Metal Engraving
iPad Drawing, Design, & Engraving

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 will also include 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
2023 Date(s)
Metal Engraving, Design
Skill Level
Enrollment Type
Open, see prerequisites


• 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)


Basic engraving capability to sharpen basic gravers. Capability to make controlled cuts using the GRS system.

Personal iPad with Apple Pencil. Procreate app 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!



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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