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All About the Procreate 5 Brush Studio

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Get started making brushes with the Procreate 5 Brush Studio. Learn more about what each option in the menu does and how it works to create the perfect procreate brush for your art.

You might also like this post on how to import color palettes into Procreate.

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Procreate is a versatile drawing app for the iPad. Procreate comes with a ton of ready-made brushes, but one of the coolest features is that you can create your own brushes to simulate real art mediums.

Want to learn how to draw using Procreate? Learn more about the app interface.

You can make custom brushes from scratch or alter existing brushes to fit your drawing needs.

At the time of writing this, Procreate 5 is the latest update and the revamped Brush Studio to has even more capabilities than before.

Be sure to read about the new updates in Procreate 5X!

Differences in the Brush Studio from Procreate 4 and Procreate 5

The user interface for the Brush Studio is completely new in Procreate 5. Instead of a partial screen, you get an entire window to create brushes. The preview panel is now called the drawing pad and it has added capabilities in addition to being much larger.

The “general” tab in the brush studio is now called properties.

When importing a shape, the button to invert the colors is gone. Instead, use a 2 finger tap to invert the colors.

You might be interested in learning how to make brushes in Procreate.

New brushes are added all the time!

Procreate 5 Brush Studio: Settings Explained

There are so many settings in Procreate 5 Brush Studio that it can feel overwhelming. However, they’re easy to learn and you can create so many interesting brushes with just a little work. I’m obsessed with creating my own brushes!

You might be interested in learning how to make the very easy monoline brush!

The Brush Studio can be accessed by tapping on the + sign at the top of the menu for brushes or you can edit an existing brush.

brush studio in procreate 5

I’m explaining the parts in order, but when you’re working on creating a brush, you will want to start with the shape and grain first, then alter the other attributes. I have a full tutorial coming for that.

Drawing Pad

The drawing pad is much larger now, which allows you to see how your brush works better.

It features a settings menu with a few new options.

drawing pad in procreate 5 brush studio

Clear Drawing Pad

As the name implies, this allows you to easily clear the drawing pad so that you can see the changes as you make them.

Reset All Brush Settings

This resets the brush settings to the chosen brush. This is helpful if the brush you are making is not turning out and you want to start over.

Preview Size

This allows you to adjust the preview size of the brush. I’ve found this particularly handy in testing pencil brushes, which need to be pretty small.


White is the default testing color, but now you have more choices. Choose one of 8 other colors.


This button is on the main screen and allows you to import free or paid-for brushes. This version of procreate also supports photoshop brushes.

import in brush studio

Here are more detailed instructions for importing and exporting brushes.

Stroke Path

This option lets you adjust how your stroke will appear. It’s easy to make a stamp brush versus a drawing brush with this option.


spacing in stroke attributes
The shape shows as a stamp when the spacing is bigger.

Each brush stroke is created by dragging a shape along a path. The spacing determines how smooth or jagged the stroke looks. Decreasing the spacing creates a smoother stroke. You can create a stamp brush by increasing the spacing.

stoke spacing close together to form smooth stroke
Less space results in a smooth stroke.


Streamline controls how smooth the line is when writing. Hand letters love setting the streamline high to smooth their handwriting. Use less or no streamline for a realistic hand-drawn look.


Jitter offsets each shape from the stroke path. I like it for creating a rough edge (like a pencil.)

jitter in stroke attributes

Fall off

Fall off starts with full opacity and fades away with the stroke, like the brush is running out of paint or ink.

fall off in stroke attributes


Taper refers to the thickness of your stroke’s beginnings and ends.

taper settings in procreate 5
I had to change the shape of the brush to an oval to even see these options.

Pressure Taper

These settings are for the Apple pencil.

Pressure Taper Slider

This slider allows you to select how much taper your brush will have. You can choose beginning and end tapers independently of each other if desired.

Link Tip Sizes

This makes it where your beginning and end taper are even. Adjusting one end will adjust the other one.


This option allows you to choose how thick and thin your tapers will be. You can choose 100% for a pointy taper.


Opacity lets your tapers fade.


This setting works with the Apple pencil.


This varies from a blunt end on high to a sharp end on low.

brush taper tip settings in Procreate 5
Tip set to high – blunt.
brush taper tip set to sharp
Tip set to low – Sharp.
Tip Animation

With this option, you can see the animation as Procreate changes the tip.

