How to Change Opacity in Procreate – Procreate Tips & Tricks 2024

Iva Mikles

This is a quick tip tutorial on how to add text in Procreate version 5.3.5

To change opacity in Procreate, first open your existing artwork, photo, drawing, or file. Click on the layers icon in the upper right corner, which opens your layers menu. Locate the layer you want to change the opacity for. Click on the “N” to open the blending modes. Notice the opacity slider. With your Apple Pencil, slide it to the left to reduce the layer opacity or to the right to increase the layer opacity.

Here is what iPad for Procreate and iPad Stylus for Procreate I am using.

How to Change Opacity in Procreate Quick Tutorial

Watch the video above to learn visually how to reduce and increase opacity in Procreate visually.

How to Change Opacity in Procreate: Step-by-Step Guide

Time needed: 2 minutes

Learn to adjust opacity in Procreate 5X by following this step-by-step picture guide:

  1. Open your canvas, artwork, photo, drawing, or file

    First, open the canvas, artwork, photo, drawing, or file with layers you want to adjust opacity for.
    1. Open canvas - Reduce Opacity in Procreate - ©Art Side of Life

  2. Click on the layers icon in the upper right corner

    You will see all the layers your canvas consists of. Locate the layer you want to change opacity for.
    2. Click on layers - Reduce Opacity in Procreate - ©Art Side of Life

  3. Click on “N” to open the blending modes

    In your selected layer, click on the letter “N” to open the blending modes. You will see the opacity slider.
    3. Click on N - Reduce Opacity in Procreate - ©Art Side of Life

  4. Slide the opacity slider to the left or right to change the opacity

    Use your Apple Pencil on the opacity slider to slide to the left and reduce the opacity of your layer or to the right and increase the opacity of the slider.
    4. Reduce Opacity - Reduce Opacity in Procreate - ©Art Side of Life

How to Change the Opacity of a Selection in Procreate Step-by-Step Guide

1. In the open canvas, click on the S icon in the upper left corner

5. Click S icon - Reduce Opacity in Procreate - ©Art Side of Life
1. Click the S icon (selection) – Photo ©Art Side of Life

Locate the “S” or selection icon in the upper left corner of the Procreate menu. Click on it to activate the selection menu.

2. Select the selection shape

6. Select selection shape - Reduce Opacity in Procreate - ©Art Side of Life
2. Select selection shape – Photo ©Art Side of Life

Based on the nature of your artwork, drawing, photo, or file, choose the selection shape. For example, rectangular, oval, free-hand, or automatic. In my guide, I chose the rectangular selection shape because my artwork has a rectangular shape.

3. Select the part of your canvas for which you want to reduce opacity

7. Select part of canvas - Reduce Opacity in Procreate - ©Art Side of Life
3. Select part of canvas – Photo ©Art Side of Life

Use your Apple Pencil to drag the selection shape around part of the artwork for which you want to reduce the opacity.

4. Swipe down with 3 fingers

8. Swipe with 3 fingers - Reduce Opacity in Procreate - ©Art Side of Life
4. Swipe with 3 fingers – Photo ©Art Side of Life

Swipe down with 3 fingers to activate the Copy & Paste menu.

5. Copy & Paste menu opens

9. Copy & paste menu opens - Reduce Opacity in Procreate - ©Art Side of Life
5. Copy & Paste menu opens – Photo ©Art Side of Life

When you swipe down with 3 fingers, the Copy & Paste menu opens. It includes different actions such as Cut, Copy, Copy all, Duplicate all, and Cut & Paste.

6. Click on Cut & Paste

10. Select Cut & Paste - Reduce Opacity in Procreate - ©Art Side of Life
6. Click on Cut & Paste – Photo ©Art Side of Life

To create a new layer from your selection, click on the Cut & Paste option in the menu. This will create a new layer from your selection so that you can adjust the opacity on it.

7. Locate the new layer in your layers list

11. Locate the new layer - Reduce Opacity in Procreate - ©Art Side of Life
7. Locate the new layer – Photo ©Art Side of Life

Locate the new layer in your layers list.

8. Click on the N again to open the blending modes

12. Click N again - Reduce Opacity in Procreate - ©Art Side of Life
8. Click N again – Photo ©Art Side of Life

Click on the letter “N” again to open your layers list. You will see the opacity slider again.

9. Slide the opacity slider to the left or right to adjust the opacity

13. Reduce the opacity - Reduce Opacity in Procreate - ©Art Side of Life
9. Reduce the opacity of the selection – Photo ©Art Side of Life

Now slide the opacity slider to the left to reduce the opacity and to the right to increase the opacity of your selection.

Voila! You have just changed the opacity of your layer and your selection.

Overall, adjusting opacity in Procreate is a straightforward process that you can do quickly and easily by following these steps.

Thank you for being here, and I hope this was helpful to you.

See you in the next episode of Art Side of Life Quick Tips in Procreate.

Iva

Hi, I am Iva (rhymes with “viva”). I am a full-time self-taught artist behind Art Side of Life® and a Top Teacher on Skillshare. I have 15 years of experience in the creative field as a concept designer, illustrator, art director, and now freelance artist, content creator, and art instructor. My goal is to help you get your creative groove on with Procreate and make awesome art through practical classes, tutorials, Procreate brushes, and guides on art tools, supplies and resources. About me »

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