How to Use Procreate with Photoshop (2022)

Separately, Photoshop and Procreate are powerful tools...but together they become a platform for portable, powerful design creation

Are you looking for a portable design solution? We've been working in Procreate for some time, and it has constantly proven to be a powerful platform for illustration and animation. With a seamless pipeline to Photoshop, we think this might be the killer app you need to take your MoGraph to go.

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Today, I’m going to show you just how easy it is to start your process in Procreate, ways Procreate has made designing easier, and the benefits and ways it can sync with Adobe programs. To take full advantage, you’ll need an iPad with the Procreate app, an Apple Pencil, and Adobe Photoshop!

In this video, you’ll learn to:

  • Utilize some of Procreate’s Benefits
  • Sketch easily and block in color
  • Bring photoshop brushes into the Procreate app
  • Save your files as psd’s
  • and add finishing touches in Photoshop

How to Use Procreate with Photoshop


What exactly is Procreate?

Procreate is a portable design application. It has everything you need to sketch, paint, illustrate, and animate. Procreate is the complete art studio you can take anywhere, packed with unique features and intuitive creative tools.

And it’s super affordable at $9.99

For me, Procreate is a great place to begin my ideas. I can easily sketch using the intuitive interface, build up to a more polished design, and export to Photoshop if I want to apply any finishing touches.

Why Use Procreate as a Motion Designer?

Procreate is perfect for handling quick sketches, but it's robust enough to manage completed style frames. In their new update, the program can even handle light animation. For something that costs as much as a few cups of a coffee or a new skin in Fortnite, I'm able to do 50-60% of the work on my projects.

Nowadays, most of my work starts with a sketch in Procreate...and I'm not the only one. Here are a few examples of other professional artists using procreate to illustrate.

Art by Paulina Klime

Or this great animated jellyfish.

(Video) How to Use Procreate with Photoshop

Animation by Alex Kunchevsky

What makes Procreate such a great program is how much it feels like drawing on paper. If you're not ready to splurge on a high-end tablet such as a Cintiq, an iPad and Procreate can accomplish almost everything you'd want to do.

Using the Apple Pencil is incredibly intuitive; it feels just like drawing, but more forgiving! I love that I can take my iPad anywhere: the couch, a coffee shop, a deep sea submersible. It’s super portable.

Now, that I’ve convinced you to give Apple more money, let’s actually get into the program and see how you can aid in your creative process.

Sketching and Illustrating in Procreate

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Let's get started so you can see how I use Procreate in my workflow. One of the first things I like to do is set up my brushes. Now, if you're importing brushes or creating your own (more on that later), you might notice that the pressure sensitivity feels off. You have to press REALLY hard to get anything.

Here's how to fix that:

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Click on the wrench icon, select preferences (pref) and click Edit Pressure Curve.

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Adding Photoshop Brushes to Procreate

Procreate brushes are great, but adding .ABRs brings textures to a new level. If you've already made a pack of your personal favorites, it just makes sense to use them in both programs. This will also help when you're working with a team or preparing files for other clients, especially when you’re working with a team that’s primarily using Photoshop.

Here's how to upload your brushes in Procreate:

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  • Load the brush folder onto your iPad
  • Open Procreate
  • Click the Brush icon, then hit the + button
  • Click Import, and upload brushes

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If that seems really's because it is. Just another great thing about this application. It wants to be easy for you.

Go from Sketch to Illustration in Procreate

(Video) Absolute Beginners Guide to Procreate 5.0 Photomanipulation

Of course, Procreate is a drawing application, so how well can it handle going from a sketch to a functional illustration? Let me show you.


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Now that I have my brushes prepped, I quickly sketch out the design until I'm happy with the overall shape.

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During this part of the process, I'm less concerned about straight lines and jagged edges. Once I've found my shape, then I start redesigning with an eye for composition.

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Now that we're done refining our sketch, we want to do some color blocking. First, draw a circle.

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Now drag a color from the Color Circle in the top right into the center of your circle, which will fill your shape. You can make another layer and convert that to a Clipping Mask so you can add texture and color to the circle in a non-destructive way.

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The other option is to click on your original layer and select Alpha Lock, which allows to you color onto the shape without going outside the border, though this will permanently change that layer.


