The Shape Tool allows you to create pre-made geometric shapes, such as rectangles, circles, polygons, or straight lines, but also stars and spirals.
Located inside the Toolbar (on the left side of the Canvas); the Shape Tool is a variable tool that gives you access to different shape options in the context menu, such as:
1 - <key>R<key> - Rectangle. When selected, you can change the roundness of the object's corners.
2 - Polygon. Slide to alter the number of sides in the object.
3 - <key>O<key> - Circle. Holding a second finger on the canvas allows you draw a perfect circle.
4 - Star. Slide to choose the number of points in the object.
5 - <key>L<key> - Line.
6 - Spiral. Slide up and down to alter the decay of the object.
TIP: You can also use the keyboard shortcuts to place pre-made shapes onto your Canvas. This will speed up your workflow, especially when working on Vectornator on your Mac.
How to draw pre-made Shapes
To add any kind of pre-made Shape onto the Canvas, tap and drag anywhere on the Canvas while you have the Shape Tool selected.
Hold a second finger on the canvas or the <key>⇧<key> button to make your shape's width and height equal. This allows you to draw a perfect square or circle.
How to Edit the Corner Radius
Any corner point in a vector shape can have sharp or rounded corners, and in Vectornator you can use the Corner Radius slider to adjust any individual corner’s radius on a shape.
To change the radius of your shape's corners, simply drag your finger or Pencil on the Corner Radius Slider (A) inside the Style Tab.
To change instead one single corner point of your shape, select it using the Node Tool and then slide your finger along the Corner Radius slider to adjust it.
You can easily adjust the radius of your shape's corners by using the Quick Actions menu anytime you select your shape. To do so, tap the Corner Radius icon (1) in the menu and then slide left and right to change value (2).
How to Change the Number of Sides
There are three different ways for you to change the number of sides in your shape, including:
1 – Using the Slider to the right of the Polygon Tool:
To the right of the Polygon Tool, you’ll find a slider that allows you to control the number of sides in your polygon. Slide to change the value or tap to enter the value using the keypad.
2 – Using the Slider inside the Style Tab:
After you draw a shape, you can still change the number of sides by using the slider at the top of the Style Tab while you have it selected.
3 – Using the The Quick Actions:
You can also use the Shape Sides Quick Action to easily change the number of sides after creating your shape.
How to Draw Straight Lines
Activate the Line Tool by selecting the Line icon in the Toolbar or by pressing the <key>L<key> shortcut.
Hold a second finger on the canvas or the <key>⇧<key> button to snap your line horizontally, vertically, or in 45° intervals.
How to Create Stars
Creating stars in Vectornator can be easily done by using the Star Tool.
To activate it, simply tap the Shape Icon inside the Toolbar (8th from the top) and then select the Star.
How to Adjust the Number of Points
To the right of the Star Tool, you’ll find a slider that allows you to control the number of points in your star. The number displayed in the slider corresponds to the number of points.
Star Tool Gestures
When drawing with the Star Tool, you’ll activate a couple of gestures that will help you modify your shape's points and direction.
1 – Hold and drag up and down to modify the direction of your star's spikes.
2 – While drawing your star, hold a second finger or press the <key>⇧<key> key to edit the star's point radius by dragging your fingers.
How to Edit a Shape Precisely
In the Arrange Tab, you can change the shape's position, rotation angle, and other options. To enter a value manually, tap the number and enter the value in the keypad.
Tip: To reset a rotated shape or path to its original angle, simply choose 0° in the Rotate panel.
You can watch the video below for a quick overview of how working with shapes in Vectornator.