Palm rejection is a feature that Procreate uses to prevent lines from appearing if your hand or fingers touch the screen. However, it might glitch or not function properly from time to time. Fortunately, there are multiple simple ways to fix any issues with palm rejection the app might be having.
The best way to fix any palm rejection issues on Procreate is to check the settings on your devices. A few settings might need to be changed or enabled. If the settings aren’t an issue, then you might have to restart your devices.
The following article is a more detailed explanation of multiple ways to fix palm rejection issues in Procreate.
The primary way to fix palm rejection in Procreate is to make sure it’s enabled in your settings. If it isn’t, then turning it on will fix any issues. If it’s already turned on, then turning it off and on again will likely help.
To make sure that palm rejection is enabled on your device:
- Open the “Settings” app on your device
- Go to the “Devices” option
- Go to the “Pen & Windows” tab
- Scroll down to the “Pen” option
- Enable the option that says “Ignore touch input when I’m using my pen”
This means that your device will ignore any touches from your palm or finger while the tip of your apple pen is touching the screen. You can still use your finger to draw on the screen if you like, as long as your apple pen isn’t touching the screen at the same time.
If your palm rejection is already enabled but it’s still having issues, then turning it off and on again might fix the problem. Uncheck the box in the Devices settings tab, wait for a few minutes, and then check it again. If palm rejection still isn’t working correctly, then the following solutions might solve the problem.
Styluses usually already have palm rejection installed, so random lines don’t appear on screen while you’re using it. If palm rejection is installed on both your stylus and device, then the function might start functioning strangely.
To see if your stylus already has palm rejection, turn your device’s palm rejection off and try to draw/write something while resting your hand against the device screen. If random lines don’t appear, then your stylus already has palm rejection. If it does, then you don’t need to do anything else aside from making sure your device’s palm rejection is off.
But not all styluses are compatible with the Procreate app, so it’s essential to try it out before enabling or disabling palm rejection to make sure everything works properly.
If both devices have palm rejection on, they could have difficulty determining whether the stylus or your fingers/hand are touching the screen. This can cause your stylus to not work properly and make it difficult to use. But turning your device’s palm rejection off will easily solve the issue.
The gesture controls are actions you can make with your fingers or hand to manipulate the Procreate screen. If issues with the palm rejection function are occurring, changing the controls to be less responsive could solve the problem.
To change the gesture controls:
- Open the “Settings” app on your device
- Scroll down until you see the “Actions” option
- Select and then choose “Preferences”
- Choose “Gesture Controls” and an entire screen of gesture control options will appear
- You can change the controls until they suit your needs and preferences
Changing them can also help fix any palm rejection issues you’re having. For example, you can toggle the “Disable Touch” option on to ensure that only fingertip touches will invoke gesture controls. This means that if your palm is resting against the screen while you work, it won’t trigger any gesture controls and you can keep working.
If you prefer to only use your stylus for working or don’t touch the screen very often, you can disable as many gesture controls as you like.
The last possible solution to fixing any palm rejection issues is restarting your devices. This includes whatever you’re drawing on, such as a laptop or tablet, and your stylus.
It’s recommended that you try out each of the above solutions before restarting your devices. Restarting your stylus doesn’t involve any risks, but restarting the device you draw on could cause your work to be lost if you aren’t careful. You can avoid this by making sure your work is saved on a backup drive, but it’s still advised to leave this solution for last to avoid the risk altogether.
To restart most devices, press and hold the power button until a tab with a few options appears. The options should have something like “Shut Down” and “Restart” on them, and you should select the “Restart” button.
Shutting the device down presents an even greater risk of losing your work, so restarting is the best option. The device will then automatically turn off and start back up.
To restart your stylus, press and hold the power button on the right edge of the stylus until the stylus turns off. If that isn’t working, then you might have to hold down the home button or one of the volume buttons as well. Wait about three seconds, and then turn the stylus back on.
Restarting your devices can help refresh and kickstart them, fixing any issues you might have been experiencing.
If the palm rejection function is still not working after you’ve tried all of the solutions described above, then you might have to take your devices to a specialist. There might be something else wrong with them, and a specialist would be able to help more. But more often than not, the fixes described above will help solve any palm rejection issues on the Procreate app.