Touch Taper

This setting works with your finger. The options are the same as above, but test them out using your finger instead of the Apple pencil.

Taper Properties: Classic Taper

This option allows you to use the taper feature as it was in previous versions of Procreate.

classic taper option toggled on

Shape (Start Here)

The shape is the basis of the whole brush, so although it’s not at the top of the menu, it’s where I always start.

By default, a hard circle is chosen.

Shape Source

Click edit to change the shape source. There you have many import options.

You can use a twisting motion with your fingers to turn the image. To invert the colors on the image, use a 2 finger tap.

Don’t forget to click DONE when you have selected your image.

Import a photo

This allows you to use a photo to create a brush. You can either take an actual photo of something like a watercolor swatch or you can use a saved image that you created in procreate.

Pro Tip: Start with a square image.

Import a file

This works in the same way that the photos work, except you can access your files instead of your photo app.

Source Library

Procreate comes with an extensive source library to use. You can scroll and browse or you can search for a certain term.

shape options in source library of Procreate 5 brush studio

If you’ve created an image in procreate, you can “Copy canvas” in the Actions panel, then paste the image into place.

Use a 2 finger tap to invert the colors. You can also use a twisting motion to rotate the image.

I’ve found that this option works sporadically for me. It could be user error, but sometimes I just can’t get it to work.

Shape Behavior

These options allow you to change how each shape of the stroke behaves.


This option changes the rotation of each shape along the stroke. (This is a nice option to vary a stamp direction.)

scatter option in shape behavior

This option sounds a lot like the previous option, but it affects the shape rotation according to the direction of the stroke.

If set in the middle, the shape will stay the same along the stroke. If set to 100%, the shape will follow the stroke direction. If set to -100%, it will go in the opposite direction.

rotation in shape behavior

This allows you to add more than 1 shape at once (up to 16.)

Count Jitter

This varies the point at which the shape stamps when used with multiples.


This toggle randomizes the shape at the START of the stroke.

randomized shape behavior

Azimuth is made to create a feeling similar to calligraphy. It detects the tilt of the Apple pencil and changes in relation to the direction.

Flip X/ Flip Y

This option flips the shape horizontally or vertically.

flip Y
Using Flip Y, the stroke is thicker.
Brush Roundness Graph

Drag the green node around the circle to change the orientation of your shape. The blue node is used to alter your shape.

using the roundness graph to alter shape in procreate 5 brush studio
Pressure Roundness

Use the Apple pencil to alter your shape when using pressure.

Tilt Roundness

This option uses the tilt of the Apple pencil alter the shape.

pressure roundness

Shape Filtering

These options adjust how the graphics program handles the edges of the shape.

No Filtering

This option keeps all the details without softening the edges.

Classic Filtering

Classic works similar to previous versions of Procreate to soften the edges.

Improved Filtering

This option uses the improved options for softening the edges.


Grain is the texture of the brush. (It can also be used to create pattern brushes.)

Grain Source Editor

Changing the grain source can change the texture of the brush. Be sure to hit DONE when you are happy with your changes.

Import Settings

The grain editor offers the same import settings as the shape. If you use the source library, you can also use the shape options for the grain and vice versa.

grain settings in brush studio
I chose the Square Dots grain to show these changes.

Auto Repeat

This option in the grain source editor allows you to make a seamless pattern. IT has many options to perfect your pattern.

Grain Scale

This option allows you to resize your texture. This is helpful if your shape isn’t a perfect square. You can increase the scale to fill the entire tile.

auto repeat settings for grain

You can rotate the texture in the tile to get a better fit or pattern.

Border Overlap

This option adjusts the border overlap between each tile.

Mask Hardness

Mask hardness controls the blending between each tile.

Mirror Overlap

Hide the edges of the tile by flipping each tile pattern.

Pyramid Blending

Pyramid blending is an advanced blending technique, best used for complex, organic patterns.

Grain Behavior

These settings change how your grain behaves. You have two options to choose from: Moving or Texturized.

Moving Settings

Moving changes the way your grain moves with the stroke. It can vary from showing the texture clearly to blurring it as the stroke moves.


