Linea Sketch

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.

Plus many more new features, all optimized for the newest generation of iPads.

Premium feature. Purchase required.

Features

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.

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.

ZipShape rules! Draw shapes with ease. Simply hold for a moment after drawing a rough shape and ZipShape automatically creates a perfect version for you. Use the handles to tweak the corner radii and final placement, and you’re good to go. No rulers or stencils required!

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.

Paint and fill your sketches organically! Create rustic and artistic effects by painting with organic pigment in three modes. Choose Simple for textured, painterly strokes. Wet for watery strokes with pooled pigment at the edges, or Cloud for textured splats that are great for skies, landscapes, or backgrounds.

Add text and labels to your sketches. Scribble with an Apple Pencil to edit directly or tap with your finger to use the keyboard. Choose from a variety of fonts, scale text dynamically, adjust alignment, set colors, and more!

Blend in. Use the blending stick to soften or smudge your sketch. Use pressure or the brush size to vary the effect. A great way to create smooth gradients and free-flowing shapes.

Record your creative process as you sketch. Save a video of your entire sketching process as either a compressed 30 second clip or a full length movie.

Designed for Apple Pencil

Linea Sketch was designed from the ground up for this revolutionary input device. 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.

Linea in iPhone

Take your sketches on the go...

Linea also works on your iPhone, so you can capture inspiration whenever it strikes. Use your finger for a quick sketch or write down some important notes with a stylus. No matter where you are.

...or bring them to your Mac, with Linea Link.

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Our posts are a great way to see what other folks are doing with Linea and get some inspiration!

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Version History

Use Annotations to add text to your sketches, paint organically with a Watercolor Brush, lock layers to protect your drawing, and enjoy enhancements for all tools!

Linea Sketch 4.0

November 2021

New Features

  • Annotations: Add simple text labels and notes to your sketches
    • Tap the "Aa" icon to enter Annotation mode, then on the sketch to create a label
    • Edit Annotations with iOS Scribble or tap with a finger to use the keyboard
    • Choose from a variety of fonts & save your favorite as a Canvas Default
    • Easily adjust Annotation text alignment, color, rotation, and size
    • Merge Annotations to a layer to add additional effects
  • Watercolor Brush: Paint and fill your sketch with organic pigment
    • Three brush sizes that vary with pressure of Apple Pencil
    • Choose between three modes:
      • Simple - Textured, painterly strokes
      • Wet - Watery strokes with pooled pigment at edges
      • Cloud - Textured splats & speckles for skies, landscapes, or backgrounds
  • Lockable Layers: Prevent changes and secure your work
    • Tap on lock icon in Layer palette to lock or unlock
    • Locked layers cannot be edited, merged, or selected with the lasso
    • Layers can still be rearranged, toggled, and sampled with the eyedropper

Improvements

  • General:
    • Compatibility with iOS and iPadOS 15
    • Updated tool palettes for the new iPad mini
    • New video tutorials: Settings > More Linea Sketch Tips
  • Tools & Backgrounds:
    • New Cotton paper background
    • New larger tool sizes for the Technical Pencil, Art Pencil, and Marker
    • Improved paging for additional brush sizes
  • Colors:
    • Reorganize custom color chips by tapping, holding, then dragging
    • Drag colors from other apps (like Pastel) into Linea's custom color sets
  • ZipShape Radius Control:
    • Adjust the corner radius of square or rectangular ZipShapes
    • Change all four corners simultaneously with a tap on any green control
    • Tap and hold on a green control to adjust a single corner
  • Information Bezel & Transforms:
    • Bezel is now easier to read when transforming selections or ZipShapes
    • Corner radii displayed for ZipShape rectangles & squares
    • Element being adjusted is highlighted in the bezel
    • Transforms snap to sizes (100%, 200%, etc.) & aspect ratios (1:1, 3:4, 2:1, etc.)
    • QuickToggle for snapping: hold down finger while dragging with Apple Pencil
  • Time-lapse:
    • Exported time-lapse movies now hold the final frame for five seconds
    • Improvements to time-lapse reliability and playback
    • iPhone can now export 30 second clips

Bug Fixes

  • Time-lapse movies can now be exported even after recording is toggled off
  • Fixed appearance of eyedropper icon in Recent Colors
  • Help & feature videos no longer stop music from playing

Linea Sketch 3.1

June 2020

Improvements

  • Improved accessibility when drawing with VoiceOver

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue when flipping the canvas
1 improvement, 1 bug fix

