How to Make a Dashed Line in Procreate

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Learn how to make a dashed line in Procreate with 3 different methods. Plus get a free dashed line brush for Procreate.

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How to Make a Dashed Line in Procreate

I find myself drawing dashed lines in Procreate a lot. And as I draw them, I wish there was an easier way like in Adobe Illustrator.

Dashed lines are a great way to add stitching detail to clothing or even to draw maps. They’re also useful for adding a decorative border around illustrations.

I’m sharing 2 manual ways to draw dashed lines, then I will share how to make it easier with a dashed line brush.

The manual ways are great if you don’t use dashed lines a lot. Neither way results in perfectly accurate spacing though (unless you’re way better than me.)

I like to use my monoline brush for this process.

Draw Individual Lines

Simply draw the lines, leaving space between each line.

teal dashed lines

Draw a Straight Line and Erase

Draw a straight line. When you’re at the end of the line, don’t lift the brush. The line will automatically straighten.

After it straightens, you will have the option to change it with the blue nodes on the end.

screenshot of teal line

When you’re happy with your line, choose the same brush and erase the between the lines.

dashed lines on procreate

How to Make a Dashed Line Brush

This is my preferred method for making a dashed line for Procreate. It results in a perfectly even line. If you don’t like the spacing, you can change it in the stroke setting.

If your brush isn’t working right, make sure that you get that last step!

  1. Start with a square canvas. I made mine 10″ x 10″.
  2. Fill the entire square with black. black square on Procreate
  3. Select the square and resize it into a rectangle. Make sure that freeform is selected (not uniform).black rectangle screenshot
  4. Copy the canvas.procreate screenshot
  5. Create a new brush.
  6. Change the shape by selecting shape and clicking edit.
  7. In the import menu, select Paste.procreate brush screenshot
  8. Invert the image by using 2 fingers to tap the screen.inverted rectangle on black background
  9. In the stroke menu, change the spacing. I find that around 60-70% is good.spacing setting in Procreate
  10. In the shape menu, increase Rotation to 100% (it will say Follow stroke.)procreate screenshot for brush making
  11. In the Apple pencil settings, change the opacity to None. (This makes the dashed lines opaque and not transparent.)screenshot of procreate pencil settings
  12. You can change the maximum and minimum sizes if you want.
  13. Be sure to toggle OFF orient to screen. This is very important!screenshot of making brush for Procreate

From there you can name your brush and set a reset point if you want.

Tips for Using the Dashed Line Brush

  • Always add your dashed lines on a new layer. This allows you to easily resize, recolor, or delete parts without messing up the existing artwork.
  • You might want to begin the brush before the spot where you want it to start. The first brush mark tends to be wonky. Then just delete any unwanted marks. green square with dark green dashed lines green square with lines
  • As with any brush, you can change the colors, opacity, and size with the Procreate settings.
  • To increase or decrease the spacing between the lines, increase or decrease the spacing in the stroke setting.

Download a Dashed Line Brush for Procreate

pink dashed line

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Get a dashed line brush for Procreate.

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  1. when I click import to make a new brush there’s literally no paste option. so I can’t make a brush with these instructions.

    1. I just checked and it’s still there in mine. Make sure that you have the latest version of Procreate installed. And the other thing I can suggest is to make sure that the shape panel in open in the brush studio. From there, click edit and you will get all of the options, including paste.

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