How To Copy And Paste In Procreate?

Procreate

The Procreate App is a program that is used on the Apple Ipad with an Apple Pencil. It is a wonderful app to use for graphic design and home decor and home furnishing product design.

Copying in Procreate is known as duplicate. Procreate will duplicate your layers one on top of another. The layers you duplicate will automatically form a layer on top of the copied layers. You do not need to do an additional function to paste in Procreate, as once you duplicate the layer, it will be automatically pasted.

Here are a few things to remember about copying or duplicating and pasting in Procreate.

About Copying in Procreate

To copy in Procreate is extremely easy; in Procreate, this function is called duplicate.

Here are some pointers to remember when you want to copy in Procreate:

  • Procreate Duplicates – In Procreate the way something is copied is by duplicating. They do not call it copy but they call it duplicate. This is why sometimes people are confused how to copy in Procreate as there is no function called “copy” but only “duplicate.”
  • Proceate Works in Layers – Like many other design programs, Procreate works with layers. One drawang can have many layers. The layers allows you to be able to copy or duplicate just that one layer.
  • Copy or Duplicate Per Layer – One reason the layers are so important is that Procreate will duplicate as per that layer. From a design standpoint this means if you are going to use the duplicating tool you need to think and design in term of layers. You cannot duplicate or copy just part of the layer but you need to duplicate the entire layer.
  • The Copied Layer Will Go On Top Of The Layer – The layer you are going to copy or duplicate will copy on top of the layer. Normally you will need to move that copied layer to where you want to place it on the canvas; you do this by using the move button or the blue button in the circle at the top left hand side of Procreate.
  • Group Together Layers and Copy Entire Layer – Procreate also allows you to group together some of the layers and then you can copy or duplicate all those layers or copy the entire group.

Groups in Procreate is when you group several layers as one group. In Procreate, those groups will now act and behave like one layer. Once grouped, they will remain together until they are ungrouped.

You can ungroup in Procreate is to double tap on the screen and use the undo function. If you accidentally group something, it can be hard to ungroup it later in the design process.

How To Duplicate or Copy In Procreate

The way you duplicate in Procreate is relatively straightforward, but there are a few essential things you should remember.

Here are a few things to remember:

  • Go To The Layer You Want To Duplicate – Go to the layer you want to duplicate. You only duplicate by layer so if you want to duplicate several layers you may need to repeat this step a few times.
  • Slide Layer From Right to Left – Use your finger or pencil to slide the layer from right to left.
  • Three Boxes Will Appear – Three boxes will appear, Delete, Duplicate and Lock Choose the middle box of Duplicate. Press Duplicate and the box will turn red.
  • Go Back To Your Layers – Go back to your layers and you will see that a new layer has appeared with the same name on top of the layer you just duplciated. What Procreate did was copy your layer 100% by placing a new layer on top of the old layer.
  • Grouped Together Layers Work The Same Way – Groups in Procreate can also be duplicated; duplicating a group works exactly the same way as a layer. The duplicated group will be on top of the original group.

The great thing about this duplicating function is that you can now manipulate the new layer in any way you want to without affecting the original layer; if you have a layer you want to change somehow, you can duplicate the layer and make the changes without affecting the original layer.

Pasting in Procreate

Once you have copied or duplicated a layer, then the layer is automatically pasted in Procreate. You do not need to do an extra step to ensure the layer is pasted.

Here are a few things to remember about pasting in Procreate:

  • Pasted Layer Is On Top of Layer – Your pasted layer is automatically on top of the layer you have duplicated. This is where sometimes people can get confused as they feel like they need to do an extra step to paste what they copied; in procreate the pasting of the layer is automatic.
  • Need to Move Layer or Group – Normaly when you paste a layer in Procreate you need to then move the layer to another part of the canvas. You move it just as you would move any other layers around the canvas.
  • You Must Be On The Layer To Move – As Procreate works in layers you must be on the layer to move any part of the layer on the canvas. In Procreate the layer you are on is the only that you will find functionality on the Procreate screen.
  • You Can Move Groups – Once you have duplicated a group you can also move the group just like you would move as if it was a layer.
  • Smaller Layers, The Layer Size May Change – One of the issues with moving objects around Procreate is if the object is a small size you may find when you try to move it that the size of the object also starts to change, ie become bigger. I usually solve this by making the canvas size larger (pinch on the canvas with your two fingers to make it larger) and the move the object around.

I use the duplicate or copy function and paste function a lot in Procreate. When you fully understand how to use them, it can save you time for your design needs.

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Anita Hummel

Hi, I am Anita Hummel. I am the President of Mondoro. I am passionate about helping you CREATE, DEVELOP, and MANUFACTURE home decor and home furnishing products. I am also an avid blogger with a love of travel and riding my motorcycle around the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam.

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