Before I start adding color, I want to make sure my sketch is detailed and refined. This part of the process can save future you time and stress, since all you'll need to worry about is coloring in the illustration. The more work you put into refining your sketch, the smoother things go in the next few steps.

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It's important to have your colors in mind before you start adding anything in. I prefer to have a color palette built ahead of time. In Procreate, there are a number of prebuilt palettes available. You can also add in new ones just as you did with brushes, or create a custom palette all your own.

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Make sure your sketch or outline is the top layer, otherwise you'll color over the lines and risk getting lost. By tracing your sketch and creating closed shapes, you can easily drag in colors from your palette (as we did with the circle above) and quickly fill in each area.

(Video) Procreate Update: Now You can Open Photoshop (PSD) Files

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Moving Your Artwork from Procreate to Adobe

If Procreate is so great, why do you even need to export over to Photoshop? Well, even with all its advanced features, there are still a few tricks that Photoshop has over the mobile app. You also have to factor in your personal preferences for applying polish, and the overall goals of your project.

To transfer, simply go to your settings (the wrench), click on Share, and select your file type.

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Then select where you would like to save or send this file.

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Now I can open the .PSD file in Photoshop and finish with textures and embellishments! If you want to see what I do, click on the video above.

Now you're a pro at creating!

That’s it! Procreate is a pretty simple yet powerful tool! I love that it’s inexpensive, easy to work with, and can scale so quickly for larger projects that may need the classic Adobe programs. If you grabbed a little inspiration and want to try it out, be sure to share your finished products with the hashtag #SOMawesomeProcreations!

If you want to unlock more advanced skills with Adobe’s core programs, check our Photoshop and Illustrator Unleashed! Almost every Motion Graphics project out there passes through these programs in one way or another.

This course makes learning Photoshop and Illustrator easy and fun. Starting on the very first day, you’ll create art based on real world jobs and get tons of experience working with the same tools that professional Motion Designers use everyday.


Tutorial Full Transcript Below 👇:

Marco Cheatham (00:00): Separately, Photoshop and Procreate are powerful tools, but together they become a platform for portable, powerful design creation. I'm going to show you how to seamlessly benefit from both in a smooth workflow.

Marco Cheatham (00:21): My name is Marco Cheatham. I'm a freelance art director and illustrator. I've been designing and illustrating for seven years. And one thing that's made being creative easier and increase. My productivity is using procreate to sketch design and illustrate frames. Today, I'm going to show you just how easy it is to start your process and procreate ways that's made designing easier and the benefits and ways it can sync with Adobe programs to take full advantage. You'll need an iPad with the procreate app and apple pencil and Adobe Photoshop. In this video, you'll learn to utilize some appropriates benefits sketch easily in block in color, bring Photoshop brushes into the procreate app. Save your files as PSDs and add finishing touches in Photoshop. Before we begin, make sure you download the project files in the link below so you can follow along

Marco Cheatham (01:11): Now we're inside procreate. So this is an illustration I did a little while ago. We're going to refine it and color, block it in, take it into Photoshop and put any final details on it in there. Let's get started. So I assume you guys are probably a little bit familiar with the program, so I won't go too far in depth with this, but essentially you have your brushes here. The brushes that have the little icons on it on the left are the brushes that come standard inside procreate and the brushes that are up farther that have the little like sketch or whatever you want to call it. Brush stroke. Those are the ones that have been installed or created by me. And they all have their own groups, have many brushes within them. When I get started on a project, I like to create a group and add the brushes in there that I'm working on, on the project.

Marco Cheatham (02:09): So with this one, I made a group, I sculled it SLM tutorial. And I added the brushes that I'm going to use on this project. So there's that? And here's the brush size right here. So you can control the size of your brush. Here is the past city. So that's good. All right. So I have this rough sketch here. You know, I like to try to start really loose. I like to break down my illustrations into progressions that way it's easier to digest and you know, it's less stressful. And I think that that's just a good way of doing things. You know, if you try to design everything at once, it just becomes a little bit more stressful in like convoluted. But as, as long as you like are breaking things down into the little sections, as much as you can, the easier it's going to be on you and your designs.

