Getting started with lettering on the iPad

I thought I would put together a post with my recommendations and tips for getting started with lettering on the iPad. This should also answer the most common questions I get. Also help those new to lettering on the iPad and just getting started or looking into getting an iPad with Apple Pencil. This post will be mainly recommended accessories and brushes to get started. Eventually I will add tutorials.

 

1. First question I get asked, which size iPad I use. I am currently using the iPad Pro 12.9, 64GB Second Generation with the Apple Pencil. This size, although some may not consider it portable, works best for the way I work. I love the larger screen size for not only drawing, but also browsing the net, and getting other work done.

2. As far as the app I use for lettering, I pretty much stick with Procreate App. There are other programs available, but Procreate is definitely my favorite. I strongly recommend reading the manual when getting started. It's well written and will guide you through all the settings and features of Procreate. 

3. The case I use doesn't offer the best protection from drops, but it does cover the front and back. It also has a magnetic cover which puts the iPad to sleep once you close it. I prefer a thin case since the iPad is on the larger side and the case doesn't add much weight or size to it. (affliate link)

4. I use a matte screen protector on my iPad because I feel the Apple Pencil glides better on the screen with it on. Provides a more natural feel similar to drawing on paper. The one is I use is by Tech Armor. (affliate link)

 

 

5. Accessory recommendations for the Apple pencil. I actually I have two apple pencils, because I use my iPad so much! I use the Silicone cap holder on one, and the case skin on the other. I love the silicone cone cap as it keeps me from losing the Apple Pencil cap while charging. The iTec skin case grip is really useful for adding grip and keeps hold on the Apple Pencil cap. 

 
 
 
 
 

6. One of the best things to do when starting with lettering in general is to use guides or graph grids to help keep everything aligned. They are also useful for doing drills and practicing your lettering. In addition, helpful for planning out longer compositions and keeping things lined up. You can either import an image of a grid or I offer a Procreate file already set up with a graph and grid background. You can purchase this in my shop here.

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I also offer a brush pack for Procreate that includes my favorite lettering brushes to get started. In addition, the Graph & Grid File for Procreate is included in this pack. That can be purchased here

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If you are new to lettering I also have three styles of lettering workbooks made just for the iPad and Procreate. All workbooks include a brush for Procreate. You can find photos and videos of my individual lettering series on Instagram, some are done on the iPad. #cynlopabcs

So hopefully this answers your questions. If you any have additional questions about the products I have avaible in my shop, please contact me. Thanks for reading!