How to add image to text in Procreate App

Add images to your text in the Procreate App is easy to do, follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to creating lettering with some flare to it.

 

First off you need to right your word. My go to word is always hello. So I lettered hello on my first layer.

Once you have written out your text and have it formatted exactly how you want the final piece to turn out you are ready to proceed to the next step. Create another layer. Fill this layer with whatever color background you are wanting. In this case I used white, so it’s really not noticeable. However if you look in the layers column you’ll see a white fill layer above the background layer.

Next go to the wrench tool, select insert, then insert flat image. Select the image that you want to use over your text. Drag this layer underneath the white fill layer your previously created. Your layers will look like the layers in the image below. A text layer, a white fill layer, and your image layer.

Click on your text layer and select the contents of the layer by tapping on the layer and choosing select. This will select only the text on the layer. Then hide the text layer by unchecking the box to the right. This next step might be the most important. Select the white fill layer, this is the layer you want to erase so that you’re bottom layer (the image) becomes your text.

With the white fill layer selected, choose your eraser tool and start erasing. Watch as your image shows through and transforms your lettering!

If you decide you want to change the image of your text, simply insert another flat image right underneath the white fill layer and it will change!

I love watching the lettering become so much more as you add glitter, watercolor, textures, and images to it. It adds a whole new dimension to lettering, and is one of the perks of lettering digitally! Enjoy watching your lettering drastically transform as you change your images! I’d love to see what you create! Share it with us using #affinityforletters

 

If you still need help I’ve put it all together into a quick video you can watch below!

 

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Handlettering

I made a lot of mistakes in the past almost year since I began hand-lettering. I wanted to share the things I have learned in hopes that you’ll avoid the mistakes I made!

Paper Matters

I purchased all sorts of different types of paper when I first began. It didn’t even cross my mind that it might matter. But it did. Suddenly all my expensive pens were fraying after only a few uses. I felt so frustrated that I took to Instagram to ask the lettering community why. The answer was simple, and well known. Everyone was awesome to share with me that it was my paper that was the problem. Looking back though my paper, it’s obvious now that sketch paper is not smooth enough. So here are a few options that won’t fray your brand new pens.

Rhodia Pad

Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper

Canson XL Marker Pad

Once you feel how smooth these pads of paper are, you’ll realize how scratchy and textured even normal printer paper feels.

Learn the basics before buying expensive pens

Really I’m talking about buying brush pens like the Tombow dual brush pens. They are awesome once you have the hang of lettering, but I would not buy these to learn how to letter. Check out our post on my favorite lettering pens for beginners  for more ideas of what I recommend you buy. Once you have figured out the heavy downstroke thin upstroke, then you can venture into some more expensive pens. Just make sure when you do you’re using some nice paper mentioned above!

Become aware of letter shapes

Once you start to pay attention you realize that letters are EVERYWHERE! And hand-lettering is becoming so popular that you can even find lots of examples of hand lettering in the most random places. I’ve seen it on billboards, grocery advertisements, newspaper ads, and product labels. Once you get into the habit of paying attention to letters you’ll realize that the same letter can look so different with just a simple change to it.

If you find a letter you love log it away in a letter log so that when you’re stumped for how to write a letter you can reference it. As you pay attention to different ways to write the same letter you’ll increase your letter repertoire. You’ll be able to create diverse lettering pieces as you incorporate the different letter styles and shapes you’ve logged.

There are lots of hand-lettering artists who sell their lettering worksheets. This is one way to see the different letter styles that are available. Another way to is check out some various hand lettered fonts on Creative Market, or free font websites like dafont or fontsquirrel. Remember you’re not copying these fonts exactly, you’re finding letters you like, and creating a log of them.

Practice Everyday

For the first three months that I lettered, I will confess, it totally consumed my life. When I wasn’t lettering I was thinking about lettering, how I could make this letter look different, or how’d I’d write that quote. I absolutely loved it! I have definitely been able to scale back now, and though I do still practice letter shapes in the air (true story) it doesn’t consume my life like it used to. That being said, I am so grateful for all the practice I put it, It definitely made a huge difference.

Practice, Practice, Practice! It’s really the only way you’re going to get the hang of it. If you get discouraged, take a short break, but don’t give up entirely. Once you get over the major learning curve of up/down strokes the real fun will begin. But you won’t ever figure that out unless you keep at it and practice everyday!

Save your work

Left: June 2016      Right: February 2017

I’m kind of already an organized hoarder, I have a really hard time getting rid of things that I’ve made (or that my daughter brings home from school). But I’m really glad that I did keep all of my old work. I mean books and books full of old lettering. It is really fun to pull them out and see the progress that I have made. No I am not completely confident in my lettering all the time, but I have made some serious improvements that I’m proud of. It’s fun to be able to compare me to me, and see that all that practice really has made a difference.

Favorite Lettering Pens for Beginners

A Crayola marker was used in the first lettering video I ever watched. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. And I thought for sure it was some special kind of Crayola marker. I even wrote down Crayola Broad tip marker on my shopping list. I was going to check the store to see if that was what it was really called, or if it was some new mysterious Crayola marker. Sure enough they were the same. And my handlettering collection began.

I wish I would have known what kind of pens would be the best and easiest to start learning how to letter. Unfortunately I learned too late that there are lots of pens which are easily damaged when not used correctly, and wasted a lot of money. I wanted to share with you what my favorite lettering pens for beginners are. Here we go…

(We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites)

Crayola Broad Tip and

Crayola Supertip Markers

Crayola Markers

Crayola Broad Tips and Crayola SuperTips

Obviously first on my list would be these bad boys! I can’t express how often I overlook my Crayola markers for other tools, and when I do decide to use one again, I wonder why I forgot about how awesome they are. There are lots of perks to these, they are super cheap, especially around back to school time. They come in lots of colors. And I think are one of the easiest tools to differentiate between a thick downstroke and a thin upstroke. Like any tool in handlettering, there is still a learning curve. But I feel like I figured this one out lots faster than some of the other tools. And who doesn’t love all the color options?


Tombow Fudensuko Hard tip
and

Tombow Fudensuko Soft tip

Tombow

Tombow Fudensuko

The Tombow Fudensuko Pens are another one of my go to pens. After spending lots of money on brush pens, I finally purchased one of these. I was surprised that my lettering was starting to look decent when I had a pen I could easily figure out. If you follow anyone on social media who does lettering,  you’ve seen these pens all over the place. They are a lot of lettering artists go to pens, and some only use these pens. You can buy both the hard tip and the soft tip together and try them both out. And when you buy them a totally fall in love with them, you can purchase in bulk and they are really cheap, and you’ll always have one on hand.

Pentel Sign Brush Pen

Pentel

Pentel Sign Brush Pen

Lastly, The Pentel Sign Brush Pens are awesome. They have a small brush, and are perfect for figuring out the downstroke pressure of handlettering. I love that they come in multiple colors so that you can add color to your work. They are a tad bit on the pricey end, especially compared to Crayolas ranging from about $24-28 for 12 pens. But they last a long time and they are very easy to use. They remind me a lot of the Tombow Fudensuko Soft tip, and are just as easy to figure out how to use as the Tombow Fudensuko Pens.

These are the three types of pens I typically recommend whenever anyone asks me what they should buy to start lettering with. Give them a go and let me know what you think!