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Marco Cheatham (02:57): Let's talk a little bit about the brush. So when you're first inside, procreate, by default with your brushes, your pressure sensitivity is probably going to be pretty low. So if I pick a brush, let's say that this one's pretty good. You're just going to have to press really hard to have your brush show up thicker, right? So if I'm pressing really light, it doesn't do anything. I have to press pretty hard to have that show up. So to fix that, you just go up to your settings, you go to preferences first, and then you want to go to edit pressure curve. And so you're going to have this curve. It's very linear and you want to add a point somewhere probably in the middle, and you're just gonna use that and make it a curve. I can show you just exaggerate this so you can see it.

Marco Cheatham (03:44): And so now I press lightly and it's really thick from the, from a jump. So that's a good way to not mess up your screen. So make sure that's that set properly. There's plenty of reasons why you might want to use Photoshop and procreate. For whatever reason, you might just be comfortable with Photoshop more or a different reason. There's some reasons why you might want to use procreate as well, as well as Photoshop. So like in my case, all the times I work with motion studios or people that are doing animation. And a lot of times they're using Photoshop to do the animation. If they're doing sale or whatever. And if I'm not using Photoshop brushes, they may not have access to, or be able to get close enough to the style that the brushes that I'm using have. So one way to do that is to import Photoshop brushes directly into procreate, which is really easy to do.

Marco Cheatham (04:39): And I'm going to show you how to do it right now. So if you go up to your brush tool right here, you can see that I already have a lot of brushes installed here, and there's a couple of ways to do this, but one of the easiest ways to do it is hit this plus sign right here, and you want to go to import and I've already saved this in here. So I just saved it into my procreate folder inside my iPad. So all I have to do is click on this and it imports automatically. And you can see that right there and you can see that it's a whole group of brushes. So I could use those instantly.

Marco Cheatham (05:23): Now I want to get more into refining this sketch. And when I'm just working with a rough sketch, I want to be really free with my lines. So I don't want to have any restrictions with them so I can, you know, really get in there and trying to find these shapes and stuff like that. But once I get like the sketches done and I start to refine things, I want to think less about keeping my lines straight and more about the composition and making sure everything looks good. So one thing that aids with that is smoothing. So the smoothing allows you. I think they have it. They have a similar thing in Photoshop. What it does is just allows you to smooth out your lines pretty much so you don't have to. So if you see now, you know, when I'm drawing my lines or, you know, it can get in there and get really rough. But if you navigate to your brush, you click on it and you see the streamline. You just need to pull that up. I usually keep it around 34, 35, but just so you can really see what it does, I'll show you that. So you say done, and now you can see that it really helps you keep those smooth lines.

Marco Cheatham (06:35): Cool. Another thing, when you want to move stuff around, a lot of times people want to NAB, you can't see this, but navigate within the box, but when something's really small and you try to do that, it's really hard. So the easy fix it, that, which is what you should be doing is just have your cursor outside of the box and move it around that way. And then you don't have a problem. It could be as small as you want it. So that was something that I struggle with a while. So hopefully that helps alleviate any problems with that. So, all right, well, let's get started with, actually we turn the smoothing down a little bit. So 35 let's get into actually refining this. So I'm going to go there this and start refining the sketch.

Marco Cheatham (07:38): So now that we're done and refining our sketch, what we want to start doing is doing some color blocking. Let's just make a circle. You know, you press your finger on the screen to create a perfect circle, go up to the color circle and just drag. So that's going to fill in your shape. And if you want to do any masking inside of that, what you're going to do is create a new layer. You're going to click on that and go to the clipping mask. And one that's going to do is allow you to draw HDInsight your layer like? So, and you can just draw on there, right? So that's like the non deconstructive way. If you're just illustrating, you don't need to retain your layers or anything like that. There's another way that you could do it. That is also really cool. I'm going to show you how to do that as well.

Marco Cheatham (08:29): So go to your main layer and you're going to want to click that and you want to hit alpha block, and that's going to allow you to draw with inside your layer. But again, doing this is not going to retain your layers. So anything you do to it is going to be destructive. So if you need layers, do the other method. Okay. So that's pretty much it. So let's get into the actual color blocking. Okay. So now that we have everything refined and everything, it's tying to start the color when I'm refining, I like to add as much detail as possible. That way when I get to the next phase, I have less to worry about. And it's all about that regression of like, try to make sure that your future self, the person that's doing the next step has less to worry about. So, you know, if I added, if I start adding the details, now I don't have to worry about that.

