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.
But, which File Formats can Vectornator Export to?
Non-Vector file formats:
- .JPG – Good for web images and photographs.
- .PNG – Good for images with transparency.
Editable Vector file formats:
- .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.
Exporting from Vectornator (iOS)
The quickest way to export your work from Vectornator is by going to the Export Tab inside the Navigation Bar.
Export to JPG and PNG
On iPad and iPhone, you can always export your document to a non-vector format such as .JPG or .PNG by going to the the Export Tab, and then tapping on the JPEG or PNG icons.
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. You can:
(1) - set the name of your file,
(2) - keep the transparency when saving to .PNG format,
(3) - set the export resolution of your document,
(4) - preview your document in CMYK colors,
(5) - and show or disable the Vectornator watermark.
Also, in the top left corner of the Export Preview Window, you can see the current zoom percentage of the artwork preview.
Note: Images that undergo multiple edits will lose image quality each time the image is recompressed.
Export to SVG
On iPad and iPhone, you can always export your document as an .SVG file by opening the Export Tab, and then tapping on the SVG icon. This will open the SVG Export Preview Window.
From here you can:
(1) set the name of your file,
(2) turn the Text into Outlines if you don't want to impact your text style,
(3) toggle the Responsive button. We recommend to switch this on if you want to keep the .SVG file responsive when embedded in the code. Read more about this here.
On Mac, you can export your document by going to File > Export to > SVG. Read more about this here.
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.
TIP: Save your logos, icons, and glyphs in .SVG to animate or print them as large as you wish!
Export to Adobe
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 going to the the Export Tab, and then tapping on the AI icon.
Alternatively, you can also save the document directly to your Adobe Creative Cloud by following the same steps.
The illustration "Just my Type" used as an example is from @albi.letters.
Export to PDF
On iPad and iPhone, you can export your document in .PDF format by going to the the Export Tab, and then tapping on the PDF icon.
On Mac, you can export your document as a .PDF by going to File > Export to > PDF. Read more about this here.
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 using the Long Press Gesture on iOS 13
Another way to export your document directly from the Gallery Tab is by long pressing the document you want to export. A context menu will then appear at the top of the selected document. Tap the Export Document (2) button to show the Export Panel (or Window).
Export from Vectornator on macOS
If you are on the Mac, navigate to File > Export or use the <key>⌘ E<key> key.
Once you click that button, the Export Preview Window will open. Here, you can select and switch the file format (.JPG, .PNG, .SVG, or .PDF). or art-board directly inside the panel for a more seamless export experience. Now our export UI even lets you change the background color of your export!
Export to Vectornator
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 by going to the the Export Tab, opening the Navigation Bar, and tapping on the VN icon.
Sending via AirDrop
Once you have selected the Vectornator format (VN), 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 inside the Export Panel, 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. Double-tap it to open it in Vectornator Pro.
On iPad or iPhone, go to the iCloud Drive folder and tap to open the desired document in the Vectornator X.
Export to Vectornator (macOS)
If you want to export your document as Vectornator file so you can open it again on a different device (iPad or iPhone), you need to localize your file on your Mac first.
Duplicate your document
You can easily create a second copy of your Vectornator document by tapping the Duplicate button.
From the Export Tab, you can export a Time-lapse video of your project, showing your creative process.
To create this, just tap the Time Lapse icon in the Export tab.
Note: Vectornator supports Time-Lapse exports for a document with multiple artboards starting with 4.0.
Once you tap the Time-Lapse Export button, the Preview Window will appear and the render will automatically start.
In the meanwhile, you can set your preferences for:
The Resolution of your video (3),
Speed and Length of your video (4) - you can set the speed of your video by simply tapping the + or - buttons, or by tapping to open the keypad (2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, 32x…). Alternatively, you can set the Length of your desired video.
You can always interrupt the rendering process by tapping Cancel (1).
As soon as the render finishes, the Save button (2) will activate it and allow you to save your time-lapse video in your Photos Gallery or immediately Share it via Airdrop or Social Media.
You can also watch your time-lapse video in Full Screen Mode (1) and Play it (2) anytime you prefer.
The illustration "NYC" used as an example for the Time-Lapse Export is from David Milan.
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 to the AR preview, navigate to the Export Tab and tap the button AR View inside the More section.
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 Tab labeled Submit Artwork to get a chance to be featured on our website, software, or social media!
The illustration "Fox" used as an example is from @sooodesign.
Print your document
Our Print feature lets you print your document from directly inside Vectornator.
Navigate to the Export Tab and tap the Print icon.
A new Printer Options window will appear, allowing you to:
(1) – select your Printer, set the number of copies,
(2) – print in Color or Black & White.
Printing Multiple Artboards
In Vectornator, 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.
Localize your documents on Mac
An easy and fast way to know where your Vectornator files are saved on your Mac is by going to the Home Screen and right-clicking on a document to immediately locate it in your Finder.
Saving a document on Mac
You can save any file on your Mac by navigating to File > Save or using the shortcut ⌘S.