Getting Started with iPad Lettering + Calligraphy. Getting Started with iPad Lettering + Calligraphy. The basics of getting started using the iPad, Apple Pencil, and Procreate App.
Getting Started with iPad Lettering + Calligraphy
When it comes to hand lettering and calligraphy, I’ve always been partial to doing things the old-school way. I never quite fell in love (or even like) with my Wacom Intuos Tablet, mostly because I couldn’t see what I was doing on the actual tablet screen.
And then the iPad Pro + Apple Pencil came out. So I decided to get my very first iPad and the Apple Pencil. That was back in 2016.
I went with the 9.7″ iPad Pro because I wasn’t sure I’d like lettering on it. But I LOVE it. It is so much fun and saves me a ton of time when I’m designing for clients, the blog, or even just social media pics!
I letter using my iPad nearly daily now. And it’s also handy for indulging in my guilty pleasure: Netflix.
Basic iPad Lettering Tools
- iPad/iPad Pro (I currently use the 12.9″, Gen 3)
- Apple Pencil / Apple Pencil 2
- Procreate App
- Procreate Brushes
What size iPad should I get?
I get asked this question all the time! Now that I’ve fallen in love with iPad Lettering, the 9.7″ is a bit smaller than would be ideal.
Therefore, if you’re buying an iPad Pro with the intention of using it mainly for lettering, I’d go with the 12.9″ iPad Pro for sure.
Update: I use mine for lettering and illustration so much, I upgraded to the 12.9″ and am so happy I did! I gave my 9.7″ to my hubby who was still using a first-gen iPad circa 2010. Win, win.
Bottom line: Go big or go home!
Does the Apple Pencil Work with Other iPads?
Yes, most of the new models of iPad have Apple Pencil capabilities! In other words, shelling out the money for the Pro is no longer necessary to use the Apple Pencil.
Is there anything similar I can use on my non-iPad tablet?
Nothing for lettering digitally compares to the magic that you can create with the trio of the iPad/iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Procreate App.
Do you use a screen protector?
I don’t but it’s totally personal preference. I’ve tried several and decided I prefer how the pencil moves across the screen best without any screen protector at all!
What case do you use?
I’ve used the Zugu Case for years. I love that I can charge my Apple Pencil 2 so easily with it. It’s a low-profile case but still protective and functional. I got it on Amazon and you can check them out here.
Be sure to get that one that fits your iPad size and model of course!
How do I use PDF Lettering Worksheets in Procreate?
To use PDFs lettering worksheets in Procreate, this is how I do it:
- I download the PDF on my computer and save it to a file-sharing site (like iCloud Drive or Dropbox).
- Then open the PDF on my iPad (using Dropbox) and take a screenshot of the page I want to practice.
- Then in Procreate 4, simply tap the “Photo” option in the top right corner of the screen.
- Choose the photo from wherever you’ve saved it on your iPad.
- Add a new layer to letter on (so you’re not lettering on the same layer as the worksheet) and practice away! 🙂
What Can I Create?
The possibilities are quite endless. Here are just a few things I’ve made on my iPad lately!
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