How to Copy and Paste in Procreate (6 Easy Ways to Duplicate in Procreate)

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If you’re wondering how to copy and paste in Procreate, that is exactly what I will be covering in this post!

Procreate is an incredible tool to use as a designer, artist, or even if you’re just a creative hobbyist! I’ll go over 6 different methods on how to copy and paste in Procreate and look at which ones are the easiest ways to follow.

You can either follow along with the written instructions by scrolling down or watch the video tutorial on how to copy and paste in Procreate that is at the bottom of this article.

If you have any questions please let me know in the comments below.

Let’s go ahead and get started, shall we?

What is copy and paste in Procreate?

Copy and Paste in Procreate Infographic

The term copy and paste is a verb we use in computer terms. It’s when we want to duplicate an image, text, or element that has been digitally created and position it somewhere else on the artwork, or on new artwork.

If you want to copy and paste a specific layer in Procreate, you can swipe left and click on the “duplicate” button on the layer panel. Another way you can copy and paste a layer is by clicking the copy button within the layer’s settings and then selecting paste under the wrench tool menu.

If you want to duplicate or copy and paste specific areas or “pieces” or your artwork in Procreate, make use of the selection tool to select the objects, then choose Copy & Paste from within the general settings.

6 Methods to Copy and Paste in Procreate

There are 6 variations to copy and paste in Procreate that I will cover with you now.

Procreate’s Fastest Copy and Paste Shortcut

Quick Method to Copy and Paste a Whole Layer in Procreate

There are a few ways to copy and paste in Procreate, but if you have to duplicate an entire layer in Procreate, the shortcut below works pretty well!

Using three fingers at the same time (your forefinger, middle finger, and ring finger), swipe downward on your Procreate Canvas.

Copying and Pasting an Entire Layer in Procreate

Another way you can copy and paste an entire layer in Procreate is…

click on the layer you want to copy and click _copy_
wrench tool add tab click copy or paste

Step 1: Identify the layer you want to copy, and select it so that it is highlighted.

Step 2: Tap on the layer and the layer settings will open up to the left-hand side.

Step 3: Select “copy”.

Step 4: Click on the wrench option in the top menu bar.

Step 5: Make sure the first tab “add” is selected.

Step 6: Choose “Paste” and your copied layer will be pasted into your layer menu!

Duplicate a Layer in Procreate

If you want to very quickly duplicate a layer in Procreate then follow these swift steps.

In Procreate Swipe left on layer and click duplicate

Step 1: Select the layer you want to duplicate and swipe left.

Step 2: Click on “duplicate”, and instantly your layer will be duplicated!

Copying and Pasting one area or element on your Procreate artwork.

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Use the selections tool to copy and paste a single element in Procreate
IN Procreate use the wrench tool to copy or paste

There may be times when you would rather copy and paste a single specific shape, drawing, or element of your digital artwork.

Perhaps you want to create a pattern-like effect for a background, or maybe you want to move an area of your artwork to a better position?

Whatever your reason for wanting to copy and paste a part of a layer, here are some easy steps for you to follow…

PRO TIP: Make sure you have selected the layer that you want to copy & paste from first before you use the Selections options.

Step 1: Click on the “S” tool in the top menu bar of the Procreate screen. This opens up the Selections options and gives you a few ways to select your specific element or area on your artwork.

The Selections option allows you to make modifications only to the selected areas of work. When it comes to detailed digital artwork, this is really useful!

Once you have clicked on the Selections option, there are four different options you can choose to select parts of your artwork.

You can choose to use Automatic, Freehand, Rectangle, or Ellipse.

Automatic Selection

The automatic selection technique automatically chooses a section of your work.

You can easily adjust how far the edge of the selection goes by tapping on a point on the threshold percentage bar and then sliding left or right without lifting your finger or stylus from the canvas.

If you drag your finger higher up on the percentage bar, then your selection will be wider.

You will see the percentage bar for threshold appears just under the menu bar at the top of the screen.

Freehand Selection

The freehand option method gives you a lot of control over your selection.

It allows you to make both freehand and straight lines in your selection.

