Procreate is a digital art tool that offers a wide range of features to help artists create stunning illustrations. One of the most useful features of Procreate is the ability to copy and paste elements within your artwork. This feature can save you a lot of time when you need to create multiple versions of the same object or when you want to use an element in multiple locations within your artwork. In this article, we will go over several ways to easily copy and paste in Procreate.
How to copy and paste the whole layer
The first method is to copy and paste the whole layer. To do this, you will need to make sure that the things you want to copy are on a separate layer. To do that, go to Layers, swipe the layer you want to copy to the left, and choose “Duplicate” from the layer menu that will be displayed. This is the easiest and quickest way to copy and paste in Procreate, but it requires that you keep your elements in separate layers.
1. Go to Layers
2. Swipe the layer you want to copy to the left
3. Choose “Duplicate” from the layer menu that will be displayed
How to copy and paste using the Selection Tool
Another way to copy in Procreate is by using the Selection tool. The Selection tool is located among the editing tools on the top left. The Selection tool allows you to isolate any part of your drawing in four different methods: Automatic, Freehand, Rectangle, and Ellipse. To use the Selection tool, click on it, choose how you want to select your object, and press “Copy & Paste” in the options menu below. This is a great way to copy and paste in Procreate as it gives you the ability to copy the object and modify it in other ways.
1. Click on the Selection tool (third icon from the left).
2. Choose how you want to select your object (automatic, freehand, rectangle, ellipse).
3. Then after selecting an object, press “Copy & Paste” in the options menu below.
How to copy and paste with a Procreate shortcut
Procreate also offers a shortcut for easy copying and pasting. To enable this shortcut, go to Actions > Prefs > Gesture Controls > Copy & Paste and select the Three Finger Swipe option.
1. Go to Actions > Prefs > Gesture Controls > Copy & Paste
2. If it is not selected yet, enable Three Finger Swipe
3. Click Done to close the Gesture Control menu
Once enabled, you can copy and paste with a three-finger-down swipe. To do this, select your object using the Selection tool or if your object is on a separate layer, swipe three fingers down to bring up the Copy & Paste menu, and choose the action you want to perform.
1. Select your object using the Selection tool, or if your object is one separate layer, you don’t have to do anything.
2. Swipe three fingers down to bring up the Copy&Paste menu
3. Click on whatever you want to do with the object.
4. Swipe three fingers down again.
In conclusion, Procreate offers a range of features that are designed to make your life as an artist easier. The Copy & Paste feature is one of the most useful features in Procreate, and it can save you a lot of time when you need to create multiple versions of the same object or when you want to use an element in multiple locations within your artwork. I hope this tutorial was helpful and that you will consider checking out my other Procreate tutorials and subscribing to Procreate Member Area, where you will find the biggest Procreate Resources Library of brushes, stamps, color palettes, and video classes. Everything you need to create a masterpiece!