How to import my lettering worksheets into Procreate

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So you got some of my worksheets to practice lettering but you want to use them on your iPad with Procreate instead of printing them out and using a brush pen.

Don’t worry, it’s totally doable, and you can do the same thing with other worksheets you’ve purchased or downloaded.

It can be a little confusing when you see files in different formats, files that won’t open in Procreate or on your iPad.

In this video I show you how to convert those files, ZIP and PDF so that you can enjoy them on your iPad.

Here’s what you need to do.

First thing you need to remember is, there are different file types that my worksheets come in, so make sure to read the directions for the file you have to see how to do it.

But first, let me remind you that Etsy doesn’t support downloading files through their app on your phone. The ipad app does allow it but, I think it's a new feature so if you don't see it, you may need to update you app. You’d find the download in your Purchase & Review page of your Etsy account.

If you still don't see the option through your app, just log in through safari or google chrome and do it there. I suggest using Safari as I've run into some issues with Chrome not being able to export and save the files after opening them. 

File types

The worksheets will come either in a jpg, pdf or zip format.

You can't import a pdf or zip file into Procreate. So we need to convert those to a jpg or another image file like png.

  • A JPG is a single image file.

  • A PDF is a collection of all those worksheets in one document that you can open and print all pages. Instead of opening each one individually as you would have to with a jpg. 

  • The ZIP files are files or folders that have been compressed to make the files inside them smaller and easier to send. Because Etsy and other websites have a limit on file size and some of my worksheet packs are HUGE I need to compress the folders containing my files so they can be sent over to you. 

How to use ZIP files 

To open a zip file you need to unzip it first. And to do that on your iPad you need a simple app called iZip, the free one is fine. So head on over to your app store and grab it first.

Once you have that, all you need to do is click on the file you want to download, and once it opens choose open in iZip.

If you don't see it you can click more, and look for iZip there. 

Then just follow the prompts and unzip. Once unzipped select all files and click save. It will ask to save them to your photos album, say yes, give permission and you're done.

USING PDF FILES

Once you click on the file to download, it will open the file in a new browser window. From here you need to export it to etiher your Dropbox or iCloud or AirDrop or other file sharing software you have so you can access it later and not have to click on the link every time.

But to open it in Procreate you still need to convert each page into a JPG, you can do that on a computer using Adobe Acrobat or online at www.smallpdf.com

But if you want to use your iPad for this here’s the workaround.

There's no easy way to convert a PDF into a JPG on an ipad unless you use some other apps.

But I’ll make it super easy. 

Just open the PDF, scroll to the page you want to letter on and take a screenshot of your screen.

• If you have an iPad with the HOME button, press the power button and the home button at the same time to take a screenshot of your screen.

• If you have the newer iPad without the HOME button, press and hold the power button and then press the volume up button to take a screenshot.

That will save the snapshot into your photos on you ipad. So you have to take a screenshot of all pages, one by one to do this. Or you can get acrobat reader, on your computer and open the pdf there and export all pages as individual jpgs and then using a file sharing software move them back to your ipad. 


FINAL GOAL, WORKING WITH JPGS

Ok, so once you have the individual pages either in your Photos on your iPad or in your Dropbox or iCloud you can simply import and open in Procreate.

Open procreate, crete a new document, my worksheets are always 8.5 x 11 at 300 dpi because of printing, but you can just create a screen size file and it will be just fine as well.

Then go to “ADD” - “INSERT FILE” for accessing your dropbox or other app,

or “INSERT PHOTO” to access the worksheets you saved to your photos. 

Then create a new layer to letter on, and choose a brush and start lettering. 

Yey! You’re done!

It may be a bit confusing, so I suggest you watch the video so you can see everything I’m talking about.

If you have any other questions, please post them below and I’ll do my best to answer.