How to Make a Custom Procreate Brush with iPad Pro – Procreate App Tutorial

How to Make a Custom Procreate Brush with iPad Pro – Procreate App Tutorial

August 19, 2019 40 By Peter Engel


hi I’m Sarah from sarahtypes.com i’m going to show you how to create your own custom brush in procreate to make sure this brush is completely custom I just made some doodles using some pens i already had I just kind of drew something that I thought might be a good shape so feel free to do whatever you want and what I did next was just scanned them brought them into Photoshop and then i just saved them all individually and make sure there is a little bit more contrast between the black and white and just saved them out separately so that i can upload them to procreate using dropbox for one example to show transparencies i layered two brushes and changed the opacity of the top brush, you’re going to want to open procreate on your iPad pro and create a new project and then you’re going to want to open your brushes and click on the plus icon on the top right you’ll then have a new untitled brush which i’m going to rename as test brush so now you see shape and grain the way this works is shape is basically the outside container of your brush and whatever goes inside is the fill and this is where your grain is going to show so i’m going to upload the shape first by pressing on the shape section and you can grab them from your pro library if you didn’t scan in any, you can just use one of the shapes they have or you can upload your own like I showed you I’m just going to upload it from dropbox once you select the brush it’s going to show up in your brush palette and then you’re going to want to select the grain a good grain to have is something that has a seamless pattern you can find these online if you don’t want to create your own i just googled seamless textures and try to find something that would work so I grabbed one of the textures that is basically just lines across just going to insert that now ok so now i have my shape and and grain and one thing you can do is you can invert the colors by pressing two fingers this will toggle between where the paint is applied so if you have black in the center as i do that’s going to be your brush but if you invert it so is black around you’re going to get the brush color around the black basically full white is full transparent full black is full-color, anything in-between will have a different opacity, just to exaggerate this tutorial I’m actually going to invert it so you see the color in the square it will just kind of emphasize everything that i’m going to show you in the tutorial but you probably want it to be this way where you have the black brush in the middle and you can invert the grain as well and you can also rotate these images and that gives a different look to the brush as well you can see it in the preview above just to check to see you all which looks best i’m going to show you what our brush looks like, currently it’s not very pretty it’s kind of just a square blob but we’re going to go through all the settings to figure out how to make it look better i’m also going to change the grain to solid you can grab that from the pro library to scroll all the way down you can see a blank square I’m just grabbing that to show you how the brush looks, so the first thing we look at is spacing, this is the gap or the space between each stamp of the brush basically just that shape that we uploaded with space in between each of its occurrence streamline makes your brush more stable and a good example of that going to grab a bush that I already have here this from pigeon letters see this really beautiful fluid brush I turn the streamline down can see that in comparison ok go back to my brush and just show you more settings jitter is the distance your shape is offset from itself the higher values will spread the shape out so you can see here with something smooth and then later we’ll take it and move it to a different point so unless you want a messy brush, you can add a little bit so it gets a little bit of that rough edge or if you want smooth brush to go down, stroke taper is the beginning and the end where the brush is tapering off I leave the taper off for the beginning usually want to the brush to be full and then the end you would usually want to taper off these are also tapers, the opacity is how much the brush tapers off the end as far as the opacity goes going to have more opacity and if it’s all the way none you have no opacity so it’s going to be complete point so you do usually want some opacity you have a max can be the most papers and if you have a minimum you’re going to have liked the least it’s going to be not really paper anymore you’ll have some of the ingredients but not that point so we move on to shape this is adjusting the shape the cosmos not the green but what the grain is living in so it’s scatter will change the orientation of your brush and it allows for a messy look so depending on the way your brushes is where the scatter will change the brush and a rotation is how your brush react to changing direction and direction of your pen there’s you see here help move around soliciting it you play with depending on how you want your brush if you turn on randomized this is going to change the initial shape when you your pen hits the page whatever that breast stroke looks like it’s going to change every time your head hits the page so i like to keep it off as most i’m not really sure that’s how you pronounce it but this is for brushes where the direction of the brush is the same as the pen so a good example is a traditional calligraphy pen so if you’re going this way this is wade it definitely changes how your breaststroke going to look and so if you turn this on and allows the shape to follow the angle of the Apple pencil that’s great for Italy black-letter calligraphy for example in the grain section we have movement and this is where it either nears the pattern across the breast stroke or it applies it as like a stamp repeatedly so right now is rolling that’s where applied the Staffie leak and the movement and smear you can’t really see it in this example but other