How to choose your Procreate canvas size

Planning on printing your Procreate piece? Here are a couple of handy calculators to help you figure out what canvas size to create or how large you can safely print your canvas. 

What DPI is best? 

A higher DPI/PPI = a denser number of pixels per inch resulting in a cleaner, less pixelated image. 300 PPI/DPI is the industry standard for best print quality. Depending on the printed size of your piece and the viewing distance, a lower DPI/PPI willl look acceptably good. I would reccomend no lower than 125 DPI/PPI.

Wait, PPI?

NOTE: In the Procreate app “DPI” translates to PPI (pixels per inch). NOTE: The terms DPI and PPI do not mean the same thing, but they are commonly used interchangeably. Read this article to learn more.

Bigger is Better

A final note: my rule of thumb is to err on the larger size. Make your canvas bigger than you need. You can scale something down without affecting the quality too much, but enlarging digital art can cause it to lose quality and look pixelated.

What size should I make my canvas?

Enter the size you would like to print your artwork below

@ 300 PPI

For BEST print quality, your canvas size should be: 


@ 125 PPI

For acceptable print quality, the MINIMUM size your canvas should be: 


How large can I print my artwork?

To see what size you can print your artwork, enter the resolution of your piece below

For BEST print quality, you can print this piece at: 


For acceptable print quality, you should print this piece no larger than: 


10 thoughts on “Procreate Canvas Size and Resolution

  1. Lisa,
    I love your vulnerability and your shares! You might be feeling like what you produce is trash, but I love it! You have given me permission, through your honesty and laughter, to try, to be ok making mistakes, and to enjoy learning to draw. I wanted you to hear how valuable you are. I think there was a cloud over the California Cosmos. Everyone I know here was feeling unsettled. I am looking forward to continuing to learn from you and seeing your new brushes when they are ready. Thank you!

    1. I have been wondering about this information all week; thank you for this helpful tool! Does the size of iPad screen limit how many pixels a canvas can be? I would imagine it would, but am not sure the exact correlation, because Procreate will let me make a canvas with more pixels than my iPad screen has. Thank you!

  2. Hey Mrs. Bardot! I really love your videos and website and MAE program. I’d really like to show other people my Procreate work, but I’m only 10. Do you (or anybody else here) have any ideas where I can show people my art?

    1. Instagram is a great place to share art. You can also see if there are any local art galleries or libraries wanting to share your art as well. Keep up the good work and keep making art every day!

  3. Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your tutorials. I had almost stopped creating art and you gave me the inspiration to start again. This is so important during these times. Staying at home is so much easier since I found you and your wonderful tutorials. I have your gauche, pastel, and COPIcat sets and I love them all.

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