Metal Engraving
iPad Design for Engravers

The iPad has become the design tool of choice for many professional artists, and in this course, Master Engraver Sam Alfano will teach you how to make it part of your workflow. Students will learn to design scrollwork using the Procreate app on an iPad and produce designs to transfer to workpieces for engraving. The course also includes a brief introduction to the Affinity Designer application for iPad and creating vector output for the best possible quality in transferring designs. iPads will not be provided for this course. Students must bring an iPad to class. The 12.9" screen is ideal, but other sizes will work. The iPad model doesn't matter, but it must have pressure-sensitive pencil capabilities! Students should also bring an Apple Pencil and have the Procreate and Affinity Designer apps installed.

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Course Info

Sam Alfano
2024 Date(s)
Metal Engraving
Skill Level
Enrollment Type


  • Procreate canvas setup
  • Creating vector files with Affinity Designer
  • Understanding the interface and various options
  • Brushes: how to use and modify
  • Working with the layers feature
  • Importing images for tracing
  • Sketching out a rough design
  • Tracing sketch with custom brushes
  • Producing a time-lapse video of your drawing process
  • Outputting to computer for scaling and printing
  • Engraving the design on a stainless steel key fob
  • much more!

Class Project(s)

Steel, brass and copper practice plates
Stainless steel key tag
Steel practice grip cap
Steel practice floorplate


Completion of a GRS Basic Course or instructor approval is required, as well as an understanding of proper tool sharpening and basic engraving techniques.

Graver Sharpening Knowledge: Ability to sharpen basic gravers (90°, 105°, 120°)

Other Skills Required: Capability to make controlled cuts using GRS pneumatic system *Personal iPad with apple pencil. Procreate and Affinity Designer installed. Sam recommends a 12.9″ screen, but other sizes will work. Older models may be used, but MUST have pressure sensitive pencil capabilities!

Cancellation/Transfer Policy

We reserve your seat upon receipt of course deposit. To transfer or cancel your reservation, notify GRS at least 30 days before the class start date to transfer deposit or receive a refund, less $50. Deposits are not transferrable or refundable less than 30 days before the course start date. If you have any questions about this information, please do not hesitate to call us! We would be glad to help you. Call 800-835-3519, Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM.

Please note: Course information subject to change without notice. Example images may not show exact techniques, methods, designs, etc., taught or demonstrated in course.

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