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Layers

A layer is any object on the screen; brushes, shapes, clipart and so forth. Using the layers pane you can move layer(s) from the front to back or anywhere in between. Additionally there are two icons to the right of the selected layer; (1) the contextmenu icon allows you to delete or move specific layers (2) the eye icon allows you to make layers visible/invisible.

For desktop users see additional keyboard shortcuts.

History

Using the history pane you can view a previous version of your document. The current point in time is indicated in green. Only continue to draw from this point if you are sure you want to go back as you will lose your most recent document history (these items are indicated in blue).

For desktop users see additional keyboard shortcuts.

Select

The select tool is the most powerful tool in Sketchpad (one tool to rule them all). While using the select tool you can select a layer by clicking directly on it. At this point the settings menu will appear in the sidebar. In this pane you can fine tune the layers visual attributes.

Using the select tool you can achieve many things:

For desktop users see additional keyboard shortcuts.

Crop

Click and drag to select crop area. Use the controls on the side of the crop area to modify dimensions. Double click on the crop area or press enter key to apply.

Screenshot

Use the screenshot tool to download a quick snapshot of your drawing. Click to download the entire screen. Click and drag to take a screenshot of a specific region.

Clipart

You can add your own image(s) by dropping directly onto the screen. Formats supported include PNG, JPEG, GIF, PDF, PSD and SVG.

Line

Click in multiple places on the screen to create your line(s). To complete your curved path you can do any of the following (1) dbl-click anywhere (2) click on “close path” on the sidebar (3) click on “finish editing” on the sidebar (4) choose another tool (5) click on your initial point.

For desktop users see additional keyboard shortcuts.

Path

Click and drag to create curved line segments. To complete your curved path you can do any of the following (1) dbl-click anywhere (2) click on “close path” on the sidebar (3) click on “finish editing” on the sidebar (4) choose another tool (5) click on your initial point.

For desktop users see additional keyboard shortcuts.

Stamp

The stamp tool is one of the most versatile brushes in Sketchpad’s toolset. It includes a multitude of sub-brushes and settings allowing for an vast array of expression; play around and explore! In addition any layer can be made into a stamp by simply right clicking on the layer and selecting “Convert to Stamp”.

Import brushes from Photoshop or GIMP by dropping GBR or ABR files directly into Sketchpad. These files will be added to the stamp categories select box under “Your Stamps”.

Colors

Import GIMP palettes into Sketchpad by dropping GPL files directly onto the screen.

Gradients

Import GIMP gradients into Sketchpad by dropping GGR files directly onto the screen.

Blend modes

Blend modes (and composite modes) are used to determine how two layers are blended (or composited) into each other. Sketchpad supports many types of blend modes depending on your browser. For a full list see this blend mode visualization.

Autosave

Autosave changes to your browser. This feature does not sync your files to a remote server, so be sure to back up. Clearing your browser cache will remove all saved files.