. They’re explored in the Handbook pages that follow.

  • 2D Grid - a square grid for building flat shapes.
  • Isometric - a triangular grid for building 3D shapes without foreshortening. Isometric is ideal for technical illustrations
  • Perspective - a star-shaped guide used for building 3D shapes with vanishing points. This gives one-point, two-point, or three-point perspective. Perspective is ideal for cityscapes, backgrounds for comics, etc.
  • Symmetry - a guide designed to work with Drawing Assist to mirror your strokes. These work horizontally, vertically, across a quadrant, or radially. Symmetry is ideal for creating reflected shapes, tiled designs, and kaleidoscopic patterns.

Change Appearance

Your Drawing Guide appears as thin lines that overlay your artwork. Change the appearance of your guide using the Drawing Guides Settings. Explore these options in more detail in the individual Drawing Guide pages.

To commit your changes, tap Done.

Drawing Guides Screen

In Modify > Actions > Guides tap Guide Settings. This will take you to the Drawing Guides screen.

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The Drawing Guides screen will automatically zoom to display your whole artwork. This enables you to see the full effect of your chosen Drawing Guide.

In Drawing Guides screen you will see a green node. This is for rotating and your angling guides.

In the top left of the Drawing Guides screen is Settings, Tap this to enter the Drawing Guides Settings and adjust your grid’s size and appearance.

Use your Drawing Guides as visual cues. Or, activate Drawing Assist to automatically align your strokes in the direction of the guide lines.

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Settings

Tap Settings in the top left hand corner to access the Drawing Guide Settings for any of the guides.

Drawing Guides Settings

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Cancel edits and return to canvas.

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Done

Commit edits and return to canvas.

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Color

Set the color of your guide lines.

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Opacity

Set the opacity of your grid lines.

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Thickness

Set the thickness of your grid lines.

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Grid Size

Set the size of your 2D or Isometric grid. Move the slider, or tap the numerical readout to enter an exact grid size.

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Units

Set the unit type you want your grid measurements to be.