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If you're trying to learn how to use Vectornator, then this page is for you! Here, you'll find everything you need to know how to use tools, gestures, and other hidden features.

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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

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

When in the Photos Tab, it will bring up a window showing your device's camera roll and all the different Album's folders you have stored in your Photos App. Simply tap your desired image to insert it into the document or drag and drop it onto the canvas.

how to insert an image using iOS Photos App
You can also insert an image directly from the Unsplash service by navigating to the tab.
Learn how to do it in the Import section ->

Drag & drop with Split View

To insert an image into your document, you can also activate the Split View on your iPad. To enter Split View mode:

  1. Open the Photos App, Safari or your Files where you want to pick the images from.
  2. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Dock.
  3. On the Dock, touch and hold the second app that you want to open while usin 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 horizontally the app divider. To close Split View, drag the app divider over the app that you want to close.

Now, select the photo, and drag it straight from your second view to the 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

Being a vector-software, Vectornator has a small selection of raster image editing tools but there are alternatives 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 need to put the clipping mask on top of it and 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 are a technique used in digital image editing to determine how two or more image layers are blended together. The default blend mode in most applications simply  obscures the lower layer by covering it with whatever is present in the top layer.

But there are other types of blend modes, as shown above. Here are a few examples that you'll be able to use on your images in Vectornator:

Darken - 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.

Multiply - This blend mode multiplies the base color (violet circle above) by the blend image (the Passion Fruit flower). It's great to use for shading or, if you want to quickly apply an asset with a white background to your comp without bothering to manually remove it, you can 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.

Unlock the image Layer

Then, once you open a photo into a new document, open the Layers Tab and unlock the layer which contains the image by tapping the lock icon.

How to access the Auto Trace Panel

Once you've unlocked your image layer, tap on your image to select it. At the top of the Style Tab, the Auto Trace Panel will appear. In this panel, you'll find two sliders, which allow you to set:

1 - The number of paths

2 - The minimum size of any path

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.

One Tap to trace your image

When you tap on the Auto Trace button, after a few seconds you will see a preview of your image; now transformed into vectored shapes.

Press the Undo button to go back to your original (raster) image.

How to Increase the number of paths

By moving your finger along the Max Number of Paths slider you can adjust 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 Minimum Path Size slider lets you manage the area considered by the Auto Trace algorithm. This slider adjusts the threshold for path size, so a larger number will cause your image to be less detailed, with longer paths between points. A smaller number will make your image's paths more intricate, giving you a greater level of detail.

Keep editing your now vectorized image

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 Anchor Points button.

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 Sep 09, 2021
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