Marco Cheatham (09:24): Then I can focus more on the color and making sure all that stuff's good. So that's what we're going to do now with procreate, if you hit on the colors, the colors are up in this little color circle here. There's a few different ways you can view things, but you also can create color palettes. So in the color palettes, which is to the far right, you have your color palettes here. So these are some that came with the app. So you can delete those or keep those or whatever, and then you can make your own. So this one I've made for this particular illustration. And so how you make a color palette is just hit this plus sign right here and you go to create new palette. So there's a few of these in here where you can upload a photo. You know, you could save a photo to a file and then upload it or take a photo with your camera.

Marco Cheatham (10:11): And then procreate uses, uh, those colors that are from those photos. And it makes a color palette. It's pretty cool. You know, it's like instantly. So yeah, try that out. If you find that useful for this, we're going to create a new palette and all you have to do is find the colors that you want. So like, I'll say, I'll just pick this one and you just tap inside of there and it adds the color. And you could just keep doing that until you come up with the color palettes you want and yeah. Name and everything like that. So that's as easy as it, you know, pretty much get. So let's delete this and let's work with the color palette that I have here. So I'm going to start coloring in, make sure you're on a new layer as I'm coloring. I like to keep my sketch on the top layer because it's really hard to see what's going on.

Marco Cheatham (11:03): Once you start filling in the colors, if the layer is on underneath and you kind of, you want to make sure that you're keeping everything separated, you know, I'm separating this out that way. If you do, if you work with an animation, the animator can separate out your files easily. Um, just makes it a lot easier than doing like a flat illustration. So just make sure you're separating out your layers as you go. And of course, if you don't need to do that, then don't do it. It's not, not necessary. It'll just take up time, but just be aware of the process and what you're doing it for. So, you know, if they're doing like sale or something like that, you probably don't need it as much. Cause they're just gonna redraw your stuff, but never hurts to be safe. So, and I'm going to keep ongoing finishing this up.

Music (12:11): [uptempo music]

Marco Cheatham (12:50): Okay. So now that we have everything blocked in it's time to take this into Photoshop and finish up all the textures that I want to add to it. So it's really easy to do. All you need to do is go to your settings, go to share, and you'll have like a list of different exports. You know, you can export it, a gift. You can export it, animation, PNGs, differently, things like that. But I want to export the PSD. So I'll click that and I'll navigate to where I want to save it. Say file. I've made a folder for this and I'm going to save it in there. And now it's ready to be open in Photoshop.

Marco Cheatham (13:36): So now we are in Photoshop and as you can see, all of our layers are here and named. Yes, it's pretty cool. It's pretty seamless. The only thing you might need to worry about is any colors that you use, just make sure they don't sync like procreate doesn't sync the colors or the brushes. So just make sure you know, what colors you're using and make sure you have the brushes that you're using. Um, so you can use them inside of Photoshop. So now that everything is all here, I'm going to start adding all of my finishing textures in Photoshop here.

Music (14:22): [uptempo music]

Marco Cheatham (14:43): That's it, procreate is a pretty simple, yet powerful tool. I love that it's inexpensive, easy to work with. It can scale. So for large projects that may need that classic Adobe program. If you grab the little inspiration and want to try it out, be sure to share your finished products with the hashtag S O M awesome procreation. If you want to unlock more advanced skills with Adobe core programs, check out Photoshop and illustrator unleashed, almost every motion graphics project out there passes through these programs in one way or another. This course makes learning Photoshop and illustrator easy and fun. Starting on the very first day. You'll create art based on real world jobs and get tons of experience working with the same tools that professional motion designers use every day. Hit that subscribe. If you want more tips like this one and make sure you click that bell icon. So you'll be notified of any future videos. Thanks for watching

Music (15:37): [outro music].

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Can Photoshop do everything Procreate can? ›

In short, yes you can! Procreate is a powerful painting and drawing app that has all of the features you need to create stunning artwork. So if you're looking for an app that can do everything Photoshop can do, and then some, then Procreate is the app for you!

Can I use Photoshop like Procreate? ›

Both programs are feature-rich, but when comparing Procreate vs Photoshop, experienced users will agree: You can do nearly anything with Photoshop. Since the program was first released to the public in 1987, Photoshop has received numerous updates and new features.

