Creating your own brushes in Procreate is one of the greatest features of Procreate app. This article will show you a step-by-step process of creating a Dashed Line Procreate Brush.
Step 1 – Create a new canvas
The first thing you have to do is to create a square canvas. You can create a custom-size canvas or use Procreate Square template. If you decide to create a custom-size canvas, make sure that the dimensions of your canvas are at least 2000px x 2000px.
Step 2 – Draw the brush shape
The next step is to draw the brush shape. Choose any brush and draw a straight line in the middle of your canvas to do that. To make sure the line is perfectly straight, tap with your finger anywhere on the screen while drawing without lifting your pencil.
Step 3 – Move the line to the center of the canvas
Now, you need to make sure that the line you just created is exactly in the middle of your canvas. And to do that, click on Transform Tool. Go to Snapping at the bottom of the screen and turn on Snapping and Magnetic. Now, move around the line you created until you see two orange lines intersecting – that means the line is in the middle.
Step 4 – Copy this canvas
In the previous steps, we created the shape for our brush, and now we need to copy this canvas to use later. To copy your canvas go to Actions and click on Copy Canvas.
Step 5 – Go to Brush Studio
Go to the Brush Library and choose the brush set where you want to save your brush. Now, hit the little plus sign at the top right corner to create a new brush, and it will take you to the Brush Studio, where you make and modify a brush.
Step 6 – Set the shape
Go to Shape > Edit > Import > Paste. And now you have to invert the image by tapping with two fingers anywhere on the screen. You would notice that your image became white and the background black. Now, click Done.
And now, still staying in Shape, under “Shape behavior,” find Rotation and turn it all the way up until it says “Follow stroke.” That means when you draw, the dashed line will follow the direction of your brush.
Step 7 – Increase spacing
Go to Stroke Path, and increase Spacing to 70-75%. Now you can see the space between dashed lines. You can play around with Spacing and even create different dashed lines later on.
Step 8 – Decrease opacity
You probably noticed that some of the dashed lines are a bit see-through. To fix it, go to Apple Pencil and turn Opacity off. And now, all dashed lines are solid.
Step 9 – Brush properties
Go to Properties and turn off Orient to screen. Then under Brush Behavior, increase the Maximum size to about 500%. If, after creating this brush, you want to make it bigger, go back here and increase the Maximum Size.
Step 10 – Name your brush
Go to About this brush (last section), and at the top of your screen, find “Untitled brush” – tap it to type in the brush name. You can also add your picture by clicking on the image circle and even sign the brush.
When you complete the creator’s information, click Done at the top right corner to finalize the brush-creating process. And now it is time to test the dashed line brush you just created.
Creating a dashed line brush in Procreate is pretty easy. However, this brush is very cute and fun to use in any art project.
I hope this tutorial was helpful and will inspire you to create more fun and beautiful illustrations in Procreate. Please consider checking out my other Procreate tutorials and subscribing to Procreate Member Area, where you will find the biggest Procreate Resources Library.