Linea

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Tips & Tricks

We strived to make the interface for Linea intuitive, but underneath that simple exterior are some hidden gems. The following tips & tricks will help you get the most out of your sketching. Some tips only apply to on iPhone or on iPad

Drawing Tools

Get a Tiny Eraser – The size of the eraser scales in proportion to the level of zoom on your drawing. The further you zoom in, the smaller the eraser will become, allowing you to erase small detailed sections.

Erase with ZipLine – ZipLine works with all drawing tools, including the eraser. It can quickly erase rough edges and clean up shapes or textured backgrounds.

Use Tilt & Pressure Effects – Some drawing tools, like the art pencil and marker, use the Apple Pencil's tilt and pressure. Hold the stylus at an angle and vary the pressure as you sketch to achieve different effects like shading or calligraphy.

Quickly Erase a Layer – Double-tap the Eraser tool to clear the active layer. (The app will confirm that's what you want to do first.)

3D Touch Effects – Some drawing tools, like the art pencil and marker, use the 3D Touch sensor in the phone to detect pressure. Vary the pressure as you sketch to achieve different effects like shading or calligraphy.

Small Screen Shortcuts – Long-press on the iPhone can be used as a shortcut in various parts of the interface:

  • Press and hold a drawing tool icon to toggle between it and the eraser
  • Show the options for the current layer by pressing on its icon
  • Quickly pick a tint by holding down on the current color swatch

To quickly hide or show the toolbars in portrait mode, tap in the space to the left or right of home indicator (on iPhone X). You can also swipe down on the toolbar to hide it or swipe up to show it again.

Move / Transform

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Rotate with Precision – Tap on the gray bounding box around a selection then drag to rotate in any direction. This technique provides finer control when precise angles are needed.

Cut & Paste Between Layers – The Selection tool can quickly move content from one layer to another. Lasso the portion of your sketch you want to move and select Cut from the menu at the top of the screen. Next, tap on a layer to open its menu and select Import / Paste… then Paste from Clipboard. Position the content and tap Place Image when you're done.

Layers

Quickly Turn Layers On or Off – Double-tap a layer's icon in the panel to hide or show it (without opening the options popup). This also works with the background texture or grid & template icons.

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Reorder Your Layers – Long-press on a layer to start a drag. Drop it anywhere in the palette to change its display order (the bottom layer in the panel is furthest back.)

Adjust Layer Transparency – Use the Apple Pencil to drag the mini-slider on the layer icon: it's quicker than opening the options popup!

Colors

Reorder Custom Colors – With iOS 11, a long-press on a color in the custom palette lets you drag it to another position. The color can also can dragged to another app that supports colors with Drag and Drop.

Add a Shade to Palette – Drag and Drop also lets you to move the shade of any color into a new base color. This provides a wider range of shades when needed. You can also drag in colors from compatible apps like Procreate.

Compact Color – Tap & hold the color chip and drag your finger to instantly select from a range of tints and shades. Tap the Color Sets icon to pick from flesh tones, muted hues, pastels, recently used colors, and more.

Define your own custom colors by tapping on an empty color chip. Then select the perfect color using Linea Go's color wheel, by entering a hex value, or from sampling with the eyedropper tool.

Sketches

Handy Gestures See what we did there? – Tapping with two fingers will undo changes. Three fingers will redo them.

Reset the Canvas – A long-press the compass icon or a quick two-finger pinch inward will reset the canvas so there's no rotation and content fills the screen.

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Draw on a Big Screen – In a classroom or other presentation setting, you can display the canvas on a larger screen. First enable AirPlay in Control Center or attach your iPad to a TV using an adapter. Then tap a sketch's Action (⋯) icon and enable Presentation Mode. As you continue drawing, your audience sees the results without any tools or palettes. Pretty neat!

Projects

Manage iCloud Downloads – You can quickly download all existing sketches from iCloud using the Actions (⋯) icon in the Project view. Tap Download All and all of your sketches will be copied to the iPad. If you need to free up space, you use Remove Local Copies from that same menu.

Quickly Open a Sketch – When looking at the multi-project view, each project shows the first three thumbnails. You can double-tap on the thumbnail to open the sketch directly, avoiding the project view.

And More…

Customizing Tools & Palettes – Tap the gear icon in the Project view to open Settings. From there you can swap the positions of Linea's drawing tools, use smaller tool panels, configure smooth scaling while zooming, and add new dragging behaviors.

Check the Knowledge Base – Our support site has more information including keyboard shortcuts, device support, performing backups, and more.

Linea is available on iPad, iPhone, and Mac. Learn more...