examples if it will be more obvious and skill is the size of the grains so again you can’t really tell with this screen but if you have something to do with circles it would just make that even larger and the reason why you can’t help this green is because it’s like so we change this to let’s see watch beautiful ok so we have that there and we go back to green and you can still haven’t seen it you see here it starts to change a little bit that’s because it’s getting larger and smaller and doom is when you can the grain consumed with the brush shape so with this doom here or you can just cross is locked so it’s not going to zoom when you remember shape or you put all the way up he’ll just follow side so it’ll follow whatever you do rotation is the same as what I mentioned for the last rotation and filter on applies anti-aliasing which is smoothing of the edges similar to photoshop whereas if you have it off going to be a little bit more jagged plastic balls is what affects the length of the stroke you can see here even though you made take a stroke that long it’s going to end like a third of the way through so i generally don’t have that on and then dilution is how much water is in the brush and this is only available we have blades off and charge is also only available when you have glazed off and it’s how much pain is applied to the brush if you have ways on then you can use a cumulative and slow cumulative build up a stroke is made and flow is the amount of paint applied to an area every time the Russian lead opacity variance for speed is if you’re going to make a brushstroke really fast that’s going to be a lower past eat i was slower here after year over here so it got smaller when I was faster and then with opacity to turn this all the way up so we meet where was slower more solid faster it’s morning but Leslie so for the pencil pressure is insane so speed we covered boxes now pressure so the more pressure you have will affect the opacity so more fresh I have moral paint later i am the more different parenting sighs same thing going light light hard hard hard so till 12 change the angle of the brush filter is how your pencil tilt and how it affects the brush so it will affect it with the angle the velocity and the side generally I i do leave this off and oriented i have a dream and so that the breast stays the same even if you turn this in a vertical / horizontal like four drivers is landscape still going to keep the same brush and then slide women max this is help the biggest you want to brush the go so i only want the best to go back big you will not go any bigger no matter how hard how hard i press or how large an express brush same at minimum I’m allowing the minimum of really really tiny but if you go this then the minimum like that being no matter how depressed I like have a minimum and then usually around summer there if not the most for max but these names highly to allow her all of the different variations copy know the frontiersmen using most of color and I’m the lightest better than you so after changing oh thank you can see that it’s turning into somewhat of a brush it has some characteristics of a brush but it’s still very square brush and that’s because when we inverted the shape we made the outside black which would make the color be on the outside that’s y square but just to show you i’m going to use one of their overall brushes and you can tell you can see that it the middle was black and now it looks more like a regular brush has that rounded oval shape ok so we’ve gone over the settings which was a lot to go through i know so now let’s get into making actual brush first thing we’re not show for you is the transparencies so i’m going to put that brush that I made where i overlay the two brushes and made one more opaque going to load that in and show you what that does you can see as I’m drawing around the edges that you have that kind of fuzzy glow and that’s from having a lighter black around the edge now i’m going to upload one of the brushes i made that was more of a solid black in a circular shape gonna grab that one I’m going to clean it up so I don’t have any of the different shades of black and white i wanted to be very crisp I want the brush to be solid black and then the outside to be completely transparent i’m also going to just clean up around the edges of the brush with my razor Jules once i’m done cleaning up i’m going to go into the layers icon and i’m going to copy that layer and then going to go back into brushes click on my shape stores and then click on clipboard to paste that brush that I just copy as you can see it’s not very black and that’s because the background was transparent because i had merged a white background black therapy ways to do this what I did was put them in a group and then click on flattened so I’m just going to copy this layer again and then paste it from clipboard in my brush shape source and i’m going to invert it so the black circle is where my paint will be now you can see that have something that looks more like a brush and what we created before smoke contains the grain this time i’m just going to use something from the pro library i’m going to grab the circular one and now you can see that adds a little bit of texture to the edges and for the next little bit i’m going to play around the settings until I get a brush that I like so there’s a little bit of a sharp-edged pointing out and some of my strokes we’re going to my original brush again and just softening out one of the edges and I’m going to do the same thing just copy that layer and then paste it back into my brushes but you gotta brush you like you can even go in and kind of optimized it even more just use the top preview area right something that would be actually what you’d be doing in your project and then play around settings and see how it changes that’s that you should be able to create your own brush now I have some links below the brushes that I’ve made if you want to download those and also an article on my blog to my favorite appropriate brushes you can find online so check that out thanks for watching you have any questions leave a comment down below and subscribe for more tutorials