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Which Stylus is Compatible with Procreate Dreams?

Iva Mikles
Which Stylus is Compatible with Procreate Dreams?

Hey there, I’ve been animating in Procreate Dreams for the past two weeks, and I think it’s really an exciting way to breathe life into my illustrations.

In my previous post, I answered what iPad I recommend for Procreate Dreams, and in this post, I will be sharing my recommendation for the best stylus artists should use with Procreate Dreams. Let’s have a look!

Stylus Compatibility with Procreate Dreams

There are only five (5) styluses compatible with Procreate Dreams, and they are all made using the Apple Pencil technology.

Which one you should get depends on 1/ your iPad model and 2/ whether you want pressure sensitivity (e.g., if you work with textures and painterly strokes). Find the overview of styluses compatible with Procreate Dreams below:

My Pick
Previous Pick
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Alternative 1
Alternative 2
My rating:
5.0
My rating:
4.5
My rating:
4.0
My rating:
3.5
My rating:
3.5
Compatibility:
Compatible with: iPad Pro 12.9-inch (6th, 5th, 4th and 3rd generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st generation), iPad Air (5th and 4th generation) and iPad mini (6th generation)
Compatibility:
Compatible with: iPad (6th, 7th, 8th, 9th (10.2″), 10th (10.9″ generation), iPad mini (5th generation), iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st, 2nd generation), iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 9.7-inch
Compatibility:
Compatible with iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th generation); iPad Pro 11-inch (1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th generation), iPad (10th generation), iPad Air (4th, and 5th generation), iPad mini (6th generation)
Compatibility:
Compatible with iPad Pro 12.9-Inch (6th, 5th, 4th & 3rd Gen), iPad Pro 11-Inch (4th, 3rd, 2nd & 1st Gen), iPad (10th Gen), iPad Air (5th & 4th Gen), iPad Mini (6th Gen)
Compatibility:
Compatible with iPad Pro 12.9-Inch (5th, 4th & 3rd Gen), iPad Pro 11-Inch (3rd, 2nd & 1st Gen), iPad (9th, 8th, 7th & 6th Gen), iPad Air (5th, 4th & 3rd Gen), iPad Mini (6th & 5th Gen)
Special Features:
Pressure sensitivity
Tilt support
Palm rejection
Automatic pairing
Magnetic charging
Double-tap
Hover
Special Features:
Pressure sensitivity
Tilt support
Palm rejection
Automatic pairing
Lightning charging
Special Features:
Tilt support
Palm rejection
Automatic pairing
Magnetic attachment
Hover
USB-C charging
❌ No Pressure sensitivity
Special Features:
Tilt support
Palm rejection
Automatic pairing
USB-C charging
❌ No Pressure sensitivity
Special Features:
Tilt support
Palm rejection
Automatic pairing
Lightning charging
❌ No Pressure sensitivity
My Pick
My rating:
5.0
Compatibility:
Compatible with: iPad Pro 12.9-inch (6th, 5th, 4th and 3rd generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st generation), iPad Air (5th and 4th generation) and iPad mini (6th generation)
Special Features:
Pressure sensitivity
Tilt support
Palm rejection
Automatic pairing
Magnetic charging
Double-tap
Hover
Previous Pick
My rating:
4.5
Compatibility:
Compatible with: iPad (6th, 7th, 8th, 9th (10.2″), 10th (10.9″ generation), iPad mini (5th generation), iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st, 2nd generation), iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 9.7-inch
Special Features:
Pressure sensitivity
Tilt support
Palm rejection
Automatic pairing
Lightning charging
NEW
My rating:
4.0
Compatibility:
Compatible with iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th generation); iPad Pro 11-inch (1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th generation), iPad (10th generation), iPad Air (4th, and 5th generation), iPad mini (6th generation)
Special Features:
Tilt support
Palm rejection
Automatic pairing
Magnetic attachment
Hover
USB-C charging
❌ No Pressure sensitivity
Alternative 1
My rating:
3.5
Compatibility:
Compatible with iPad Pro 12.9-Inch (6th, 5th, 4th & 3rd Gen), iPad Pro 11-Inch (4th, 3rd, 2nd & 1st Gen), iPad (10th Gen), iPad Air (5th & 4th Gen), iPad Mini (6th Gen)
Special Features:
Tilt support
Palm rejection
Automatic pairing
USB-C charging
❌ No Pressure sensitivity
Alternative 2
My rating:
3.5
Compatibility:
Compatible with iPad Pro 12.9-Inch (5th, 4th & 3rd Gen), iPad Pro 11-Inch (3rd, 2nd & 1st Gen), iPad (9th, 8th, 7th & 6th Gen), iPad Air (5th, 4th & 3rd Gen), iPad Mini (6th & 5th Gen)
Special Features:
Tilt support
Palm rejection
Automatic pairing
Lightning charging
❌ No Pressure sensitivity

