How To Erase in Procreate – Quick Guide

Erasing in Procreate is a fundamental part of the digital art creation process. You can use the Eraser tool to remove parts of your artwork, make corrections, or create transparent areas within your layers. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to erase in Procreate.

Step 1: Select the Eraser Tool

Open your Procreate project.

In the toolbar on the left side, select the Eraser tool. It looks like a rubber eraser.

Eraser tool

Step 2: Choose the Brush and Adjust Settings

After selecting the Eraser tool, you can choose a specific brush from the brush library if you have a preference. Procreate provides a variety of eraser brushes, each with its own texture and characteristics.

Adjust the size of the eraser brush using the brush size slider located at the top of the screen. You can also change the opacity and other settings as needed.

Brush settings

Step 3: Start Erasing

To erase part of your artwork, simply touch and drag your finger or stylus over the area you want to remove. As you move the eraser over your canvas, the selected brush will remove the pixels, revealing the underlying layer or transparency.


Step 4: Undo and Redo

If you make a mistake while erasing, you can undo your actions by tapping the undo button (a curved arrow) in the top-right corner. You can also redo actions if needed.

Undo and Redo

Step 5: Erasing on Different Layers

Procreate allows you to erase individual layers while leaving other layers intact. Make sure you have the correct layer selected in the Layers panel before you start erasing.

Erasing on different layers

Step 6: Erasing with Masks (Advanced)

For non-destructive editing in Procreate, use layer masks. 

Using layer masks

Add a mask to a layer and use a black brush to hide parts and a white brush to show them, allowing you to make changes without altering the original layer.

Hiding parts
Showing parts

Step 7: Save Your Work

While Procreate automatically saves your files, it’s a good practice to periodically save copies of your artwork, especially before making significant changes. 

Saving your work

You can do this by duplicating your artwork within Procreate or exporting it to a different location on your device. 

This ensures that you have backups in case you need to revert to an earlier version or share different iterations of your work.

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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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