How to Use Adjustments in Procreate

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Learn how to use adjustments in Procreate. This tutorial walks you through all of the adjustment options for your artwork in the Procreate app for the iPad.

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ipad with swirly art in pink, teal, and yellow

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This tutorial is written for Procreate 5X, the latest version at the time of writing.

Procreate is a drawing app that works with the iPad. It has a lot of fun features to use with illustrations. Today, I’m talking about the adjustments panel.

The adjustments panel can be found by clicking the magic wand icon in the top left corner of the screen.

Adjustments can be used for color correction or editing, adding blur effects, and adding artistic filters.

This post is part of my series on how to use Procreate.

Adjustments in Procreate

These settings can be applied to the layer or by using the pencil. The layer option changes the entire layer. Use the pencil option to change a small part of the layer.

screenshot of adjustment panel

Color Adjustments

Hue, Saturation, Brightness

This adjustment allows you to change the color of your artwork. Hue refers to the color, saturation refers to the intensity of the colors, and brightness allows you to lighten or darken your art.

illustration of bear
The red eye was changed with the pencil (vs layer.)
drawing of bear with color adjustments
Bear with color adjustments to layer.

To keep these changes, you can click the saturation icon again or if you want to keep making adjustments, click on the canvas and click apply.

Color Balance

This setting allows you to change the hue settings using red, green, and blue (or RGB.)

drawing of bear screenshot

You can apply the settings to the shadows, midtones, or the highlights by clicking on the sun icon to the left.

drawing with bear with color adjustments

To keep these changes, click the adjustments icon.


This is another way to change the red, green, and blue colors. Click on the color that you want to change and then click on the line to add a node. You can move this node around to change the colors.

changing color of bear illustration with curves adjustment

If desired, you can add more than one node.

The gamma setting changes all 3 colors at once.

To keep these changes, click the adjustments icon.

Gradient Map

This applies a gradient map to your layer. This works by changing the highlights, midtones, and shadows in your color scheme.

bear with layered purple background

There are 8 preset color schemes, but you can make your own as well. Click the squares to change the colors. More squares can be added by clicking in the color range.

For the best results, choose colors with a variety of tones (not like my example below.)

making gradient color palette in Procreate

This works best on designs with a lot of color variation.

Blur Options

Gaussian Blur

This setting allows you to smooth your layer with a blur. Click gaussian blur, then slide your finger at the top of the screen to adjust how much blur you want.

bear with gradient background with gaussian blur

I love using this setting with the gradient map. It makes the perfect smooth gradient blend for a background.

before and after screenshot of gaussian blue on lettered word "blur"

Motion Blur

This setting allows you to add a blur effect that makes it look like the image is moving.

adding blurred background to bear
For some reason, the bear now has buildings in the background (despite his lack of body.) Haha.

Drag your finger to the left to increase the amount of movement.

You can also drag your finger diagonally to add a diagonal movement.

Perspective Blur

This setting allows you to add a radial or partial radial blur to give the effect of “zooming or blasting.”

When you select this option, a circle appears on the screen. Drag it to the center of where you want to place this effect.

adding blur to background of illustration of bear

Then you can drag your finger across the screen to adjust the amount of blur.

You have the option for positional and directional. Positional applies the blur all the way around the circle.

Directional only applies it in the direction chosen (there’s an arrow in the circle that you can move.)

screenshot of adding blur to background of bear drawing



This adds a grainy effect to the layer. Drag your finger across the screen to apply more or less of the effect.

adding noise to bear illustration

You have 3 options for noise styles: clouds, billows, and ridges. They change density of the noise effect for different effects.

Scale changes the size of the noise pixels. Octaves adjusts the complexity of the noise, and turbulence twists the noise effect to add more complexity.

There’s also an icon that looks like a lightning bolt. This is where you can alter the channel settings.

adding noise to bear illustration background

The single setting changes the noise to black and white. The Multi setting changes it to colored.

The additive setting is a toggle that lets you turn on or off the transparency of the noise effect. When it is turned off, the entire layer is affected (not just the art) because the noise is opaque.


This setting allows you to sharpen your art to achieve an in-focus look.

It works like the previous effects, by dragging your finger across the screen until you’re happy with the effect.


