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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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Import

Import

The Import feature allows you to edit, organize, import, and share photos, templates, and icons inside Vectornator.

Starting with Vectornator 4.2, you can now import any supported format from the Import Tab. To access it, simply tap on the + button (1) at the top right corner of the Gallery and then select Import (2).

The Import Tab will appear automatically. Here you can:

  • A - Drag and drop a file into the big Import area at the top of the Tab
  • B - Import any image you have stored into your Photos App
  • C - Easily scan and import images directly from your device's Camera
  • D - Import a Figma document
  • E - Import sketches created with Wacom Bamboo Slate

Image Import

In Vectornator, you can add raster images (.PNG and .JPEG format) to your document in just a few steps, either by using split-screen and dragging them from your files into Vectornator, or by importing them into the document via the Library Tab.

Import Images From the Import Tab

When in the Import Tab, you can import any image by:

  • Dragging and dropping any .JPEG or .PNG image into the large Import area
  • Selecting the image file from your stored files. You can select them from your iPad storage or iCloud.
  • Importing an image from your Photos App
  • Scanning and importing from your device Camera

Any of these three options will open automatically a new document with the same size of your image.

⚠️ The imported image will enter the document inside a locked layer.

Camera Scanner

As creatives ourselves, we know that sometimes it's just easier to sketch something on paper and transfer it to digital afterwards. That's why we built our newest Camera Scanner feature.

To scan anything into Vectornator using your device's camera, simply tap on the + button at the top right corner of the Gallery and then select Import. Once you're in the Import Tab, select Camera.

When you tap the Camera card, the Scanner will open. Then, place your sketch in view of the camera. A transparent blue layer will overlay your sketch to guide you with the paper borders.

Next, tap Keep Scan, which will appear at the bottom right corner of your iPad. Then, tap Save. Your image will automatically open as a new document in Vectornator.

Pro Tip Use the Camera Scanner for your paper sketches as well as for PDF editing. It's also an easy way to turn a paper document into a PDF file to send it to someone!

Import Images from the Library Tab

Also, you can add images into your document directly from the Library Tab. First, open the Tab (1) and then select either the Photos (A) or the Unsplash (B) Tab. Then, just tap on the image you want to insert into the document or drag and drop it onto the canvas.

Import Unsplash Images

To import images into your document directly from our Unsplash Integration, first open the Library Tab, and then navigate to the Unsplash Tab by tapping on the icon at the bottom right of the panel.

Then, just type a keyword into the Search Bar (1). Once you've typed your keyword, press <key>↵<key> to show the results. Now you can scroll down through your results and tap on an image (2) to immediately import it onto your Artboard, or you can drag and drop an image onto a specific place on your canvas (3).

Figma Import

To import a Figma file into Vectornator, open the Import Tab from the Gallery, and select the Figma card.

⚠️ The first time you do this, you'll need to link your Figma account to Vectornator.

To link your Figma and Vectornator apps, just follow the instructions that pop up when you select the Figma card for the first time.

  • 1 - Allow access to Vectornator.
  • 2 - Then, authenticate your login using your Figma email and password.
  • 3 - From now on, you will have access to your Figma Recent Files through Vectornator. Just tap on the one you want to import to Vectornator.
⚠️ The separated boards from your Figma document will be added to Vectornator as separate Layers.

Drag & Drop Files to Vectornator

You can import a file into Vectornator using the Files App, or by dragging and dropping it into Vectornator by using the Split View on your iPad. To do so, tap and hold your file (1) and then drag it onto the Import Tab (2). You can use this function to import any supported files, including .JPEG, .PNG, .PDF, .SVG, .SKETCH, and .AI.

Sketch Import

When using Vectornator on iPad, it’s possible to import a Sketch file in several different ways. But remember to first move your .sketch file from Mac to iPad via Airdrop or iCloud.

Once you have saved your .sketch file into your Files: Tap and hold your .sketch file to access the Sharing Options, and then choose Open In Vectornator.

Alternatively, you can simply drag and drop the .SKETCH file into the Import Tab by using the Split View.

Learn more – Vectornator & Sketch Integration

SF Symbols

From the Library Tab you can have access to the SF Symbols integration and immediately import them into your document. You can use Apple's SF Symbols library of over 2.4K icons freely into your projects.

To import a new Symbol onto your document open the Library Tab (1) and then search using the Search Bar (2) at the top of the tab. Then, just tap on the Symbol (3) or drag and drop it into your canvas.

Pro Tip SF Symbols are text objects, which means that they support all font weights. To change an SF Symbol's weight, use the font-weight selector in the Style Tab. Also, you can easily vectorize them by using the "Outline Text" feature.

Templates

Inside the Library Tab, you can access the Drawing Mockups Gallery (A), where you can access the objects you have saved.

To create your own templates, select your desired object in your document, then tap the + button (1) located at the top right of the tab. This will save the selected object to the Your Templates Gallery. Long-press on any of the created template (2) to remove it from your gallery.

From the Your Templates Gallery, you can drag or tap on your templates to insert them into the canvas. This section will be unlocked once you save your first personal template.

Your library of personal elements is saved locally, and can be found in the /userMockups folder in the parent Vectornator folder on your device. 

Pro Tip – A cool way to use the Templates feature is to save your signature logo or a particular group of shapes you like to use and re-use and speed up your design workflow.

Icons Import

Iconator is a gallery of over 80,000 royalty-free icons inside Vectornator that can be used for free in all of your design projects.

To import a new icon from Iconator to your document, first open the Library Tab - Iconator (1), and then search using the Search Bar (2) at the top of the tab. Then, tap on the icon (3) or drag and drop it into your canvas.

Learn more – What is Iconator

Supported Formats in Vectornator

The full list of formats you can import into Vectornator is pretty long for both non-vector and editable formats. Read more here ->

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Last Updated on Sep 13, 2021
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