Luvi Silverberg
November 14, 2022

How to Get a Tree Brush on Procreate


If you're using Procreate on your iPad, you might be familiar with the available brush presets. They're easy to use and great for creating beautiful art. But what happens when you want something a little different? In my case, I wanted a tree brush that would allow me to draw trees quickly and easily, so I created one myself! Here's how:

Create a new Canvas in Procreate.

To get a tree brush, start with a brand new canvas in Procreate and make sure it is square. Draw two colors on either side of the square, so that you have four sections total:

  • A light color for the top left

  • A darker color for the top right

  • A light color for the bottom left

  • A darker color for the bottom right

Create your brush by using a square canvas and using two colors.

To create a tree brush, you will need to use a square canvas and two colors. The first color should be a lighter shade of the second color, which can either be white or black. This will allow you to create different shades of green as well as browns and yellows. Try using two different shades of one color: for example, use 50% gray with 50% black to achieve dark branches; then use 75% gray with 25% black for lighter branches; finally, use 90% white with 10% black for even lighter branches.

Once your square canvas is selected, draw whatever shape you'd like on it (a triangle makes a good tree). Then select both layers by clicking on their eye icons in the Layers panel (F7). Select Add New Fill Layer > Gradient Tool from the menu bar at top right corner of your screen and make sure it's set at Paint Bucket Mode before clicking on any part of each layer that isn't filled with solid color yet (i

Save the image.

Now that your brush is ready, you can save it!

  • Tap the + button in the lower right corner of Procreate.

  • Select Save Image and then choose where to save it (the camera roll, iCloud Drive etc).

  • Open Procreate and open up your canvas by tapping on it or pressing CMD+N (Mac) or CTRL+N (Windows). Press CMD+I (Mac) or CTRL+I (Windows) to import your image and adjust its size as needed so that everything fits nicely into view. You should now see a white rectangle with a black border around it—this represents how big the brush will be when you use it in Procreate; if this is not visible, tap on any empty area outside the canvas until it appears again. To change its size at any time, simply tap anywhere inside this box until an outline appears around both sides of each edge; then drag either side until they're set at whatever size feels comfortable for you!

Go to Settings on your iPad and make sure that Procreate has access to Photos.

To get started, you will need to go to your iPad settings and make sure that Procreate has access to Photos. If it doesn't have this permission yet, you will need to turn it on by tapping on the photo app in settings. Then tap on Photos.

Once you're there, scroll down until you see "Allow access when locked." This is another setting that needs to be turned on for Procreate's tree brushes feature (and other features as well). Make sure this toggle switch is green so that Procreate has permission.

Import your photo into Procreate and add it to your canvas.

To import a photo into Procreate, follow these steps:

  • Open the app and create a new canvas.

  • Tap on the + button in your lower-right corner of your screen, then select the Photos option from the list of options that appear.

  • Select any still from your camera roll or choose one from an email you've received (this can be rather useful if you want to create an artwork based on a specific event). You can also import photos directly from iCloud Drive or other cloud storage services like Google Drive or Dropbox by tapping on their respective logos at the top right corner of this menu; just make sure they're synced with your device first!

Adjust the size and opacity of your imported brush.

  • You can adjust the size of your brush using the slider in the top-left corner.

  • You can adjust the opacity of your brush using the slider in the top-right corner.

  • You can change its color by tapping on it and selecting a new color from your palette.

Now that you've imported a brush, let's look at how to adjust it before we start drawing!


You can also adjust the size and opacity of your imported brush to get exactly the effect you want. Once you've achieved it, save the image so that you can use it again later.


Now that you know how to make a tree brush, we encourage you to experiment with other images and textures. You can use this technique for any type of image you want to create a brush from!