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Best iPad Screen Protector for Drawing on Procreate

Iva Mikles
Best iPad Screen Protector for Drawing on Procreate

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As a professional Procreate artist and instructor, I know the importance of having the right screen protector to enhance your Procreate drawing experience.

With so many options out there, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one. So in this post, I’ll share my favorite screen protectors designed for drawing on your iPad in Procreate and some tips on what to look for in a screen protector when you are getting one.

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My Picks for the Best iPad Screen Protector for Procreate

My Pick
Value Pick
Budget Pick
5.0
4.5
4.0
I think Paperlike screen protector is perfect for all the digital artists who want to recreate this paper feeling when drawing on their iPads in Procreate. It's especially good for professional artists drawing on Procreate long hours.
I think Bellemond drawing screen protector for iPads and Procreate is the middle ground when you think of the quality and price. It has a bit rougher texture which is suitable to recreate this awesome sketching feeling.
I think the Bersem Paperfeel screen protector for drawing on iPad is for digital artists on a budget or the beginners who draw on Procreate occasionally.
Balanced matte finish
Antiglare and smudge free
Available for all iPad models and sizes - iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, iPad Mini
Transparent and thin
Sketchbook-like rough finish
Antiglare and smudge free
Available for all iPad models and sizes - iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, iPad Mini
Transparent and thin
Matte finish
Antiglare
Available for all iPad models and sizes - iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, iPad Mini
Transparent and thin
➕ Perfect drawing experience
➕ Great texture
➕ Apple Pencil tip lasts long time
➕ Super easy to apply on the screen
➕ Price
➕ Great sketching experience
➕ Easy to apply
➕ Price
➕ Great drawing feeling considering the price
➖ Price
➖ Wears down Apple Pencil tip faster
➖ Texture feels more rough than Paperlike
➖ Visible smudges
➖ Texture "bite" wears off faster than Paperlike
My Pick
5.0
I think Paperlike screen protector is perfect for all the digital artists who want to recreate this paper feeling when drawing on their iPads in Procreate. It's especially good for professional artists drawing on Procreate long hours.
Balanced matte finish
Antiglare and smudge free
Available for all iPad models and sizes - iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, iPad Mini
Transparent and thin
➕ Perfect drawing experience
➕ Great texture
➕ Apple Pencil tip lasts long time
➕ Super easy to apply on the screen
➖ Price
Value Pick
4.5
I think Bellemond drawing screen protector for iPads and Procreate is the middle ground when you think of the quality and price. It has a bit rougher texture which is suitable to recreate this awesome sketching feeling.
Sketchbook-like rough finish
Antiglare and smudge free
Available for all iPad models and sizes - iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, iPad Mini
Transparent and thin
➕ Price
➕ Great sketching experience
➕ Easy to apply
➖ Wears down Apple Pencil tip faster
➖ Texture feels more rough than Paperlike
Budget Pick
4.0
I think the Bersem Paperfeel screen protector for drawing on iPad is for digital artists on a budget or the beginners who draw on Procreate occasionally.
Matte finish
Antiglare
Available for all iPad models and sizes - iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, iPad Mini
Transparent and thin
➕ Price
➕ Great drawing feeling considering the price
➖ Visible smudges
➖ Texture "bite" wears off faster than Paperlike
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My Pick: Paperlike Matte Screen Protector for iPad

My Pick
PaperLike 2.0 for iPad Pro 12.9″

Matte Screen Protector for Drawing, Writing, and Note-taking. Compatible with Apple Pencil and Stylus. Nanodots surface for the most intuitive feeling.

My Summary

   

As a digital artist myself, I highly recommend the Paperlike screen protector for anyone who wants to have this intuitive experience of drawing on paper while using Procreate on their iPad. Particularly for those who spend long hours making professional artwork.

Pros Cons
➕ Perfect drawing experience ➖ Price
➕ Great texture and paperlike feel
➕ Super easy to apply on the screen
Apple Pencil tips last relatively long time

Value Pick: Bellemond Screen Protector for iPad

Value Pick
Bellemond Screen Protector for iPad

The Original Made in Japan Paper Screen Protector for iPad Pro 12.9" 6th / 5th / 4th / 3rd Generation (2022/21/20/18) - Matte Surface PET Film for Writing & Drawing

My Summary

   

In my opinion, the Bellemond drawing screen protector is a great option for digital artists using Procreate on their iPads, as it strikes a balance between price and quality. And it has a textured surface that mimics the feeling of sketching on paper.

