How To Edit Text In Procreate: A Complete Tutorial

Procreate does not have dedicated text editing capabilities as you would find in word processing or graphic design software.

However, you can still add and edit text in Procreate by treating it as a separate layer and using various creative methods. 

How to Add and Edit Text in Procreate: Quick Steps

  1. Layer Creation: Tap “+ Layer” to start a text layer.
  2. Adding Text: Open the Text tool, and tap your canvas to insert a textbox.
  3. Formatting: Choose font, size, and color from the top toolbar.
  4. Position & Resize: With the Transform tool, adjust your text’s placement and size.
  5. Stylize: Use brushes to add effects or textures to your text.
  6. Rasterize (Optional): Convert text to an image layer for advanced edits.
  7. Merge & Arrange: Integrate your text with the artwork by merging or rearranging layers.

Adding and Editing Text in Procreate

While it doesn’t provide traditional word processing functions, Procreate allows artists to integrate text elements into their designs seamlessly. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1 – Create a New Layer

Open your Procreate project or create a new canvas.

Create a new layer by tapping the “+ Layer” button in the Layers panel. This layer will be used for your text.

Creating a new layer

Step 2 – Use the Text Tool

Select the “Text” tool from the toolbar. It looks like the letter “A.”

Tap anywhere on your canvas to create a text box. A keyboard will appear.

Using text tool

Step 3 – Type Your Text

Use the keyboard to type your desired text. You can adjust the font, size, and color of the text using the options in the text toolbar that appears at the top of the screen.

Typing text

Step 4 – Position and Resize

After typing your text, you can use the Transform tool (the arrow icon in the toolbar) to position and resize the text box. You can also rotate and distort the text as needed.

Using transform tool

Step 5 – Edit Text

To edit the text, tap on the text box to bring up the keyboard again. Make your changes, and they will be reflected in the text box.

Editing text

Step 6 – Stylize Your Text

Procreate provides various brushes and tools that you can use to add creative effects to your text. For example, you can use brushes to paint over the text, apply textures, or add artistic elements.

Stylizing text with effects

Step 7 – Rasterize Text (Optional)

If you want to treat the text as a part of your artwork (e.g., apply blending modes, apply filters, or use it in more complex compositions), you can rasterize the text layer. To do this, tap on the layer and click Rasterize.


Step 8 – Merge or Arrange Layers

Once you’re satisfied with your text, you can merge it with other layers, apply masks, or arrange it within your composition as needed.

While Procreate allows you to add and edit text creatively, it may not offer the same text formatting and layout control level as dedicated graphic design or word processing software.

For more advanced text manipulation, you may need to use another app or software alongside Procreate and import the text as an image layer. 

Merging and arranging

Additionally, Procreate’s features and capabilities may have evolved in the meantime, so it’s always a good idea to refer to the latest Procreate documentation for any new text-related features or updates.

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Sofija, born and raised in Belgrade, is an award-winning illustrator known for her bold and colorful expressionist style. For the past four to five years, she has been mastering her craft using Procreate, blending traditional techniques with digital innovation. Her work, characterized by vibrant hues and dynamic compositions, often reflects her love for plants and textures.

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