What Procreate Pens or Pencils to Use Procreate’s Clipping Mask Function?

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We used Procreate for our designing home decor and home furniture products. We also use the Procreate clipping mask function a lot in these designs.

The clipping mask is a function in Procreate. You can place a design or pattern onto another shape and it will clip into the boundaries and lines of that shape. But in order for the function to work properly, you must be able to first fill in the shape you want to clip mask with a color.

Not all Procreate pens or pencils will allow you to do this. This is why we have tested all the sketch and inking pens to find out which one works best for this function.

What is Clipping Mask?

The clipping mask is a function in Procreate that is similar to the clipping mask function in Photoshop and other programs. The top image is clipped into the exact shape of the bottom layer. This function is very useful when doing home decor and home furniture design.

There are many ways you can use the clipping mask function,. But if you want to fill in a solid shape as a circle or square you must first be sure all lines are connected and that you can fill the area with a color. If you do not do this then the clipping mask function will not work properly.

If you are interested in learning more about how to use the clipping mask function in Procreate, you can read our blog on 4 Easy Steps to Using the Clipping Mask Function in Procreate by clicking here. We also have several videos that show you how the clipping mask function works.

What Are the Procreate Pens, Pencils and Brushes?

One of the great things about Procreate is that you can turn your Apple pencil into a variety of pens, pencils, and brushes with an endless amount of colors. This is a really great function when you are using it for sketching or painting on the digital canvas.


But this can also get tricky to know exactly what brush, pen or pencil to use when you are using the clipping mask function.

Here are the reasons why what pen, pencil or brush you choose for clipping mask does matter:

  • Not all pens, pencils or brushes give you a solid line.
  • In the clipping mask function, you need to be able to have a solid line so that you can first fill the area you want to do clipping masks. This a very important especially when you want to fill in a circle, square or another shape.
  • Many Procreate pencils and pens do not give you a good solid line so the clipping mask will not work. When doing this kind of technique where you will fill in an area or shape with color before you do the clipping mask you need to choose a pen, pencil or brush that will give you a few good solid lines.
  • Another tip is to sketch the lines on the top or tip of the pencil if you want a very clean line. This helps you to get a clean and even line.
  • You can also try to adjust the brush size and opacity to get a clean line.

In our tests, we tested the sketching pencils and the inking pencils for the Procreate clipping mask. The reason why we did not test other brushes is that normally with the clipping mask function you want to have a very clean line.

When doing a clipping maks where you place a pattern on top of another shape, you want to use a pen or pencil that will give a clean line and can be filled in first with a color. Many of the other Procreate brushes do not give a clean line as some of the sketch pencils and inking pens.

Our Top Choices for Procreate Sketch Pencils or Pastels.

We spent some time testing which sketch pencils work the best for the clipping mask. As we use the clipping mask function a lot in our designs, we have found that there are some pencils that work better than others.

Here is our top choice of Procreate sketching pencils to use for clipping mask function when you are using to use it to fill in with a color. All of these we are testing are under the sketching tool

  • Peppermint Pencil – the clipping mask does work. But in other tests, it did not. it really depends on the tip size and opacity.
  • Darwent Pencil – In our test it worked one time and in the other test, it did not work. So this sketching pen is 50/50.
  • Procreate pencil, Technical pencil, HB pencil, soft pastel, oil pastel, and artistic crayon all failed when trying to fill a shape for clipping mask.
  • 6 B Pencil and Narinder Pencil both passed both times.

For the sketching pencils, our recommended sketching pencil to use for filling in color in a shape for the clipping mask is Narinder. We found this pencil to be the most consistent of all sketching pencils in all tests we conducted.

Our Top Choices for Procreate Inking Pens.

We generally found that many of the inking pens had better results for doing the clipping mask to fill in an object or space with color. Some of them worked better than others but we had more of the inking pens pass than fail.

Here are the tests for the Inking Pens:

  • Mercury, Tinderbox, Syrup, Thylacine, Fine Tip, Gel Pen, Ink Bleed, Dry Ink, Marker, and Gesinski all passed for the clipping mask to put a color to the shape.
  • Inka, Pandani, Technical Pen all failed.
  • Studio Pen failed twice but when we changed opacity it finally worked.

My top pick for the clipping mask for the inking pens is the fine tip pen. The reason is that it gives a very clean and fine line while at the same time there are no breaks or spaces so that you can fill in the color to the clipping mask. My second pick would be the Mercury Pen.

The reason why the other pens failed when trying to fill in the color is in Procreate in order to fill in the color you need to have a solid line. Many of the other pens do not give you a very good solid line.


The clipping mask function for Procreate is a wonderful function to use for home decor and home furniture designing. But if you do not use the correct Procerate pen or pencil then the clipping mask function simply will not work and that can become extremely frustrating.

Related Questions

How Do You Make a Repeat Pattern in Procreate?

Procreate is an amazing tool to use to for design of home decor and home furnishing products. To use the program you must have an Apple Ipad. There are several steps you must take to do a repeat pattern on Procreate. Some of the steps are that you need to import your pattern to your photos on your Apple devices. Once you have done that then you are ready to start to adjust the pattern size, duplicate the layers and then move the layer around on your canvas in the Procreate app.

If you want to learn more about how to do a pattern repeat in Procreate you can read our blog 6 Easy Steps to Use Procreate to Make A Pattern Repeat by clicking here. We also have a video that shows how to do a pattern repeat on Procreate

How to Set Up A Color Palette in Procreate?

The Procreate App for Apple IPad has a palette feature that allows you to easily set up color palettes. This is a great tool that helps you to organize the colors including any trend colors, you need when you are designing products by using the Procreate app.

The palette tool will not only organize the palettes but also show you the RGB, HSB and Hexadecimal Value of your color, along with the exact position of the color on the color wheel. There are several methods you can use to find your palette colors, but one of the easier ones is to photograph the color and import the photo into Procreate

You can find out more about setting up a color palette in Procreate you can read the blog Setting Up Your Color Palettes in Procreate, What You Need to Know by clicking here.

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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