Sketch. Simply.

Do more with less.

Linea Sketch gives you the right balance of power and control to draw effortlessly. The focus stays where it belongs: on your creations, not the tools.

New features. Same simplicity.

Get right to work with features like split-screen support, portrait orientation, drag-and-drop, and updated grids & templates.


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Picking colors has never been simpler. You can choose from a wide range of pre-defined colors, or customize colors with a single tap. Linea Sketch automatically generates tints and shades with controls that are simple to understand.

Every control in Linea Sketch is designed to stay out of your way. Many drawing apps overload you with settings, popovers, and other widgets. Linea's elegant interface puts the focus where it belongs – on your ideas.

Resize. Reposition. Reuse. Your sketch isn't set in stone. Lasso a piece, then move, resize, or duplicate it. Transform portions of just one layer or a combination of layers.

Linea Sketch provides a simplified set of layers. A total of five layers, which can easily be rearranged, merged, and adjusted, gives you plenty of flexibility for your projects. It’s a supercharged sketchbook.

ZipLine rules! Draw straight lines with ease. Simply hold for a moment at the end of a line and ZipLine automatically straightens it for you. Tap and hold to draw additional line segments. No ruler required!

No sketch is an island. With Linea Sketch's import feature, you can bring existing artwork or photos into your layers. Add to the image or use it as a reference while drawing in another layer.

Have you ever used your finger to erase a whiteboard? Linea includes a traditional eraser tool, but its revolutionary Touch Eraser lets you quickly fix mistakes without switching tools. Just wipe the screen with a finger – and the best part is your hand stays clean!

The first sketch app designed for Apple Pencil

Linea Sketch was designed from the ground up for this revolutionary input device. And if a Pencil isn't available, the app still works great with your finger.

Linea Sketch Tools

All the tools you'd expect.

Brush Size

Preset, pressure sensitive brush sizes for quick creation.

Blend Modes

Additive & non-additive pigments for sketching and shading.


Jennifer Bishop

“Linea is minimalistic in the best way, as the focus is the canvas and not a screen full of tools that I may never use ... it has been the perfect drawing app for an artist like myself that is used to a traditional medium but who is transitioning into digital art.”

Jennifer Bishop — Rainy Day Doodle

Kyle T Webster

“Linea is a no-fuss, instantly enjoyable sketching experience with just enough features. It’s clean, fast, and ready for action.”

Kyle T Webster

Gus Mueller

“Linea has been my go-to app for sketching out ideas and solving visual programming problems since the day I started using it. It’s now an indispensable tool for my work.”

Gus Mueller — Flying Meat, maker of Acorn

David Lanham

“Linea is simple enough to get your thoughts down without getting in the way and also able to allow for refinement through layers and editing. The included grids are perfect for exploring interface or icon ideas that will be ready to translate to final renders.”

David Lanham

Savannah Glitschka

“Simple and straightforward, allowing me to focus on my drawing instead of the app.”

Savannah Glitschka

John Siracusa

“A nice, simple sketching app. First one I've used where everything worked as I expected the first time.”

John Siracusa

Eric Merced

“I really dig its simplicity and the out of the way UI. Great job!”

Eric Merced

“It's my new favorite sketching app!”

Serenity Caldwell, iMore

Selected as iMore's Best iPad App of 2017

iMore - Best of 2017

“The Iconfactory describes [Linea] as aiming for the simplicity of a paper sketchbook, and I think they’ve nailed it.”

Daring Fireball

“The color swatch in Linea is fantastic...It fits a spectrum of color options into a very compact space.”

9 to 5 Mac

“The best possible sketching experience whether you are drawing, prototyping an app interface, storyboarding, taking notes, or something else.”


“Linea Sketch is a carefully designed, full featured sketching app.”

Six Colors

“A dead-simple, natural sketching experience.”

Eric Merced

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Version History

Fixed a few bugs that caused usability problems as well as some crashes.

