How to Use the Symmetry Function in Procreate

I just recently updated my Procreate app with the 4.1 version on my iPad Pro, and upon opening it for the first time, it showed me a splash screen of the newly added features. I must admit that some were really awesome and I’m glad I only had to pay for the app once — especially now, with the Symmetry function.

However, the splash screen only mentioned of this feature. It did not really say how to use it. So if you are like me and you did not pay attention to the video, you would have to do some trial and error on getting it to work, because that’s exactly what I did.

The symmetry function allows you to create mirrored slices on the canvas, so in the case of the radial symmetry mode, expect a kaleidoscope-like experience. I find it useful in creating cool borders for my calligraphy.

Turning on or Entering the Symmetry Mode in Procreate

  1. Upon creating a new canvas, you just have to click on Settings > Canvas > Drawing Guide— the switch should be turned on (blue).
  2. Once turned on, the Edit Drawing Guide will be enabled. Just click on it to access the modal with more settings for the Drawing Guide.
  3. Then would then see multiple options on the top-center menu: 2D Grid, Isometric, Perspective and… you guessed it… Symmetry. Just click on that to show the symmetry-specific settings.
  4. At the bottom of the screen, you will see multiple flavors, i.e. Horizontal (like water reflections), Vertical (like a mirror), Quadrant (Like the quadrant pop art) and Radial (kaleidoscope-like). Just play with the settings until your happy with it.
  5. And then click on Done on the top-right corner of the screen.

Switching to other Symmetry Modes in Procreate

  1. You can combine other symmetry modes by going to Settings > Canvas > Edit Drawing Guide.
  2. Try other symmetry modes, and play with the settings until you are happy with it. You can even switch to Isometric or Perspective.
  3. And then click on Done on the top-right corner of the screen.

Turning off or Exiting to the Symmetry, Isometric or Perspective Mode in Procreate

  1. Note that switching off the Drawing Guides will simply hide the grid lines but you will remain in symmeAnd then click on Done on the top-right corner of the screen.try mode or any other mode you turned on.
  2. You have to keep the Drawing Guide turned on (blue) so you can access the Edit Drawing Guide option. To turn this on, you have to click on Settings > Canvas > Drawing Guide— the switch should be turned on (blue).
  3. Then go to Settings > Canvas > Edit Drawing Guide.
  4. Choose 2D Grid. This should enable the grid lines that look like graphing paper.
    • Make sue that you turn off the Assisted Drawing switch, otherwise you will only be able to draw along the grid lines.
  5. And then click on Done on the top-right corner of the screen.
  6. You should already be able to draw normally except that there’s graphing paper grid lines on your canvas.
    • To hide the grid lines just click on Settings > Canvas > Drawing Guide— the switch should be turned on (grey).

And that’s it! You should be able to create symmetric drawings such as the one in the video below. If you want a more visual explanation, please watch this tutorial on Youtube.  Thanks for reading!

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