How To Add Text In Procreate

How would you describe Procreate? Is it a photo editing or drawing app? Or maybe it’s something else entirely?

Procreate is a powerful new iPad app from Apple that lets you create beautiful images using your finger.

It’s designed to let anyone become a great artist, whether they’re a beginner or experienced photographer.

It’s a fun way to express yourself creatively, and it’s also a great tool for learning. 

How To Add Text In Procreate

But Procreate isn’t just perfect for editing photos. You can also add and edit text. But how do you do that?

At first, it can seem daunting trying to master Procreate and leaves many of us on edge and unsure how to proceed with our work. 

Well, no more! Today we are here to help, simply follow our handy guide on how to add text in Procreate. Get ready to become the master of Procreate!

Why Add Text In Procreate

You may want to add text in Procreate for several reasons. Here are three of the main purposes for adding text in Procreate.

Text As Base For Lettering

You can use text in Procreate to create hand-lettering. Simply use your main text as the bottom layer, add a layer on top of this and lower the opacity of your bottom layer.

You can now draw in your new, top layer. 

Text For Social Media Images

Procreate is often used for professional-looking social media images. If you don’t want just an image, you can add text to it. You even have the option to animate the letters.

Text For A Card

Procreate is ideal for creating all types of stationary, including cards.

Text Basics In Procreate

Adding text in Procreate can be a great fun way to make a bold statement. You can add text, edit the text style, change fonts much more.

Let’s take a look at the many things you can do with text in Procreate. 

Add Text

You can access the text box via the Actions menu. Just click on “add”, and then “Add Text”.

Change The Text Color

Changing the color of your text in Procreate is quick and easy. Once you have selected the text, just pick a color.

If the color option isn’t showing, make sure you have selected the text.

You can change the text color at any time during the editing process. Simply select the text and click on the color picker.

Edit Your Text

The Edit option allows you to change your text. At first, it always shows “Text” as the default option. To change this, select the text word and type in your own.

If you have already selected the text, then you can just type in your new word. 

Move Text

When you add text, you will notice that it’s surrounded by a box. To move your text, you just need to drag the box around and put it where you want on your canvas.

Resizing The Text Box

You can resize the box by clicking on the blue nodes around the box, and dragging it. This will not make your text size bigger or smaller. It’ll just make the box bigger.

How To Edit The Text Style In Procreate

How To Add Text In Procreate

There is a vast array of options on how to edit the style of your text in Procreate. Double-tap your created text to open the options for the text style. 


You can choose a different font by selecting the font option and clicking on one of the available fonts. Procreate comes with a long list of standard fonts but you can also import fonts.

Font Style

Depending on the font you have selected, you can choose different styles, such as condensed, bold, or thin.

Some fonts offer stylistic alternatives. These will be displayed here in the fonts panel.

Font Design

In the “Design” column, you can change how your chosen font will appear. This includes the following options.


You can pick the right size of your text. When you move the slider, you will see that it will make the text bigger or smaller within the text box.


With the kerning option, you can change the spacing between the letters in each word of your text.


While kerning allows you to change the space between individual letters, tracking changes the spacing between letters for the whole word.

It’s great if you want to spread out the letters or condense them on your page.


The leading option gives you a way to edit the spacing between the lines (if you have more than one line of text).

This is good to use when you want to make some fonts more legible.


As a default setting, all the letters of your text sit on an imaginary line. The baseline slider allows you to move words above or below this line.


The opacity option changes how transparent your text is. This feature is great when you want to place text over an image and you still want part of the image to show.


The attribute options allow you to change alignment settings for your text.


You can choose to align your text to the left, right, or center, or the length of the box (justified).

Underline And Outline

Here, you have the choice between underlining your text or adding an outline.


The vertical selection allows you to change the text direction from the standard horizontal to vertical.


The double-T indicates capitalization. This allows you to change your text from lower case to upper case with one click.

More Editing Options In Procreate

Unfortunately, Procreate doesn’t have as many text editing options as some other image editing software. However, there are a few ways to edit your text further.

Rasterize Your Text

Rasterizing your text will allow you to edit each letter individually.

Use Other Software For Text Editing

Alternatively, you can use other software to edit your text further. Save it as a PNG file with a transparent background and then import it into Procreate.

The obvious one is to rasterize the text and then move each letter individually.

Import Fonts

Although Procreate offers you plenty of options when it comes to fonts, you may want to install your font. 

You will have to save and install the font on your iPad first. Then select “Import Font” under the Fonts panel and tap the font you want from the list.

Should You Rasterize Your Text?

We already mentioned rasterizing your text when you want to edit it further. But should you rasterize all your text, or keep it as the standard vector?

It’s important to understand the difference between the two as this can have an impact on the quality of your final image.

A rasterized image is made of small pixels which can’t be resized. This means that if you want your art to be bigger, then a raster image will look blurry.

On the other hand, a vector can be enlarged infinitely without getting blurry or pixelated.

As a rule of thumb, we recommend keeping your text as a vector as it will allow you to edit your text much easier.

If you want to rasterize your text, then it’s a good idea to duplicate your text layer first. In case you don’t like the rasterized version, you will still have your vector version safe in a separate layer.

You will also need to edit your text before you rasterize as once this is done, you won’t be able to change the text anymore.

Final Thoughts

Procreate has a lot of features that make it very easy to create beautiful images. But sometimes, it’s not always possible to achieve what you want with just a couple of clicks.

In these cases, you’ll probably have to do a little bit more work. However, even the workarounds are easy to learn and use.

We hope you found this guide useful, and create plenty of amazing art!

Michael Moore

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