Procreate – How to Cut or Erase a Background In Procreate

Using The Procreate Eraser Function Tool in Home Decor Design

Procreate is a wonderful design program to use for all kinds of home decor and home furniture design. One of the features that we love is the feature to cut out the background by erasing it.

In Procreate the easiest way to cut out background is to use the erase tool to erase off or cut out the background you do not want. This Procreate eraser tool will work the same as if you had a regular eraser to erase something you do not want on a paper. To erase background you should first crop the image as close as you can so you have less background to erase. Then you can start to erase the background you do not want by using the eraser mode on Procreate.

Cutting out a background in Procreate by erasing it is quite easy to do. You just need to follow a few simple steps to erase a background. You can use the erase function to erase almost anything on your Procreate layer. We use the erase function to erase or cut out a background in a photo.

You can watch our video to see how we cut out a background using Procreate:

Video on How to Erase Background Using Procreate

Here are the steps to erase a background on a photo in Procreate:

Crop the Image

The first thing we do is crop the image. The reason we crop the image is you want to have as little of the background as you can to erase.

We try to crop the image as close to what we need as possible. This allows us to ensure that we have less background to erase.

Procreate Eraser and Erase Size Tools
Procreate Eraser and Erase Size Tool Guide

Switch Procreate to the Erase Function

Procreate has an erase function so that you can erase on Procreate. At the top right-hand side of Procreate, you will see an erase icon. You need to press that on so that Procreate will be in the erase function mode.

The Procreate erase function is similar to your using a regular eraser on a piece of paper. The only difference is that the eraser is on your IPad and you are using your Apple Pen to erase what needs to be erased.

On the left-hand side of the Procreate is the size of the erase. You can set what size you want the eraser so you can erase the background.

Once you have completed these basic settings in Procreate you are now ready to erase your background or anything else you want to erase on your Procreate canvas.

Start To Erase the Larger Areas First

I will start to erase the larger areas first. The reason I do that is that I want to get off as much of the background as I can. I will usually set my erase at a larger setting to erase the larger background.

Sometimes with the erase function it may not get the background completely clean, so I have found that many times I need to go over the background with the eraser a few times and in a few directions to ensure the background area is really clean. If you do not need it to be really clean you can stop this step and just erase it as much as you need to.

Feel free to adjust the size of the eraser as you need to. One of the great things about Procreate is that it is very easy to adjust the size of the eraser as needed.

Use a Smaller Eraser Size to Obtain Fine Detail

Once I have erased all the larger areas that I can with the larger size eraser then you can use a smaller eraser to erase in finer detail. When I am erasing in the finer detail here are a few things I will do:

  • Use my two fingers to enlarge the image – I will use my two fingers to enlarge the image on the canvas. This is as you will do on your iPad to enlarge something. This allows me to be able to clearly see all the fine detail of the image I want to erase.
  • Get as close to the image as possible – I will try to get as close to the image as possible with my fine eraser tip. The only way to really do this is to bring the image in as large a possible and then use your eraser pencil to erase as close as you can to the image.
Shade background we erased was put on a lamp design
Shade background we erased was put on a lamp design

How to Use The Erased Background Images

Once the background has been erased from the image then you can decide the best way to use the image. We use the erased image in a lot of different ways.

  • Color background – Now that the background is erased you can simply add another color to the image background. You can do this by simply dragging and dropping the color on the background layer.
  • Add to another background– We used our erased images to add to another background. For example, in our video, we are showing we have added this woven shade which we eventually added to a lamp base.


The eraser function on Procreate is a very easy way to cut out any background you may not want on your Procreate image or Procreate canvas. We use this function a lot in our home decor and home furniture product design.

Related Questions

Can You Design Home Decor Products With Procreate?

Procreate is a very easy design program to learn that has a lot of great design functions. Using Procreate can help to save you time and money for your home decor and home furniture product design needs. It will also allow you to set up trend colors in your design palettes so you can easily find them again. You can easily make repeat patterns and use the clipping mask function to get a design looking close to the finished product.

To find out more about Procreate and Home Decor design you can read our blog on Using Procreate In Designing Home Decor Products – Why We Love It! Opens in a new clicking here.Opens in a new tab.

How Do You Use The Clipping Mask Function in Procreate?

The clipping mask function in Procreate allows the top layer to be clipped or cut to the exact same size and shape of the bottom layer. This clipping mask function allows you to see in detail how a product will look with a specific finish when completed. The first thing you must do is make sure the photo or file you import is prepared properly. Then you must complete the actual product design while being sure to layer and fill in each layer with color. Once the Procreate design is completed you are ready to do the clipping mask and to clip the top layer to the bottom layer.

We love the clipping mask function and use it a lot in our home decor and home furniture designs. You can find out more about using the clipping mask function in Procreate by reading our blog 4 Easy Steps to Using the Clipping Mask Function in Procreate by clicking here.Opens in a new tab.

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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