How to stop quality loss while resizing in Procreate?

If you are in the digital art community and use Procreate, you sure saw some quality loss when you resize any symbols or picture. That time you want your pictures to be vector ones.

What vector image, are you asking about that? Well, if you draw a small symbol and resize or play around with it, there would not be any quality loss in that symbol.

But, we are talking about Procreate in this matter. When we are done with a beautiful piece of artwork, only notice that there was a quality drop while resizing. But do not worry, this issue can be solved.

There are few things you should note: –

  • When you are working with an image, take a quick look that the interpolation setting is set to Bicubic or Bilinear
  • Next, when you work on a canvas, get a bigger size canvas than you think. Personally, the minimum should be 300 DPI, I worked with that and it works awesome.
  • As Procreate is a non-vector application, the size of the canvas and its DPI matters a lot.

How to prevent quality loss when resizing objects or symbols in Procreate?

When you are using the “Transform tool” to resize your images, make sure that the Interpolation, instead of setting it to Nearest Neighbor, is set to Bicubic or Bilinear.

Bilinear Interpolation: – it helps to consider the nearest or neighborhood 2 * 2 pixels. It gives a much smoother version than Nearest-Neighbor Interpolation.

Bicubic Interpolation: – this Interpolation is often chosen over the Nearest-Neighbor Interpolation and Bilinear when you need to re-sample your image.

Bilinear Interpolation takes 4 pixels that are 2 * 2 pixels. In contrast to that, Bicubic Interpolation takes 16 pixels that are 4 * 4 pixels. This would help you get a smoother image than Bilinear and Nearest-Neighbor Interpolation.

Follow the methods to understand how to use them: –

  • You need to select the Transform Tool.
  • Select the option on how you want to transform your object. The options that you will get are: – 
  • Uniform
  • Freedom
  • Distort
  • Wrap
  • Doing so, click on the checked symbol. You will see it as the second last option on your screen from the right.
  • Click the “Bilinear” or “Bicubic” button and this would help you a lot.

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Before this, I gave you a brief description of the terms. But what does it exactly mean? What is Interpolation? 

Sure, we cannot do a thing without knowing the full meaning. You may have heard of Interpolation in your Maths book. 

Interpolation in Procreate is a setting where it would decide whether an object’s pixels should be removed or increased while resizing. It also rearranges the pixels in your object.

Is it clear? Let us know in the comment section if you have any down regarding this. Without knowing the basics, we cannot go far.

Some quick notes: –

  • The Nearest-Neighbor Interpolation takes the least amount of time, Bilinear a bit more, Bicubic the most. Keep this in your brain cells while working. 
  • Even if you use interpolation, there would be a little quality loss each time. Try not to resize your objects frequently.
  • The Nearest-Neighbor Interpolation is not the ideal type. Bilinear would give you better results than that. And Bicubic may be your cup of tea.

Hope you got a clear idea on this subject. Let us move on to the next topic.

How to prevent quality drop while resizing the canvas in Procreate?

If you are a beginner or you happen not to know much about the canvas settings in Procreate for Windows. The minimal DPI that I would suggest you get is 300 DPI. It is the starting.

It is also the basic DPI that you will be told to do the work in. When I first started doing digital art, first I was introduced to the term, “resolution”. 

If you are like me and tried your hands on adobe software, the basic resolution is 72. After that, the more I went on, I was introduced to DPI. First, I settled for 100, thinking that it would be too much.

But here is the thing, the minimum is 300, and that is the base. Do not be like me and say goodbye to your quality!

What is the difference between ‘Resolution’ and ‘DPI’?

You may have this generic question in your mind. To put it straightforwardly, the higher the resolution the higher is your DPI and vice versa.

Procreate is not a vector-based program

I said this statement earlier. Procreate is neither a vector-based program nor a raster-based. You would get the advantages you have in Adobe Illustrator.

Vectors are made of paths while in a raster-based program, the more you zoom in more it enlarges. Eventually, you will see an enormous amount of pixels.

How can I get rid of it?

Well, not every design would be good. They are not always perfect and need some resizing.

When you work on a raster-based program, it is highly suggested to scale down your canvas instead of up. This statement means to settle with a larger canvas than you would guess

This way you can scale down your image without worrying much about the quality loss.

The default DPI in Procreate is 132. Change that to 300 DPI. I cannot STRESS it enough on how important it is! Especially if you want a print-out of work.

How to do this?

When you are creating a new canvas, click on the plus icon.

  1. Click on the square icon.

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  1. Set the DPI to 300

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By doing all this, you can prevent yourself from quality drop while resizing. Sure there will be a few. But this would be the most efficient way to do it!

Another quick note: –

  • This goes for all the software with DPI. The higher the DPI, the lesser the number of layers. In Procreate, you will see the option down to the DPI. If you cannot afford a large canvas with fewer layers, sure, play around to find your best way out.


With a general basis and personal experience, it can be frustrating to see a quality drop. Hope the article helped you! 

Artists are already worried about many things (as if I have to add), quality drop should not add up. Sure, for the raster-based program it would be a hustle. But you can reduce it, right?

Ultimately, let us know in the comment section about your thoughts and opinions on this matter! Until that, keep creating and exploring. 

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