Erasing and Changing a Color On A Background in Procreate

Procreate - Erase and Change a Background

The Procreate app is a great tool that every artist should consider using. I use it to help me layout my painting before I paint any oil paints on my canvas.

With Procreate, it is straightforward to erase the background with their erase tool; this tool works similar to how you would erase on paper using a pencil and eraser. Once the background is erased, you can use the color palettes to change the background color quickly.

When using the Procreate app, you can take a photo of your painting or what you will paint and then erase the parts of the background you do not want. This can help save you steps in your painting as you will not paint one background to discover you do not like it, so you need to repaint the color.

You can watch our video below that shows you all the steps to be able to erase and change the background color on Procreate.

Steps To Erasing Your Background

Procreate gives you a straightforward way to erase the background or erase anything on your procreate canvas. It is as simple as erasing something on a piece of paper.

You need to first go to the eraser function at the top left-hand side of Procreate; you can adjust the eraser just as you would adjust a pen, pencil or brush with the Procreate app.

Steps To Erase in Procreate:

  • Erase on the correct layer – If you try to erase something and it is not erasing, then the reason is that you are not on the correct layer. Procreate will only allow you to erase the actual layer that has the items you want to erase. One of the most important things you can do is make sure that you are on the right layer and erasing the things you actually want to erase.
  • Erase large areas first – I will start with a large-sized eraser and then start erasing the large areas around my photo. This allows me to get large sections of the photo first. I like how quickly the eraser will clean things up on my canvas.
  • Erase a line around the photo – Next, I will bring the eraser’s size down, and then I will start to make a line around the edge of my photo or object I want to erase. If I want to get a very close line, I will use my fingers to enlarge the canvas to see exactly where I am erasing.
  • Erase all other areas – Then, once this is done, I will start to erase all the other canvas areas. Usually, at this point, I can make my eraser size larger to get larger areas of the canvas without touching the object or the photo that I do not want to erase.

Procreate makes it much easier to erase the background than using another app like Photoshop or Lightroom. Even though there are reasons why sometimes you will not want to use the Procreate app, I find when I am laying out my canvas for painting or checking the background color, Procreate is my fastest option.

Steps To Changing The Background Color

A way I use Procreate is I will use it to help me to decide what background color I want to use for my painting. Procreate will allow me to check and test many different colors and backgrounds before I oil paint onto my canvas.

Steps To Change The Background Color In Procreate

  • Be On the Background Layer – To change the background color, you must actually be on the background layer, the first layer in Procreate. If you are not on the background layer, you cannot change the background color.
  • Change the color from Your Color Palette – When you are on the background layer, you will see the background layer notice at the top of your color palette; the color palette will say “background.” This is how you know that you are on the background layer. Tap on the color you want to change, and the background color will automatically change to that color.

Procreate is a great app for artists to use to help them to be able to save time with their painting. I do not use Procreate to produce digital art, but I use it to help me layout and plan my painting before I actually paint anything on the canvas. I believe that this is a tool that every artist should use.

Procreate can help you save time with your artwork as you can use Procreate as a guide to help you know exactly what you are going to paint and how you will paint it. It can help you choose the colors you will use in your painting.

This means that with Procreate, you can layout your artwork digitally before you begin to paint anything on the canvas. Erasing the background of a photo you are going to paint and then changing the background color is a great example of using technology like Procreate to help you make the correct artistic decisions for your artwork.

If you are interested in more videos about using Procreate for your artwork, check out our YouTube channel, Anita Louise Art, by clicking here. Also, check out other blogs we have written on Procreate by clicking here. My goal is to help other artists use Procreate as a tool to help them save time by planning their artwork first in Procreate before painting on the canvas.

Related Questions

How Do You Use Procreate To Layout Your Oil Paintings?

Procreate is a really great computer app to use to help you plan and layout your oil paintings before you put them on your canvas.  Procreate will help to save you time because when you will not need to paint over your artistic mistakes.  You can also use Procreate as an online sketchbook or art journal.

You can discover more by reading Procreate to Layout your Oil Paintings, What You Need to Know by clicking here

How Can The Procreate App Help You Become a Better Oil Painter?

There are many ways that you can use procreate to become a better oil painter. Procreate can help you set up palettes with color combinations and layout your painting before you paint it. I find it an essential tool to help me with my oil painting.

You can discover more by reading How Can The Procreate App Help You Become a Better Oil Painter? by clicking here.

Anita Louise Hummel

Hi, I am Anita Louise Hummel. I am an artist and a blogger. I paint mainly oil paints. I love to paint women, animals (mainly dogs and cats), and abstracts. I use a lot of gold and silver leaf in my paintings. I also love to blog about anything to do with art, business, Procreate, and all the wonderful artists that inspire me.

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