How to Make Procreate Inking Brushes (w/ Free Brush Download!)

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Learn how to make a Procreate inking brush. These brushes are great for lineart or even sketching! Plus get 2 free inking brushes for Procreate to download.

If you like making brushes, be sure to check out my other brush making tutorials for Procreate.

You might also like this overview of making brushes for Procreate.

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Procreate Inking Brushes

I write these tutorials for making Procreate brushes because I couldn’t find the information anywhere. Making brushes for Procreate is so much fun to me.

However, I get that you might not be interested in making your own brushes. Scroll down to get a free inking brush or check out my premium inking brush set in my shop.

I created these inking brushes to work like real ink pens for outlining or even sketching illustrations.

When I draw digitally, I typically sketch using a pencil brush and then create a new layer using a liner brush to perfect the final outline.

The best part about creating your own inking brushes is that you get to make them behave exactly how you want.

Directions

  1. Create a new canvas. I prefer to make mine 3000 x 3000 px, 300 DPI. This ensures that the quality of the brushes is nice, no matter how large the canvas is.
  2. Create a black circle shape in the middle. I like to create an imperfect shape for more interest. In this example, I used the default concrete block brush in the Industrial folder. A soft airbrush creates a smoother liner brush. circle shape in Procreate
  3. Center the circle in the middle of the canvas. The new snapping option in Procreate 5X makes this super easy now!
  4. Open the Actions menu and select copy canvas. showing how to copy canvas in procreate
  5. Create a new brush in the brush menu.
  6. Open the shape folder and click edit.
  7. In the import menu, select “Paste.”showing how to paste canvas in procreate
  8. Use 2 fingers to tap the canvas to invert the image. inverting image in procreate
  9. Click Done to keep the changes.
  10. In the Stroke path, play with the spacing, streamline, and jitter settings. Increasing the spacing adds more space between each circle (which creates texture in a pen.) Increasing the streamline makes the mark smoother as you write. Increasing the jitter also creates more texture. changing stroke menu settings to create inking brush in procreate
  11. In the dynamics window, increase the jitter setting to create even more texture. increasing jitter in procreate
  12. In the Apple Pencil window, set the opacity to none. This creates a more opaque pen because the default is set to change opacity when using the Apple pencil. changing settings for apple pencil in procreate
  13. To make a pen-like size for your brush, change the maximum size in the properties menu. decreasing maximum size for inking brushes

Variations

  • For a sketchy pen, increase the spacing in the stroke path menu. changing spacing in procreate brush studio
  • For a spotty pen, increase the jitter in the dynamics menu. increasing jitter in brush menu for procreate
  • You can also add tapers to the ends of the brush in the taper menu. Change the size to see the changes. adding a taper to inking brushes in procreate

Learn more about the Procreate Brush Studio here.

Procreate Brushes for Sale

Be sure to check out the brushes in my premium inking brush set.

This set does not include the free brushes in this post, so there is no overlap. It includes smooth, sketchy, rough, and spotty brushes.

These brushes are so fun for inking illustrations in Procreate.

New brushes are added all the time!

Download Free Inking Brushes for Procreate

These downloads are for personal use only. Please do not redistribute or sell.

Dear teachers and students: this download will not work if you try to access it when logged into your school email account. Try a personal email account instead.

You will receive a sketchy inking brush and a spotty inking brush in a zip file.

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Download inking brushes here.

Here’s how to install brushes in Procreate.

Other Procreate Brush Tutorials

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