Using the Drawing Guides in Procreate

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Make drawing easier by learning how to use the drawing guides in Procreate.

Learn more about Procreate here.

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

Reasons to Use Drawing Guides in Procreate

  1. Learning to draw a new object. Using grids is a great way to draw a new object. You can use a reference photo with the same grids and fill in each grid as you go. This is a great option for complicated items.
  2. Alignment. I often use grids to help with alignment. It’s great for lettering where I want all of my letters the same height and width.
  3. Perspective Grids. The perspective grids make it easier to get a landscape or cityscape correct.
  4. Symmetry Grids. The symmetry grids are so much fun to use. They make it easy to draw something that you want to be symmetrical (like a butterfly or heart.)
butterfly illustration with symmetrical drawing guide

Using the Drawing Guide in Procreate

The drawing guide can be accessed in the Canvas panel in the Actions menu (wrench icon at the top left of the screen.) Toggle it on to edit the drawing guide.

screenshot of drawing guide location in Procreate

It can also be turned on in the layers panel.

drawing assist in Procreate layers

If you use a drawing guide for a canvas, Procreate will remember the settings. You will have to turn on the drawing assist for each layer though.

You can use multiple types of guides in a single canvas.

Edit Drawing Guide

This menu will allow you to choose your drawing guide preferences.

Use the blue node to reposition the grid. The green node at the top can be used to rotate the grid.

You can reset the grid by tapping a node and clicking “reset.”

2d Grid

The 2D grid is a standard square grid used for flat illustrations.

using drawing guide for hand lettering in procreate


The isometric grid is made of triangles and used for 3D illustration. It works pretty well for a simple cityscape.

simple cityscape illustration with drawing guide


The perspective grid is perfect for landscapes and cityscapes.

perspective drawing guide in procreate

You place your horizon line and can add multiple points for one-point, two-point, or three-point perspective.

illustration of sunset over field


Symmetry grids are used to mirror your art.

drawing guide options screenshot


A vertical grid mirrors your art on the other side of the canvas. By default, it is centered on the canvas, but you can use the nodes to move or rotate the grid as well.

symmetrical heart illustration in procreate


A horizontal grid mirrors your art on the other side of the canvas. Like the vertical grid, it is centered on the canvas, but you can use the nodes to move or rotate the grid as well.

horizontal drawing guide and illustration of bug


A quadrant grid splits the canvas into 4 and uses both horizontal and vertical grids to mirror your art work. What you draw in one quadrant will appear in all 4 quadrants.

quadrant guide used to create heart doodle


A radial grid splits the canvas into 8 pieces (the horizontal, vertical, and diagonals).

flower illustration using radial drawing guide

Rotational Symmetry

You have the option to toggle on rotational symmetry. Without it on, the symmetry grids mirror your art.

heart doodles without radial symmetry
Rotational symmetry OFF

With rotational symmetry on, it rotates the art in each grid from the center.

heart doodles with radial symmetry on
Rotational Symmetry ON

Assisted Drawing

Drawing assist can be found in a few places and does a few different things.

If your grids aren’t producing symmetrical drawings, make sure that the layer has drawing assist turned on in the layers panel.

It can also help your drawing snap to the grids.

Keep in mind that it will only allow you to draw using your grid when this is on. If you are using a 2D grid, it allows you to make perfectly straight horizontal and vertical lines only.

using drawing assist to create hexagon shape in procreate

Turn it off to draw without the guides in place.

Grid Options

These options allow you to change the way the grids appear.


This changes the transparency of the grid.


This changes the thickness of the grid lines.

Grid Size

You can change the grid size to be smaller or larger. You can also recenter it with the blue node in the center of the canvas.

This only works with 2D and isometric grids.


You can also change the color of the grid. You can change this in the colored slider at the top of the screen.

If your grid isn’t showing up, you probably accidentally set it to be pale pink when you were trying to click done.


Procreate also has the ability to make perfect shapes including straight lines, rectangles, triangles, circles, and curves.

How to Use Quickshape

Draw the shape and hold the pencil for a second.

imperfect ellipse shape
Before using quickshape

The shape will turn into a perfect shape. You can alter the size during this time.

quickshape ellipse

If you’re drawing a straight line, you can shorten or lengthen the line, as well as make it angled from the starting point.

How to Make Perfectly Equal Shapes

To create a perfect circle, square, or equilateral triangle, draw the shape and hold it to make a quickshape. Then place a second finger on the screen to make a perfect shape.

For lines, this will allow you to rotate the line from the staring point in 45ยบ increments.

How to Make Scale Rotate Shapes

When making your shape, hold it as usual, but don’t let go. Adjust the scale or rotate the shape by dragging it.

How to Edit Shapes

After creating a shape (and letting go) the top of the screen will say “edit shape.”

option to edit shape

Click that and your shape will have blue nodes that can be dragged to adjust the shape.

editing circles in procreate

You also have options to make it a different shape.

rectangle made with procreate quickshape

You can scale or rotate the shape during this step by dragging between the nodes.

Tap the canvas to accept the changes.

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