Linea Sketch 2.1.1

June 2018

Bug Fixes

  • Importing an image into a non-empty layer no longer sends it to an empty layer if one was available
  • Moving a selection or importing an image in an unchanged document now always gets saved on close
  • Fixed a problem that in a rare circumstance could cause a set of changes to not be saved
  • Fixed a couple of crashes users have seen

Linea Sketch 2.1

May 2018

New Features

  • Custom Color Picker - New superpowers to get the right color
    • Eyedropper that lets you quickly pick a color from the canvas
    • Type in hex colors to match a color from a web site or other design
    • Slider to adjust lightness or darkness of a color
    • Keeps a history of changes making it easy to experiment
  • Color Sets - Customize the palettes of colors you use in Linea
    • Tap the Color Sets icon at the top of the palette to access options
    • Each of the three palettes can have its own color set
    • New color sets include pastels, art deco, flesh tones, app design and more
    • Each palette has a set of custom colors: build a color library
    • Recent Colors makes frequent color changes a snap
  • New Templates - Now use Linea for productivity and web design
    • Lay out multiple responsive Web Design concepts with or without notes
    • Also works great for mobile apps on multiple devices
    • Monthly Calendar for scheduling in portrait or landscape orientation
    • Checklists for to-do items, groceries, and more


  • Pencil and pen tools have lower latency to provide the best drawing experience
  • Tool size indicators display the current color of the tool

Bug Fixes

  • When copying or dragging from a portrait-oriented document, the content is now kept in the proper orientation
  • Fixed cosmetic issues

Tip Jar

Developing new features is expensive. Now you can contribute beyond your initial purchase to help fund future updates with the Tip Jar. It’s a subscription-free way to show your love for Linea Sketch.

  • Donate at any time using the Tip Jar item in the Settings view
  • Tipping is optional and reminders are only displayed after new features have been added
3 new features, 2 improvements, 2 bug fixes

Linea Sketch 2.0.2

March 2018


  • Added an option in Settings to control the polygon part of the ZipLine feature.
  • When drawing with a finger, tapping (without drawing a line) now leaves a dot behind (making it easier, for example, to dot i's or write periods when not using an Apple Pencil).


  • Importing images into portrait documents should now rotate the image correctly.
  • Fixed layout of Settings when larger text sizes.
2 improvements, 2 bug fixes

Linea Sketch 2.0.1

March 2018


  • Project views in split screen should now always be sized correctly
  • Presentation mode now properly handles portrait sketches
2 bug fixes

Linea Sketch 2.0

March 2018

Move / Transform

  • New scissors icon in Layers panel - see in-app video for a demo!
  • Resize by dragging the orange handles
  • Rotate with two-fingers or by dragging the selection box outline


  • Quickly create straight lines and polygons - see in-app video for a demo!
  • The delay needed to activate ZipLine can be adjusted via Linea's settings

Image Import

  • Add images to a layer - see in-app video for a demo!
  • Import from your camera, photo library, clipboard, or a file browser app

Portrait Orientation

  • Linea now supports portrait orientation for drawings and notes
  • New sketches are created using the iPad's current orientation
  • Change the orientation by rotating 90º and closing sketch

New Templates & Grids

  • Take notes on Notepads with wide and narrow rules
  • All templates work in portrait and landscape orientation
  • New storyboarding template with 1.85:1 ratio
  • App Design templates updated for latest devices
  • Added small dot grid

Split Screen

  • Linea can now be used while it's side-by-side with another app
  • Reference an image on the web or in Photos
  • Take notes while researching in Safari or any other app

Drag and Drop

  • Drag images from another app and drop them into the active layer
  • Drag images out of the Export view
  • Turn on the Settings option to drag out from Selection


  • Reduced size of the smallest eraser
  • Added support for Smart Invert Colors to help folks with low vision
Major release with many new features and improvements

Linea 1.1.3

February 2018


  • Fixed a problem updating the setting of the Touch Eraser
1 bug fix

Linea 1.1.2

August 2017


  • Fixed a crash that would occur occasionally when using multi-touch system gestures to change apps
  • Fixed a couple other issues that could cause occasional crashes
2 bug fixes

Linea 1.1.1

June 2017


  • Now displays full, native resolution on the 10.5" iPad Pro (instead of a scaled-up version of the 9.7" resolution)
  • Improved tilted rendering of the technical pencil, especially on the new iPads
  • No longer displays a confirmation when clearing a layer from the Layer popup since the clear command is undoable


  • Fixed a couple crashes users had seen with 1.1
  • Sharing multiple sketches from the project view now exports them in the order they are displayed
  • Project view now animates certain changes
3 improvements, 3 bug fixes

