Procreate® Handbook

Interface & Gestures

Give your art that professional finishing touch with the Adjustments menu's amazing capabilities.


Access cinema-quality filters and effects in the powerful Adjustments menu.

Adjustments Button

In the top menu bar you’ll find a magic wand symbol. This is the Adjustments icon.

Tap it to open the Adjustments menu.

Adjustments Menu

Polish your image with two different adjustment types.

There are two types of adjustment available through the menu — Adjustments and Filters. Adjustments adjust color within your image. Filters affect your image through pixel manipulation and special effects.


Procreate dedicates the top half of the menu to color adjustments. These four versatile, professional tools adjust and balance the colors in your image.

Tap an adjustment to activate it, then apply it using the toolbar at the bottom of the screen.

When activated, an adjustment affects your current primary layer.


The bottom half of the Adjustments menu offers 11 powerful filters. Use these for fast, simple image adjustments and fun special effects.

Tap a filter to activate it, then adjust it using the on-screen gestures described below.

Layer and Pencil Filters

Apply filters and color adjustment using two different modes — Layer Filters and Pencil Filters.

You can apply Adjustments and Filters across an entire image or layer with Layer Filters. Or you can paint them with a brush onto a section of an image within a layer using Pencil Filters. Some filters, such as Liquify or Clone are only available as Layer Filters.

When you select an adjustment or filter, a drop down menu will become available in the top bar next to the % of that adjustment or filter.

Tap the small triangle next to the % symbol in the top bar to reveal the option to use Layer or Pencil. Tap Layer or Pencil button to choose which mode you want.

Pro Tip

You can swap between Layer and Pencil mode at any time. This means you can apply an adjustment or filter across an entire image via Layer, then swap to Pencil mode to touch up isolated areas.

Heads Up

Pencil Filters can only be used with an Apple Pencil. Liquify and Clone will not show Layer or Pencil buttons and go straight to Layer adjustment mode.

When using Pencil Filters a sparkle will appear on the brush icon at the top of your canvas. You can still select brushes while using a Pencil Filter. But, that brush will now paint the adjustment or filter effect you have chosen onto your layer.

Pencil Filters also work with the Smudge or Erase tool to smudge or erase any part of the filter you have painted. Again, a sparkle will appear on the Smudge or Erase icon to show you are in Pencil Filter mode.


Take your art to the next level with industry-standard color adjustment tools.

Procreate dedicates the top half of the menu to color adjustments, offering a variety of ways to create color balanced images. Read on for a brief overview each color adjustment. Or, explore each tool in more depth through the Handbook pages to follow.

Hue, Saturation, Brightness

Modify the vibrancy and brightness of your image.

Adjust the color value, vibrancy and lightness in your image with simple sliders.

Adjust the Hue, Saturation and Brightness with sliders to make striking changes to your color of your image.

Color Balance

Correct or stylize your color scheme by changing the balance of hues that make up your artwork.

Fine tune the tonal values of your artwork with color balance sliders. Use buttons to apply changes to only the highlights, mid-tones, or shadows of your artwork.


Modify the color and tonal balance in your image in one smooth motion using the Curves graph.

Adjust the overall gamma and amounts of Red, Green, and Blue in your image. Do this using an intuitive curve and helpful histogram that clearly represent the color distribution in your image.

Gradient Map

Map alternative colors to the highlights, mid-tones and shadows of your image.

Map various preset and custom gradient palettes to your image using gradient mapping.

Learn more about Color Adjustments


Blur, Sharpen and Liquify your image and much more. Procreate offers a exciting range of special effects with these 11 powerful filters.

The Adjustments Menu

Access cinema-quality filters and effects in the powerful Adjustments menu.

Procreate dedicates the bottom half of the Adjustments menu to Filters. Quick tools designed to create a variety of fun and punchy visual effects. Read on for an brief overview each effect. Or, explore each tool in more depth through the Handbook pages to follow.

Gaussian Blur

Smooth and soften your image.

Give your image a soft, out-of-focus look. Drag your finger right or left to apply an even blur to your current layer.

Learn more about Blur.

Motion Blur

Create the illusion of fast movement.

Create the appearance of speed and motion by applying a streaky blur to your layer in the direction you drag your finger.

Learn more about Blur.

Perspective Blur

Create zooming and blasting effects.

Drag a disc into place to set the center point, and drag outside it to create a blur. The Positional setting radiates a blur in every direction from the center point. The Directional setting blurs in a single direction.

Learn more about Blur.


Add grain to your image for the organic feel of old film stock or newsprint.

Increase or decrease the graininess of your image by dragging your finger right or left. Choose from three different types of Noise — Clouds, Billows and Ridges. Adjust the Scale, Octave and Turbulence to control how your Noise appears.

Learn more about Noise.


Bring out the detail in your image for a crisp, focused look.

Drag your finger left or right to set the level of sharpening you apply to your image.

Learn more about Sharpen.


Create the illusion of glowing light.

Create realistic looking lighting effects to an isolated object or across an entire image. Adjust the Transition, Size and Burn to control how your Bloom appears.

Learn more about Bloom.


Add analogue and digital video inspired glitches and distortion to your artwork.

Add four different types of digital Glitch effects — Artifact, Wave, Signal and Diverge. Adjust how they interact with your artwork using individual controls for each effect.

Learn more about Glitch.


Create a retro color magazine or newspaper halftone print effect.

Choose from Full Color, Screen Print or Newspaper, and control the halftone pattern size.

Learn more about Halftone.

Chromatic Aberration

Shift the red and blue plane of a RGB image to mimic a camera lens’ Chromatic Aberration effect.

Apply Chromatic Aberration radially from a focal point using Perspective. Or apply horizontally and vertically using Displacement mode.

Learn more about Chromatic Aberration.


Morph the pixels in your layer to create a variety of mind-bending warp effects.

Use extraordinary Liquify effects on your image with the touch of a finger. Select from Push, Twirl, Pinch, Expand, Crystals, and Edge modes. Control the Size, Distortion, Pressure and Momentum of the effect and adjust the amount to reconstruct your image.

Learn more about Liquify.


Paint one part of an image onto another part for quick and natural duplication. Or, instantaneously replace one part of an image with another part.

Position a disc over the part of the image you want to duplicate, and paint where you want the new copy to appear.

Learn more about Clone.

Adjustments Actions

Apply, preview and edit your changes with the Adjustments Actions.

Tapping the canvas when using Adjustments opens the Adjustments Actions menu which offers five options:

  • Preview all your changes ‘on’ and ‘off’;
  • Apply all changes and remain in the interface;
  • Reset all changes and remain in the interface;
  • Undo the last change and remain in the interface.
  • Cancel all your changes and exit out of the interface.

Hit Apply to commit to any changes you wish to keep and then Cancel to exit Adjustments.