A low setting (stamp) gives you a blurred effect of the texture. A high setting (rolling) shows more details of the texture.

movement settings for grain
How the grain looks with movement set low.
movement set to rolling shows whole texture
How the grain looks at high, with a rolling movement

Scale changes the size of the texture inside the shape.

scaled up texture in brush
Scaled larger
scaled down texture in brush
Scaled smaller

This changes the texture size in relation to your brush size. Cropped will maintain the same size, even when you change your brush size. Follow size will adjust the texture size in relation to your brush.


Rotation changes the direction of the texture depending on your brush stroke direction.


Depth controls how strong the texture shows through the brush.

Depth Minimum

This option sets a minimum threshold for depth contrast.

Depth Jitter

Depth jitter randomly changes the depth setting from the shape to the texture.

Offset Jitter

This setting changes where the brush stroke is first laid. (This is an option that is important for pattern-making brushes.)

Blend Mode

Blend mode controls how the color reacts to the colors beneath it. These settings are similar to blend modes in photoshop.

using the subtract blend mode for grain texture

Control how bright or dark the texture is with this setting.


Contrast controls the difference between light and dark in the texture.

Grain Filtering

These settings are the same as in the shape section. The filtering applies to how soft the edges become.


The texture behind the brush doesn’t move in this option.

settings in procreate brush studio
Texturized Options

These options are similar to the movement options, but only include scale, depth, blend mode, brightness and contrast, plus the grain filtering options.


Rendering adjusts how the brush reacts to the canvas on the screen.

Rendering Mode

Change how the brush reacts to previous strokes and the canvas. These attributes work well with paint-type brushes. The options range from diluted paint to thick paint.

Light Glaze

This is Procreate’s standard blending. It is similar to paint that is diluted.

light glazing
Uniformed Glaze

This option is similar to Photoshop.

Heavy Glaze

The heavy glaze is a stronger blending mode.

heavy glaze in rendering
Uniform Blending

Use this setting with the Wet Mix options for more intense effects.

Intense Blending

This is similar to painting with thick paint. Use this with wet brushes. Make it more intense with the Wet Mix options.


These blending options affect how the paint interacts with other colors, how diluted it is, and how the edges look.


Change how the paint flows on the paper to get a heavier or lighter look.

flow settings in rendering
Wet Edges

Wet edges give you the look of paint bleeding into the paper and soften the edges.

wet edges in rendering
Burnt Edges

This darkens the edges of the paint stroke where it overlaps other colors.

Burnt Edges Mode

Changing this option allows you to change the blend mode for the burnt edges effect.

Blend Mode

Adjust the blend mode for the entire paint stroke (not just the edges.)

Luminance Blending

Turning this option on will blend the lightness values of the brushstroke (vs the color values in the above options.)

Wet Mix

These options change the way the paint works with the canvas and other colors. Play with these options for wet brushes like paints.


Dilution refers to how much water is mixed in with the color. Use a higher setting for more diluted paint.

diluted paint option

This option applies more paint at the beginning of a paint stroke and lessens until you lift your brush. Think of it like a paintbrush loaded with paint and running out of paint.


This refers to how much paint sticks to the canvas.


The pull is great for mixing colors previously painted on the canvas.


This setting changes the thickness and contrast of the brush texture.

Wetness Jitter

Wetness jitter randomly changes the amount of water in a brushstroke.

Color Dynamics

These settings work with the Apple pencil to change the color of a brushstroke.

See my full tutorial for using color dynamics to make color-changing brushes!

Stamp Color Jitter

These settings can be seen best when the stroke spacing is set to high. Change these settings to alter color attributes for each specific color stamp in a stroke.

Change the color in the drawing pad from white to see these effects.


Hue randomly changes the color of the stamp. When set to low, the color variation will stick to a few colors (like yellow, yellow-green, and green).

hue settings for stamp jitter

When set to high, it will go through all the colors.

hue set to max for stamp jitter

This setting randomly changes the saturation of the color. When set to low the effects are more subtle. A high setting will have a higher range and change the color from white to bright blue for instance.


This setting randomly changes the lightness for each stamp.


Darkness randomly changes the darkness of each stamp.

Secondary Color

A 2nd color can be chosen in the color panel. This will randomly change the stamp color from the first color to the 2nd color.