Linea 1.1

May 2017

New Features

  • Linea now supports iCloud for storing Linea projects and sketches!
    • On first launch, you will get a summary of iCloud usage for your sketches
    • Turn on iCloud sync and projects become available on all your devices
    • New and updated sketches are synced automatically
    • Copy, backup & inspect sketches via iCloud Drive
  • New Canvas Compass options:
    • Single tap to access the Compass
    • Flip the canvas horizontally or vertically for a fresh perspective on your sketch
    • Don't worry, flipping is only a temporary state while drawing
    • Includes actions for resetting, restoring and locking canvas position
    • Tap & hold the Compass to switch between default and custom canvas position
  • A quick pinch gesture resets the canvas to the default position
  • Added several new isometric grid styles to Grids & Templates
  • Added new shortcuts for Bluetooth or Smart Keyboard users
  • While sketching, hold down the Command key to see available shortcuts


  • Palm rejection improved to reduce unwanted zooming and panning
  • Gesture handling for zooming, panning, and rotating was reworked to provide a smoother experience
6 new features, 2 improvements

Linea 1.0.3

March 2017

Bug Fixes

  • The eraser's outline (showing the area being erased) is sized correctly when zoomed in or out
  • Trying to export part of a document and assign it to a contact no longer crashes
  • Emoji are no longer sometimes clipped when used in a project name
  • Fixed an occasional pause / skip that could occur while sketching or erasing
4 bug fixes

Linea 1.0.2

February 2017

New Features

  • Tilt support for the Apple Pencil can now be used with each tool:
    • Technical Pencil: A smooth, faded stroke along the edge of hard lead
    • Art Pencil: Soft, wide shading that varies with both size settings & pressure
    • Pen: Flat nib great for hard edges or calligraphic writing
    • Marker: Wide flat stroke perfect for coloring large areas of the screen
    • Eraser: Round vs flat oval tip for erasing
  • Move Sketches from one Project to another:
    • Long-press a drawing in the Project view > Move...
    • Select multiple drawings in Select mode to move them all at once
  • New Sketch command:
    • Creates a new, blank sketch using current grid & background settings
    • Located under the More (...) menu when drawing
  • Presentation Mode via video out or AirPlay to an Apple TV:
    • Displays the current sketch full screen and omits tool palettes, zoom level & rotation
    • Turn on AirPlay via Control Center (or connect a display via a Lightning-to-HDMI adapter) then activate Presentation Mode from within a sketch from the More Actions (...) menu


  • Hexagonal Grid: Available in multiple sizes in Grids & Templates
  • Double-tapping the Eraser icon now offers to clear the active layer
  • After closing a sketch or paging to a different one, if you return to it without changing another sketch, you can undo the last few actions

Bug Fixes

  • Improved Apple Pencil tracking on the opacity mini-sliders in the Layers panel
  • Improved error message when attempting to rename a project to include a slash
4 new features, 3 improvements, 2 bug fixes

Linea 1.0.1

February 2017

New Features

  • New "Gray Bristol" paper added to the Background options
  • Canvas Locking - Enable by double-tapping the compass icon or long-press it and select Lock from the popup
  • Duplicate Sketch was added to the more-options (...) popup while drawing


  • Palm rejection improved to make it less likely to erroneously detect gestures
  • When a layer is cleared, the layer popover is now automatically dismissed
  • When a layer is cleared or merged, the now-empty layer is reset to 100% opacity
  • Merge Layer now works better when the layers are not at 100% opacity
  • Merge Layers is disabled when the layer beneath is not visible
  • Layer visibility and opacity changes are now undoable
  • When launching after a new install, the how-to document will now be opened
  • Animated transitions between views have been improved
  • Twitter and Instagram links added to the Settings view
  • A few icons polished for consistency

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a crash and/or strange behavior after having used multiple documents
  • Adjusting the mini-slider on the layer panel with an Apple Pencil will no longer trigger layer re-ordering
  • Duplicating within the project view with multiple sketches selected now duplicates the correct items
  • Duplicate sketches are now placed after the selected documents instead of at the beginning of the project
  • Fixed a problem with undo that could occur if used after merging layers
  • Fixed a rendering bug that occurred when changing documents with the page arrows while zoomed in
  • When starting a stroke near the color picker, it will no longer cause a color-set change gesture to be triggered (and the stroke canceled)
  • When undoing initial content being drawn in a layer, the layer icon is now reset to the empty state
3 new features, 10 improvements, 8 bug fixes

Linea 1.0

January 2017

Initial Release