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Apple Pencil

Want to get the most out of your Apple Pencil when using the best drawing app for iPad? Enjoy these Pencil tips that will make your Trace drawings sing.

How to Work with Apple Pencil


Want a line to be bolder or darker? Simply press down and watch the lightness of the line change. Make your line look heavy or faint. Perfect for expressing depth in your drawing.

Apple Pencil


Want to fill or shade? Simply tilt your Apple Pencil to allow your watercolor brush, graphite pencil, charcoal, or chisel marker to be spread wide or bleed deep. It will feel just like a real pencil on its side.

Pro Tip
Lighten the opacity slider in pen toolbar for soft shading.

Apple Pencil


Want to see something really cool? Use the chisel marker and notice the direction of the line adjust with the marker as you rotate it. Can you get more real than this?

Apple Pencil


Need a mechanical line where the pen maintains perfect width and color? Simply select the technical pen and you will have the exact line you need no matter how the pencil moves. To change thickness simply change pen sizes.

Apple Pencil


Using multiple stencils? Want to switch brushes? You can use the double-tap feature of the Apple Pencil 2 to flip through a ton of different features! Just toggle on the double-tap feature in your Device Settings and then turn on "Custom Double-Tap Behavior" in your Trace settings.

Important Note
Turning "Custom Double-Tap Behavior" on in your Trace settings will override your Device Settings for Apple Pencil.
Pro Tip
If you want to set your double tap to turn on the eraser, this is an Apple Setting, not a Trace setting. In Trace, turn off "Double Tap Behavior." Then, open the Device Settings app, scroll down to Apple Pencil and select, "Switch between current tool and eraser."

Apple Pencil


Preview your stroke for even more precise drawing.

Pro Tip
This feature is only available for iPad Pro devices from 2022 or newer.

Apple Pencil

How To Video

Enjoy this how to video highlighting how to work with the Apple Pencil.

Additional Resources

5 MUST-Know Pencil & iPad Pro Tips from Industrial Designer Rodrigo Cavazos

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Pencil Tips from a Rome Prize Winner

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