Procreate Color Adjustment – How To Change Colors Easily

Mastering the art of color transformation in Procreate elevates your digital artwork, empowered by the diverse array of Procreate brushes at your fingertips.

Procreate’s user-friendly interface and robust color management tools simplify the process of altering colors, whether you’re applying fresh hues to new brush strokes or modifying the color palette of existing elements.

This guide unfolds the seamless methods to change colors in Procreate, accommodating both the inception of new elements and the refinement of existing ones.

Selecting and Applying New Colors

Using the Color Picker

Open the Color Picker:

Tap on the color circle in the top-right corner of your screen to open the Color Picker.

Colour picker

Choose Your Color:

You can select a color in several ways:


Drag around the color wheel to choose a hue, then adjust the saturation and brightness in the center square.

Choosing a hue


Use the sliders to adjust hue, saturation, and brightness.

Adjusting hue, saturation & brightness


Find complementary colors or other harmonious color schemes.

Complementary colours


Enter specific values for RGBA, HSB, or HEX codes if you know the exact color you need.

Getting the exact colour you want


Use a pre-existing palette or create your own for consistent color themes.

Colour palettes

Applying the Color

With a Brush:

Simply select your desired brush and start drawing. The color you picked will be applied to your new strokes.

Starting drawing

Fill Tool:

To fill a specific area, use the Color Drop feature by dragging the color from the top-right circle into the area you want to fill. Adjust the threshold by holding and sliding left or right before releasing.

Colour drop feature

Adjusting Colors of Existing Elements

Using the Adjustments Menu

Select the Layer:

Tap on the layer that contains the element you wish to change.

Selecting the layer

Open Adjustments:

Tap on the magic wand icon at the top-left corner of the screen.

Opening adjustments

Choose a Tool:

For color adjustments, you have several options:

Hue, Saturation, and Brightness:

Adjust these settings to shift the colors in the selected layer.

Adjusting settings


Use curves for more precise control over color and brightness.

Using curves

Color Balance:

Adjust the balance of colors across shadows, mid tones, and highlights.

Colour balance

Tips for Color Changing

Alpha Lock:

Use Alpha Lock on a layer to change colors only where you’ve already painted, leaving transparent areas untouched. Swipe right with two fingers on a layer to activate it.

Alpha lock

Clipping Masks:

Create a clipping mask for non-destructive color changes. This way, you can add or adjust colors on a new layer that clips to the shape of the underlying layer.

Clipping colours

Layer Blend Modes:

Experiment with layer blend modes to create complex color effects by stacking layers with different colors and blend settings.

Procreate’s color tools are designed to be flexible and powerful, catering to artists’ needs at every skill level. 

Whether you’re adjusting on the fly or meticulously planning your palette, these features ensure that you have total control over the color in your digital art.

Stacking layers and blending settings
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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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