Our Precision Tools are coming to Windows. 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 and Snap.
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 major grid types: Dot Grid, Graph Paper, Lined Paper, Isometric Grid and Triangle Grid. You can also disable the grid by selecting "No Grid".
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.
In the Grid Editor, you can edit the following characteristics of your grids:
- 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.
Grid as a Layer for additional grid flexibility is coming soon. You will be able to move the grid above your images, adjust its opacity, or hide the grid as you draw.
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 Windows. 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.
This feature is not yet available.
This feature is not yet available.
This feature is coming soon.