Linea Sketch 3.0

April 2020

New Features

  • Universal app for iPad and iPhone
  • Time-Lapse: Record your creative process as a time-lapse movie as you sketch!
    • Access Time-Lapse settings and playback via (...) > Present Sketch menu
    • Export a compressed 30 second version or full length
    • Export the entire canvas as a Time-Lapse or just a portion via Crop and Export
    • Pause and re-start Time-Lapse recording at any time
    • Sketches containing Time-Lapses are badged in the Project View for reference
    • Option to turn off Time-Lapse (saves storage space) for new sketches in Settings
  • QuickToggle: Put a finger down while drawing on iPad for additional control
    • ZipLine snapping - ZipLines temporarily snap to isometric and oblique angles
    • Pencil tilt - Temporarily turn off tilt when sketching with the pencil tools
  • Custom background colors
    • Choose a custom color to use as a canvas background
    • Select custom colors via the picker, recently used or hex values
    • Toggle paper texture on / off to apply over your custom color
  • App themes and alternate home screen icons
    • Customize your Linea home screen app icon and interface theme via Settings

Improvements

  • Templates: adjustable intensity (light/medium/strong)
  • New checkerboard (transparent) canvas background
  • Re-organized and improved Settings panel for clarity

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that caused lagging when drawing with the Pen Tool
5 new features, 3 improvements, 1 bug fix

Linea Sketch 2.8

December 2019

Improvements

  • Preference to turn off tilt support when sketching with Apple Pencil
  • Ability to sort multi-page PDF output by newest or oldest sketches first
  • Export as PDF is now available on project folders when no sketches are selected
  • Better performance with ZipShapes drawn using the Art Pencil and Felt Tip Pen

Bug Fixes

  • Sketches and imported images are no longer blurry when pasted onto the canvas
  • Overlay in Crop and Export... is now visible on sketches with dark backgrounds
  • Fixed a contrast issue with the button used to close a project
  • Fixed a contrast issue with the 3x2 App Icon template
  • Fixed a rendering problem with the hexagonal grid

Note

  • The "Paper Grain" background was re-named to "White Bond" for clarity
4 improvements, 5 bug fixes

Linea Sketch 2.7

September 2019

New Features

  • Added full support for Dark Mode in newest version of iOS and iPadOS
  • Export an an entire project or selected sketches as a multi-page PDF
  • Added Set as Default in sketch action menu (⋯) to save your current grid and paper settings when creating new documents

Improvements

  • Angles now snap to 0°, 45°, and 90° with ZipLine: can be disabled in Settings
  • Larger Pen sizes - swipe the tool's size indicator to page between three sets

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed bug in color palette hues with Swift 5.1
  • Fixed navigation issues on iOS 13
3 new features, 2 improvements, 2 bug fixes

Linea Sketch 2.6

February 2019

New Features

  • Stroke Widths: The Pen and Marker tools now support strokes that are set to a specific width or that vary with pressure. Fixed width lines are great for lettering, cartoon outlining, and graphing. Variable pen widths create a more organic feel and are perfect for inking comics, illustrations, and more.
  • New Templates: Circular grids, sheet music staves, and Apple Watch user interfaces were added to grids & templates. Whether you're drawing mandalas, writing your next hit, or working on a wearable app, these portrait and landscape layouts will be helpful! Includes:
    • Sheet Music
    • Watch UI design
    • Circular (for Mandalas, symmetric drawing, graphing, etc.)
    • Reticle and Large Dot grids
    • Desktop Web Design
  • Aspect Ratios: Crop and Export is now easier to use with presets for popular formats like 4:3, 16:9, and square. Your settings are also saved, making multiple exports simpler.
  • Other changes include the ability to merge selections into a specific layer, improved selection undo, better placement of images dropped into Linea, and more.

Improvements

  • PSD export now writes compressed layer data. This reduces file size and works around a bug in Procreate so it handles the transparency correctly.
  • Support for exporting as a PDF from the Crop and Export panel.
  • When pasting or importing an image into a layer while there's a selection, the new content is centered. Can be used while doing copy/paste to another layer to make a duplicate that's in the same place as the original.
  • Reworked early templates to future proof them.
  • When undoing after a transform, the selection is no longer dropped.
  • Added headers to template groups for improved clarity and organization
  • New keyboard shortcuts for selection mode commands: Cut, Copy, Paste, and Duplicate
  • ReplayKit Recording has been re-enabled thanks to a bug fix in iOS 12.1.3 or later

