You can customize your Vectornator experience by setting your personal app preferences.
Your Document Settings are divided into three separate tabs. This is where you can customize your document preferences. You can always access this section by tapping the Settings (2) icon inside the Navigation Bar.
In the first tab, you’ll find a variety of features to customize your Vectornator interface and canvas.
In the Theme Panel, you can adjust your Vectornator App theme. There are three settings:
- Use System (this will match Vectornator's theme to your device's theme)
- Always Light
- Always Dark
You can change your Vectornator interface to look and feel the way you prefer.
Zoomed Interface button
The Zoomed Interface switch will toggle the zoomed setting for your Vectornator interface, as shown below.
Toggling the Magic Canvas switch will cause the Vectornator Interface to move out of the way when you are drawing or moving objects; revealing the canvas and freeing up working space on your device.
Enable Unlimited Undo History
Under Settings, you can enable or disable the Undo History feature.
When switching from Default to Optimized, an alert will appear, explaining what this means.
Isolate Active Layer
The Isolate Active Layer feature will focus on the Layer that you’re working on and hide all other layers from the view.
When the Isolate Active Layer switch is enabled, only the paths placed in the active layer can be edited, and all other elements will be grayed out.
The Outline Mode feature will show your document elements as wireframe outlines without color or texture.
Outline Mode is like an X-ray mode for your document. Although just black and white, it allows you to see what's going on behind the scenes.
Vectornator supports two types of grids: the classic perpendicular square grid, and a triangle-based isometric grid.
When a grid is enabled, it will display on top of your canvas, over your elements.
Also, you can decide to snap your paths to align to the grid using the toggle switch in the Snapping Tab.
TIP: You can only apply grids to singular Artboards. It's also important to note that the Grid will be displayed on the active Artboard.
To set a Perpendicular Grid onto your artboard, first select it from the Panel. Then, adjust the Grid Spacing by changing the values in the box.
To set an Isometric Grid onto your artboard, first select it from the Panel.
Once activated, you can adjust the Grid Spacing and the Grid Angle by tapping to open the keypad. Change the values to alter these variables, then close the Canvas Tab to start using the grid.
You can toggle the default white background for your document with this switch.
It is set to on by default. If you turn it off, your artboard will have a transparent background. When exporting your project as a .PNG or any other editable format, keep in mind that the white background will not appear if you turn this feature off.
You can use this switch to toggle the CMYK Preview Mode.
If it's set to on, you'll see a preview of your document displayed in CMYK colors instead of P3 colors. If it's set to off, you'll see the default P3 colors.
Note: Vectornator does not (yet) support CMYK color space; right now you're only able to preview your work in this space.
These settings allow you to resize your document's artboards and change their unit dimensions.
You can choose from: Points, Picas, Inches, Millimeters, Centimeters, or Pixels.
This switch will show or hide the fixed Rulers attached to each artboard.
These rulers will remain locked in place on your artboard, allowing you to use them as a reference point. Also, they scale up and down as you zoom in or out.
When activated, you can also easily add Smart Guides to your document.
This switch will unlock or lock the ability to rotate your canvas.
When on, it allows you to rotate your canvas. If it's off, the canvas will be locked in place.
This switch allows you to show or hide the Dimension Indicator located at the bottom of each selected object.
This switch will enable or disable the tap indicator on your iOS Device (iPhone or iPad) for touch events, so you can easily see where you have tapped.
TIP: This function is most useful when you want to record your screen for a video tutorial.
In the Snapping tab, you can enable or disable different snapping options for your shapes.
With this switch, you can enable or disable Smart Guides for your objects. If they're enabled, you’ll see these guides appear whenever you create or move an existing path.
They appear in a light blue color if they're vertical and a violet color if they're horizontal. These guides will help you align paths to each other.
Snap to Guides
With the Snap to Guides option enabled, your objects will snap to your existing guides on the canvas.
Snap to Edges
With the Snap to Edges option enabled, your objects will snap their paths to the edges of your other shapes.
Snap to Points
With the Snap to Points option enabled, your objects will snap their paths to your objects' end points on the canvas.
Snap to Grid
With the Snap to Grid option enabled, your objects will snap their paths to align with the grid enabled on your canvas.
Available only on iPad and iPhone, the Input tab will give you access to a variety of third-party tool pairing options.
Make sure that your Bluetooth is turned on your device in order to enable these options.
In tab, you’ll find Vectornator's supported third-party devices, such as:
Select Wacom Stylus from the list of devices inside the Input Tab.
Wacom Bamboo Slate Pairing
This pairing allows you to turn your paper drawings into vectors simultaneously or import them afterwards.
There are a few steps to connect your Bamboo Slate tablet to Vectornator:
- Tap on the Wacom Slate option in the Input tab.
- Turn on your Slate and then find the Next button.
- Hold the Next button for six seconds to enter the pairing mode.
- Once the status turns to “Connecting”, tap the button again on the Slate.
- A new screen will appear, which shows the Battery Level of your Slate and allows you the option to disconnect the two devices.
- You're connected! Time to start editing your vectors!
Select Adonit from the list of devices inside the Input Tab.
Vectornator is compatible with these models: Note+, Pixel, and PixelPro.
Click here for instructions to connect your Sonar stylus.
Apple Pencil double-tap Options
This option will only appear when you have a second generation Apple Pencil paired with your iPad.
By default, the double tap gesture will switch between your current tool and the eraser, but you can customize this option by going to the Settings App on your iPad.
By tapping this button, you can select the best option for your Pencil.
Draw only with pencil
When this option is enabled, the canvas ignores any touches made with your fingers. Your fingers can only scale or rotate the canvas, or be used for gesture controls.
Here, you can adjust the advanced Vectornator settings in the iPad Settings App:
We send Push Notifications for update announcements, video tutorials and articles, features highlights, and achievements. You can enable or disable them with this switch.
Vectornator supports a total of 14 different languages. You can change to your preferred one here.