4 Tips For Lettering On The iPad Pro

I’ve had the iPad Pro for for a couple months now, and I’ve been really enjoying the experience of having the large screen and the ability to draw so naturally and with such accuracy. 

There has been a major surge in hand lettering artists using the iPad Pro and Apple pencil because of the way it works, it’s accurate and very portable - it does so much in such a simple way. 

So in this video, I’m going to give you 4 tips for Hand Lettering on the iPad Pro.


Use The Tracing Method

When lettering on paper, lots of lettering artists will use a lot of tracing paper or light boxes so they can refine their work to the point where it’s finished. This is a great way of lettering in a non-destructive way because you’re always using another sheet of vellum on top of the previous version of the lettering. 

This is my method of refining brush lettering for logo designs, making it easier to change the kerning of the lettering and refining the design, making it easier when using the pen tool. 

Using this method on the iPad is the best and quickest way to letter on the iPad, but instead of using tracing paper or vellum you use layers whilst changing the opacity of the previous layer. 

Zoom In

One of the perks of using apps like Procreate on the iPad Pro is that we’re able to zoom in and change the orientation of the canvas. This means that we’re able to get up close and personal with the hard corners of the design, so we’re able to draw more accurately. 

Not only this, but we’re able to change the orientation of the canvas, this is more important than people may think. Depending on the angle of a stroke your hands will either be more accurate or less accurate when drawing. 

When inking your lettering or logo, have you ever hated a certain stroke because the line wouldn’t be smooth? This is because of the muscles in your wrist not working in a natural way. When drawing a straight line you should *push* the stroke away, and when you’re drawing a curved line, you want to pull towards your in an anti-clockwise fashion. 

This is the way your wrist naturally is when drawing. So rotating the canvas is going to allow you to draw great smooth lines, whether you’re drawing or inking. 

Use Guides

You’ve heard me bang on about this for a long time because it’s so important! Guides are used within all my design work, even when the lettering is going in a circle. It makes your lettering more consistent and puts your letters into a shape. 

The app Procreate doesn’t have any rulers, so it was confusing at the start not knowing how to draw straight lines. All you need to do is hold the line and it will automatically generate a straight line for you to draw. Match this line up with the outer canvas grid and you’re ready to go - duplicating and “transforming” the lines to the spacing you need. 

Doing this is so easy, especially if you’re like me and hate using rulers and other equipment to make straight lines on your paper. 

Draw Onto The Picture

If you’ve ever wanted to do some brush calligraphy on a photograph you’ll know how difficult it can be to make sure you stay within the parameters of the photograph. With the iPad Pro, all you need to do is import the picture into Procreate and draw! 

Doing this is so easy and helps you see the endless possibilities of lettering on the iPad! 

I even use the camera on the iPad to take a picture of a wall that I’ll be lettering on. Do the rough sketch over the picture to see exactly whether it’ll work on the wall or wherever I’m going to be lettering on. 


I hope you guys have had your questions answered through this! Lettering on the iPad has some major advantages compared to using paper; in the end, nothing will be *exactly* like paper, but it’s important to understand that I still use paper for many pieces of hand lettering and logo design. I sometimes prefer using paper because it’s what I *feel* like using. 

The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil is something that will help anyone who wants to get better in their art or someone who wants to excel in their learning ability. 

If you’re asking whether you can use the iPad and Apple Pencil for professional work, well the answer is most definitely you can. 

William Paterson Design Co.