Bug Fixes

  • Drag-and-dropped images are now dropped in the correct place on the canvas
  • Fixed orientation of imported images of certain types (indexed PNG, for example)
  • When importing multiple images in succession, each one gets its own undo state
  • After merging layers, empty ones are now correctly saved to the document file
  • Layer checkmarks now reset to being all-checked between selections
  • A document in iPad sidebar multitasking mode no longer displays the Preview bezel without its text visible
  • Selected templates are now scrolled into view on the popover list no matter the length
4 new features, 8 improvements, 7 bug fixes

Linea Sketch 2.5.2

December 2018

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed incorrect undos of some operations
1 bug fix

Linea Sketch 2.5.1

December 2018

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed memory issue that caused a crash in tools
  • Blend tool now works on a smaller area when zoomed in
2 bug fixes

Linea Sketch 2.5

December 2018

New Features

  • Fill Tool - The paint roller fills large areas with color quickly and easily:
    • Tap to instantly flood-fill an area on the selected layer
    • Uses all currently-visible layers, including templates/grids for the fill boundary
    • Draw a shape with the fill tool to enclose a free-form area
    • Supports opaque and additive ink settings
  • Blending Tool - The blending stick softens a portion of your sketch or smudges it:
    • The effect uses both brush size and pressure
    • Blur mode - Soften hard edges and lines; create pleasing gradients
    • Smudge mode - Push or pull strokes to create free-flowing shapes and effects
    • Finger blending - Set your finger to blend instead of erase in Settings
  • ZipShapes - Draw rough shapes and hold at the end to create a perfect version:
    • Recognizes circles, ovals, squares, rectangles, triangles, and polygons
    • Transform handles let you modify the shape - move, scale, stretch to get exactly what you want
    • ZipShapes work with the pencil, pen, marker, and fill tools
  • Versions - Revert a sketch from a previous version to fix a mistake or take a different creative direction:
    • In the Project view tap Select, pick a sketch, then use Versions from the Actions (⋯) menu
    • Revert to a specific version or create a new sketch out of a selected version
    • Versions is only available when iCloud is enabled in Settings

Improvements

  • There is now a setting for what your finger does while an Apple Pencil is in use: erase, blend, draw, move the canvas, or ignore.
  • New paper background: Mulberry
  • Double-tap on the new Apple Pencil can be configured to switch tools, change interface state, enter selection mode, or modify tool sizes
  • New template for full-screen tablet that matches 11" iPad Pro aspect ratio
  • When recording or broadcasting your sketch, the record indicator and popup are no longer captured
  • Refined user interface elements
4 new features, 6 improvements

Linea Sketch 2.2.2

October 2018

Improvements

  • Pen in blended mode is lighter when using a Logitech Crayon, other non-Apple Pencil stylus, or a finger
  • Eraser works properly in blended mode when used with a Logitech Crayon, other non-Apple Pencil stylus, or a finger

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a problem when creating polygon ZipLine shapes (connected lines)
  • Tapping while drawing with finger or non-Pencil stylus results in a dot again
  • Predicted path preview of the pen tool in blended mode is improved
  • Choosing to resolve conflicting versions of a drawing on iCloud now updates the state of the document correctly
2 improvements, 4 bug fixes

Linea Sketch 2.2

September 2018

New Features

  • Broadcast Yourself - Show the world your latest creation using the new Present Canvas options available from a sketch's Actions icon (⋯)
    • A video of your canvas is created while you draw
    • Recording can be configured to add either audio or video commentary
    • Your drawing session can be saved to the Camera Roll or shared on social media
    • You can also live stream to services like Mobcrush (that support ReplayKit)
  • Canvas Sizes - Tap and hold the + button when creating a new sketch for a range of canvas size options including:
    • Current screen size
    • 16 x 9 aspect ratio
    • 3 x 2 aspect ratio
    • 4 x 3 aspect ratio
    • Square
  • Send to Linea - A new Sharing extension lets other apps send images to a project
    • Enable "Send to Linea" in the More item of the Sharing sheet
    • Works great after taking a screenshot for markup in Linea

Improvements

  • Presentation Mode via Airplay now available from the sketch's Action menu
  • Smoother brush strokes when drawing with a finger or stylus (non Apple-Pencil)
  • The minimum zoom-out amount increased from 50% to 20%
  • Interface tweaks and polishing
  • Refreshed app icon

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed cosmetic issues
  • Project thumbnails update correctly when sketches changed on another device
3 new features, 5 improvements, 2 bug fixes

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
4 bug fixes

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

Improvements

  • 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

Improvements

  • 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).

Fixes

  • 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

Fixes

  • 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

ZipLine

  • 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

Other

  • 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