After tapping the plus button in the gallery, a new drawing will open.
Up at the top, you’ll see the Status Bar. From left to right on the bar, you’ll find:
- Drawing Name. You’re working on the “kitchen” drawing.
- Zoom/Angle. This represents the Zoom / Angle of your canvas or the Scale / Rotation of your current selection.
- Import. You can import images or PDF files.
- Export. You can export to JPG, PNG, SVG, DXF, PSD, PDF and .concepts file types.
- Help. Tap Help to access your account and find resources like our FAQ and our 24/7 support line Ask Us Anything. We like to talk with you and help you out - it helps us make the app better, too.
The wheel is movable. If you tap+hold+drag (or click+drag) on the wheel, you’ll find you can drag the wheel about and put it anywhere you’d like on the canvas. Pass the center line and the wheel will switch to left-handed mode.
If you drag the tool wheel to the center of the screen, you’ll see a canvas layout manager. Drag the weel on the image representing the tool bar and your tool wheel will become a tool bar. You can also toggle between the wheel and the bar in the settings menu. The same abilities are available with the tool bar as with the tool wheel, with the customizations and color options available along the inside edge.
- Smoothing. Use the smoothing slider and presets to set how much “smart” smoothing you’d like your line to have. Smoothing happens after you draw, not during - live smoothing is coming soon.
0% smoothing gives you the raw stroke straight from your hand input, 50% smoothing takes many of the bumps out for a more polished stroke, and 100% smooths the stroke into a perfectly straight line between start and end points, no matter how wriggly it started.
Concepts is equipped with an infinite canvas, which is our way of saying you can extend your paper in any direction you need it, as far as you need it to go. Pan around using two fingers normally, or one finger while using the Pan tool. If you’re using a stylus, you can set your Finger Action to pan around as well, which makes navigating while drawing more convenient.
To zoom in and out, or to rotate the canvas, use a two finger pinch / spread gesture. Lines stay sharp no matter how far you go - one of the many benefits of a vector-based platform. You'll notice there are "zoom steps" at certain zoom points (10%, 25%, 50%, 100%) which help you find standard sizes and rotations by feel.
Of course, you can add a predefined boundary or artboard to your infinite canvas, too. Just go to the Settings menu and define your custom size or choose from the popular choices.
But you might not use Undo / Redo as much as you think. Concepts is a vector-based app, which means you can Select and adjust any line or delete it entirely whenever you want. This is a selective way to alter your sketch (no pun intended) without being limited to the last strokes you made. We think you'll prefer it.
Finally on the main canvas, you’ll see the Layers menu. This is also movable. Just tap+hold+drag the Layers button to anywhere on the canvas you’d like it. Read more about Layers below.
Concepts is at its best with a stylus, though it works with a mouse on PCs with Android or Chrome OS installed. Currently Concepts is optimized for working with the Pixelbook Pen and Samsung S-Pen. We do not have official support for other styli, but you may find that they work regardless. If you have devices you’d like us to optimize for, please let us know.