This effect creates a glow around an object. Use this effect by sliding your finger across the screen to increase the bloom effect. It’s great for creating lighting in an illustration.

adding bloom to candle illustration

You can also alter the transition, size, and burn amounts for different effects.


This setting applies an effect to make your art look like there are analog flaws, similar to old VHS tapes or film.

You have 4 options for glitch styles: artifact, wave, signal, and diverge.

They are applied by sliding your finger across the screen to increase the effect.

The artifact effect applies horizontal lines and blocks across the layer.

artifact glitch effect on candle illustration

The wave effect applies distorted waves.

wave glitch in procreate on candle illustration

The signal effect applies horizontal lines and blocks with a distorted version of your image.

signal glitch effect in procreate on candle drawing

The diverge effect applies horizontal lines and color changes.

diverge glitch effect in procreate on candle drawing

You also have the option to play with how the colors shift for red, green, and blue, as well as a zoom option to alter the size of each effect.


This effect applies a halftone effect to your illustration. This is perfect for a retro look or a comic book look.

Slide your finger across the screen to apply this effect.

You have options for full color, screen print, and newspaper.

Full color applies a color halftone while keeping the image background to mimic magazine printing.

full color half tone on candle illustration

Screenprint applies a halftone effect with a white background to mimic screenprinting.

screen print halftone effect on candle illustration

Newspaper applies a grayscale halftone effect to mimic newspaper.

newsprint halftone effect on candle drawing

Chromatic Aberration

This effect mimics a camera’s ability to shift the red and blue planes of the art. With Procreate, you can exaggerate this effect.

To me, this effect mimics a retro screenprinting misprint effect.

To use this effect, slide your finger across the screen. With this effect, less is more.

Procreate offers 2 styles: perspective and displace.

chromatic aberration on candle illustration

Perspective gives you a focal point for the effect. When placed in the center, the effect centers on the art. When places far from the center, the effect is more exaggerated.

increasing chromatic aberration effect on candle drawing

The transition setting alters the blur amount that radiates from the focal point. The fall off setting changes the radial distance from the focal point

Displace changes the effect horizontally and vertically. Move your finger left and right or up and down to get different effects.

chromatic aberration on candle illustration

Increasing the blur makes the effect more subtle and it almost glows. The transparency slider changes the transparency of the effect.

subtle chromatic aberration of candle illustration


This setting warps the layer you are working with. You can use this to change the shape of an item or use it to create marblized artwork.

wonky plaid illustration screenshot
Before any effects are applied.

Push. This effect pushes the pixels in whatever way your draw.

liquify push effect in procreate on plaid drawing

Twirl right and left. This twirls the image in a right or left spiral. Hold it in one place for a more exaggerated swirl.

swirl effect in liquify

Pinch. This effect pinches in wherever your draw. It works best by holding in one place.

pinch effect in liquify

Expand. This effect makes whatever your draw over expand.

liquify expand in procreate

Crystals. This adds a jagged effect to shapes that you draw on.

crystal effect in liquify in procreate

Edge. This effect brings pixels in towards a line. It can be made to make lines skinnier, but it does create distortion.

edge effect in liquify

Reconstruct. This effect works to restore some of your art when you get a little too carried away with the liquify effects.

liquify reconstruct effect

Adjust. This setting allows you to adjust the strength for each setting. If your swirls went a little crazy, this is an easy way to turn them down a bit.

Reset. Reset is an undo for the liquify setting.

When combined, you can make really fun, swirly, marbleized art.

swirled art in procreate using liquify

You can also change the brush size of each effect, the pressure when using the Apple pencil, the distortion amount, and the momentum which changes how long the effect keeps going after your remove your brush.


This effect allows you to duplicate part of an image.

To use this effect, click clone. Drag the disc to the part of the illustration that you want to clone, then draw with the Apple pencil in the location for where you want to clone it.

clone effect in procreate on candle illustration

If you pick up the pencil during this process, a new drawing will begin, so keep drawing until your clone is complete.

You can also change your brush to make textured clones of your existing art.

clone effect using textured brush on candle illustration

You can change the brush size and the transparency, just like when using regular brushes.

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