Is Procreate easier than Photoshop? ›

The Procreate app is also the best choice for digital illustration and iPad design. However, Photoshop is overall the more robust and advanced program of the two. Photoshop works better than Procreate when it comes to a grid structure; however, Procreate is better for sketching and creating on the go.

Do I need Photoshop if I have Procreate? ›

If you are a beginner and have a limited budget – Procreate is definitely worth getting. If you are already an experienced artist Photoshop can remain your basic desktop software no matter what. Procreate will simply give you more options. The most important thing is that you can create amazing art on both apps.

Do professional artists use Procreate? ›

As of today-Procreate is used by many professional artists.

There are a great number of professional illustrators and artists who make their artwork using the Procreate software.

Do professional designers use Procreate? ›

Procreate is used by professional artists and illustrators, especially freelancers and those who have more creative control over their work. Photoshop is still the industry standard for many companies looking to hire artists, but Procreate is increasingly being used in professional settings.

How do I convert to Procreate in Photoshop? ›

Moving Your Artwork from Procreate to Adobe

To transfer, simply go to your settings (the wrench), click on Share, and select your file type. Then select where you would like to save or send this file. Now I can open the . PSD file in Photoshop and finish with textures and embellishments!

Can you use full Photoshop on iPad Pro? ›

Photoshop on the iPad brings you key features for retouching, spot healing, combining images, and more. And it's getting better all the time.

Is anything better than Procreate? ›

The best alternative is Krita, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Procreate are ibis Paint X, MediBang Paint, Inkscape and PaintTool SAI. Procreate alternatives are mainly Digital Painting Tools but may also be Image Editors or Photo Editors.

Is JPEG or PNG better for Procreate? ›

Export Your Procreate Images as PNG Files for the Highest Resolution. PNG files use lossless compression and hold more data than a JPG does, which makes them a good choice for complex things, such as images.

Do graphic designers use Procreate? ›

In the field today, some designers use Procreate to create illustrations for some graphic design projects. If you are an artist with a background in drawing and painting then this app might be for you. In Procreate it is very easy to create organic illustrations, shapes, and lines.

What are the cons of Procreate? ›

Pros: Highly-responsive brush technology, intuitive interface with customizable tools and canvas sizes; video recording. Cons: Steep learning curve for students lacking digital drawing experience; optimized features for Apple Pencil and iPad Pro only.

Is Procreate as good as Adobe? ›

Procreate: Which Is Best? Adobe Fresco and Procreate give you the tools to create great digital art on the go. Both have similar interfaces and purposes; while Fresco can offer more platform options, Procreate has more of a focused Apple compatibility.

Is Photoshop worth it on iPad? ›

Photoshop for iPad has the advantage here because that's what it was designed for. You can use it for compositing, retouching, masking, and more. A lot of your favorite tools and features are still there like adjustment layers, the healing brush, and the stamp tool.

Is Procreate worth it without a stylus? ›

It offers way too many benefits to simply go without one. On the other hand, if you are considering getting Procreate to draw as part of a hobby or relaxation process, or just having fun, then yes, it is worth it. Stylus is a great tool, but you can still achieve a lot in Procreate without it.

Can you sell what you make on Procreate? ›

Procreate isn't just a great drawing app that's fun to play around with as an artist. It's actually a great tool for making money. Artists have an amazing opportunity to sell their Procreate art and actually make a decent income from it.

How do Procreate artists make money? ›

You can always make money by making clipart packs on Procreate and then sell them on any of the platforms like “Fiverr”, “Upwork”, or even “Etsy”. Basically, all you have to do is draw some elements, decorate them, then save them as a png.

Should I work CMYK or RGB Procreate? ›

RGB is best for artwork created for viewing on screens, as it manages color the same way screens do. RGB breaks each color down as a unique combination of red, green, and blue. CMYK is the best option for artwork destined for print. CMYK breaks each color down as a mix of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black.

What company owns Procreate? ›

Procreate is a raster graphics editor app for digital painting developed and published by Savage Interactive for iOS and iPadOS.

Can I sell art using Procreate brushes? ›

Yes of course! Because they are tools you are absolutely allowed to sell what you make using the guide brushes. You are the owner of the artwork created using these brushes.

Is Procreate or Canva better? ›

Designed for anyone who needs to create. Canva has solutions for individuals, small businesses, enterprise, not-for-profit organizations, teachers and students. "Use of use, the ability to customize my items, the options for design across multiple platforms are amazing.

