Learn how to use symmetry in Procreate to streamline your design process and create perfectly symmetrical designs.
Lately, I’ve been getting more into illustration in Procreate to add to my lettering compositions. I’m not too good at it yet so I can use all the help I can get. That’s why I love the symmetry tool in Procreate. When you use the symmetry tool, illustrating gets so much easier and quicker. And your doodles aren’t all wonky and lopsided. You can create perfectly symmetrical designs every single time.
WHAT IS A SYMMETRY IN PROCREATE?
Symmetry is a tool in Procreate that allows you to create mirror images on your canvas. Symmetry streamlines your workflow and allows you to create designs quickly and easily.
HOW DO YOU ENABLE SYMMETRY IN PROCREATE?
The symmetry tool is located under the “Canvas” settings. To bring up the symmetry menu, simply tap on the wrench icon> CANVAS > DRAWING GUIDE > EDIT DRAWING GUIDE.
Once you tap EDIT DRAWING GUIDE, a menu will pop up at the bottom of the screen with all the symmetry options. Under the Symmetry>Option menu, you can choose vertical, horizontal, radial, or quadrant symmetry. In addition to the types of symmetry that are available, you can also adjust the thickness, opacity, and color of the symmetry lines using the sliders at the top and bottom of the screen.
You can drag the symmetry lines into different positions by dragging the blue and green dots.
When using symmetry, make sure that every layer that you want to use symmetry on, has drawing assist enabled. To enable the drawing assist on a single layer, simply tap on the layer in the layer panel and tap on DRAWING ASSIST.
HOW TO USE HORIZONTAL SYMMETRY IN PROCREATE
When you enable horizontal symmetry, anything that you draw on the left side of the canvas will be mirrored on the right side and vice versa. To enable horizontal symmetry, toggle on “horizontal” in the symmetry menu. Horizontal symmetry is useful for drawing items like hearts.
HOW TO USE VERTICAL SYMMETRY IN PROCREATE
When you enable vertical symmetry, anything that you draw on the top of the canvas will be mirrored on the bottom and vice versa. To enable vertical symmetry, toggle on “vertical” in the symmetry menu.
HOW TO USE RADIAL SYMMETRY IN PROCREATE
When you enable radial symmetry, your design radiates out from the center. To enable radial symmetry, toggle on “radial” in the symmetry menu. Radial symmetry is useful for drawing items like flowers, mandalas or sunbursts.
HOW TO USE QUADRANT SYMMETRY IN PROCREATE
When you enable quadrant symmetry, anything that you draw in one quadrant of the canvas will be mirrored in the three other quadrants. To enable quadrant symmetry, toggle on “quadrant” in the symmetry menu.
I hope you’ve found this tutorial helpful for using symmetry Procreate. Make sure to save it by pinning it.
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