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Basic controls

Shortcut Action Notes
z Undo Keep tapping to undo multiple times.
x Redo Keep tapping to redo multiple times.
k Save file... Save your work as a .sketchport file to your computer.
l Load file... Loads a saved .sketchport file from your computer.

Brush

Shortcut Action Notes
or Decrease/Increase Brush Size Tap left or right arrow keys to change brush size.
a + mouse Brush alpha This controls the alpha/opacity/transparency of your brush strokes.
An example of brush alpha
s + mouse Brush size This controls the width of the lines in your brush strokes. If you change the brush size in fill mode, it will automatically switch to brush mode.
An example of brush size
b + mouse Brush blur This controls the blur of your brush strokes.
An example of brush blur
t Next tool Pressing t cycles between the available tools.
  • Draw mode is used to draw strokes normally.
  • Erase mode is used to erase content on the current layer.
f Toggle fill mode In fill mode, you draw an outline of the shape you want, and it is automatically filled in. This is useful for giving form to your drawing, or working on complex shapes with varying line widths. All brush attributes except size apply.
shift Straight line tool Hold shift before or during a stroke to create perfectly straight lines.

Colors

Shortcut Action Notes
d Color wheel Hold d to bring up the color picker, then use your mouse to select the color you want. You do not need to click, just hover.
or Lighten/Darken Brush Color Tap up or down arrow keys to change the current brush color. These actions are not symmetric, meaning pressing up then down will not necessarily bring you back to the same color.
c + click Sample color Hold c to bring up the color picker preview window, then click on the color you want.

Layer controls

Shortcut Action Notes
[ Previous layer Selects the layer below the current layer. If the current layer is at the bottom, nothing happens. The newly selected layer will flash to give you a visual indication of the selection.
] Next layer Selects the layer above the current layer. If the current layer is at the top, nothing happens. The newly selected layer will flash to give you a visual indication of the selection.
ctrl + [ Create layer below current Creates a layer below the current layer. Layers are useful to separate distinct objects, focal points, or effects.
ctrl + ] Create layer above current Creates a layer above the current layer. Layers are useful to separate distinct objects, focal points, or effects.
\ Toggle current layer visibility Shows or hides the current layer. If you try to draw on a hidden layer, it will be made visibile immediately.
backspace Clear current layer Clears all strokes from the current layer. This action is undoable.
` + click Select layer Hold ` then click on the layer you want to select.
shift + a + mouse Layer alpha This controls the alpha/opacity/transparency of the current layer.
shift + b + mouse Layer blur This controls the blur of the current layer.

Navigation

Shortcut Action Notes
w + mouse Pan view Hold w while moving your mouse to move the entire canvas.
e + mouse Scale view Hold e while moving your mouse to scale the entire canvas.

Other

Shortcut Action Notes
g Toggle grid Displays a grid useful for making sure lines are aligned with the canvas. Useful when used with the straight line tool.
o Import file Allows you to load a JPG or PNG file into canvas for reference. This can be useful for precise curves and generating color palettes.
i Toggle import Shows or hides the imported image.
ctrl + alt + backspace Reset Resets the entire canvas. This action is not undoable.
enter Toggle Fullscreen Causes the canvas to take up the entire width and height of the monitor it is currently on. You must allow keyboard access for the controls to continue working.

Voice commands

IMPORTANT Click the microphone icon above the canvas, then confirm microphone access to enable voice control.
Command Action Notes
Color color Set brush color Color may be any color name listed in the color section.
Alpha alpha Set brush alpha Alpha may be:
  • A number from 2 to 100, representing a percentage.
  • A decimal between 0.1 and 1. For example "Alpha point five".
Size size Set brush size Size may be any number between 1 and 250.
Brush Set brush mode
Fill Set fill mode
Erase Set erase mode
Draw Set draw mode
Sample Sample color Sets the brush color to the color currently under the cursor.
Undo Undo
Redo Redo
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