How to Copy and Paste in Procreate – Procreate Tips & Tricks 2024

Iva Mikles

This is a quick tip tutorial on how to copy and paste in Procreate version 5.3.5

To copy and paste in Procreate, open your artwork, image, or file. Open the layers by clicking on the layers icon in the top right corner. Locate the layer with the object you want to copy and paste. Tap on that layer to select it. Now tap on the selection tool (squiggly icon) in top left corner to activate the freehand selection. Draw around the object with your Apple pencil. Now swipe down on the screen with three fingers to open the copy paste menu. Tap on the duplicate option. The arrow icon will activate. Now use your Apple pencil to move the object to desired place. Tap on the arrow icon again to deactivate the move tool.

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

How to Copy Paste in Procreate Quick Tutorial

Watch the video above to learn to copy and paste items in Procreate visually.

How to Copy and Paste an Object in Procreate Step-by-Step Guide

Or learn to copy and paste in Procreate 5X by following the step-by-step picture guide:

Time needed: 2 minutes

  1. Open your artwork, image or file

    First, open the artwork, image or file in Procreate.1.Open Canvas-Copy and Paste in Procreate-©Art Side of Life

  2. Tap on the layers icon to open the layers

    Locate the layer with the object or objects you want to copy paste.2.Open Layers and Select Layere with Object -Copy and Paste in Procreate-©Art Side of Life

  3. Tap on the selection tool (squiggly icon) in the upper left corner

    Activate the selection tool from the menu in the upper left3.Tap on Selection Tool (Squiggly Icon)-Copy and Paste in Procreate-©Art Side of Life

  4. Ensure the freehand selection tool is active

    In the selection tool menu, make sure the freehand selection tool is active.4.Use Freehand Selection-Copy and Paste in Procreate-©Art Side of Life

  5. Draw around your desired object

    Use the freehand selection tool to select your desired object with your Apple Pencil.5.Draw around Your Object-Copy and Paste in Procreate-©Art Side of Life

  6. Swipe down with three fingers

    Swipe down on the screen with three fingers to open the copy paste menu6.Use 3 Fingers to Swipe Down to Open Copy Paste Window-Copy and Paste in Procreate-©Art Side of Life

  7. Select Duplicate

    In the copy paste menu select the “Duplicate” option to copy and paste your selected object7.Tap on Duplicate to Copy Paste Your Object-Copy and Paste in Procreate-©Art Side of Life

  8. Move the duplicated object to your desired place

    Use your Apple pencil to move and paste the duplicated object to your desired place on canvas8.Move Duplicated Object to Your Desired Place-Copy and Paste in Procreate-©Art Side of Life

  9. Exit the move mode

    Exit the move mode by clicking on the arrow icon in the upper left corner9.Click Arrow Icon to Exit Move Mode -Copy and Paste in Procreate-©Art Side of Life

  10. Open Layers to locate the duplicated object layer

    To find your duplicated object, open the layers. It will be in the activated layer.2.Open Layers and Select Layere with Object -Copy and Paste in Procreate-©Art Side of Life

  11. Swipe the layer with duplicated object to left

    If you want to copy paste the duplicated object again, swipe its layer to the left and tap on duplicate to copy paste it10.Click Layers to Find Duplicated Object Layer and Swipe Left to Duplicate Again-n-Copy and Paste in Procreate-©Art Side of Life

  12. Move it to desired place on canvas

    Use your Apple pencil to move it and paste it to a desired place on your canvas12.Move Your Duplicated Object to Desired Place Again-Copy and Paste in Procreate-©Art Side of Life

Voila, you have just learned how to copy paste something in Procreate. And what is more, you learned how to easily copy and paste it in Procreate again.

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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I am Iva (rhymes with viva), and I'm the artist behind Art Side of Life. I'm all about helping you get your creative groove on with Procreate and make awesome art! So on my website, I share Procreate classes, tutorials, brushes, and guides on art tools, supplies, and resources. Ready to create and make amazing art? Then explore, join and have fun ♡

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