Procreate® Handbook

Apple Pencil

Unlock Procreate's full potential with the sensitivity, speed, and precision of Apple Pencil.

Using Apple Pencil

Discover adaptable Brushes that respond to the pressure and tilt of the Apple Pencil.


Just draw.

You don’t need to connect your Apple Pencil to Procreate. As soon as you’ve paired it with your iPad, open Procreate and start drawing right away.

Procreate’s optimized brushes work natively with Apple Pencil pressure and tilt. While you can customize a wide range of brush responses to the Apple Pencil to a huge degree, you can also use them as-is.


The Apple Pencil registers minuscule changes in pressure and tilt.

This feedback affects how Procreate brushes respond. For example, you can tie brush size to Apple Pencil pressure, so when you press down harder you get a thicker stroke. Or you can tie brush tilt to opacity. So you get a solid line when you hold your brush upright, but that line gradually fades out as you tilt your pencil. And you can go so much further. Associating scatter with tilt or color change with pressure. You can even morph between two different brush textures depending on the input from your Apple Pencil.

Procreate brushes and Apple Pencil can combine to create completely unique effects. With hundreds of customizable settings all at your control.

Explore Brush Studio Settings to discover all the ways Apple Pencil and Procreate brushes can interact.

Double-Tap Shortcut

Double-tap the side of your 2nd Gen. Apple Pencil to switch tools or invoke your favorite feature.

This customizable shortcut puts your favorite function at your fingertips. Change the default shortcut in the Apple Pencil section of iOS Settings. Or, select a customizable option in Procreate’s Gesture Controls.

In iOS Settings, the available shortcuts are:

  • Switch Between Current Tool and Eraser (default)
  • Switch Between Current Tool and Last Used
  • Show Color Palette
  • Off

In Procreate Gesture Controls, the available shortcuts are:

  • Toggle Drawing Assist
  • Invoke Eyedropper
  • Trigger QuickShape
  • Invoke QuickMenu
  • Toggle Full Screen
  • Clear Layer
  • Invoke Copy Paste menu

To deactivate this feature, tap Off in iOS Settings.

App Pressure Sensitivity

Adjust your Apple Pencil pressure response to suit the way you draw.

The Apple Pencil has a huge dynamic range. This means you have to press it down very hard to reach 100% pressure or opacity. If you draw with a lighter touch may find you can't enjoy the Pencil’s full range of sensitivity using default settings.

Use Procreate’s customizable App Pressure Sensitivity curve to adjust the feel of your Pencil or stylus. This will help you get the most out of your Apple Pencil.

Learn how to adjust App Pressure Sensitivity.


Procreate has integrated Scribble to use with Apple Pencil.

iPadOS 14 introduces the ability to use Scribble with Apple Pencil, which is fully integrated into Procreate.

Now you can use your Apple Pencil to write in any text or numerical field where you can enter information. This includes naming Layers, entering percentages and numbers in Brush Studio or entering type in Add Text.

Any gesture available in Scribble applies in Procreate. This includes circling to select, scribbling out to delete, etc.

To use Scribble you will need iPadOS 14 or higher and use Apple Pencil.

Pro Tip

Use Scribble to speed up your workflow by avoiding having to invoke the keyboard.


Procreate has integrated support for Apple Pencil hover.

With this new integration the brush cursor becomes dynamic while hovering the tip of your Apple Pencil just above the canvas. When enabled, the cursor will display a preview of the size, shape, texture and even the tilt and azimuth of your brush before you use it.

Brush cursor with hover will work across Paint, Smudge and Erase, making it easier to know what result you will get when you use your brush.

Hover integration also comes with unique gesture controls for adjusting your brush size and opacity. To find out more about these see the Gestures section of Interface and Gestures in this Handbook.

Heads Up

Hover requires iPadOS 16.1 or newer running on iPad Pro 12.9-in. (6th generation) or iPad Pro 11-in. (4th generation) while using Apple Pencil 2nd generation.