Vectornator has a wide variety of Tools for selecting elements, drawing objects, and creating shapes or text. They can speed up your design workflow by allowing you to easily edit the vector elements in your projects.
With the Selection Tool, you can select objects by clicking on them. You can also select a group of objects by clicking and dragging a box around them.
When you select an object in Vectornator, the object's dimensions will be displayed at the bottom-center of the object in light blue box. But remember, the values displayed are rounded to the closest whole digit and won't display the decimal points.
The dimensions indicator works on single objects, multiple objects selected together, and groups of objects.
Note: You can also hide the Dimension Indicator by switching off the button in the Settings tab.
Also when you rotate an object, the dimension indicator will display the rotation degree.
The Node Tool, also called Direct Selction Tool, is used to create, select, move and edit anchor points.
The Scissor Tool can be used to split a existing shape or paths.
The Pen Tool is used to define your own vector points and create custom paths with Bezier Curves.
It's one of the most powerful tools in Vectornator. You can watch the video below for a quick overview of how it works, or check out our blog post which explains how to use it.
You can also find more information about the Pen Tool in the Paths section of the Learning Hub.
The Pencil Tool is used to draw freeform paths.
To activate the Pencil Tool, simply tap the Pencil icon in the Toolbar.
At the right of the Pencil Tool, you’ll find a slider to control the Pencil Smoothness. If you want your path to be exactly as you draw it, you can simply set the value to 0%. Setting the value higher will increase the level of smoothing that the Pencil Tool will apply to the line that you draw.
The smoothness of your path can also be adjusted after drawing. Select your path and the smoothness slider will appear inside the Style Tab.
The Brush Tool lets you draw freeform paths with variable widths.
To activate the Brush Tool, simply tap the Brush icon in the Toolbar, or press B on the keyboard.
At the right of the Brush Tool, you’ll find a slider labeled Brush Size. This slider will control the size of your brush. A lower value will make your brush thinner, while a higher value makes it wider.
Once you select the Brush Tool, the content-aware options for your brush will appear at the top of the Style Tab. You can use these settings to create new brushes or use the preset brush options.
In these content-aware options, you will find the Brush Settings icon (1) and the Brush Selection panel (2).
The Brush Settings
Tap the Brush Settings icon to open its panel. These settings allow you to customize your brush's Shape (1) and Contour (2), and to Preview, Save, or Reset (3) your custom brush.
1 – Shape
On the left side of this section, you'll see a preview of your brush's shape (viewed along the Z-axis).
On the right side of this section, you'll find three brush shape settings sliders, which will allow you to:
- Change the Roundness of your brush's stroke by either: Dragging the handles towards the center of the brush shape circle in the Preview, using the slider, or tapping the slider to manually enter a value. The values range from 100% (which represents a perfect circle) to 1% (which is a flat line).
- Change the Angle of the brush stroke, which defines the rotation of the brush. You can define any value within 360˚. A rotation of 0˚ will create a horizontal brush, and 90˚ will create a vertical brush.
- Set the Minimum Width of the brush according to the contour profile defined. Any changes made to this value will be also visible in the Preview below (3).
2 – Contour
In this section you'll find the Contour graph; a path which represents the brush profile.
The draggable handles form the contour of the brush, and they can be moved along the X and Y axis to reshape the brush's contour.
- Add new handles by tapping on the graph.
- Double-tap to delete the handle.
As soon as you move the handles within the graph, you’ll see the changes in the preview below.
3 – Preview & Save
In this section, you'll find a live preview window that shows the current Brush profile that reflects your currently defined Shape and Contour options.
Here are three Brush examples:
To save your custom brush, tap the <key>Save<key></key></key> button. You can find your saved brushes in the Brush Selection Pane. If you are not happy with the current brush, tap the Reset button. This will switch your brush settings back to default, including shape and contour.
Note: The default Contour Profile has all initial handles at the same height; creating a flat profile.
The Brush Selection Pane
When closed, the Brush Selection Pane shows a live preview of the current active brush.
By tapping this pane, it displays a list of the Preset Brushes, which are built into the Brush Settings panel. These preset brushes can be used as they are or used as the jumping-off point for your own custom brushes.
After you save your first brush in the Brush Editor, the Your Brushes section will appear at the top of this panel. You can save as many brushes as you want and they will be shared across all your documents in Vectornator. Your brushes are saved locally to the device on which you created them.
To delete a custom brush, just tap and hold the brush you want to delete in the list, and the Delete option will pop up.
Note: Preset Brushes cannot be deleted.
Tip: You can use the saved preset brushes as a base for new brush shapes. In order to do that, just choose a brush in the selection pane and open the editor. In the editor you will find the settings for the selected brush, which you can then further customize. To save your changes, press save, and your settings will be saved as a new brush.
