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ProCreate Tutorial By MaryJane Sarvis – ‘My Collage With Painting Method’

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We are delighted to publish this excellent tutorial by MaryJane Sarvis using ProCreate to create an absolutely stunning final image.

Follow these steps closely and you will be totally captivated with MaryJane’s workflow. Don’t miss this…over to you MaryJane. (Foreword by Joanne Carter).

If you haven’t picked up ProCreate yet, you can do so here. It retails for $4.99/£2.99.

Step 1

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“When you open Procreate you’re in your gallery. To open a new work you hit the +. Choose your canvas.

 

Step 2

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Your first toolbar is on top. Hit the wrench. The drop menu then displays the bottom bar of tools and choices. To insert a photo hit photos. Note that the canvas tab must be blue.

 

Step 3

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Note the arrow must be tapped/lit to move and adjust image.

I started with a background texture. Added the bird. Note the blue magnet on the tool bar on right side. I find the magnet helps me size and position the top image. Then I deselect it for fine tuning. You can find a lot of detailed directions in the Procreate handbook. There is a huge range of shape control in the grey dots.

You’ll want to size and resize the top image as you erase or otherwise alter. Note that the arrow on the top left must be highlighted blue in order for the top image to be moved or sized.

 

Step 4

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To erase around the bird or any adjustments go to the brush menus in the top tool bar. Each style tool brings down the full brush selection. Then choose brush style. From big and soft to fine point they’re all available through the style bar. I prefer the airbrush selection for basics erasing around an image. Then I change to finer points found in Sketching or Inking.

More on brush – smudge – eraser choices later.

 

Step 5

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After my first two images are prepared I add another image via the wrench again. Here on the right is the layer menu. Every time you add an image you add a layer. Or add a layer by tapping the + on layer menu top right.

Swipe each individual layer to find each layer’s choices. Duplicate, Clipboard and Delete are shown.

Note that you can only erase or smudge or paint the layer you’re on. There’s no Unerase function. Only the undo arrow. There’s up to 250 undos per layer. It is best to use as many layers as you can. Much more control. There can be up to 20. You can merge 2 at a time or once you get too many.

 

Step 6

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Tap the window inside each layer to bring up the other layer menu shown above. To adjust Opacity you tap that line then it disappears. You then swipe the canvas to adjust the percentage.

Note the Merge choices as well.

Tap the little oval on the right of each menu bar to reach the Blend menus.

 

Step 7

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To paint you choose the brush. To choose a color go to the color square far right. Use any of the palette choice tools. The eye dropper on the menu top left functions to choose a color on your canvas to use. If you want to use it later then drag it from center top to a little square in the bottom palette.

 

Step 8

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Your 3 tools, Brushes, Smudge and Eraser have a huge variety of sizes, shapes and patterns. All can be found and are interchangeable in the drop down menus. After you choose a tool, then a brush style, you can even adjust that brush to the size and shape. Each brush has settings on the flip side exposed by a double tap. I recommend duplicating it before changing it, though you can reset it too.

There are more brushes available from the Procreate Artery (store) and from the Forum sharing page. Access both under the wrench then info at center bottom menu. You can also make your own!

 

Step 9

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I added another image, building up my layers.

 

Step 10

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After trying several choices in the Blend menu I choose Difference.

 

Step 11

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Using the eraser I delete in the diagonal pattern brush from the Textures brush menu.

 

Step 12

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I continue to add images, paint, smudge and erase. These are some of my own brushes made from my photographs.

 

Step 13

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To save the image I go to wrench and hit the Share on bottom strip. You can save from here or after your back in your gallery.

 

Step 14

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Choose which style you want to save in.

 

Step 15

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Note the other choices available under the wrench. Smart hide can be useful. Experiment.

 

Step 16

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My finishing touch was a stamp I found on the Brush exchange on the Procreate Forum. Website. I went down to the layer which is blended in the Difference selection. I preferred that layer to adding a new layer.

Return to the gallery by tapping it on the top left.

 

Step 17

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Finally, back at the gallery I chose to Share several finished works. Tap the wheel first. Then select the images. Then the actions. When you keep your work in the gallery all your layers are maintained. Very helpful!

 

Final Image

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Finished work! I sometimes take the final piece into another App such as Camera Bag 2 or Alt Photo to name two. Just to add a vignette or unifying filter.

I leave them in the gallery for weeks until I’m certain I’m done”.

By Joanne Carter

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art.
Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: joanne@theappwhisperer.com

24 replies on “ProCreate Tutorial By MaryJane Sarvis – ‘My Collage With Painting Method’”

Well done MJ! I don’t use an iPad (I have a first generation that’s been stolen by my son to watch Netflix on . . . then he leaves it on his bedroom floor, piles toys on top of it, nearly steps on it every morning while getting out of bed – dang kids), but if I did use an iPad I’d download Procreate and read this tut over and over. I’m REALLY loving the work you’re creating with it!

So awesome MaryJane! I think what you do is so amazing! I think I’m going to have to spend months on this to learn the technique! Thank you so much for sharing your creative process! xoxo

Mary Jane – thanks for sharing your process – I’m definitely going to bookmark this for future reference. I have ProCreate and have done a lot of original painting with this app but have never tried any composite work.

There were at least 5 things I didn’t know could be done in Procreate. Thanks so much, especially, for the layers bit MJ. It’s been very confusing to me but I will try that with renewed vigor now thanks to you 🙂

Thank you, MaryJane, I use Procreate often and fully, and this is a great introduction to the process. It is great for drawing, painting and collaging images with layers. Procreate and iColorama are my two core apps – a strong combination. They play well, together.

Wonderful tutorial MaryJane! I’m anxious to try out the new things I learned… And your finished piece is just gorgeous!

I’ve had Procreate for a few months now and have been slowly trying different things out on it. I wish I had this tutorial at the start…it would have saved me so much time! Thanks for sharing this! I’m eager to try a few of the things from your tutorial.

thanks!

Ooooh, I can’t believe this article missed my radar!! Oh well… absolutely fantastic work, MaryJane!!! ProCreate is, by far, one of the most versatile and powerful tools available… and creating a tutorial on some of these features will continue to be a great resource for us. Nicely done!!! 🙂

I also don’t have an iPad and find that collage and layering work to be too challenging on the iPhone’s small real estate. Hopefully I’ll be getting an iPad sometime in the near future and have bookmarked this feature to review again once I am in iPad land. Thanks for the tutorial and hope you are added as a columnist here to focus on Procreate.
Cheers~

I adore Procreate and am still learning its huge amount of potential. This was a fantastic tutorial on some things I never thought about. Love the idea of erasing with those pattern brushes. Thank you so much for this!

Awesome I’ve had procreate since getting my iPad but haven’t had any luck with it yet. Gonna play with it more now

It’s a really great tutorial! I am delighted
It was very informative and interesting. Thanks for sharing!
Unfortunately I can not try this app until I have no iPad =)

Thanks Mary Jane! Finally I find some good advice on this deep app. It’s going to take me a while but with practice ( and you’re great tut I’m going to master this!
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Very clearly put, thanks. One question: I am stuck on a page called ” Untitled stack” and can’t find how to get back. Any suggestions?

Amazing tutorial MJ, I have just purchased Procreate and I’m trying to do something. thank you!

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