Our Precision Tools are coming to Android. We have a roadmap of our expected release dates for these tools here.
If you tap the Precision button on the canvas, you’ll see a couple of options expand beneath the menu - Grid, Snap and Guide.
The grid is a smart underlayment to your canvas that allows you to not only visually reference the grid, but interact with it via Snap and Align, our grid drawing guides. Tap Grid under Precision to turn the grid on or off. Touch the label with the grid name next to the Grid button to bring up the Workspace menu and select a new grid.
Concepts has five regular grids and three perspective grids: Dot Grid, Graph Paper, Lined Paper, Isometric Grid, Triangle Grid, and 1, 2 and 3 Point Perspectives. Select the grid from the list in the Workspace menu. Scroll the list sideways to access all the options. To edit the grid or choose from pre-made grid presets, tap on the active grid or tap the “Edit Grid” button.
Select a grid from the list in the Workspace menu. To edit the grid or choose from pre-made grid presets, tap on the active grid or tap the “Edit Grid” button.
With the five regular grids, you can edit:
- Preset – Choose from a variety of pre-made grids.
- Spacing – The distance between the main lines/dots.
- Divisions – Determine how many subdivisions there are between the major lines. Set value to 1 to only show the main lines. Available for Graph Paper and Lined Paper grids.
- Line Weight – The thickness of the grid lines.
- Color – Select the automatic color that adapts to your canvas or choose a custom color.
- Opacity – Set the opacity of the grid. This option is available when using a custom color.
- Orientation – Set the orientation of the grid to landscape or portrait. This is useful if, for example, you want to use vertical lines for lined paper. Available for Lined Paper, Isometric Grid and Triangle Grid.
- Confine to Artboard – Check the box to only show grid lines within an artboard. This only applies if there is an artboard on canvas.
Note that the grid units are determined by the drawing units you've selected in the Workspace menu.
The settings are slightly different for the perspective grids:
- Presets - Choose from a variety of pre-made perspectives. Tap on a preset to activate it.
- Vanishing Points - Tapping this button takes you to the canvas, where you can move the vanishing points and adjust the grid to your liking. You can also edit the grid on canvas at any time by tap+holding on the vanishing points or by activating the grid layer.
- Density - Choose the number of vanishing lines that appear in the grid.
- Line Weight - Set the thickness of the grid lines.
- Color - Select the automatic color that adapts to your canvas, or choose a custom color. Tapping on the Custom color option selects the current color, tap it again to bring up the color wheel and choose a new color.
- Opacity - Set the opacity of the grid. This option is available when using a custom color.
- Orientation - Use this setting to match the orientation of the grid to the screen. By default, the grid is created in the same orientation the device was in when the drawing was created.
- Confine to Artboard - Check the box to only show grid lines inside the artboard if there is one configured on canvas. This is a universal setting that applies across all grid types.
Editing Grids on Canvas
The grids can be also edited on canvas. To enter the grid edit mode, activate the grid layer in the Layers menu. With perspective grids, tap+holding on a vanishing point also activates grid editing. While the grid layer is active, zooming and panning the canvas works normally, but it is also possible to edit the grid.
All grids have a rotation handle that can be used to set the grid to a specific angle. When dragging the handle, a snap target line is shown every 45°. Let go of the handle while the snap target line is showing to snap to that angle, or keep the handle still and wait for the snap target line to disappear to set a specific angle close to the snap targets. When rotating the grid, the angle is shown in the status bar. Tap+hold on the value to edit it directly.
To move the grid, drag the grid from the crosshairs at the centre of the horizon line, or drag the line itself.
With the perspective grids, all of the vanishing points can be moved by dragging them. The vanishing points can also be activated by tapping on them. It is possible to activate more than one point at a time. When the points are active, you can pan them with one finger or move them around with two fingers just like when adjusting a selection. To scale the grid, select all vanishing points and use two fingers to scale.
To exit the grid editing mode, tap anywhere away from the editing controls on canvas, activate another layer, or tap “Done” in the notification.
Snap to Grid is a drawing guide that allows you to draw exactly with the grid, using the grid's preset drawing constraints. Align to Grid is a drawing guide that allows you to draw alongside the grid, using the grid's preset drawing constraints as well as diagonal angles that appropriately coincide with the grid. See below for additional information.
You can customize these Snap options in the Precision menu. Tap Snap to turn it on and off. Tap Options to toggle between Snap and Align, and allow turns while you draw.
Snap While Drawing is currently available for Android. Snap While Editing will be coming soon.
Snap While Drawing
Snap to Grid
With this option enabled, all strokes are drawn on top of the closest grid line available. All of the brushes will maintain their dynamics, so you can use tilt, velocity and pressure to add variance to your strokes.
The Wire and Fixed Width brushes can be used to draw clean strokes with fewer points. Try these tools if you want to export clean SVG or DXF.
Align to Grid
This option aligns strokes directionally with the grid lines, yet does not snap them to the grid. Use this for quick, accurate sketching guided by the grid's directional constraints.
Enable this option to allow making turns when drawing with Snap to Grid or Align to Grid. Sometimes it’s easier to just draw with straight lines without lifting your stylus, and this option makes this possible. When Allow Turns is on, it is still possible to go back and forth on the same line.
Drawing with Snap + Grids
When drawing with Snap, each grid has its own guide settings that correspond with the grid's directional constraints.
Dot Grid - Snap: draw horizontal and vertical lines only. Align: draw horizontal, vertical and 45° diagonal lines.
Graph Paper - Snap: draw horizontal and vertical lines only. Align: draw horizontal, vertical and 45° diagonal lines.
Lined Paper - Snap: draw horizontal and vertical lines only. Align: draw horizontal, vertical and 45° diagonal lines.
Isometric Grid - Snap + Align: draw 60° diagonal lines only.
Triangle Grid - Snap + Align: draw 60° diagonal lines only.
The Shape Guides are your design-sketching friend. The Shape Guides give you precision control over every edge and radius you draw. Use them to sketch partial or complete perfect shapes, and adjust them to any size, shape or angle.
When you activate a Shape Guide, you’ll see a number of features appear.
- The shape of the guide itself. The gray boundary is a reflection of the brush you’re using - narrow or fat - and is the area that will fill when you trace the shape. Trace anywhere on screen to draw the shape.
- The circles or handles of the guide. Touch a handle and pull it, and watch the shape stretch or shrink accordingly.
- The crosshairs. Located at the center of the guide, tap+drag the crosshairs to move the entire guide without altering it. If you double-tap the crosshairs, each guide will respond with a special function:
- The Line guide will limit your drawn stroke to between the handles. The Arc tool will become a perfect half-circle. The Angle tool will snap to 90 degrees. The Ellipse tool will become a perfect circle. The Rectangle tool will become a perfect square.
To rotate a shape guide or any selection to an angle, tap the angle field in the status bar at the top of the canvas and a keyboard will appear. Type in a custom value and confirm your choice. The selection will rotate in a clock-wise direction.
This feature is not yet available.
This feature is not yet available.