8 Best New Procreate 5X Features for Digital Calligraphy and Lettering

8 Best NEW Procreate 5X Features for Digital Calligraphy and Lettering

HAY, how art you? Apple’s Procreate app just launched a new update to Procreate 5X, and it comes with several new features that can optimise workflow, and new adjustment and filter options to spice up your digital calligraphy and illustrations. In this article, I have detailed 8 best new features suitable for calligraphy and lettering. Read on to know more!


1) New Transform Tool – Snapping

In the previous versions of Procreate, there is no option to snap your layers to the centre or sides of the canvas, which can be kind of frustrating for perfectionists who want to align their layers.


1) Tap on transform.

2) Tap on snapping.

3) Toggle it on. 

4) Snap your layer according to the orange guidelines that appear. 

Procreate 5X snapping feature
Procreate 5X snapping feature

2) New Colour Function – PaletteCapture

I am sure we have all been there; we found a pretty inspo picture or photo from Pinterest and we want to create a colour palette from it. Before the update, we would need to import the photo into Procreate, and then use the eyedropper tool to capture the colours we want into a colour palette one by oneNow, PaletteCapture creates a colour palette automatically from the photo we select. 


1) Tap on palettes (colour swatch on the top right).

2) Select ‘new from photos’.

3) The colour palette will be generated automatically. 

Procreate 5X PaletteCapture feature

3) New Colour Function – SwatchDrop

Also a new colour function, SwatchDrop allows us to drag and drop a colour swatch to fill the entire layer. Previously, we could only do so with the current colour that is selected.


1. Open palettes.

2. Long press on a swatch.

3. Drag and drop to the layer to fill.

4) New Adjustment – Gradient Map

Gradient Map is a fun way to change the colours on your selected layer. Under adjustments, select Gradient Map. There are a couple of built-in gradients in the library already, but you can tap on the ‘+’ sign to create your own colour scheme. You can then choose the gradient you like and then tap it to adjust the sliders to achieve different colour tone variations. Take note that your layer has to be coloured with a few colour variations for the changes to be evident. 

Procreate 5X Gradient Map feature
Procreate 5X Gradient Map feature
When gradient map is not applied
Procreate 5X Gradient Map - Venice
When 'Venice' is applied
Procreate 5X Gradient Map - Breeze
When 'breeze' is applied
Procreate 5X Gradient Map - Mocha
When 'Mocha' is applied

5) New Adjustment – Bloom

Bloom is a fun filter that adds a glow to your layer. Once you select it in the menu, you will be able to choose from layer, to apply this effect to the entire layer; or pencil, to selectively apply this effect according to where you place the pencil. 

Procreate 5X feature - Bloom
Procreate 5X feature - Bloom
Without 'Bloom' adjustment
Procreate 5X feature - Bloom
With 'Bloom' adjustment

6) New Adjustment – Glitch

Choose glitch from the adjustments menu and select layer. There are four variations – artifact, wave, signal and diverge, and you can play around with them and see which one fits your artwork. I have chosen the wave option, which makes the calligraphy look more whimsical and wispy.

Procreate 5X feature - Glitch
Procreate 5X feature - Glitch
Without 'Glitch' adjustment
Procreate 5X feature - Glitch
With 'Glitch' adjustment

7) New Adjustment – Halftone

Once you have selected halftone, you will see three variations – full colour, screen print and newspaper. This effect adds a cool print texture to the layer you have selected. Play around with the effects and slide from left to right to adjust the percentage to explore this adjustment. 

Procreate 5X feature - Halftone
Procreate 5X feature - Halftone
Without 'Halftone' adjustment
Procreate 5X feature - Halftone
With 'Halftone' adjustment

8) New Adjustment – Chromatic Aberration 

The chromatic filter has been pretty trendy recently. In Chromatic Aberration, there are two variations – perspective and displace. Again, there are quite a few options and sliders to play around with until you are happy with the effect. 

Procreate 5X feature - Chromatic Aberration
Procreate 5X feature - Chromatic Aberration
Without 'Chromatic Aberration' adjustment
Procreate 5X feature - Chromatic Aberration
With 'Chromatic Aberration' adjustment


Procreate has been lauded as one of the most powerful apps for digital artworks. With the new updates, I believe it will remain as one of the most popular apps for iPad calligraphy and lettering.

Watch the video below for the demonstrations of these features:

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