Pros Cons
➕ Price ➖ Texture feels more rough than Paperlike
➕ Great sketching experience ➖ Wears down Apple Pencil tip faster
➕ Easy to apply
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Budget Pick: Bersem Paperfeel Screen Protector for iPad

BERSEM Paper Screen Protector Compatible with iPad Pro 12.9

3 Pack

Compatible with iPad Pro 12.9 Inch without Home Button,iPad pro 12.9 5th Generation Matte PET Film for Drawing Anti-Glare, Face ID Compatible, Paperfeel Film


My Summary

   

I think the Bersem Paperfeel screen protector is a great option for digital artists who are just starting out with Procreate or those who don’t want to spend too much on a screen protector, but still want to experience the paper-like feel while drawing on their iPad.

Pros Cons
➕ Price ➖ Texture “bite” wears off faster than Paperlike
➕ Great drawing feeling considering the price ➖ Visible smudges

What Should You Look Out For When Getting Your Screen Protector for Drawing on Procreate?

Matte Finish

I think that a matte finish is an absolute must to make your drawing experience in Procreate feel like drawing on paper.

I have been using a matte screen protector for drawing on Procreate, and I’ve found out that selecting a matte screen protector is a must when you are getting iPad for drawing with Procreate.

Most importantly, a matte finish provides just the right amount of friction for your Apple Pencil.

Too much friction can make it hard to draw smoothly, but too little friction can make it hard to control your lines. A good matte finish strikes the perfect balance, giving you just enough resistance to make drawing feel natural and intuitive.

Matte finish can reduce glare and reflections on your iPad screen, which can be really distracting when you’re trying to focus on your artwork.

Matte finish also helps to reduce fingerprint smudges, which can also be annoying if you’re using your iPad for long drawing sessions.

Texture

Photo: Paperlike screen protector smooth paper texture - ©Art SIde of Life

When it comes to screen protectors for drawing on Procreate, I think the texture is another important thing to consider.

In my opinion, the right texture can make a huge difference in your drawing experience on Procreate iPad.

For instance, if the texture is too smooth, you may find that your stylus slips and slides too much, making it hard to get the precision you need. In that case, the screen protector is pretty much only for protecting your iPad screen against scratches, but it’s not really for drawing.

On the other hand, if the texture is too rough, you may find that it feels scratchy and uncomfortable on your stylus, making it difficult to create smooth lines. What is more, a very rough texture wears down the tip of your Apple Pencil too fast. And let me tell you, those Apple Pencil tips are not the cheapest.

My Pick
Original Apple Pencil Tips (4 Pack)

I recommend you get them if you use a matte Paperlike screen protector

That’s why it’s important to find a screen protector with a texture that suits your needs.

Some artists prefer a rougher texture that provides more friction between the stylus and the screen, while others prefer a smoother texture that allows for quicker, more fluid strokes.

It’s all about what you like better and a trade-off between the texture and how often you change your Apple Pencil tips. I think you should try more of them and find the texture that feels best for you.

For example, I draw on Procreate almost every day for several hours, and with my Paperlike screen protector, I change my Apple Pencil tip every 2-3 months.

Transparency and clearness

Transparency and clearness are important to consider if you, like me, work a lot with colors in your artworks.

I want a drawing screen protector that doesn’t affect the color accuracy of my iPad screen and doesn’t make my art look washed out.

I recommend looking for a screen protector with high transparency and clearness ratings.

This will ensure that your artwork looks as vibrant and crisp as it should.

Most of the screen protectors also have anti-glare coatings to reduce reflections and improve visibility in bright environments.

Photo: Smudges on iPad screen without a matte screen protector - ©Art SIde of Life

Thickness

Then, also consider the thickness of the screen protector.

Yes, a thicker screen protector may provide more protection against scratches and impact, but it can also affect the touch sensitivity and pencil-to-screen experience of your iPad.

Photo: Thin Paperlike matte screen protector with Apple Pencil on Iva's iPad Pro- ©Art SIde of Life

So, if you want the most natural drawing experience, look for a screen protector that is thin. I’ve also found another advantage of a thin screen protector – it’s quite easy to apply on your iPad screen. That’s super great because I hate those little bubbles which sometimes appear on my smartphone.

FAQs – Best iPad Screen Protector for use with Procreate and Apple Pencil

Do I need a screen protector for iPad and Procreate?

No, you don’t need a screen protector for iPad and Procreate. But it will definitely make your drawing experience more fun. The right screen protector will ensure that drawing in Procreate on your iPad feels like you were drawing on paper in your sketchbook. I recommend the Paperlike matte screen protector.

Can you use a screen protector with Procreate?

Yes, you can use a screen protector with Procreate. I recommend the Paperlike matte screen protector that makes you feel like you are drawing on paper in your sketchbook. It’s really great!

Do artists use a screen protector on iPad?

Yes, many of my artist friends and artists I have interviewed on my podcast use a screen protector on iPad. The most popular is the Paperlike matte screen protector, closely followed by the Bellemond screen protector, and if you are on a budget then Bersem paperfeel screen protector works well, too.

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