How to animate using Procreate – Tutorial for Beginners

Have you done animation before? Do you know about Procreate? Procreate is an advanced drawing and painting app that can be used for many other art creations. It can also be used by people to animate stuff that they want. Today, the animation is a very wide and interesting skill to learn, but many are not able to do it because of a lack of knowledge and not being able to find good Software for it. So in this article, I will tell you how to animate using Procreate which is a great app for any digital illustration.  One thing to be clear is that it is only available on Ipad and iPhone and you won’t get it on any android device.

Understanding Procreate

Procreate is a professional illustration software but understanding and learning it is not so complicated. Procreate provides many options for users to draw/animate on it.    

How to animate using Procreate

For animation on Procreate, it has a tool called Animation Assist. In this, instead of having frames like other animation software, it has groups that have different layers which also have onion skin, in which you can draw your object and do your artwork, layer by layer, as you made in the frame by frame option. For drawing it has various options like brush boldness, opacity change, Isometric, symmetry, and perspective grid change, font change if using text, over 150+ colours to use, and 120+ different and unique brushes. 

If you are a beginner and don’t know how to draw such goods then you can also use the artwork templates that this app provides.

How to draw your first Animation?

Now that you know how much Procreate provides you for animation, let’s make your first animation on Procreate. Although once you learn all about Procreate, you can make anything. But as here I am teaching you the beginner’s things so I will tell you all the steps for making your first animation.

So for learning, you can choose any favourite object of yours and I will be telling you how to perfect your animation.

Step 1: Complete your artwork

Draw your first-ever object on the first layer, for the perfection of the drawing you can use different colors and shades and different kinds of brushes for making the drawing look realistic as much as you can. Also if you are not so great at drawing then you can also use the template that fits the best for your work.

Step 2: Turn on Animation Assist

Now that you have done your original artwork and drawing, turn on Animation Assist by going on the wrench icon on the left up corner and then choose canvas where you can turn on the Animation Assist tool. Now you can go frame by frame or layer by layer to make an animation. You can also turn on onion skin so that you can see the previous layer.

Step 3: Complete animation layer by layer

Now that you have space, layers, and drawing, you can start making the next frames of your animation. Here is a tip for you, you can first copy the first drawing you made in all the frames and then make changes for frame by frame so that you won’t need to draw the make drawing every new time. To make it look more realistic and good, have a gap of 2-3 frames between one drawing to another so it doesn’t look too fast but don’t go over this or it will look too slow.

Now, play it and see if it is good. If it looks realistic then great job, you have successfully made your first animation, but if it still looks bad then try changing the speed by increasing or decreasing the gap of the frame or try to draw it more accurately in every frame. I hope this article helped you and now you can use your imagination in animating on Procreate. 

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