Procreate is NOT just for Pros!

I enjoy using the Procreate app, both for generating visuals that can be used in teaching and simply for my creative pleasure. However, it is an app built for professionals and I have found it to have a learning curve if you want to take advantage of its amazing digital features. I have spent lots of time doing tutorials, practicing, and playing. I've discovered some simple tricks that can help you to begin unlocking some of the features that can help you to draw like a PRO, even if you aren't an artist!


Procreate: Not Just for Pros Workshop graphic with an iPad, Apple Pencil, and a colorful swoosh

Last weekend I presented my "Procreate: Not Just for Pros Workshop" for the ISTE Creative Constructor conference. If you were not able to attend the conference, I wanted to share my resources with the Apple Community.


Colorful logo with the name Karen in the center of a circle

The hands-on activity that we did during the workshop was creating a name logo. In this activity, participants learned how to:

  • Use and edit brushes
  • Add, adjust, and move layers
  • Create, fill, and adjust smart shapes
  • Use Apha Lock or Clipping Mask to add texture onto a shape
  • Make a shadow using Gaussian Blur
  • Type and edit text
  • Add flare effects using special brushes

Here is the tutorial for this activity:

I hope this might encourage you to get started with Procreate or give you some resources that you can use with your students!

All Comments

Posted on October 21, 2022

Really appreciate this tutorial, Karen! I am one of those people that finds Procreate a little intimidating, so this is a really helpful resource to get started!

Posted on October 21, 2022

Beautiful art, as always Karen! Thanks for the details and the tips. Certainly helpful (and encouraging) for those getting started with Procreate.

Posted on October 22, 2022

Thanks so much for sharing. I always think I am not "artistic" enough for this app, but reading through your materials, I think I will give it another go!

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