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How To Select & Move Objects in Procreate The Easy way

Hello, all you talented digital artists, illustrators, and designers! Ever been intrigued by the art of selecting and manipulating objects, lines, and layers in Procreate? Guess what? Today’s your day! We’ve put together this dedicated guide on how to select and move objects in Procreate the easy way, just for you!

Just a quick heads up! If you’re still undecided on which is the best tablet for Procreate, we’ve got you covered. I’ve personally tested a few models to help you out, so feel free to check it out!

Now, let’s dive into the heart of Procreate – the Selection and Transform tools. These are two of the most frequently used tools and in this article, we’re going to unravel the techniques to use them effectively for moving objects in Procreate.

How to select objects in Procreate

Start by tapping the “Selection” tool (the ribbon-like icon, it looks like an “S” in a square) on the top menu. Doing so will reveal a treasure trove of selection options:

  • Freehand: Draw your selection directly on the canvas. I tend to use this more often than the other options.
  • Automatic: Procreate selects areas with a similar color – a real time-saver and the easiest to use!
  • Rectangle and Ellipse: Perfect for selecting geometric shapes with precision.
  • Polygon: Ideal for selecting more complex and irregular shapes.

Once selected, you’ll see a blue overlay on the selected area. Now, you’re ready to move your object!

How to move objects in Procreate

With your object selected, all you need to do now is move it. Just tap, hold, and drag your artwork to the desired location. It’s that simple! And guess what? If you make a mistake, Procreate has your back. Tap the ‘Undo’ button, and you’re right back where you started. Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right?

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I move objects in Procreate without selecting them?

Well, the short answer is no. In Procreate, you need to select an object before you can move it.

How do I move objects to a different layer in Procreate?

Moving objects to different layers is a process of copying and pasting, check out our guide for more information.

Is there a way to duplicate objects in Procreate?

Absolutely, here are a few handy steps:

  1. First off, use your handy Selection tool (it’s the S-shaped icon). Choose the object you want to duplicate by dragging the cursor around it. It’s like drawing an imaginary box around your beloved object.
  2. Next, tap on the Actions tab (that’s the one with the wrench icon) and go to the Add section. You’ll see the option to Duplicate. Tap it and voila! Your object has been cloned.
  3. Now, you can move your duplicate object to any desired location using the Transform tool (the arrow icon). Remember, dragging the corners can resize your object, while dragging from the center simply moves it.


Well, there you have it! The nitty-gritty of selecting and moving objects in Procreate. With these tips and tricks at your fingertips, you’re now better equipped to create awe-inspiring digital art. Here are a few more articles if you’re looking to learn more, including how to use Alpha Lock, and how to trace in Procreate.

Remember, the more you practice, the more intuitive these functions will become. So, dive deep, experiment, and most importantly, have fun with it!

Happy creating, friends!

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