Selecting and Moving Objects in Procreate: Step-By-Step 

Mastering the art of selecting and moving objects in Procreate is foundational to unlocking your full potential in digital art.

With the right Procreate brushes at your disposal, you can further enhance the precision and creativity of your selections and transformations, bringing your artistic visions to life with greater efficiency and impact.

In this guide, we’ll explore the essential steps and tips to effectively use Procreate’s selection and transformation tools, empowering you to manipulate your digital canvases with ease and confidence.

Selecting Objects

To select objects or areas in Procreate, you use the “Selection” tool. Here’s how:

Access the Selection Tool

Tap on the “S” icon (Selection tool) at the top of the Procreate interface. This will bring up the Selection menu.

Selection tool

Choose Selection Type

You can choose from different selection options like “Freehand”, “Automatic”, “Rectangle”, or “Ellipse”.

Freehand allows you to draw the selection area manually.

Automatic selects areas based on color similarity and tolerance.

Rectangle and Ellipse let you make geometric selections.

Selection type

Modify the Selection

After making an initial selection, you can add to or subtract from it by choosing the “Add” or “Remove” options in the Selection menu.

Modifying the selection


You can soften the edges of your selection by adjusting the feathering slider.


Moving and Transforming the Selection

After you have made your selection, you can move or transform it:

Activate the Transform Tool

Tap on the arrow icon at the top of the Procreate interface to bring up the Transform tool.

Transform tool

Move the Selection

Simply drag the selection to move it to a new location.

Moving the selection

Transform Options

With the Transform tool active, you can scale, rotate, or distort the selected area. Use the handles around the selection to adjust its size or rotate it. Pinch with two fingers to scale proportionally, or use the “Freeform” and “Distort” options for more complex transformations.

Using the transform tool

Apply the Transformation

Tap on the “Arrow” icon again or tap “Done” to apply the changes.

Applying transformation

Layer Options

Selections and transformations can be applied to individual layers or multiple layers if they are grouped. You might want to ensure that the correct layer or layers are selected before using these tools.

Using the right layer

Practice and Experimentation

The best way to get comfortable with these features is through practice. Try using different selection methods and transformation options to see how they affect your artwork.

Practicing and experimenting

Experimentation is key to understanding how these tools can best serve your creative process.

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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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