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If you don’t know which Auto Trace mode to choose, don’t worry—Vectornator can do it for you! With our CoreML Machine Learning model, our Auto Trace feature will analyze your images and automatically select the “Photography” or “Sketch” mode.
Sketch Mode scans your drawings on paper and turns your pen and pencil lines into editable vector paths. This mode works particularly well with hand-drawn lettering and logos.
Photography Mode will auto-select all the tiny pixels in a raster image and transform them into vector shapes that you can edit and scale to any size.
A Pen Tool is a graphics tool that allows you to create precise paths with mathematical points. You can draw straight lines by plotting points or curved segments by tapping and holding to bend the line you just made. You can then create a closed path by joining the first and last anchor points.
Although it's called the Pen Tool, this digital tool is not used like a regular pen. In the past, it's been called the Bezier Tool, named after Pierre Bezier, the person who invented it. It has also been known as the Path Tool, since you can use it to draw a vector path segment. Today, the Pen Tool is perhaps the most powerful and important digital tool out there. Most graphic designers, illustrators, and creatives need and use it every day, which is perhaps the reason it's named after such a common and useful object.
To activate the Pen Tool in Vectornator, simply tap the Pen icon in the Toolbar or press the P key.
Digital artists can use the Pen Tool, the Brush Tool, the Pencil Tool, and even the Shape Tool to draw. There are many powerful tools and techniques for drawing digitally, but plotting out points with the Pen Tool is the most precise way to create an accurate line or a smooth curve segment.
Vectornator users on desktop can use their trackpad or mouse button to click to add anchor points. And if you're using the iPad or drawing tablet, just tap with your stylus to add points as you draw. You path's direction and angle is determined by the position of the node handles.
In graphic design, a path Is a line that appears when you draw using the Pen Tool, the Pencil Tool, or the Brush Tool. It is made up of a series of anchor points (or nodes). There are three types of paths:
The Pen Tool in Photoshop is a simple tool that allows you to make selections, strokes, or fills. There are multiple styles of Pen Tool in Photoshop to choose from.
The Pen Tools in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Vectornator allow you to draw paths, but there are some subtle differences in how they work.
Unlike Adobe Illustrator and Vectornator, Photoshop is a raster-based image editing software. The pen can be used to draw fixed pixel-based shapes, a bezier path, or a bezier path-based shape.
In Illustrator, the Pen Tool is used to draw vector paths that can be scaled to any size. Any path can also be edited after it's drawn to take on the qualities of a different brush stroke or effect.
The Vectornator Pen Tool is also vector-based and allows you to create custom paths with Bezier curves. Like in Illustrator, any path you draw in Vectornator using the Pen Tool can be edited. However, we designed our Pen Tool to feel more intuitive, especially when it comes to using an iPad and Apple Pencil. Find out more about our amazing Pen Tool in our Learning Hub.
While drawing with the Pen Tool in Vectornator, there are four useful gesture combos to help you define the Node type and change your path's curves.
Double-tap on the end node (highlighted in red) to quickly end a path.