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Export

Export

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

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 | Good for web images and photographs.

.PNG | Good for images with transparency.

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Editable Vector File Formats:

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

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

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

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Exporting from Vectornator (iOS)

The quickest way to export your work from Vectornator is by going to the Export Popover inside the Widget Area.

The Export Popover is organized into three areas:

  • A - Continuity - From 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 as JPEG

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

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

(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,

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

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,

Also, 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.

Pro Tip – To quickly Save your document as image into your personal Photos App you can simply tap the Save Image button in the More section of the Export Popover.

Export to SVG

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

(B) - select the Artboard you’re going to export,
(C) - convert the Text into Outlines if you don't want to impact your text style,
(D) - toggle the Responsive button. Switch this on if you want to keep the .SVG file responsive when embedded in the code. Read more about this here.

Also, 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 SVG file, simply tap the Export button (F). To go back to the document without saving, tap Cancel (E) instead.

Pro Tip – We recommend to use the .SVG file format if you need 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 as large as you wish!

Export to Adobe Illustrator

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

On iPad and iPhone, you can export your document as an .AI file by tapping on Adobe Illustrator button in the Export Popover or in the Export Preview Format.

Export from Vectornator to Adobe Iillustrator

Alternatively, you can also send your Vectornator document directly to Illustrator CC (1) or save it into your Adobe Creative Cloud (2) from the Export Popover.

Read more about the Adobe Illustrator and Vectornator in our dedicated post ➞

Export to PDF

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

In the PDF Preview Options you can also set the single Artbord you want to export (B) or switch the toggle to ON to export all the different artboard of your document at once (C).

Also, you can always preview your PDF document in CMYK colors (D).

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

Note: When you export a document with multiple artboards to .pdf, each board will be on different pages.

Export from the Gallery

Another way to export your document directly from the Gallery is by long pressing the document you want to export.

A context 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 it
(C) Duplicate it
(D) Share it via Airdrop or any other sharing option you have access to
(E) Delete it

Export your Vectornator File

Sending the Vectornator Document to a Different Device

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

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 via AirDrop

Once you have selected the Vectornator format (1), use AirDrop to send your files to the closest iPhone, iPad, or Mac. AirDrop allows you to send files across Apple’s devices quickly and easily.

Access One Document via iCloud

Another option you have is to save a single document directly to your iCloud. To do this, just tap on the Files App icon (2) inside the Export Popover, and select iCloud Drive.

Access Multiple Documents via iCloud

If you want to move several files at the same time, you can select them from the Files App inside the Vectornator folder “drawings” and duplicate them in the iCloud Drive.

Opening the Exported Document

On Mac, open the Downloads or the iCloud folder to localize your Vectornator document.

On iPad or iPhone, go to the iCloud Drive folder and tap. The document will open automatically in Vectornator.

Export a Single Layer

You can export a single Layer without leaving 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 layer's elements to as: .jpg, .png, .svg, and .pdf.

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

Duplicate your document

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

Time-Lapse video

From the Export Popover, you can always export a Time-lapse video of your project, showing your creative process without any interference of the user interface.

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

In the meanwhile, you can set your preferences for:

(A) Choose the Artboard you want your video to be exported
(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 interrupt the rendering process by tapping Cancel (I).

As soon as the render finishes, you can Play it anytime you prefer to check the speed and the process by tapping the Play button (F) at the bottom left of the screen. And you can watch it in Full Screen Mode (G).

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

Pro Tip – Vectornator supports Time-Lapse exports for a document with multiple artboards starting with 4.0.

Virtual Export: The AR Preview

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

To have access the preview, simply tap the button AR inside the More section in the Export Popover and follow the instructions on your device.

Submit Artwork

We love celebrating the work of our community and seeing the amazing things you can do with Vectornator.

You can submit your illustrations to our team by using the button inside the Export Popover labeled Submit Artwork (1) to get a chance to be featured on our website, software, or social media! A new window (2) will automatically open where you can insert your contacts you want us to use to reach back to you.

Print your document

Our Print feature lets you print your document from directly inside Vectornator.

Navigate to the Export Popover and tap the Print icon. A new Printer Options window will automatically appear at the center of your screen.

Printing Multiple Artboards

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

Project the Canvas - AirPlay

AirPlay allows you to work on fine 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.

If you're using Vectornator on your Mac, visit our Mac Learning Hub ➞
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Last Updated on Aug 04, 2021
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