To use the Freehand option, simply draw the lines with a stylus or finger like you would do when drawing.

Tap where you would like your line to begin, and then tap again where you would like it to end to make a perfectly straight line.

If you want to close a selection you need to tap the beginning of the selection. You will see a dot that indicates the beginning of the selection path.

The great thing about the Freehand Selections tool is that you can use straight lines and freehand selections to help edit your artwork, and if you lift your finger or Apple Pencil, your selection won’t be canceled!

Rectangle Selection

You can use this option to make rectangle-shaped selections on your artwork.

Simply tap the screen with one finger and drag the rectangle to the shape and size you need, and then let go.

If you would like to create a perfect square you can tap and drag your shape using two fingers.

Ellipse Selection

The Ellipse selection option works in the same way as the rectangle selection tool.

The ellipse selection tool allows you to select oval-shaped areas. Simply tap the screen with one finger and drag the ellipse to the size and shape you need and then release.

If you would like to create a perfect circle you can tap and drag your ellipse shape with two fingers.

Step 2: Draw around the object you want to select.

Step 3: Click on the “Copy & Paste” option that is at the bottom of the floating Selections menu. This will automatically copy & past the specific element you selected.

Another way you can do this is once you have drawn a shape around your selected item, click on the wrench symbol in the top menu of the Procreate screen.

Make sure the first tab “add” is selected. Choose “Paste” and your copied layer will be pasted into your layer menu!

These copy & paste options are really handy because they automatically paste your copied item onto a new layer. This means it is easy to edit them without affecting the rest of your artwork.

PRO TIP: Once you hit “Paste” in any of the methods outlined in this post, the pasted layer or element gets placed exactly above the original.

This means it’s not obvious when you first click “paste”. However, try to click it and move it around and you will see it has been duplicated!

How to Copy and Paste a Layer to a New Canvas in Procreate

Step 1: If you would like to copy and paste a layer and move it to a fresh canvas you first need to click on the layers panel and select the layer you want to copy.

Step 2: Click on the layer and select copy then go to your new Procreate canvas and click on the wrench tool.

Step 3: Make sure the first tab “add” is selected.

Step 4: Choose “Paste” and your copied layer will be pasted into your layer menu!

How to Copy and Paste a Single Element to a New Canvas in Procreate

Step 1: Click on the Selections tool.

Step 2: Draw around the element you want to copy.

Step 3: Click on the wrench tool and select “copy”.

Step 4: Open up your new Procreate canvas, click on the wrench tool and make sure the first tab “add” is selected.

Step 5: Choose “Paste” and your copied element will be pasted onto a new layer.

Here is a great video example of how to copy and paste in Procreate.

Why should you learn how to use copy and paste in Procreate?

Learning how to copy and paste in Procreate is a really helpful way to speed up your digital art and graphics processes. In fact, it is one of the most used tools in speed painting.

You are able to quickly create various elements without having to draw them each time you want them in your artwork.

It is also great for creating repeating patterns or backgrounds with ease!

Easy and Fun Things to Do with Copy and Paste in Procreate

1. Layer your shapes to create a repeating pattern!

2. Draw hair or other details on different layers of the same character. Just make sure that you are copying each layer separately if you plan on changing them later so they will all have their own image selected when you paste!

3. Shade an object by copying it onto another new layer, picking a darker color for the brush, and then adjusting the opacity.

4. Use multiple layers of copied text for cool typography designs. Just remember that you can change the color and size on each new copy so they don’t all have to be identical.

5. To make a design more interesting you can draw an object around it to create a frame. Then copy and paste your final piece onto another fresh canvas, cut out the shape of the frame using the rectangle tool, and place it over your design.

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Conclusion

I’m so excited that you’re learning how to copy and paste in Procreate! It’s a really simple process, but it can save you tons of time when creating your digital art projects.

One of the most popular ways artists use this tool is for speed painting because they are able to quickly create various elements without having to draw them each time they want them in their artwork.

You may also find this copying and pasting options especially helpful if you need to make repeating patterns or backgrounds with ease too!

If there’s anything else I can help you figure out about using Procreate don’t hesitate to drop me a question below!

Happy art-making 🙂

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