Hand Lettering with the iPad Pro + Apple Pencil + Procreate App. The basics of getting started with iPad Lettering.
Hand Lettering with the iPad Pro + Apple Pencil
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. 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
Which iPad Pro size is best for Lettering?
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?
No, it only works with the iPad Pro.
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 Pro, Apple Pencil, and Procreate App.
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! 🙂
Lettering on the iPad Pro: Basics Video
The videos for this post were filmed over a year ago so I’m updating them. Videos can now be found within my “iPad Lettering in Procreate 101” Series. You can check out the current tutorials on the main iPad Lettering in Procreate page here.
In the meantime, check out more of my iPad Lettering posts and tutorials below.
Happy iPad lettering!
NEW! The DND Lettering Procreate Brush Bundle is available here:
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For more Procreate Tutorials, visit my iPad Lettering 101 Page. I’ll be adding new demos and tutorials regularly!
NEW! The 30 Days of ABCs for Small Brush Pens
The second workbook in the 30 Day series is here! Commit to just one worksheet a day, and you’ll see significant improvements over the month. Printable + iPad version included!