The 5 Best Pattern Texture Brushes for Procreate

The 5 Best Pattern Texture Brushes for Procreate

Back in the old school days of art and design, applying patterns used to mean the painstaking process of drawing them all by hand or using expensive dry transfer sheets. Thankfully, technology has come to the rescue and its easier than ever to add texture to your work.

WhY use Pattern Brushes in Procreate?

Patterns are a design tool that humans have been putting in art, clothing, furniture, and more since the beginnings or recorded history. There's something comforting, but exciting about a decorative pattern. For that reason, pattern textures are a quick and easy way to bring some visual flair to your digital artwork.

But making your own patterns can be a pain, and many artists don't know how to make their own beyond the basics. That's where professional pattern brushes come into play. They're quick, inexpensive, and easy to use. But which are best?

Here is our list of the 5 best pattern texture packs for Procreate based on quality, authenticity, and ease-of-use.

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1. TransferTone

Inspired by the rub-on design products prevalent in the 1970s and 1980s, RetroSupply Co. created TransferTone for Procreate.

Including both dark and light versions of each pattern, the pack includes 170 brushes in both standard and pressure-sensitive varieties. This collection contains various patterns and textures reminiscent of vintage dry-transfer sheets, which will also find their home in any modern design.

The pack requires very little in terms of technical knowledge of Procreate. Instead, users can get started right from installation.

Pros:

  • High-quality textures
  • Many different patterns to choose from
  • Includes standard and shader brushes
  • Dark and light versions of each pattern
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Some textures more novelty than others
  • Requires knowledge of brush settings

2. Lithotone

Similar to TransferTone mentioned above, True Grit Texture Supply’s Lithotone is also inspired by dry transfer sheets of the late 20th Century.

Including 62 standard pattern brushes and 24 shader brushes, the pack falls short in the number of options available. Still, the quality is comparable to other packs on this list.

True Grit advertises a “precision brush tip” for filling tight spaces, which is worth mentioning. Like other similar brushes, TransferTone requires very little advanced knowledge of Procreate to get started. Some textures may be more niche than others, but there is sure to be something for everyone.

Pros:

  • Textures have slight distressing for a grungy feel
  • Variety of textures available
  • Includes standard and shader brushes
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Many novelty or very simple patterns
  • Requires knowledge of brush settings
  • Not all brushes have a shader equivalent

3. The Essential Pattern Brush Toolkit

With an impressive 350 brushes, Shoutbam’s The Essential Pattern Brush Toolkit includes hand-drawn patterns, textures, stamps, and more.

The pack consists of more naturalistic patterns, such as clouds and leaves, which may not be appealing to artists looking to make retro designs. However, the sheer number of brushes and stamps is sure to have something to delight even the most discerning artist.

We especially enjoyed the shape stamp brushes, which would fit right with any Mid-Century design.

Pros:

  • Huge selection
  • Multi-purpose
  • Includes stamps and textures
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • No shader brushes available
  • Many brushes will not be attractive to retro artists
  • Number of brushes may be confusing and unnecessary

4. The Fineliner Brush and Patterns Pack

Inspired by the unique look of fine liner pens, veteran brush maker Artifex Forge created the Fineliner Brush and Patterns pack for Procreate.

Although not exclusively a pattern pack, the collection does contain an interesting combination of doodle-inspired patterns, including stipples, scribbles, stars, and more.

Users looking for a robust pattern pack may want to avoid this one in favor of some of the others on our list. However, suppose you’re in the market for something new or appreciate the nostalgia of doodling in your school notebook. In that case, this is a great pack to buy.

Pros:

  • Unique
  • Easy to use
  • Multiple styles of pattern brush included
  • Multi-purpose

Cons:

  • Not all brushes are pattern brushes
  • Potentially one note
  • No shader brushes available

5. Inky Retro Procreate Pattern Brush Pack

The Inky Retro Procreate Pattern Brush Set by Angela in the Fields is an economical collection of 40 pattern brushes for Procreate. With both a light and dark version of each pattern, the number of unique designs comes to 20.

This pack will appeal to artists looking to make work reminiscent of the 80s or 90s. Users will want to be aware that some of the patterns (particularly the “rainbow” and “dry brush” patterns) are very similar.

These similarities may be a dealbreaker for artists looking for a robust collection of designs or doing more Mid-Century work. But don’t write it off just yet! The pack still contains a great group of unique, handmade textures which would feel at home in any retro or modern work.

Pro:

  • Light and dark versions of each pattern
  • Easy to use
  • Mixed densities for easy layering
  • Cost effective

Cons:

  • Some patterns very similar
  • Requires a bit of advanced knowledge of brush settings
  • Not suitable for Mid-Century art

Conclusion: Which pattern Texture Brushes are Best?

The types of textures you enjoy using in your work will play a role in determining which of these Procreate pattern brush packs is best for you.

However, we think we have a winner when considering cost, quality, variety, and other factors. TransferTone by RetroSupply Co. is a complete package with styles of textures for just about any project.

Although other products certainly have their pros, TransferTone's distinct lack of notable cons made it top of our list.

But what do you think? Let us know which is your favorite!

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