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In Vectornator, you can add images to your documents to aid in your design process. You can do a lot with these images, including color filling, blending, or vectorizing them into new and exciting forms.

Inserting Images

To insert an image, open the Library Tab (1) using the right-most icon in the Inspector Bar and navigate to the Photos (A) or the Unsplash (B) Tab.

how to insert an image in a document to Vectornator on iPad

Selecting the Photos Tab (A) will bring up a window showing your device's camera roll and all the different Albums and Folders you have stored in your Photos App. Simply tap your desired image (1) to insert it into the document or drag and drop it onto the canvas.

You can also insert an image directly from the Unsplash service by navigating to the Unsplash Tab (B).
Learn more about this integration in the Import section ->

Drag & drop with Split View

You can also use the Split View feature on your iPad to insert an image into your document.

To enter Split View mode:

  1. Open the Photos App, Safari, or your Files, depending on where you want to pick the images from.
  2. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Dock.
  3. In the Dock, touch and hold the second app that you want to open while using Vectornator, then drag it off the dock to the left or right edge of the screen.

You can also adjust the Split View to give the apps equal or different space on the screen by dragging the app divider bar horizontally. To close Split View, drag the app divider bar over the app that you want to close.

Once in Split View, select your desired photo and drag it straight from your second view into your Vectornator Document.

how to insert an image with Split View on iPad

Resizing an image

With any image, you can hold and drag one of the four corners to resize it. Hold a second finger on the canvas or press ~key~⇧~key~ to keep the proportions the same. You can also resize an image by using the Scale Mode inside the Toolbar.

Editing Images

Because it is a vector-editing software, Vectornator has only a small selection of raster-editing tools, but the software also includes some alternative methods you can use to crop images or remove the background.

Cropping an image

To crop a raster image in Vectornator, you can use the Masking feature. First, put the clipping mask on top of the raster image in the position you want. Then, select both the shape and the image with our Multi Selection Tool. Then, tap the Mask button inside the Quick Actions or in the Path Tab.

Your image will be automatically cropped by the shape you chose and a subtle ~key~M~key~ will appear at the bottom right corner of the masked object.

If you want to edit the mask, simply double-tap on it using the Selection Tool. When in Editing mode, you can easily change the position of your masking object. Also, all the other elements present onto your canvas will be greyed out. To exit editing double-tap again.

Blend Modes

Blend modes influence how an image's pixels are affected by a painting or editing tool. The image below showcases how two different images interact when the top circle has different blend modes applied.

blend modes for images on iPad

Here are a few examples of blend modes that you'll be able to use on your images in Vectornator:


The ‘normal’ blend mode is default in most applications. It obscures the lower layer by covering it with whatever is present in the top layer.


This blend mode shows the darkest values of the base and the blend images. It will not change anything if the colors are the same or the overlapped layer is lighter than the original.


This blend mode multiplies the base color (pink square) by the blend image (Moon image). This option is great to use for shading. If you want to quickly apply an asset with a white background to your comp without bothering to manually remove it, you can easily do that with multiply!

Auto Trace

This Vectornator feature allows you to turn any imported image into vectored shapes. With this feature, you can create amazing illustrations from a reference photo without having to create the vectored shapes by hand. Here's how to Auto Trace an image in Vectornator:

Add an image to your document

First, create a new document from the Gallery by opening a photo from inside the Document Picker, or Import a photo into your document by going to the Import Tab inside the Inspector.

⚠️ Remember to unlock the image Layer to select it, then open the Auto Trace menu in the Style Tab.

How to access the Auto Trace Panel

The Auto Trace Panel will appear at the top of the Style Tab as soon as you select an image. In this panel, you'll find two sliders, which allow you to set the number of paths and path size before you perform the Auto Trace:

The (1) Max Number of Paths slider adjusts how many paths your vectored image will have. A lower number on this slider will give you a more abstract result, and a higher number will result in more detailed paths.

The (2) Minimum Path Size slider lets you manage the threshold for path size. A larger number will create longer paths between points and provide a less detailed image, while a smaller number will generate a greater level of detail.

Once you adjust these two settings according to your desired settings for your auto-traced image, just tap the Auto Trace button (3) and wait a few seconds.

⚠️ Please notice that the Auto Trace feature does not support 8-bit RGBA images without Alpha channel.

Editing the vectorized image

Once your image is being transformed into vector shapes, you can easily edit the paths. To further edit your auto traced image, you can move to the Path Tab and easily adjust your vectored shapes by tapping on the Remove or Add Nodes button.

⚠️ The Auto Trace feature is a destructive operation, meaning that once you convert the image into vectors, you can no longer adjust the tracing options. If you want to revert the changes, your only option is to undo the operation.

Vectornator's Auto Trace feature can be used to turn your photos into beautiful painting-like vector images or to simply turn your favorites logos into vectors.

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Last Updated on Jan 21, 2022
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