The Text Tool allows you to insert text elements into your document.
As soon as you select the Text Tool from the Toolbar, the Text Panel will appear at the top of the Style Tab.
Learn more about the Text Options in Vectornator in this video tutorial.
The Shape Tool allows you create pre-made geometric shapes, such as rectangles, circles, polygons, or straight lines.
It can be found inside the Toolbar (on the left side of the canvas) and will give you access to different shapes' options in the context menu as:
A - Rectangle. When selected, you can change the roundness of the object's corners.
B - Polygon. Slide to alter the number of sides in the object.
C - Circle. Holding a second finger on the canvas allows you draw a perfect circle.
D - Star. Slide to choose the number of points in the object.
E - Line.
F - Spiral. Slide up and down to alter the decay of the object.
You can also use the keyboard shortcuts to add some pre-made shapes, this will speed up your workflow, especially when working on Vectornator Pro on your Mac.
How to draw pre-made Shapes
To add any kind of pre-made Shape into your canvas, tap and drag anywhere.
Hold a second finger on the canvas or the ⇧ button to make your shape's width and height equal. This is pretty useful if you want to draw a perfect square or circle.
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.
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.
When drawing with the Star Tool, you’ll activate a couple of gestures that will help you modify the points of your shape and its direction.
1. Hold & 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.</key></key>
How to Edit the Corner Radius
Any corner point in a vector tool can have sharp or rounded corners, and in Vectornator there is a slider that allows you to adjust any individual corner’s radius on a shape.
Simply tap or click on a corner point using the Node Tool and then slide your finger along the Corner Radius slider to adjust it.
The Eraser allows you to delete any area of an object along the path you draw with the eraser by simply tapping and dragging along the path you want to erase.
Tap the Hand icon inside the Toolbar and drag to move around the canvas.
On Mac, you can activate the Hand Tool by holding the <key>Spacebar<key> and click and drag to pan around the canvas.
Note: This requires >iOS 13.4 and macOS systems.
Tap and drag up to zoom in or drag down to zoom out.
Note: This requires >iOS 13.4 and macOS systems.
You can also use the Navigational Shortcuts to speed up your workflow.
How to Rotate an object
In Vectornator, there are three different ways to rotate your shapes.
– Use the Rotate handle at the top of each shape.
– Activate the Rotation Tool from the Toolbar.
– Enter a value in degrees inside the Inspector.
The Rotate Handle
This feature appears at the top of any selected shape.
By using this method, you can rotate any shape by holding and dragging your finger or Pencil on the orange dot.
The Rotation Tool
Select your shape using the Selection or Node Tool, and tap the Rotation Tool (1). Then, tap and drag anywhere on the canvas to rotate your selected shape.
With this tool, you can also change the pivot point (2) on which your shape rotates. Simply tap on the canvas to move the rotation point to the spot you tap.
Note: The pivot point is set by default at the center of your shape.
Enter a degree value
You can enter a value in degrees in the Arrange Tab. You can move your finger around the wheel or tap it to open the keypad and enter a value numerically. This can be a positive or negative value to rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise but, please remember that the number displayed in the Rotate Arrange Tab will be always positive.
Note: In this case, the rotation considers the pivot point as the center of your shape.
How to Resize an object
In Vectornator, you can resize your shapes in many different ways. You can do this by:
– Using the "Resize Tool" from the Toolbar.
– Dragging one of the Selection Handles.
– Resizing while keeping the Aspect Ratio.
– Resizing the object from the centre.
– Resizing the object's dimensions in the Inspector.
The Resize Tool
Select your shape using the Selection Tool, and tap the Resize Tool (1). Then, tap and drag (2) anywhere on the canvas outside the shape to adjust the size.
With this tool, you can also change the pivot point on which your shape is resized. Simply tap on the canvas to change this pivot point.
Note: The pivot point is set by default at the center of your shape.
Dragging to Resize
To resize any shape or image, select it, then tap and drag on any of its selection handles (1). The handles on the sides of the shape will adjust the shape's height or width, while handles on the corners will adjust the height and width together.
Resizing keeping the Aspect Ratio
Hold a second finger on the canvas (2) or the Shift ⇧ key while dragging on any of its selection handles to keep the shape's height and width at the same ratio.
Resizing from the center
To resize any shape from its center, instead of the edge you’re dragging from, hold the Option ⌥ key while dragging on any of its selection handles.
Resizing the object in the Inspector
You can also resize any element by selecting it and typing its dimensions into the Inspector in the Arrange Tab. You can enter a specific value by tapping the Size, Width, and Height boxes.
If the lock icon is closed, the object will resize proportionately, otherwise you can open it to change only one single dimension.
Note: By default, this will resize the shape from their top-left corners.