Can Photoshop open Procreate brushes? ›

Procreate brushes can be used in Photoshop, but there are some things to keep in mind. Procreate is a vector-based drawing app, so the brushes are made for that purpose. They will work in Photoshop, but they're not going to give you the same results as Photoshop's native brushes.

Does Procreate accept Photoshop brushes? ›

You may be thinking of swapping out Photoshop for Procreate to make digital drawings. But you may be wondering if your brushes will work in Procreate. The good news is, you can take all your Photoshop . abr brushes and move them into Procreate.

How do I get the full version of Photoshop on my iPad? ›

Download Photoshop from the App Store

Adobe makes Photoshop available through Apple's App Store, which means you can download the app direct to your iPad with ease. Simply open the App Store app on your iPad and search for Photoshop, or tap/click this link and you should be taken there automatically.

Is there a layer limit in Photoshop iPad? ›

If Photoshop for iPad is truly running the same code, it's likely the same legacy limits will exist. After double-checking, I can confirm the document size and group hierarchy limits match perfectly. I was informed that the iPad version doesn't have a cap on the number of layers, and is only limited by available RAM.

How much iPad storage Do I Need for Photoshop? ›

512GB: for the designers

Do you often work with graphic design programs like Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator? In that case, it's smart to choose more storage. With a 512GB storage capacity on your iPad, you'll have enough storage for these demanding programs and all of your creations.

What is the closest app to Procreate? ›

List Of The Top Procreate Alternatives For Android
  • Autodesk SketchBook.
  • MediBang Paint.
  • Concepts.
  • Artrage.
  • Tayasui Sketches.
  • Infinite Painter.
  • Krita.
  • Ibis Paint X.
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How long does it take to learn Procreate? ›

One month is enough to get fairly decent at a new skill. Committing to a challenge publicly and sharing your progress as you go may help you stay consistent.

What app is most like Procreate? ›

Top 10 Alternatives to Procreate
  • Sketchbook.
  • ArtRage.
  • Krita.
  • PaintTool SAI.
  • Clip Studio Paint.
  • Painter.
  • Adobe Fresco.
  • MyPaint.

Why is Procreate so pixelated? ›

Pixelation problems with Procreate are usually due to the canvas size being too small. For the least amount of pixelation, make your canvas as large you'll need for your final product. Procreate is a raster-based program, so if you zoom in too much, or your canvas is too small, you will always see some pixelation.

How many pixels should I use in Procreate? ›

300 PPI/DPI is the industry standard for best print quality. Depending on the printed size of your piece and the viewing distance, a lower DPI/PPI willl look acceptably good. I would reccomend no lower than 125 DPI/PPI.

Why is my Procreate blurry? ›

The underlying reason why Procreate drawings end up blurry or pixelated is because Procreate is a raster-based program. In other words, Procreate uses pixels or tiny little squares to create lines and designs. Images will lose quality when scaled, and you will always see pixels at some point when zooming in.

Do you have to be good at drawing to use Procreate? ›

If you can't draw, you can still use Procreate. In fact, Procreate is a great platform for learning how to improve your drawing skills. Procreate is well suited for artists of all levels, from beginners to expert users. If you're a beginner, the program will grow with you.

Can I create logos on Procreate? ›

Despite being a drawing app first and foremost, it can handle a surprising amount of design tasks. In fact, you can even design a logo with Procreate so long as you keep your expectations within reason, and in today's tutorial I'll be demonstrating how to do just that.

Is iPad enough for graphic design? ›

iPad Pro (M1, 2021)

Whether you want the more portable 11-inch model, or need a bigger 12.-9-inch display, the iPad Pro (2021) is still the best iPad for most graphic designers, especially those who don't need the latest tech and/or want to save a little bit of cash.

Is Procreate a lifetime purchase? ›

The Cost of Procreate

$9.99 for lifetime access is a steal given everything Procreate can do and how often you'll be using it.

Is Procreate good without Apple Pencil? ›

Is Procreate Worth it Without an Apple Pencil? Procreate is worth it, even without the Apple Pencil. No matter what brand you get, you need to make sure to get a high quality stylus that is compatible with Procreate in order to get the most out of the app.

How long does Procreate last? ›

While using Procreate, it's common to drain an iPad battery within 4-7 hours.

