Learn the tricks, tips, and skills that can turn you into a better lettering artist. After watching these Procreate lettering tutorials you will be able to create drop shadows, do glitter dipped lettering, do interwoven lettering, and so much more.
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I finally hopped on board the tech train and bought an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Not going to lie, I was a little hesitant. When it comes to art, planning, etc., I definitely lean towards the more traditional, paper and pen method.
But, I knew that the iPad would allow me to easily create free printables for the members of my VIP Resource Library, work on bigger projects that would take too long with paper, and give me the opportunity to be more creative. And after all the hesitation, I can firmly say, it has been one of my best investments to date.
My current setup includes the iPad Pro 12.9 128GB and the Apple Pencil and Procreate.
I knew that I wanted to practice my hand at lettering on the iPad with Procreate. If you haven’t purchased Procreate yet, it’s likely the best lettering/illustration app for the iPad and is worth the price. Similar to other design programs made for computers, you can create separate layers and layer types. You can use, customize, and even create an unlimited number of brushes.
Upon trying brush lettering in Procreate for the first time, I realized that while it is similar to traditional brush lettering, it takes some practice. And it takes some tricks and skills that I had not yet learned. So, I immediately headed to Skillshare, my favorite website for learning anything new.
The number of iPad lettering classes offered on Skillshare blew me away. There is so much to learn, and so many wonderful instructors. So, what did I do? I shut off my phone, grabbed a cup of coffee and my iPad, and sat down to watch a few hours of class content.
On top of the Skillshare classes, I also found a few shorter tutorials on YouTube. The following list contains 11 amazing Procreate Lettering Tutorials that will help you master the art of iPad Lettering.
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11 Amazing Procreate Lettering Tutorials
Many of the tutorials on this list are from Skillshare, which is a membership learning website with over 22,000 classes at your disposal. I feel the hesitancy to spend money on something that you aren’t sure you’ll love or use. But, with my link, you can get 2 months completely free. And you can cancel your membership at anytime prior to the free trial expiring and still retain the remaining time on the trial.
Also, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite lettering brush kits with you guys. If you are looking for some awesome brushes to take your iPad lettering to the next level, check out these bundle packs from Creative Market:
Procreate Lettering Basics Tutorials
Intro to Procreate Lettering – This is a 30-minute intro to iPad Lettering with Kaitlyn Wall of Juniper Calligraphy. She shows you the basics and then a few fun tricks, like blending and ombre lettering.
Mastering iPad Lettering with Procreate 4 – This 2-hour class will walk you through iPad lettering from start to finish. Even if you have never used Procreate before, you can take this class and be a Procreate master. Plus, there are some very useful free downloads included.
First Time Using Procreate for Lettering? – This YouTube video is by two of the kindest and most helpful calligraphers I know, Jillian & Jordan from Loveleigh Loops. In this brief video, they teach you the basics of using the Procreate app, brushes, and layers. You’ll also learn some valuable tips, tricks, and shortcuts.
iPad Lettering: The Ultimate Guide – Another Skillshare course that is a must for anyone wanting to learn to letter on the iPad. Peggy Dean is an incredible teacher with tons of knowledge and skills to share. In this video, you’ll learn the basics along with some fun effects, like mirroring, drop shadows, foil overlays, and more.
Fun Effects, Tricks, and Skills
Watercolor Lettering: Create a Realistic Waterbrush Look Using Procreate – This short class gives you access to free waterbrushes and shows you exactly how to use them for the most realistic looking waterbrush lettering.
Creating Digital Chalk Lettering with Procreate – From buying the right brush and installing it, to sketching out your concept and adding embellishments, this class will take you through the process of creating gorgeous chalk lettering on the iPad.
3D Lettering With Light and Shadow in Procreate – In this class you will learn how to customize your own flat brush, how to add light and shadow to your lettering to create a 3D effect, and a few other great tips and tricks to make your lettering stand out.
Create Lettering Magic with Procreate (interwoven lettering) – If you have wondered how to interweave digital lettering, or just want to wow your friends, be sure to check out this easy to follow YouTube video.
How to Fill Your Letters with a Photo – This YouTube video is by Holly Pixels. She has been one of my favorite people to follow while on my iPad lettering journey. Learn how to fill your lettering with any photo for a really fun and simple design.
How to Create Glitter Dipped Lettering – This is another YouTube video by Holly Pixels. In just under 10 minutes you can create this simple and beautiful glitter dipped effect on any of your lettering.
Galaxy Lettering Tutorial – This galaxy lettering tutorial is so simple to follow along with. No need for adding masks or using special brushes.
Rhere are seriously thousands of videos on Skillshare and YouTube that will help you with iPad Lettering. You can’t watch them all in one day. But you can start today with just one video and commit to watching one every day to see improvements in your iPad Lettering in no time.
What are your favorite lettering techniques to use and how did you use them. Let me know in the comments. And if you have any suggestions for future posts or tutorials related to iPad Lettering, please let me know.
Thanks for this amazing tutorial, Erin. I searched for this app on my iPad Pro 10.5-inch but it turns out it’s paid. Are there any free alternatives to Procreate?
You could try Adobe Draw. I believe it is free. But yes, Procreate is paid. However, it is worth every penny.