A moodboard is a wonderful way for finding inspiration and helping create what your brand is all about. But did you know you can easily create an aesthetic moodboard right on Procreate?
In this tutorial, I’ll be sharing a step by step guide on how to create your own aesthetic moodboard right on Procreate. But before we do that, make sure your canvas size is 2048 x 2048 pixels in 300 DPI (dot per inches).
Anyways, let’s get straight into it!
If you already have images in your photo album, you don’t need to do this step below. You can simply go on the Procreate app > the “Actions menu” (the wrench icon next to “Gallery”) on the menu bar > “Add” > “Insert a photo”.
But if you’re looking for images online for your mood board, then follow this trick: Open your browser on the side (for iPad). Search up any images you want for your mood board. You can find images on Pinterest, Google images, etc.
When you find an image you want to add, tap and hold down on the image and then drag it out onto the canvas. You can then modify and resize the images on the canvas (however you can also do this later on so no rush!).
Next, I want you to group these photo images so that they are organised. You can do this by sliding left to right on each layer and then tapping on “Group”.
Creating the Palette Base
It’s time to create the palette base so that you’re able to add the colours in. Now create a new layer.
To create a straight line, using any medium-thick brush on your Procreate app, draw and hold a horizontal line from the left to the right end of the canvas. To align it in place like I did, hold the line with your pencil and with your non-dominant hand, tap and HOLD anywhere on the canvas.
Now create a new layer and draw a short vertical line going from the top of the long horizontal line to the bottom of the canvas.
You can duplicate 4 more of these lines by using the “Copy & Paste” toolbar (3 fingers down) > “Duplicate”. It will then appear on another layer and you will have to drag these out until you’ve created 5 vertical rectangles.
After you’ve done that, feel free to merge the lines together to create one layer. Make sure to tap on the layer and tap on “Reference”.
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Adding Colour to Your Palette
The next step is adding your colour palette. Now create a new layer. Find a hue from your images by tapping and holding down until the colour circle magnify glass appears.
Once the colour appears on the colour circle (top right corner), then you can tap and hold that circle and drag it to the rectangle box. Do this 4 more times.
Every time you drop the colours, you should be shown an “opacity slider” bar on the top. Use that to fill in the space.
If you had any open spaces like I did, then you can use the same brush and fill it in so the colours don’t spread to other palettes.
Now I made the mistake of forgetting to create another layer which is absolutely okay! Using the “Masking” tool (which is the 3rd ribbon icon) > use the “Freehand” on ‘Add’ and trace around the rectangle palette you want to separate. Next use the “Copy & Paste” tool > tap on “Cut & Paste”. It should then move that palette to a new layer.
(This is optional) After you found your 5 colours, using the “Selection Tools” (the icon with the cursor), you can move each layer and organise them based on hue or “lighter to darker”, etc. It will make it look more aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.
Once you’ve done that, you can simply select all the layers and group them together.
Changing Canvas Background Colour
Next, tap on “Background colour” in the layers menu and pick a colour for your canvas background. For me, I picked a similar colour related to the entire board (which is hot pink!).
Creating the White Bar
It’s time to create the white bar! Select the colour palette group > tap on the “Selection Tools” again > select “Freeform” and decrease the height from the bottom of the canvas. Go to your reference layer and then using the eraser tool, erase the lines.
Create a new blank layer under your colour palette group > select a paintbrush (and increase the size if needed) > then select a white colour. Go to the “Selection Tool” > choose “Rectangle” and create a long horizontal rectangle in the empty space. Now paint that area white.
Adding Hex Colour Codes
We’re nearly done here! Create a new layer on top of that layer from before and using colour selection (as we did earlier), tap and hold down on the colour palette to select that colour until it appears on the colour circle.
You can use a new pencil brush or decrease the size of your current brush. Now tap on the colour circle and head over to “Value” > then in “Hexadecimal”, copy the 6 code (this is the hex colour).
You can use the selection tool to modify it and fit it in size. Create a new layer and do it for the other 4.
And there you have it! You’ve created your very own mood board on Procreate!
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Have a wonderful day!