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Now in this exercise we’re going to be going over reference imagery it can be really helpful when you have just a reference photo that you can refer to as you’re drawing your sketch or your painting as you can see here we have our just a quick sketch of Superman that I did on a recent live stream and I made this sketch based upon this reference photo that I got off of Google Images you’re probably wondering how I went about bringing up this window for reference imagery if I want to I could go to this wrench icon and then go over to canvas and then there’s a little setting for reference that’s currently on if I check that off then my reference image goes away however if I want to bring it back I can hit that wrench icon hit the reference and then here it is once again if I need to clear out this current reference I can hit clear and then I can import a different image which I’m just going to go ahead and import my Superman once again and it comes in and you can resize the window as you see fit I’m just holding down the the bottom right hand corner just to resize everything to my liking and with this reference image box I’m also able to kind of pan and zoom around within this box on a particular object within the reference image so if I pan around and I can zoom in zoom out and I can also rotate the image by doing kind of a twisting motion by just rotating like this so there’s a lot of different options with this reference image I can make this just a little bit smaller here now if I want to I can also move this reference image Box by clicking on the box then I’m gonna click right around where it says reference I’m going to click and drag over to the other side of my canvas I can go ahead and resize once again by clicking on that reference area I’m just hitting kind of like where right where it says reference just right next to where it says reference and then I’m going to click and drag the bottom right hand corner

just drag that a bit like so so I can see a little bit more of my image so these are just some of the advantages of using referenced images within procreate you can snap a photo of something in real life say a sculpture or maybe a beautiful scene you can bring that into the referenced images option put that off to the side of your canvas and then try and sketch what you saw within that photo so that’s what makes referenced images very very valuable within procreate

Charles Ellison

Author Charles Ellison

I create digital paintings of pop culture, movies, icons and anything that inspires me. Time flies when I’m creating something that begins to take shape. It’s been great transitioning from traditional pencil and paper to work digitally. A tablet and stylus has really brought my artwork to life!

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