It’s almost New Year’s which means confetti! In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use the new Procreate 5 Brush Studio to make a multicolor confetti brush. Then I’ll show you how to use the Dual Brush feature to combine two different confetti brushes. Making a brush has changed a bit with the new Procreate update, so hopefully this tutorial will give you an overview and some tips for how to make a brush using the new Brush Studio.
If you want to download the free multicolor rectangle confetti brush made in this tutorial, you can download it from our Resource Library.
Now let’s make the confetti brush!
What I Used:
Apple Pencil (Recommended)
Create a New Canvas
Tap on the (+) and tap on the Square to create a square canvas.
Draw a Shape
Get a brush and black for the color
Tap on the color swatch, tap Value at the bottom of the Colors menu, and enter the Hexadecimal #000000 to get black.
Get the Monoline brush from the Calligraphy set.
Draw a shape
Set the size and opacity of your brush. I made the size 20% and the opacity 100%. Draw a large shape in the center of the canvas. I drew a rectangle. When you’re done drawing, you can hold your apple pencil down until the drawing snaps into a more perfect shape. You can also tap Edit Shape at the top of the screen and choose the shape you want. I chose Rectangle.
Make sure the shape is closed with no gaps in the line and then drag from the color swatch into the shape to fill it with black.
Tap on the arrow and move the shape into the center of the canvas. If you need to resize it, tap Uniform at the bottom of the screen and drag the nodes to resize the shape.
Copy the canvas
Tap on the wrench, tap Add, and tap Copy canvas.
Make the Multicolor Confetti Brush
Create a new brushset and add a brush to it
Tap on the brush icon. Scroll way up to the top of the brush menu and tap on the (+) to create a new brush set.
Give it a name such as “Color Confetti.”
Then tap on the (+) in the top right corner of the brush menu to add a new brush to this set.
Paste the shape
Tap Shape on the left side of the Brush Studio.
Tap on Edit next to Shape Source.
On the Shape Editor screen tap Import. Then tap Paste. This will paste the shape that you copied from your canvas.
We want the background to be black and the shape to be white. To invert the shape source, tap with two fingers on the shape. When you’re done, tap Done in the top right corner of the screen to exit the Shape Editor.
We’ll come back to the shape settings in a minute. First let’s change the Stroke path settings.
Stroke path settings
Tap on Stroke path on the left side of the screen.
Use the slider to increase the Spacing. Notice that the preview on the right of the screen changes to show how far apart your shapes are. For now I’ll make this about 57%. This will vary depending on your shape and how far apart you want your confetti. You can change this later if you want.
Now increase the Jitter. I’ll make it about 100%.
TIP: If you want to input an exact value, tap on the percentage and a number pad will appear. When changing the values this way, the preview may not automatically change.
Tap on Shape again. Increase the Scatter to Max.
If you want, you can also increase the Rotation. I’ll make mine about 30%.
You can also toggle the Randomized switch on to make the confetti a bit more random.
NOTE: If you want more of your shape to appear in order to make the confetti more dense, on this screen you can increase the Count.
Tap on Dynamics on the left side of the screen.
Under Jitter increase the Size. This will make the confetti vary in size. I’ll make mine about 70%.
Apple Pencil settings
Tap on Apple Pencil on the left side of the screen.
I don’t want the Opacity to change based on the pressure of the Apple Pencil, so I’ll reduce this to None. If you want the opacity to change based on the pressure of the Apple Pencil, increase this slider.
If you want the size of the confetti to change based on the pressure of your Apple Pencil, increase the Size slider. I’ll make it about 20%.
Tap on Rendering on the left side of the screen. Tap Blend mode and you can choose how the brush blends with itself. I’m going to make the Blend mode Multiply so that the confetti will get a bit darker when it overlaps.
Tap on Properties on the left side of the screen. Under Brush behavior you can set the Maximum Size and Minimum Size that the brush can be. I’m going to leave the Maximum Size at 100%. I’ll increase the Minimum Size a bit to 8%.