Main Criteria for Choosing the Best Stylus for Procreate Dreams

Photo: Iva using her Apple Pencil 2 with Procreate Dreams - ©Art Side of Life

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Get a Stylus that Uses Apple Pencil Technology

Since Procreate 5.3, the Procreate app supports only styluses made using Apple Pencil. Procreate Dreams has the same requirement.

There are only five styluses made using the Apple Pencil technology – Apple Pencil 2Apple Pencil 1Apple Pencil USB-C, Logitech Crayon, or Logitech Crayon 2.

Which one you should get depends on your iPad model and whether you need the pressure sensitivity.

Choose a Stylus Based on Your iPad Model

Because of the compatibility, your iPad model decides which stylus you should get. Find the supported stylus compatibility overview in the table below:

StylusiPad Compatibility
Apple Pencil 2iPad Pro 12.9-inch (6th, 5th, 4th and 3rd generation), iPad Pro 11-inch (4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st generation), iPad Air (5th and 4th generation) and iPad mini (6th generation)
Apple Pencil 1iPad (6th, 7th, 8th, 9th (10.2″), 10th (10.9″ generation), iPad mini (5th generation), iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st, 2nd generation), iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 9.7-inch
Apple Pencil USB-CiPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th generation); iPad Pro 11-inch (1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th generation), iPad (10th generation), iPad Air (4th, and 5th generation), iPad mini (6th generation)
Logitech Crayon 2iPad Pro 12.9-Inch (6th, 5th, 4th & 3rd Gen), iPad Pro 11-Inch (4th, 3rd, 2nd & 1st Gen), iPad (10th Gen), iPad Air (5th & 4th Gen), iPad Mini (6th Gen)
Logitech CrayoniPad Pro 12.9-Inch (5th, 4th & 3rd Gen), iPad Pro 11-Inch (3rd, 2nd & 1st Gen), iPad (9th, 8th, 7th & 6th Gen), iPad Air (5th, 4th & 3rd Gen), iPad Mini (6th & 5th Gen)

Do you need a Stylus with Pressure Sensitivity?

Pressure sensitivity in a stylus allows you to vary the thickness and intensity of your lines and textures just by changing how hard you press.

This feature adds depth and realism to your digital artwork, making it feel more like drawing with traditional tools.

Only Apple Pencil 1 and Apple Pencil 2 come with pressure sensitivity sensors, so if you want to use this feature, choose one of these based on your iPad.

FAQs – What Stylus works with Procreate Dreams

Does Procreate Dreams work with any stylus?

No, Procreate Dreams doesn’t work with any stylus. You will need a stylus made using Apple Pencil technology. I recommend Apple Pencil 1 or Apple Pencil 2, depending on your iPad model.

Why is my pen lagging when I use Procreate Dreams?

If your pen is lagging when using Procreate Dreams, upgrade the app to version 1.0.4+ because this bug was fixed with that version.

What pens work with Procreate Dreams?

Five pens work with Procreate Dreams: Apple Pencil 2Apple Pencil 1Apple Pencil USB-C, Logitech Crayon, or Logitech Crayon 2.

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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