Stroke Color Jitter

These settings change each new stroke. It has the same settings as the stamp color jitter. They vary from stroke to stroke instead of affecting each stamp.

hue settings in color dynamics procreate 5
Hue changes for the stroke, set low for a smaller range of colors.
hue set to max for stroke jitter
Hue changes, set at max for a higher range of colors.
saturation in color dynamics
Saturation changes for each stroke.
darkness for color stroke jitter
Darkness changes for color stroke.

Color Pressure

These settings change with the pressure of the Apple pencil.

pastel rainbow variation with hue set to max for color pressure
Hue set at max in color pressure.
saturation set to max equals bright rainbow variation of stroke
Hue and saturation set at max in color pressure.

This option hasn’t been seen in the other sections. Brightness changes with the pressure of the Apple pencil.

Color Tilt

These options change depending on how the Apple pencil is tilted.


These settings allow you to control how much your brush changes depending on how fast you draw or write. Plus, it adds randomness with jitter.

(These settings do not depend on an Apple pencil, so they can be great for people drawing with their fingers.)


Change your brush depending on how fast you write.


Change the size of your brush depending on the speed. Slow = thin, fast = thick.

speed dynamics size settings

Change how opaque or transparent your brush is depending on your speed. Slow = transparent, fast = opaque.

opacity settings for speed dynamics


This setting changes how your shape appears in each stroke. (Not affected by speed.)

jitter size for dynamics setting

The size is randomly altered with this option.


Opacity in the stroke is randomly altered with this option.

Apple Pencil

These settings change how the Apple pencil interacts with the canvas.


Change the way the Apple pencil responds to pressure.


Change the brush tip size when using pressure. (This is a great setting for brush calligraphy.)

pressure size variations for apple pencil

Change the opacity of the brush when using pressure. When set to max, the transparency will vary. When set to none, it stays opaque.

Pro Tip: This is set to the max by default, which is annoying. If you’re having trouble with your brushes being transparent at the beginning, this is where you change that setting.


Change how much paint gets used when using pressure.

flow variations for using apple pencil

Change how much the paint bleeds into the canvas when using pressure.


This setting changes how the brush reacts during transitions from low to high pressure. When set to high, it smooths the transition for a cleaner look.


This changes how fast the brush reacts to changes in pressure variation.


Change how the Apple pencil responds to being tilted.

Tilt Graph

The tilt graph ranges between 0 and 90º, but works best between 30º and 90º. Below 15º, the pencil doesn’t touch the screen.

The graph can be changed by pulling the blue node.


This setting changes the opacity when a tilted pencil is used.


Gradation changes how soft the brush gets when used at a tilt.


This setting changes how much the paint bleeds into the canvas when used at a tilt.


Size allows you to change the brushstroke thickness.

Size Compression

Turn this on to prevent the size of the texture from changing with the tilt settings.


Properties used to be called General. These are overall settings for the brush.

properties menu in procreate 5 brush studio

Brush Properties

Use these settings to change how the brushes show up in the brush library and react to smudging.

Use Stamp Preview

Use this setting for stamp brushes to show the shape accurately. Strokes are shown by default.

Orient to Screen

Turn this on if it the brush will react to the screen orientation. For instance, a stamp brush may need this turned on so that it faces the right way.


Change the size of the brush in the brush library. This is helpful for seeing giant brushes.


Change how much this brush reacts when using smudge.

Brush Behavior

These general settings allow you to change the basic sizes and opacity of the brush when drawing.

Learn more about resizing brushes here.

Maximum Size

This changes how large your brush can get.

Pro tip: If you want a larger limit, raise the spacing in the stroke properties.

Minimum Size

This changes how small your brush can get.

Maximum / Minimum Opacity

This changes the limits for opacity for your brush.

About this Brush

This is the place in the Procreate 5 Brush Studio where you name your brush and add your maker info.

Name Your Brush
About this brush menu in procreate

At the top you have the option to change your brush name from “Untitled Brush.” This makes finding a specific brush much easier.

Made By

This section allows you to add a profile photo and your name. It also creates a date stamp.


This allows you to sign your name to your brush.

Create New Reset Point

This allows you to make a reset point. You can keep messing with your brush settings, but you have an option to go back to the reset point.

Reset Brush

This resets the brush to your reset point. For Procreate brushes that came with the app, it restores the settings to their original settings.

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