In Procreate, you can use stamp brushes to add shapes or images to your design. Rather than dragging the brush to create lines, you tap it to “stamp” the shape. It’s easy to create your own custom stamp brushes either by importing an image or drawing one in Procreate then converting it to a brush.
NOTE: This process has changed a bit with Procreate’s newest update. Here’s an updated tutorial showing how to make a heart stamp brush in Procreate 5.
- Apple iPad Pro
- Procreate app (this tutorial uses version 4.2.4)
- Apple pencil (recommended)
Step 1 – Open Procreate and create a new square canvas
Open Procreate. Tap the plus sign in the upper right corner of the screen to create a new canvas. Choose the preset Square canvas (2048 x 2048px).
Step 2 – Make the background black
Tap on the Layers icon then tap Background color.
Choose black. You can do this by tapping on Value and setting the Hexadecimal to #000000.
Tip: If you want to make it easier to see your canvas, you can tap on the wrench, tap Prefs, and turn the Light interface on.
Step 3 – Draw the heart
Use the symmetry tool
I used the symmetry tool to draw my heart. To do this, tap the wrench at the top of the screen. Tap Canvas. Turn the Drawing Guide on and then tap Edit Drawing Guide.
In the Drawing Guide, tap Symmetry. Tap Vertical at the bottom of the screen. Turn Assisted Drawing on. Turn Rotational Symmetry off. When you’re finished, tap Done located in the top right of the screen.
Choose a monoline brush and make it white
Tap the brush icon. to access the Brush Library.
Tap Calligraphy and choose the preset Monoline brush.
Tap the color icon and choose white. You can do this by tapping Value at the bottom of the Colors menu and and setting the Hexadecimal to #FFFFFF.
Draw the heart
Starting in the middle of the canvas, draw half of the heart. The other half should appear to create a complete heart.
Make sure the heart outline has no gaps then fill the shape with white by dragging the white color from the color icon into the heart.
When you’re done, tap the wrench again. Tap Canvas and turn the Drawing Guide back off.
Copy or save your heart drawing
Method 1: Copy your heart drawing
Swipe three fingers down on the screen. When the menu appears tap Copy.
Method 2: Save your heart drawing
Simply tap the wrench, tap Share and then tap JPEG.
In the resulting screen, tap Save Image to save it to your iPad’s photo library.
Step 4 – Create the stamp brush
Create a new brush set and add a new brush to it
Tap the brush icon. In the Brush Library, scroll up until you find the plus sign. Tap on it to create a new brush set. Tap on Untitled Set and change the name to something like Hearts. Then tap on the plus sign in the upper right corner of the Brush Library to create a new brush in this brush set.
Input the Heart as the Shape Source
If you used Method 1 and copied the heart:
Under Shape Source tap and hold on the Select Shape square. When the word Paste appears tap on it to insert your copied heart image.
If you used Method 2 and saved the heart:
In the Shape Source area tap Insert Photo and find your heart jpeg in your photo library.
Choose a Grain
Once you have the shape source, choose a grain. Under Grain Source, tap Swap from Pro Library.
Scroll down and choose the Blank.
Change the stroke settings
On the bottom of the brush settings, tap Stroke.
Increase the Spacing so you can see individual hearts in the preview screen. I set my spacing to Max.
Change the general settings
Tap General on the bottom of the brush menu.
Under Brush Behaviour make sure that Orient to Screen is on.
Under Size Limits make the Max size much higher. This is how big your heart can be. I made mine about 673%. Make the Min size higher as well. This is how small your heart can be. I made mine about 11%.
Name the brush
At the top of the brush settings, tap Untitled Brush and give your brush a name such as “Heart.”
Step 5 – Finish up the brush
Prepare the canvas
Tap the layers icon. Tap the plus sign to create a new layer and turn the heart layer off.
Tap Background color and make the background color white.
You can do this by tapping Value and setting the Hexadecimal to #FFFFFF.
Test the brush out
Choose a color for your heart such as pink. With your new heart brush still selected, tap the screen to see what it looks like. Use the top slider on the side of the screen to test the max and min brush sizes.
If you want to change the brush sizes, go back into the brush settings for your brush and change the Size Limits.
You could go back into your brush settings and change the Size Limits. If you want a different texture, you could choose a different grain source from the Pro Library.
Once you’re happy with your heart stamp, you can easily use it whenever you need a heart shape in your designs on Procreate.
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