Well, well, well, look who wants to level up your Procreate skills! Good news is the internet is bursting at the seams with ways to learn this incredible digital art tool. If you just google “Procreate tutorial”, you’ll see thousands upon thousands of results!
You could watch YouTube tutorials from famous artists who generously dedicates time to teach for free, join a Procreate Facebook group where you can work and learn with other aspiring artists, or even take an online course and follow a structured set of lessons. Some other popular ways to learn Procreate include reading blogs (hey! like this one!), following Instagram accounts dedicated to Procreate tips and tricks, and don’t forget attending virtual workshops and talks! In this blog, we’ll be going over just that! Let’s discover the myriad of ways we can improve our Procreate skill.
Free Procreate Guides
To start with, let's chat about the best free Procreate guides out there, and hopefully, we'll find something that doesn't break the bank.
While not specifically made for learning, the app's forum is one of the places you might want to go to first. You can share your work, comment on other people’s posts and overall just connect with other artists. Trust me, you'll want to make some Procreate friends because they're the ones who understand your struggles when your layers get out of control or when your Apple pencil decides to go rogue. Also! This is the place you can make suggestions about the app and the developers might just see it! You can also see upcoming and planned updates to keep up with.
As an added bonus is users frequently share free assets and there are some real gems out there for you to discover!
Next up are blogs, very much like the ones we do here! Blogs dedicated to Procreate tutorials are your run of the mill treasure troves of knowledge, full of fun (and sometimes secret) tips and tricks about the app.
Occassionally, blogs also offer step-by-step tutorials, tips on what to draw, and detailed explanations of how to use Procreate's features to create stunning digital art, to name a few. You'll get bite-sized learnings about app features like adjustments, layer styles, and even how to create your own custom brushes. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you will also come across freebies and giveaways and we all love that!
Ah, YouTube tutorials - the digital art student's best friend. The one place we all default to when trying to learn something new. Why pay for expensive courses when you can watch someone teach you how to draw a cool flower for free? It's like getting a private lesson from Bob Ross without the afro or soothing voice (which is a huge LOSS, by the way)
Want to learn how to make your work look like traditional watercolor? There's a tutorial for that. Want to know how to make fluid animations? You guessed it, there's a tutorial for that too. Honestly, seek and ye shall find!
With all that good, there’s unfortunately bound to be some downsides. When it comes to trying to study the app, YouTube can be a lifesaver but be warned that they can also be a bit time-consuming. You start off the day ready to learn some new techniques, and before you know it, you've fallen into a rabbit hole of videos that have nothing to do with what you’re studying in the first place! We’ve all been there. It also doesn’t help that because there are thousands of videos to learn from, it’s hard to pinpoint which one would suit you best.
Another thing is, while one of the cool things about learning Procreate through YouTube tutorials is the freedom to explore— there's no set structure or curriculum to follow, so you can go around and learn at your own pace— it can also be tempting to jump from tutorial to tutorial, never really mastering any one skill. And as I’ve said, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer amount of content available.
Paid Procreate Guides
Next up, we’ll be going through the various paid guides you can find online. Some are definitely cheap and some might cost a bit more, but think of it as an investment in your digital art career. With paid guides, you'll have access to so much knowledge, structure, and expert tips that will help you unlock your full potential. Let’s get started!
The good old-fashioned way of learning - books! But not the regular books were used to, I’m talking ebooks! This is perfect for students who learns better when they read words on a page! The best thing about ebooks is that once you’ve downloaded it to your device, you don't need wifi to access them. You can also read anywhere like on your phone if you’re out travelling, unlike watching videos which can be less than comfortable doing on a smaller screen. If you're looking to improve your digital art skills, consider picking up (or downloading) a book or two - you might be surprised by how much you learn!
We’ve very recently gone through the pros and cons of Skillshare for Procreate but if you haven’t read that yet, I highly encourage it! Let’s recap some of the basic points here. With Skillshare, you can learn from industry professionals who have been there, done that! Whatever skill you want to learn, Skillshare has something for you! From classes on learning the basic fundamentals to in-depth tutorials on 3D or animation, there's no shortage of knowledge to be discovered.
One of the more apparent cons is that the courses may not be tailored to your specific needs. There's tons of teachers and classes to choose from, so it can be a pain trying to find the perfect fit for your level and what you're into. You also won't be able to get your questions answered or get any feedback right away because everything is pre-recorded. This can be stressful for some students looking to get answers immediately and may have you feeling disconnected and isolated.
The cost can also add up if you aren't using it a lot since Skillshare has a subscription fee instead of a one-time payment. To add to that, although there are many courses available, there might still be some gaps in the topics or techniques that you can't find answers to. Just be aware of these drawbacks and make sure to use other resources to get the most out of Procreate!
If you're looking to enhance your digital art skills, taking a Procreate Masterclass course is a great way to do it. We've got step-by-step instructions AND hands-on practice and lessons so you can get up to speed with the Procreate app. With our classes, you'll learn how to make awesome illustrations, paintings, and designs. They're also fun and engaging, so you'll have a blast learning all the new skills. Procreate masterclass is a great way to upgrade your digital art skills and have fun doing it!
You get the added bonus of joining our Facebook group once you enrol in the course! There are tons of other digital artists who are obsessed with Procreate - so you'll definitely fit right in. Plus, you can use the group to show off your artwork, share tips and techniques, and get feedback or support from other members. It's a great place to make new friends, get inspired, and learn more about Procreate. Our team of admins are always available to lend a helping hand if you need it!
Keep experimenting with different methods, tools, and aesthetics to really step up your digital art. Don't be scared to change it up and check out something new. The art world is your playground, and we're here to support you! So, what are you waiting for? Let's do this and show the world what you've got