I’ve had my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil for a couple of weeks now, and I can honestly say I LOVE THEM. I have been creating much more, partly due to the fact that I don’t have to lug out all my pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, markers…you get the idea. Also, vectorizing my work done on the iPad is a BREEZE. It is so much cleaner, and there is a lot less editing to do in Illustrator. I’m not saying I totally giving up my pen and paper, but I don’t miss them as much as I thought I would.
My favorite app, so far, for lettering is Procreate. It is very easy to learn and use, and it comes with a TON of pencils, brushes, effects, etc. It is definitely worth the cost of the app ($5.99). You can work in layers (which I love), and export in several file types including: .psd (Photoshop), .pdf, .jpg, .png, and Procreate’s .pro (if you’d like to share your file with other Procreate users). If you export as a .psd, you can export your artwork in Photoshop, and have the layers you had in Procreate (AWESOME!). The app comes with a lot of preset canvas sizes, and you can make a custom canvas as well. I also love that you can import images (textures, png’s, etc.) and incorporate them into your work.
There are tons of brushes out on the internet, both free and paid, for Procreate (all you gotta do is Google it). Here are a few of my favorite (free & paid) brushes for hand lettering:
- 8 Free Procreate Brushes for Lettering by Misty Meyer. I used the Chalky Lettering brush for Seize the Day below. It has a subtle chalk texture, that works great on colored/dark backgrounds.
2. Rad & Happy Brushes for Procreate. I love the monoweight brush. I used it for the lettering in Real below. It’s great when you want a constant line that you can beef up manually.
3. iPad Lettering. This is not only a great resource for brushes (free and paid), but also has tutorials for hand-lettering. She also has practice sheet that you can purchase to use in Procreate. I believe I used the paid Inker brush for Beauty for Ashes below (but can’t remember, it was my first creation!).
I hope you check out all these wonderful resources, and that it helps if you were looking for more info!