Who can live without keyboard shortcuts? Vectornator is packed with intuitive keyboard shortcuts that will make creating your artwork and design projects a breeze.
If you're using a Mac, keyboard shortcuts are the fastest way to speed up your workflow. Many of them are context-dependant based on what you’ve selected and what you’re doing, but you’ll find the full list below.
Pro Tip – Vectornator Shortcuts work seamlessly across all your devices, whether you are using Vectornator for Mac or on your iPad.
File Menu Shortcuts
These shortcuts allow you to quickly manage your documents.
<key>⌘N<key> | New
<key>⌘W<key> | Close
<key>⌘S<key> | Save
Undo & Redo on Mac
On Mac, you can Undo your last action by going to Edit > Undo from the top Menu Toolbar or by using the shortcuts:
<key>⌘Z<key> | Undo
⚠️ You can undo your actions up to 10,000 times, even all the way back to the blank canvas that you started with, even after closing the document and re-opening it.
These shortcuts save you from wasting time panning and zooming on your canvas.
<key>⌘0<key> | Scale and position your view to show everything on the canvas
<key>Spacebar + drag<key> | Pan around the canvas. This activates the Hand Tool <key>H<key>.
<key>↑<key> or <key>⌘+<key> | Zoom in
<key>↓<key> or <key>⌘-<key> | Zoom out
<key>⌘0<key> | Zoom to Fit
<key>⌃⌘F<key> | Enter / Exit Full Screen.
<key>⌘ .<key> | Hide Interface to activate Focus Mode
<key>⌥⌘2<key> | Toggle the Inspector Panel on the right
<key>⌥⌘1<key> | Toggle the Layers Panel on the left
Pro Tip – On Mac, you can zoom in and out using these same pinch gestures you use on iPad but on the trackpad, or by clicking on the Zoom button inside the Top Toolbar and using your mouse’s scroll wheel.
On macOS, all of the key command shortcuts for the individual tools are available in the menu bar > Tools.
<key>A<key> | Selection Tool
<key>S<key> | Direct Selection (Node) Tool
<key>E<key> | Eraser Tool
<key>W<key> | Pencil (Freehand) Tool
<key>P<key> | Pen Tool
<key>B<key> | Brush Tool
<key>X<key> | Scissor Tool
<key>T<key> | Text Tool
<key>H<key> | Hand (Pan the canvas) – Requires >iOS 13.4 and macOS system.
<key>R<key> | Rectangle
<key>L<key> | Line
<key>O<key> | Circle
<key>⇥ <key> (tab) | Previous Tool
Pro Tip – You now have the ability to customize your Vectornator Tools shortcuts via your System Preferences.
Pen Tool Shortcuts
Vectornator supports specific shortcuts when you draw with the Pen Tool and that allow you to quickly define the type of Bezier Node you're creating. In this way you can easily control your path's curves.
Pen Tool + <key>⌘<key> | Change the previous node into a disconnected type.
A disconnected node has handles that can move independently and change the direction and arc of the next curve.
Pen Tool + <key>⇧<key> | Constraint the angle of the segment to multiples of 45° on both of your node handles.
Pen Tool + <key>⌥<key> | Enable 45º snapping on only one handle.
<key>esc<key> or Double-Click on the endnode | It ends the path and allows you to start a new path without switching tool.
Organizing Shapes Shortcuts
Use these shortcuts to organize the elements on your canvas.
Select multiple shapes at once
<key>⇧ + click <key> | Multi-Select
<key>⌘ + G<key> | Group
<key>⇧⌘ + G<key> | Ungroup
<key>⇧R<key> | Rotation
<key>⇧S<key> | Scaling
<key>⇧ + drag<key> | Move shape along the X or Y axis
<key>⌘D<key> | Duplicate & Transform Again
<key>⌥ + drag<key> | Duplicate shape
<key>⇧ + resize<key> | Resize keeping the aspect ratio
<key>⌥ + resize<key> | Resize from the center
Editing Shapes Shortcuts
The following shortcuts apply when you’re editing multiple shapes together:
<key>⌘7<key> | Mask
<key>⇧⌘7<key> | Unmask
<key>⌃⇧C<key> | Combine
<key>⌃⇧S<key> | Separate
<key>⌃⇧R<key> | Reverse
<key>⌃⇧J<key> | Join Paths
<key>⌃⇧A<key> | Add Anchor Points
<key>⌃⌘O<key> | Outline
<key>⌃⌘P<key> |Text on Path
<key>ESC<key> | Finish a Path when using the Pen Tool
<key>⇧⌘+<key> | Unite
<key>⇧⌘-<key> | Subtract
<key>⇧⌘E<key> | Exclude
<key>⇧⌘I<key> | Intersect
<key>⇧⌘\<key> | Divide
How to access the Keyboard Shortcuts list on Mac
On Mac, you can always have access to them by going to Help > Keyboard Shortcuts, or you can press <key>⇧⌘0<key>.
Pro Tip – All the Keyboard Shortcuts can be used with the Apple Magic Keyboard or any external keyboard paired to your iPad.