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How to Animate in Procreate

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What You'll Be Creating

Learn how to animate in Procreate. In this tutorial, I'll show you the step-by-step process of creating a vibrant text animation.

You can use any font, such as the many available over on Envato Elements

What You'll Learn in This Procreate Animation Tutorial

  • How to create a custom canvas in Procreate
  • How to use a font in text animation in Procreate
  • How to create and use a layer mask in Procreate
  • How to make a clipping mask in Procreate
  • How to add accents to an animation in Procreate

Tutorial Assets

The following asset was used during this Procreate animation tutorial:

1. How to Start a New Document in Procreate

Step 1

Go to Procreate > + and you'll get a drop-down menu. Click on the Custom Canvas icon at the top.
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Step 2

Create a Custom Canvas with these dimensions: 
  • Artwork Name: Procreate Animation
  • Width: 1700 pixel
  • Height: 1000 pixel
  • DPI: 300
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Step 3

Under Color Profile, make the following changes:
  • Color Profile: sRGB
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2. How to Add Text to Procreate

Step 1

Go to Layers and choose background layer and enter the following hexadecimal code:

  • Color: Dark Blue #002039
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Step 2

Ensure you have a pink color selected and then pick the Text Tool.
  • Color: Pink #ff4797
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Step 3

Under the Text Tool, type a word with these settings:
  • Font: Nala Junior
  • Size: 200 pt
  • Tracking: 3.2%
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3. How to Prepare the Text for Animation in Procreate

Step 1

Turn on snapping
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Step 2

When you move the text with Snapping on, yellow guidelines will appear on-screen, and this shows that the text is centered.
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Step 3

Rasterize the text layer.
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Step 4

Duplicate the rasterized layer. 
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4. How to Create the First Frame for Animation in Procreate

Step 1

On the bottom-most Hi layer, turn on the layer mask.
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Step 2

Create another layer on top of the layer mask. 
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Step 3

Clip that layer to the bottom-most Hi layer. 
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Step 4

Rename the layer "Yellow".
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Step 5

Group these layers (bottom-most Hi layer, Layer Mask, Yellow clipped layer) and rename it "1". This will be our first frame in the animation.
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Step 6

Lower the Opacity of the topmost layer, which will act as a guide for now.
  • Opacity: 40%
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Step 7

On the bottom-most Hi Layer, go to the layer mask and fill it with black.
  • Color: Black #000000
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Step 8

Turn on Animation Assist.
Turn on Animation assist in ProcreateTurn on Animation assist in ProcreateTurn on Animation assist in Procreate

5. How to Use a Layer Mask in Text Animation

Step 1

The first group will stay as it is. We will duplicate the first group in the Layers panel. In the second group, go to Layer Mask and make sure you have a white color selected.
  • Color: White #ffffff
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Step 2

In the second group layer mask, start revealing the letter with the brush.
  • Brush: Monoline under Calligraphy
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Step 3

Duplicate the second group and rename it "3".
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Step 4

Go to Layer Mask in the third group and start revealing the letter further.
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We have to repeat the process until the entire letter becomes visible.

6. How to Use a Clipping Mask to Complement the Effect in Text Animation

Step 1

In the Animation panel settings, make the following changes:
  • Onion skin frames: 7
  • Onion skin opacity: 32%
Lower onion skin opacity in ProcreateLower onion skin opacity in ProcreateLower onion skin opacity in Procreate

Step 2

Go to the "Yellow" layer in the second group, and ensure that you have the yellow color selected.
  • Color: Yellow #f6be0b
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Step 3

On the same layer, create a few small dots wherever you revealed the word earlier.
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Step 4

Go to the third group and make sure that you are on the Yellow layer. 
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Step 5

Create a few bigger dots on the same layer.
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Step 6

Similarly, do this for all the groups, making sure that the yellow dots increase and then decrease, as shown below.
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Step 7

The last group, which happens to be 10 here, will have no yellow dots. Click on the 10th group in the Animation panel. Set the Hold duration to 6 frames.
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7. How to Add Accents to an Animation in Procreate

Step 1

Go to the topmost guide layer and ensure that the Opacity is turned back to 100%. Then duplicate the layer.
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Step 2

Create a small, equally spaced dash around the word in the second-last layer, with the following settings: 
  • Brush: Monoline
  • Brush Size: 1 px
  • Color: Cream #fdf0d8
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Step 3

Duplicate the 12th layer and rename it "13".
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Step 4

On the 12th layer, create dashes in continuation to our earlier accent.
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Step 5

The process needs to be repeated for 13 odd layers.
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Step 6

Change the settings of the Animation panel as shown below:
  • Loop: Ping-Pong
  • Frames per second: 15
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8. How to Save the File for Animation in Procreate

Step 1

Go to Actions > Share > Animated gif.
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Step 2

Click on Export and save to the desired location. 
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Congratulations, You're Now Done!

In this Procreate animation tutorial, you learned how to animate in Procreate. We started by creating a rasterized layer from our Nala Junior Font, and then we added a layer mask to reveal the letters in this animation with Procreate. We also added a clipping mask on top of that to complement the effect. Lastly, we added a few accents to jazz up the text animation. And now you know how to animate text in Procreate!

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