iPad lettering has risen to become the latest craze among calligraphy enthusiasts. Apple Pencil’s marvelous pressure sensitivity makes it a powerful choice for calligraphers who want to explore the expanding world of digital art.
I have been joining in on the fun, both in Paper and in Procreate. Paper is my go-to app, with its inviting interface and the tools I’ve gotten to know so well, but Procreate is great for calligraphy because you can customize the perfect brush for whatever you’re making.
Procreate Brushes for iPad Lettering
I just released a brush set with 6 fundamental lettering brushes I curated for Procreate users on Creative Market and Gumroad. These brushes are versatile and easy to use, so they’re great for beginning iPad letterers and experienced calligraphers alike.
Download a Freebie Brush!
I thought I would share a brand new brush as a freebie so you guys could get a taste of what’s in my pack.
Fader is a calligraphy brush with a bit of color falloff, so it creates a cool variation in opacity, a little bit like watercolor does before a fresh dip.
If you write quickly, the ink falls off right away. If you take your time writing the letters, the ink will fall off at a slower pace.
To download Fader for free, click the thumbnail below, which will redirect you to my shop on Gumroad. Pick Fader, add it to your cart, and enter the code rol_blog_reader at checkout.
If you need help installing the brushes, check out this tutorial.
Take a Look at the Brush Pack
So, the official brush pack comes with these six main brushes and includes two bonus.
The Core 6
- Monoline has no contrast, so it’s easy to create simplistic, bouncy cursive. (All the names written under the Bs here are with this brush — it’s great for a lot of things!)
- Subtle is a variation of monoline with slightly contrasted strokes.
- Playful creates rough edges that work for many styles.
- Lovely is perfect for modern calligraphy with just of ink bleed.
- Elegant creates thick downstrokes and delicate thin upstrokes to mimic pointed pen calligraphy.
- Chalky is great for digital chalk art and lettering, but works for just about anything.
The Bonus Brushes
The two bonus brushes are a glitter brush and a confetti brush. The glitter brush is made for sparkly calligraphy, and the confetti brush adds a simple, colorful decoration.
More Calligraphy Brush Reccomendations
That’s it for my brushes (so far!), but you can never have enough brushes, so I thought I’d reccomend a few freebies from around the web.
- from Alternate Glyph Calligraphy Crayon and Streaker. iPad calligrapher Melissa Cabral makes unique brushes that you won’t see anywhere else. She is offering these two for free, and I love using them.
- from MakeMedia Co. Southern Belle. If you’re a lettering aficionado, you’re probably familiar with Callie Hegstrom‘s funny hand-drawn quotes and popular fonts on Creative Market. She recently began exploring iPad calligraphy and has a lot to show for it. Southern Belle is availible for free on her site.
- from iPad Lettering Original Calligraphy. Karin of iPad Lettering was a pioneer in the realm of digital calligraphy. She shares lots of helpful Procreate tutorials and her brushes are used widely and set a high standard in the community. Check out her Original Calligraphy brush.
I hope you guys start stocking up on awesome calligraphy brushes and get lettering!
I’ll be posting more tutorials and tips for iPad lettering soon. 🙂