How To Create Vector Shapes in Procreate?

Hey there, digital art adventurers! Have you ever embarked on a creative journey in Procreate, wishing to make crisp, scalable vector shapes, only to realize you’re in a pixel-based world? It’s like showing up to a pool party only to find out it’s a formal dinner – a bit of a mix-up, right?

I’m here to show you how to cleverly navigate Procreate to create vector-like shapes. While Procreate is inherently a raster (pixel-based) program, there are ways to mimic the clean, scalable properties of vector art. So, grab your digital art gear, and let’s dive into the world of ‘vector-style’ shapes in Procreate!

Understanding Procreate’s Nature

Remember, Procreate works with pixels, not vectors. However, we can still create sharp-edged, scalable-looking shapes. Explore a wide variety of procreate shape brushes to enhance your artwork.

Difference between vector and raster

Starting with Sharp Edges

Choose a hard-edged brush from your brush library for crisp lines.

Making crisp lines

Utilize Procreate’s ellipse, rectangle, and polygon tools to start your shapes. These tools help in creating clean, defined edges.

Procreate's elipse, rectangle & polygon tools

Utilizing QuickShape for Precision

When drawing a shape, like a circle or square, draw it roughly and then hold your stylus down. Procreate will auto-correct it into a cleaner shape.

Making clean shapes

Use the QuickShape tool that appears to fine-tune your shape further.

Using QuickShape tools

Creating Custom Shapes

Build complex shapes by combining simpler ones. Use multiple layers for easier editing.

Combining simple shapes into complex ones

Custom Brushes for Unique Edges:

Experiment with creating custom brushes for unique edge designs that appear vector-like. For those looking to refine their geometric shapes, check out how to create perfect geometric shapes in Procreate. And if you’re ready to take your skills to the next dimension, learn how to draw 3D shapes in Procreate.

Creating custom brushes

Keeping Your Shapes ‘Scalable’

To mimic vector scalability, start your canvas at a high resolution. This way, your shapes retain their quality when enlarged.

High resolution

Be mindful of the resolution limits. Enlarging beyond the canvas size can lead to pixelation.

What leads to pixelation

Finalizing and Exporting

Add color, texture, or other details to your shapes while maintaining sharp edges.

Adding color and texture

Export your artwork in high resolution. If you’re using it for print or web, consider the final size to ensure quality.

Exporting the artwork in high resolution


Creating vector-style shapes in Procreate can be a fun and rewarding challenge, blending the world of pixels with the precision of vectors.

While Procreate is pixel-based, with the right techniques, you can still achieve clean, sharp, and scalable-looking shapes. It’s all about understanding the tools at your disposal and using them creatively. So, unleash your vector spirit in Procreate and transform your digital canvas into a realm of sharp, sleek shapes!

Happy vector-style creating!

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Jana is an illustrator. She studied at ISIA U, the Institute for Graphic Design in Urbino, Italy. She works in both traditional and digital techniques, and she loves illustration as a way of expression. She also has frame-by-frame animation skills, and I am familiar with programs such as Procreate, Photoshop, Adobe Indesign, After Effects, and DaVinci Resolve.

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