Now’s the fun part! Let’s change the color of the confetti.
To start, tap on Drawing Pad above the preview area and choose a color at the bottom of the settings menu. Test out the confetti brush on the drawing pad. If you want to clear the drawing pad, tap Clear drawing pad.
Tap on Color dynamics on the left side of the screen.
Under Stamp color jitter increase the Hue slider to Max. This will make your confetti brush have a lot of colors. Test your brush out on the drawing pad in different colors.
If you want a more subtle color change, under Stamp color jitter increase the Hue slider to a smaller percentage.
Name your brush
To name your brush, tap About this brush on the left side of the screen. Tap Untitled Brush and give the brush a name. Then tap Done in the upper right corner of the screen.
Test the brush
Now turn off the visibility of your shape layer, create a new layer, choose a color, and test the brush out. Use the size slider on the side of the screen to try different sizes. If you want to change any of the brush settings, tap on the brush to go back into the Brush Studio and change the settings.
NOTE: This brush is available in the free Resource Library.
Create Another Confetti Brush
Now let’s make another confetti brush so we can combine it with this one.
Draw another shape
Turn off the visibility of your test layer, and create a new layer.
Get black for the color, Hexadecimal #000000, and get the Monoline brush from the Calligraphy set.
Draw a new shape, move it to the center of the canvas, and fill it with black. If necessary, resize it with the Uniform setting selected. I drew a heart.
When you’re done drawing your shape, tap on the wrench, tap Add, and then tap Copy canvas.
Copy the confetti brush
In your Brush Library, under your new Color Confetti set, swipe right on your confetti brush and press Duplicate.
Tap on the duplicated brush to open the Brush Studio.
Paste the new shape
Tap Shape at the left of the screen.
Next to Shape Source tap Edit.
Tap Import and then Paste to paste your new shape. You won’t have to invert the shape source again. Now tap Done at the top right of the Brush Studio.
This brush will have the same settings as the previous brush. Use the Drawing Pad to test it out and change any settings you want to change. Because this is going to be the Secondary brush, the color settings won’t matter.
Now tap on About this brush and give it a name. I’ll name it “Heart Confetti.” Then tap Done. Tap Done again to exit the Brush Studio.
Create a Dual Confetti Brush
Tap on the brush you want to be the Primary brush. This will be the one that can change color. Then swipe right on the brush that will be the Secondary brush. I’m going to tap on my rectangle brush and then swipe right on the heart brush. Then tap Combine.
Now the brushes are combined. Tap on the combined brush to open the Brush Studio.
Now you can tap on Drawing Pad, choose a color, and test your brush out in the preview area. Only the Primary brush will change color. If you want to change the settings of either of the brushes, tap the brush you want to change. The Secondary brush will have fewer settings you can change.
Dual Brush confetti settings options
For instance, if you want to make the Primary brush have more shapes than the Secondary brush, tap on the Primary brush. Then tap on Shape. Then increase the Count. I’ll make mine 2.
If you want to change any other settings, you can do so. For instance, if you want to make the confetti more spread out for either of the shapes, tap on the brush you want to change, tap Stroke path, and increase the Spacing and Jitter.
If you want, tap on About this brush and change the name of the combined brush. I’ll make it “Rectangles and Hearts.” Then tap Done.
NOTE: If you want to make the brushes separate again, tap on the Secondary Brush and tap Uncombine.
Test the Brush
Now test out the brush with different colors and sizes.
To edit your brush, tap on the combined brush to access the Brush Studio and change the settings for either of the brushes.
Make More Confetti Brushes
You can use this method to make lots of different confetti brushes with different shapes. Try different settings and combinations of shapes.
Happy New Year!
How to Download the Free Confetti Brush Made in this Tutorial
The multicolor rectangle confetti brush created in this tutorial is included in our free Resource Library as a .brush file. You can either download the brush 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 is on your iPad, you’ll need to export it and copy or add it to Procreate.
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