Should I get Illustrator or Procreate? ›

If you want more control over the design and creation of your NFTS, then Illustrator is probably the best choice. However, if you're looking for an easy-to-use program that offers a wide variety of features, then Procreate might be a better option. Ultimately, the decision comes down to personal preference.

What works best with Procreate? ›

  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch.
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch.
  • iPad (5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th and 6th generation)
  • iPad mini 4.
  • iPad Air (3rd, 4th and 5th generation)
  • iPad Air 2.

Can you edit photos with Procreate? ›

Procreate is image editing software for the artists among us. This option is for those who want to add artistic effects to their photographs, rather than focusing on more traditional edits. The software includes over 200 brushes, numerous effects, and is suitable for use with a stylus and an iPad.

Can I use Apple Pencil with Photoshop? ›

You can use the pencil in place of your finger for most actions on the iPad (other than slide in from the edge actions). The Pencil is supported with pressure sensitivity for the Adobe mobile apps like Photoshop Fix, Photoshop Mix, and Photoshop Sketch.

Which is better for Photoshop iPad or laptop? ›

PRO TIP: While the iPad has come a long way in recent years, it is still not as powerful as a traditional computer when it comes to running programs like Photoshop. If you are looking to do serious photo editing, you will be better off with a laptop or desktop computer.

How useful is an iPad for designers? ›

The premium iPad includes a desktop-class M1 chip plus the best display we've ever seen in a tablet. It supports the second-generation Apple Pencil and includes a super-fast Thunderbolt port for hooking up extra storage or an external display — all of which will be a boon to designers.

Is Photoshop better than Procreate? ›

Ultimately, while Procreate offers a digital experience that feels like you're drawing on paper, Photoshop offers a much more robust set of features, especially in the realm of photo editing. Procreate offers a simple, intuitive interface and comes loaded with more than 200 brushes.

How hard is it to learn Procreate? ›

Despite Procreate's many features, Procreate is an easy-to-learn drawing app. The user interface is designed for intuitive navigation, and the app comes with a comprehensive set of tutorials. As a result, even first-time users can quickly become proficient in using Procreate's tools and features.

Can you use your finger for Procreate? ›

You do not need a stylus to use Procreate. You can use your finger to draw with Procreate because the brush weight is determined within the program and not by the size of the stylus. The great thing about Procreate is that it gives you a lot of options. Use a stylus, use your finger, whatever you prefer.

Can you edit Procreate in Photoshop? ›

Your Procreate PSD file will open in Photoshop, and you can edit it from there.

Can iPad run full version of Photoshop? ›

No, you cannot run the full version of Photoshop on an iPad Pro. The iPad Pro is not powerful enough to handle the full Photoshop program. However, that doesn't mean the iPad Pro can't be used for basic photo editing.

Can Photoshop read Procreate brushes? ›

Procreate brushes can be used in Photoshop, but there are some things to keep in mind. Procreate is a vector-based drawing app, so the brushes are made for that purpose. They will work in Photoshop, but they're not going to give you the same results as Photoshop's native brushes.

Is iPad or laptop better for Photoshop? ›

PRO TIP: While the iPad has come a long way in recent years, it is still not as powerful as a traditional computer when it comes to running programs like Photoshop. If you are looking to do serious photo editing, you will be better off with a laptop or desktop computer.

What is Photoshop for iPad called? ›

Creative Cloud All Apps

Get 20+ Creative Cloud apps, including Photoshop on desktop and iPad.

Which iPad works best with Photoshop? ›

iPad Pro 12.9 M2 (2022)

The current iPad Pro (2022) 12.9 is the best iPad for photo editing. It features the latest M2 processor, so it's basically as powerful as a MacBook; Photoshop is not likely to crash on this machine.

Is Photoshop on iPad good for drawing? ›

It's possible to draw with Photoshop for iPad, but it's better to use Adobe Fresco. You'll have access to the great selection of Live Brushes that mimic traditional materials like oil paint and watercolor and a greater tool selection actually geared towards illustration.

Is Procreate worth it without an Apple Pencil? ›

Is Procreate Worth it Without an Apple Pencil? Procreate is worth it, even without the Apple Pencil. No matter what brand you get, you need to make sure to get a high quality stylus that is compatible with Procreate in order to get the most out of the app.


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