Procreate® Pocket Handbook
Version 4.0
Drawing Guides and Assistance

Symmetry Guide

Symmetry guides mirror your art across multiple planes for mind-bending effects.

Customize

Set up and adjust your Symmetry Guide.

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To set up a Symmetry Guide go to Modify > Actions > Guides and tap Symmetry. To edit your grid tap Guide Settings. This will take you to the Drawing Guides screen.

When you first open Symmetry, the default guide is Vertical Symmetry.

Your Symmetry Guide appears as thin lines that overlay your artwork. You can adjust the look and behavior of your guide with the following options.

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Position and Rotation

Drag the two nodes to adjust the exact positions of your grid lines.

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The Blue Node

The blue Positional node moves the whole grid over the canvas.

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The Green Node

The green Rotational node rotates the grid lines.

To reset the grid to the default position, tap one of the nodes, then tap Reset.

Settings

  • Color: Adjust the color of the guide lines using the hue bar at the top of the Drawing Guides screen.
  • Opacity: Adjust the transparency of the guide lines from invisible to opaque.
  • Thickness: Adjust the thickness of the guide lines from invisible to noticeable.

The following are differing modes Symmetry can work.

Vertical Symmetry

This mode puts a vertical guideline down the middle of your canvas. Anything you draw on one side of the canvas will reproduce in real-time on the other side.

You can move and rotate this guide to create mirrored results on an angle.

Horizontal Symmetry

This mode puts a horizontal guideline across the middle of your canvas. Anything you draw on the top half of the canvas will reproduce in real-time on the bottom half, and vice versa.

You can move and rotate this guide to create mirrored results on an angle.

Quadrant Symmetry

This mode divides your canvas into quadrants using a horizontal and vertical guideline. Anything you draw in one quadrant will reproduce in real-time in all the others.

Radial Symmetry

This mode splits your canvas into eight segments using horizontal, vertical, and diagonal guides. Anything you draw in one segment will reproduce in real-time in all the others.

Mirrored vs Rotational

By default, a new Symmetry Guide will use Mirror Symmetry. This reflects (and flips) your strokes across the guideline.

In Rotational Symmetry mode, your stroke reflects and rotates. The reproduction flips horizontally and vertically at the same time.

Experiment to see the difference in effect. Tap the Rotational Symmetry toggle to switch between the two behaviors.

Cancel or Commit

  • To return to the canvas without making a change, tap Cancel.
  • To commit your changes, tap Done.