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How To Copy And Paste In Procreate

If you’re a digital artist, designer, or student using Procreate, you’ve probably wondered how to copy and paste in this versatile app. It’s a breeze once you know how!  It’s a real time-saver, whether you’re replicating an object or sprinkling the same element across different spots in your artwork. So, how about we dive into a handful of simple techniques on how to copy and paste in Procreate?

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How to Copy and Paste in Procreate

Procreate offers various methods to copy and paste, geared to streamline your digital art process. Let’s dive into the top three ways!

1. Copy and Paste the Whole Layer

For those quick edits, you can duplicate an entire layer. Here’s how:

  1. Navigate to Layers.
  2. Swipe left on your desired layer.
  3. Select Duplicate from the layer menu.

Note: This method requires your elements to be on separate layers.

2. Utilize the Selection Tool

Need more precision? The Selection tool is your ally. It allows you to isolate any part of your drawing with four methods: Automatic, Freehand, Rectangle, and Ellipse.

  1. Launch the Selection tool (third icon from the left).
  2. Pick your selection type (automatic, freehand, rectangle, ellipse).
  3. After selecting an object, hit Copy & Paste in the options menu.

Voila! You’ve copied an object which you can now modify as you please.

3. The Procreate Shortcut

For the speed-demons among us, Procreate offers a handy shortcut: the Three Finger Swipe option.

  1. Go to Actions > Prefs > Gesture Controls > Copy & Paste.
  2. Enable the Three Finger Swipe option.
  3. Click Done to exit the Gesture Control menu.

With this enabled, a three-finger swipe down brings up the Copy & Paste menu. Select the action you’d like to perform and you’re all set!

  1. Select your object using the Selection tool or keep it on a separate layer.
  2. Swipe three fingers down to open the Copy & Paste menu.
  3. Select your action.
  4. Swipe three fingers down again.

And there you have it, copy and paste in Procreate made easy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I copy and paste multiple items at once in Procreate?

Yes, there is a way to do this but it requires a little bit of fiddling with both hands operating the controls at once! Check out the following YouTube video to see how it’s done.

What are some keyboard shortcuts for copying and pasting in Procreate?

While Procreate is primarily a touch-based app, it does support some keyboard shortcuts when connected to an external keyboard. These shortcuts can expedite your workflow:

  • Copy: Hold down the Option key and tap the C key.
  • Paste: Hold down the Option key and tap the V key.

Can I copy and paste between different Procreate canvases?

You bet! Procreate allows you to copy and paste between different canvases. Here’s how:

  1. First, select the layer or layers you want to copy.
  2. Click on “Copy” from the pop-up menu.
  3. Head over to your other canvas and click on “Paste“. Voila!

Is there a limit to the size of what I can copy and paste in Procreate?

While Procreate does not impose a specific limit on the size of your copy and paste area that I’m personally aware of, the app’s performance might be affected if you’re dealing with extremely large or complex images. The size of your canvas and the power of your device also play a role.


Wrapping up, Procreate truly is the digital artist’s best friend, teeming with features tailored to streamline your creative process. The Copy and Paste function stands out as a game-changer, saving you heaps of time when duplicating objects or scattering an element throughout your artwork.

If you’re looking for a few more handy tutorials, check out our other articles like how to use Alpha Lock and how to trace in Procreate. Remember, practice makes perfect, and with this newfound knowledge, you’re on the fast track to Procreate proficiency. Happy Procreating!

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