I recently wrote an article about how to make banners in Procreate. So I decided to make some of them into brush stamps and offer them for free in our Resource Library. Scroll to the end of the article for more information about subscribing and downloading the brushes.
If you’re interested in learning how to use these banners and some free flower brushes to make floral banners, check out our floral banner tutorial.
Stamps Included in the Basic Banners Brush Set
The Basic Banners brush set includes a simple banner, a wavy banner, an arched banner, a zig zag banner, and a wavy arched banner.
Using the Banner Brushes
Tap on the paintbrush icon and locate the Basic Banners brush set. Choose a banner and a color for the outline of the banner.
Use the brush size slider on the side of the screen to choose a size, then tap the screen to place a banner.
Resizing and warping the banners
You can modify individual banners you’ve stamped on the canvas. It’s a good practice to put the banners on separate layers so you can easily modify them. To select a banner, make sure you’re on the banner’s layer and then tap the arrow icon in the upper left of the screen. Now you can move the banner around or resize it.
You can resize the banner in two ways. There are options at the bottom of the screen. If you tap Freeform you can change the proportions of the banner when you size it. For instance, you can make it wider. Just drag the nodes to resize. If you make extreme changes using the Freeform option some of your outlines will become thicker than others.
If you tap on Uniform, you can resize the banner without changing the proportions. Just drag the nodes to resize.
If you want, you can warp the banner to create some interesting effects such as making it more arched or wavy. With the banner selected, at the bottom of the screen tap Warp. Then drag different areas of the banner to warp it. This isn’t very precise, but it can be fun to experiment with this technique.
To flip a banner horizontally or vertically, tap on the arrow to select the banner, and at the bottom of the screen tap Flip Horizontal or Flip Vertical. You can also rotate the banner by dragging the green node when it’s selected.
Add some simple shadow lines
This works especially well on a black and white banner. Just get the Monoline brush located in the Calligraphy brushset and use the size slider on the side of the screen to change the size to your liking.
Now add a few vertical lines in the shaded areas of the banner. You may want to use your forefinger and thumb to pinch outwards on the screen to zoom in to see the detail and then pinch inwards to zoom out once you’re done.
Add some color
Tap on the color swatch and choose a color. Then drag from the color swatch into the different banner areas to fill them with color.
One method is to fill the front face with the same color as the outline. Here I’ve created a banner with a light blue outline and filled it with the same light blue.
Tap on the color swatch icon and choose the Classic color picker. Then drag down from the color you’ve chosen to get a slightly darker color. Drag from the color swatch icon to fill the two sides of the banner.
Now use the Classic color picker again to drag down and get a slightly darker color. Drag from the color swatch to fill in the shaded areas. You may want to pinch outwards on the screen to zoom in before filling the sections and then pinch inwards to zoom out.
With the Zig Zag banner you may only want to use two colors, one for the front faces of the banner and a slightly darker one for the areas that appear behind the front faces of the banner.
Add some extra designs to the banner
After coloring your banner, you may want to add some extra designs to the banner such as dashes. Tap on the layers icon and then tap on the plus sign to create a new layer on top of your colored banner layer.
Use the Classic color picker to choose a slightly lighter color than the banner face color. Choose the Monoline brush from the Calligraphy brushes and make some dashes along the edge of the banner.
Add some words
Now make a new layer above the dashes layer. Choose a calligraphy brush you like and a color. I chose white. Then add some words to the banner.
When you’re done, tap on the layers button to open the layers menu. Then tap on the top layer and in the fly-out menu tap Merge Down. Do this until all of the layers are merged. Or you can pinch all of the layers together to merge them for a completed banner.
These are just a few tips for decorating the banner. Another popular way to decorate banners is to add flowers to make floral banners. There are lots of different ways to modify these stamps to create your own unique banners. Have fun!
How to Download and Use this Brush Set
This brush set is included in our Resource Library as a .brushset file. You can either download the brush set directly on your iPad or download it on a computer and transfer it to your iPad using a service such as Dropbox. Once the brush set is on your iPad, you’ll need to export it and copy or add it to Procreate. You will need at least Procreate 4.1 or higher to use these brushes.
Subscribe to Access the Brush Sets
If you want to download the Basic Banners Procreate brush set or any of our free files, you can find them in our Resource Library. You need to be subscribed to our site to access the library. If you’re not already subscribed, you can sign up using the form below. We’ll email you updates on what we’re making as well as a password to access the library where we’re building a collection of projects and information you can use to continue making great stuff!
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