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Vectornator's Homescreen is the first page you will see when you open up the platform. From here, you can create new documents and Templates, and organize your projects.

Once you open the Vectornator App, you will jump into the Homescreen. The Sidebar on the left makes it easier to switch between your iCloud and local Gallery, the News section, and your Settings.

Vectornator Gallery

The Gallery is the place where you can access all of your current Vectornator documents (A). They can be organized into Stacks (B) and are ordered chronologically.

On the left there is a Sidebar that you can open or close at any time by tapping on the button placed at the top left corner of your iPad screen (C).

At the top right corner of your screen, you find instead three buttons to:

D - ~key~+~key~ where you can create a New Document, import from different places, and more.
E - Create a new Stack, once tapped a new empty folder will automatically appear in the Gallery.
F - Select, which gives you access to different editing options.

At the bottom center of the screen (G), you will find instead the informations of how many documents you have and how much space is still available.

iPad Screen Document gallery for Vectornator

On iPadOS, to focus more on your documents you can simply collapse the sidebar so that your projects have even more space to breathe.

Creating a New Document

In the top right corner of the Gallery, tap the + button. This opens a popover where you can:

1 - Create a New Document and access the Document Picker
2 - Import a Document
3 - Easily create a new document by tapping one of your five most recently used templates.

The Document Picker

The Vectornator Document Picker is the place where you can create a new document by selecting one of the Preset Templates, or creating your own custom-sized Document or your own Template.

To open the Document Picker, tap the + button (1) placed at the top right corner of the Gallery, and then select  New Document.

The Document Picker contains:

A - A Sidebar where you can browse the different template Categories.
B - A scrolling area where you can find several Document Templates.

At the top you can:
C - Access the Search Bar to quickly find a specific Template
D - Change the direction of your document from Portrait to Landscape before creating it.
E - Access the Custom Size button which opens the Template Options.

Pressing the ~key~x~key~ at the top left corner will close the Document Picker and return you to the Gallery.

Vectornator offers a variety of Preset Templates in a range of useful sizes for both print and digital designs, making it easy to create a new project directly from the Document Picker Window.

The different Templates Categories can be selected from the sidebar and will help you navigate through the different templates sections. Scroll down or tap on the category names in the menu to easily find the template you need. The Categories supported in Vectornator are:

The Template Card

Each Template Card shares common elements:

  • The Title of the Preset
  • The Size of the Preset expressed in px, mm, in, or pt depending on the format
  • The Aspect Ratio values of the Preset

Each Card also contains a button with 3 dots. Tap it once to access to the Template Options.

To immediately create a new document with the Preset characteristics, simply tap anywhere on the Card.

Before creating a document, you can also decide its direction as Portrait (A) or Landscape by tapping the button at the top right of the Document Picker.

Custom Document Template Vectornator
⚠️ The direction toggle only applies to the Paper and Devices formats.

Creating a Custom-Size Document

Creating a new document in the specific size you need is really easy. From the Document Picker tap the Custom Size button or the 3 dots at the bottom right corner of each Preset Template. This will automatically bring up the Template Options on the right side of the Doc Picker.

Here you can immediately set:

A - the Document Name,
B - check / edit the size,
C - set the units,
D - save it as a template.

Then tap the Create button (E), and the new doc will open automatically.

Custom Document Template Vectornator

Creating a New Template Document

Starting with Vectornator 4.2, you can now create your own custom Document Templates.

To create a new Template Document, switch on the toggle Save Custom Template (1) in the Template Options, choose a Name (2) for your Template, and then tap Create (3). A new document with the chosen options will automatically open.

Custom Document Template Vectornator

You can access all your saved Document Templates by going to the Custom category in the sidebar. It also contains your Screen-sized Template (A) which is automatically generated based on your device screen’s size.

Custom Document Template Vectornator

If you're looking for a specific template, you can always search for it using the top Search Bar.

Search Vectornator Document Template

Video Recap

Watch the video below for diving deep into the Vectornator Document Picker on iPad, on how to create new documents, saving custom templates and more.

Organizing Documents

Creating Stacks

In the Gallery, the best way to organize your projects is by sorting them into stacks (folders).

To create a stack, simply press and hold on one of your documents, then drag it on top of another document. Release to create a new stack.

Pro Tip – You can put stacks inside other stacks using the same method, just drag one on top of the other. You can rename a document or stack by tapping on the title.

Removing a document from a Stack

To remove a document from a stack, press and hold onto the document. Then press the back button with another finger to exit the stack. Then, drag and release to drop the document where you want it.

iCloud Drive

Vectornator now supports iCloud Sync. You can now store your Vectornator document files on the iCloud Drive space, accessing it from the Sidebar.

Your documents will automatically sync and save any changes you make in iCloud across all of your devices in which you have Vectornator installed.

⚠️ Important Note: The documents saved in Vectornator 4.4 are not compatible with previous versions of Vectornator.

Document Sync

The Vectornator documents visible in the new iCloud Drive will be saved on your cloud storage, instead of taking up your valuable iPad space.

When a document is not downloaded from iCloud, there will be a cloud icon on the top left corner of the document to indicate users need to download it.

Problem to sync your files? Read more here ->

Moving documents from iCloud Drive to On my iPad

You can move documents saved in the iCloud Drive to On my iPad (and viceversa) by long press the Document thumbnail in the Gallery. From the Widget menu, select “Move to my iPad” (1) to move your file.

Tap instead “Delete”(2) if you want to permanent erase your file.

Import Tab

Starting with Version 4.2, Vectornator has a dedicated tab for importing documents. You can access it by tapping on the + button (1) at the top right corner of the Gallery and then selecting Import (2).

Once tapped, the new Import Tab will show up where you can find a Drag & Drop area (A) which makes it clear which file types are supported in Vectornator and four separate cards which allows you to import from your Photos App (B), scan files from your device Camera (C), import your Figma documents (D), and import sketches made with your Wacom Bamboo Slate (E).

LearnHow to Import Documents to Vectornator ➞

The Sidebar

On the left, you'll find the Sidebar menu in which you can access:
1 - The Gallery, where all your documents are stored
2 - The Vectornator News, linked to our V. Blog
3 - The Vectornator Settings, to change your preferences, access the Font Library, and more

You can collapse or open the Sidebar by tapping the button (A) at the top left corner of the Homescreen.

At the top right corner you also find the Help Menu, tap on the ? button (B) to open.

News Section on iPad

From the App, you can get access to all the most recent Vectornator news updates, tutorials, and articles in real-time. You can find this section by tapping the News button (1) in the Sidebar. To access an article or piece of content, simply tap on its card.

Vectornator Settings

You can access the Vectornator Settings by tapping the Settings button in the Homescreen Sidebar (1). Here you can:

A - Get to know which version of Vectornator you're currently using.
B - Access your Font Library: This will bring you directly to the Fontinator App to access all your custom fonts.
C - Subscribe to our Newsletter, get in contact with our Support Team, activate Notifications to keep up-to-date with our latest news, and access the Privacy Policy.
D - Access our main Social Media channels.
E - Access to your Preferences.

If you're using Vectornator on your Mac, visit our latest Mac-dedicated Learning Hub ➞
Learn Vectornator
Learn how to create your next design by using this Vectornator sample document.
Download the PDF version here.
Last Updated on Dec 01, 2021
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