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Export

The Export feature allows you to export your artwork and share it with a client or on social media. Additionally, you can print your artwork in different formats.

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Vectornator supports a wide range of file formats for importing and exporting your documents.

Which File Formats can Vectornator Export to?

Non-Vector File Formats:

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JPG | Optimal for web images and photographs.

PNG | Creates images with transparency information.

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Editable Vector File Formats:

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PDF | Ideal for fillable forms, posters, or other print materials.

SVG | Good for vector files, designs with separate layers, icons, and logos

AI | You can use the Send to Adobe Illustrator function to send your document directly to your desktop Adobe Illustrator software.

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Exporting from Vectornator

The Vectornator App saves all your documents automatically as soon as you exit a document and you can easily export them from either the Gallery or the Document.

Export from the Gallery

To export your document from the Gallery, you can long-press on any document. A contextual menu will then appear at the bottom of the selected document where you can:

  • A - Open your document in a new window in Split View
  • B - Rename your document
  • C - Duplicate your document
  • D - Share your document via Airdrop or another sharing option
  • E - Delete your document
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The Export Popover

You can export your work from inside the document by tapping the Export button (1) in the Widget Area.

The Export Popover is organized into three sections:

  • A - Continuity -  Here you can export your files to continue working in Adobe Illustrator.
  • B - Export - Here, you'll find all the different file formats you can export your Vectornator file to.
  • C - More - This section contains extra options like Printing or Duplicating your document, or previewing your document in Augmented Reality (AR).

Export your Vectornator File

Vectornator allows you to share your editable files on multiple devices in different formats so that your clients have the option to edit the files further.

Sending a Vectornator Document to a Different Device

Our cross-platform functionality offers you the possibility to keep working on the same Vectornator document on a different device. On iPad and iPhone, you can export your document in the Vectornator format from the Export Popover.

To do so, tap the Export button and then select Vectornator (1). A new pop-up window will appear from which you can share your file. You can also select directly Files (2) to save your file into a specific folder.

Pro Tip – To localize all your Vectornator documents on your iPad or iPhone, you have to open the Files App > On My iPad / iPhone > Vectornator > drawings

Sending Files via AirDrop

AirDrop allows you to transfer files between Apple devices quickly and easily.

To transfer your files, tap on Vectornator (1) from the Export menu, and then use AirDrop (2) to send your files to the closest iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

Sharing Documents with iCloud

Every change you make to your Vectornator documents that are saved in your iCloud Drive will automatically be synced across all of your devices on which Vectornator is installed.

If you have a document saved in your local space, what you can do is to simply move it your iCloud space and then open it from a different device. To do this, long press the Document thumbnail in the “On my iPad” Gallery. From the Widget menu, and select “Move to my iCloud” (1) to move your file. You can now access the file from the “iCloud Drive” Gallery and open it from any of your devices in which Vectornator is installed.

Export the Time-Lapse video

From the Export Popover, you can export a Time-Lapse video of your project, letting you show off your creative process without any elements of the user interface getting in the way.

Once you tap the Time-Lapse button, the dedicated Preview Window will appear and the render process will start automatically.

Before you start the export process, you can:

  • A - Choose which Artboard you want your video to be exported from
  • B - Set the Resolution of your video
  • C - Set the Speed and Length of your vid
  • D - Choose the color of the background
  • E - Add the Vectornator Watermark at the end of your Time-Lapse

You can always stop the rendering process by tapping Cancel (I).

As soon as the rendering is finished, you can play it a couple of times to check the speed and the process by tapping Play (F) at the bottom left of the screen. You can also watch it in Full Screen Mode (G).

Tap Save (H) to add the video to your Gallery or immediately share it via Airdrop or Social Media.

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Pro Tip – Vectornator supports Time-Lapse exports for documents with multiple Artboards.

Export File Options

In Vectornator, you can export your document to a vector format (SVG) and to a non-vector format  as well,  such as JPG or PNG by simply tapping the buttons in the Export Popover.

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Export as JPEG

As soon as you tap either of these icons, the Export Preview Window will appear. From here you can customize the export settings of your document. You can:

  • A - Choose the File Format
  • B - Select the Artboard you’re going to export
  • C - Set the Quality (from 0 to 1)
  • D - Set the Resolution of your document
  • E - Show or hide the watermark “Made with Vectornator”
  • F - Preview your document in CMYK colors

At the top left corner of the screen, you can see the current Zoom percentage (I) of the artwork preview.

To save your document as a JPEG file, simply tap the Export button (H). To go back to the document without saving, tap Cancel (G) instead.

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Note - Images that undergo multiple edits will lose image quality each time the image is recompressed.

