Are you new to iPad lettering and want to learn how to use hand lettering practice sheets in Procreate? This tutorial will teach you how.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I am slightly obsessed with hand lettering. Once I got an iPad Pro a few years ago, that obsession grew. Although I still like to sit down with a pen and paper, hand lettering on the iPad Pro is a game changer. I love that with one tap of a button, mistakes can be erased and different color options can be chosen.
HOW TO USE HAND LETTERING PRACTICE SHEETS IN PROCREATE
In order to use hand lettering practice sheets in Procreate, you’ll need to first grab some practice sheets. Don’t worry…I’ve got a ton for you in my resource library or you can do a Google search for free practice sheets. If you are going to use one of mine, you’ll need to be an email subscriber to access them so if you haven’t subscribed already, you can do so in the sidebar of the blog. Once you get to the resource library, all the lettering practice sheets are under the hand lettering practice sheets section. You’ll also need the iPad Pro, an Apple Pencil and the Procreate app.
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Once you have located a practice sheet that you want to use, there are a few ways to get it onto your iPad Pro.
- Download it to DropBox. You must have the DropBox app on your iPad Pro for this to work. If the file has been uploaded to DropBox by the creator, this is the easiest option.
- Take a screenshot of the practice sheet and it will be saved in PHOTOS.
I usually take a screenshot and save it to PHOTOS. If the file that you are downloading is a zip file, you’ll need to download an unzipping app to access the individual files.
Now that you have the hand lettering practice sheet on your iPad Pro, open the Procreate app and create a new document by tapping the “+” symbol n the upper right
In the upper left corner, tap the wrench icon, then tap “Add”, then tap “insert a file” or “insert photo” depending on how you saved the practice sheet. Navigate to the file/photo that you saved and tap it. It now shows up as a layer in your new document.
Next, create a new layer. This is the layer that you will be putting your lettering on. It is important to create a new layer so you don’t disturb your worksheet. Tap the layers icon and then tap the “+”.
Choose a brush and a color. I like the script brush or the brush pen that comes free with Procreate but there are many other free and paid brushes that you can use. I usually use black for my lettering and then change the color later if needed.
Now all that is left is to practice your hand lettering.
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