iPad Online Art Course
Procreate Explained:
How to Backup & Restore
Using iTunes


7 minutes

To show how to backup to, and restore from, Procreate files stored on external hard drives, using iTunes File Sharing.

When you create art in Procreate you are able to export your artwork out of the app (Actions / Share / Share artwork). You have four file format choices: pro, PSD, JPG and PNG. The pro (Procreate) proprietory format is the only format that not only preserves all layer information, but also the video replay data which allows you to see your process replay (Actions / Canvas / Instant Replay) and allows you to export your video replay as a QuickTime movie for sharing (Actions / Share / Export video). This video shows you first how to easily export your pro files via iTunes from within the app, and then how equally easy it is, via iTunes File Sharing, to import and restore an artwork file in Procreate from a Procreate file saved onto an external hard drive or computer. Your iPad needs to be connected to your computer via a USB cable for this work (AirDrop can also work). The trick on your Mac or PC is, within iTunes, after you’ve selected your iPad, to then select Apps, scroll down to File Sharing, select Procreate, and then click Add. This will make more sense when you watch the video!

Practice backing up one of your artwork files as a Procreate file on an external hard drive or computer using the iTunes method shown in this video. Then reimport the file back using iTunes File Sharing and open it up in Procreate.

June 2016

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Jeremy Sutton

Originally from London, I studied drawing, sculpture and print-making at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, Oxford University (while earning a degree in Physics), and subsequently studied at the Vrije Academie in The Hague, The Netherlands. I\'ve been using digital paint since 1991, including every version of Painter. I love teaching and have taught workshops and given presentations all over the world for the last twenty years. I create commissioned fine art paintings and perform live action painting and digital portraiture. I founded PaintboxTV in February 2009. Thank you for being part of this creative community!

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  1. July 3, 2016
    Amazing how you can use itunes for what you did in this video. I dont feel I will ever do this but it was interesting to know it can be done. If I did think I would want to, I can always come back to this video and relook at it. Thank you for expanding my knowledge on all of this. Reply