Export as PNG

When you want to export your file in PNG format, you can:

  • A - Choose the File Format
  • B - Select the Artboard you’re going to export
  • C - Set the Resolution of your document
  • D - Show or hide the watermark “Made with Vectornator”
  • E - Keep the Transparency of background elements
  • F - Preview your document in CMYK colors

At the top left corner of the screen, you can see the current Zoom percentage (I) of the artwork preview.

To save your document as .PNG file, simply tap the Export button (H). To go back to the document without saving, tap Cancel (G) instead.

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To save your document as an image into your personal Photos App you can simply tap the Save Image (C) button in the More section of the Export Popover.

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Export as PDF

On iPad and iPhone, you can save your document in PDF format. Tap the PDF button in the Export Popover or choose the PDF format at the top of Export Preview Options (A).

In the PDF Preview Options, you can choose a single Artboard you want to export (B) or switch the toggle (C) to ON to export all the different Artboards in your document at once.

You can always preview your PDF document in CMYK colors (D).

We recommend that you export your file as a PDF when you want to print it or share it with someone who's not familiar with vector graphic design software.

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Note – When you export a document with multiple Artboards to the PDF format, each Artboard will be saved on a different page.

Export as SVG

On iPad and iPhone, you can always save your document as a SVG file from the Export Popover or by switching the format (A) in the Export Preview Window. When exporting as a SVG, you can set the options as:

  • B - Select the Artboard you want to export
  • C - Convert the Text into Outlines, if you want to convert your text into shapes, which will keep the original text style intact
  • D - Toggle the Responsive button. Toggle it on if you want to keep the SVG file responsive when embedded in the code. Read more about it here →

At the top left corner of the screen, you can see the current Zoom percentage (G) of the artwork preview.

To save your document as a SVG file, just tap the Export button (F). To go back to the document without saving, tap Cancel (E) instead.

Pro Tip – We recommend using the SVG file format if you want to preserve the vectors in your file and/or you want to continue working on your file in another vector graphic design software. The SVG format will keep your layers, paths, and text editable.
Save your logos, icons, and glyphs in SVG to animate or print them in your desired size.

Export to Adobe Illustrator

Illustrator files are always saved in a vector format. They can be enlarged without losing any image quality and your layers, paths, and text elements will still be editable.

On iPad and iPhone, you can export your document as an AI file by tapping on the Adobe Illustrator (1) button in the Export Popover or in the Export Preview Format. Alternatively, you can also save it into your Adobe Creative Cloud (2) from the Export Popover.

Read more about Adobe Illustrator and Vectornator in our dedicated post ➞
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Export a Single Layer

You can export a single Layer without exiting your canvas or having to copy-paste your objects into a new document. To do so, swipe to the left on a layer and then tap the 'Export' icon (A). A popover will open where you can immediately choose the format you want to export the elements of your layer to: JPG, PNG, SVG, or PDF.

Alternatively, you can long-press on the layer (1) and select Export to (2) in the popover.

Read More – Organizing your work within Layers in Vectornator on iPad ➞

Virtual Export: The AR Preview

This feature allows you to preview your designs in an Augmented Reality space, and virtually place your posters on your wall before you print them.

To access the Preview Mode, tap the AR button inside the More section of the Export Popover and follow the instructions.

Print your document

With our Print feature, you can print your document directly from Vectornator.

Navigate to the Export Popover and tap the Print icon. A window will open automatically at the center of your screen where you can set your print options.

Printing Multiple Artboards

Multiple Artboards can be printed on separate sheets. You can also decide to print all the pages together or just print one specific Artboard.

Duplicate your document

You can easily create a second copy of your Vectornator document by tapping the Duplicate button in the Export Popover.

Submit Artwork

We love celebrating artwork from our community and we love to see the amazing things you create with Vectornator.

If you want to submit your artwork to be published on our website, tap the export popover menu Submit Artwork (1). A new window (2) will open automatically and you can decide on which of our social media channels you wish your artwork to be released.

Project the Canvas - AirPlay

AirPlay allows you to work on details in Vectornator while keeping an eye on the big picture. Connect a second display via cable or AirPlay to display your canvas on full-screen - no interface, no zoom, and no interruptions.

To activate AirPlay, open the Control Center and select "Screen Mirroring". All devices available for AirPlay will appear in this menu. Then, tap the name of the device you want to connect to your iPad.

To turn off AirPlay, go to the Control Center, tap Screen Mirroring, then tap Stop Mirroring.

Pro Tip - If you're using Vectornator on your Mac, visit our Mac Learning Hub ➞
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Last Updated on Mar 29, 2022