Frequently asked questions
Hopefully you will find all the answers to your questions on this page! If not - use the contact form to get in touch with me and I am more than happy to help!
I can't install the brushes I have downloaded
Check out the installation guide here: Click to view Installation Guide.
The practice sheets won't download
Since the practice sheets are larger files they can sometimes take a bit longer to download, during which time you only see a blank screen, but they are definitely downloading! It can take a few minutes, depending on your internet connection. Check out the tutorials to find out more about how to use download and install the practice sheets: Click to view Tutorials.
The practice sheets I downloaded only show the letters a - e
That's because the layers of all other letters are hidden! Each letter is on a separate layer which let's you turn the visibility on and off so you can practice any combination of letters your like, or use the spare empty lines :). Check out the tutorials to find out how to use the practice sheets: Click to view Tutorials.
I can't / don't want to use PayPal - are there any other payment options?
You don't need a PayPal account to make a payment! You can just use your credit card (including prepaid cards). When you get to the PayPal login page, there is a link below the login button that will let you use your debit or credit card.
Which apps do you use?
I love using the Procreate app for about 95% of all lettering I do. I also use Adobe Sketch on the iPad, and on my laptop I'm using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Which iPad do you recommend?
I personally have the 12.9" iPad Pro, and it's the one I recommend. I love the bigger screen size for anything I do! I carry the iPad in my bag alongside my 15" Macbook Pro every day and it's not too heavy or bulky.
How much storage do you recommend?
This of course depends what you want to do with your iPad! I have the 256GB version, but I'm storing my whole music and video libraries as well. If you are only using it for lettering, then the 32GB version is probably big enough.
Why are my strokes not thick and thin like yours?
All Procreate brushes I use are pressure sensitive. This means you put more pressure on your pencil for your downstrokes than your upstrokes. If you can't get it working, try the following:
- Play around with your brush size. If you make it bigger, the pressure sensitivity will become more obvious.
- Play around with your canvas size and different zoom levels. Start with a 2048px x 2048px canvas size and then pinch zoom it in and out until to see what difference it makes to the thickness of your brush strokes.
Can I use an iPad other than the iPad Pro?
Yes you can! However, you probably won't get quite the same results. The biggest differentiator is the Apple Pencil, and unfortunately it only works with the iPad Pro.
I don't have an iPad Pro. Which stylus do you recommend?
I have personally tried the Pencil by 53 and the Adonit Pixel stylus. Out of the two I far prefer the Adonit Pixel stylus. I have used it with my 2nd gen iPad mini, and it works ok. You'll be able to get the thick and thin strokes, although the result is not comparable to what you would get on the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil.
Can I use your practice sheets on an iPhone?
Unfortunately not. The Procreate pocket app can't import Procreate files which is what the practice sheets are. I also don't think it's very practical to practice your lettering on your phone :) The iPad Pro is the best for that!
How do I get started with hand lettering?
This is a question I get asked a lot - and there's 2 ways to go about it. The first option is to get a nice set of practice sheets and start tracing letters until you feel comfortable writing them your yourself. I have made Procreate specific practice sheets that your can find here: Practice Sheets. The other option is doing a course, where you will get step-by-step instructions and a lot more guidance than just practicing yourself. I have put together a page with a list of courses I have personally taken and/or highly recommend.
Is it possible to learn calligraphy and/or hand lettering entirely on the iPad?
Yes! I have never done any hand lettering or calligraphy before I got my iPad Pro. I started my hand lettering journey by getting practice sheets first, and then I wanted to expand my knowledge and skillset and ended up participating in a number of online courses, which made a huge difference.
How do I get started with Procreate?
Good question! There's 2 things I recommend: 1) Read the Procreate handbook - it is really awesome!! You can get it from here: Procreate Handbook. 2) Watch some of my tutorials - they are right here: tutorials
Which screen protector do you use?
None! A lot of people ask me this question, and I actually prefer writing on the smooth glass surface :) Having said that, you can always try putting a screen protector on to your iPad and just take it off again if you don't like it. The screen protector does not affect the Apple Pencil, and I know there's quite a few letterers who like using one, but not me.