Gestures

On mobile devices and Microsoft Surface, use gestures to work faster and make things easier

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Sketchbook on mobile devices and Windows 10 has an assortment of gestures to help you work faster and make things easier. See below for what's available.

Gestures for Sketchbook Pro for desktop

NOTE: Sketchbook Pro for desktop doesn't have gestures. For a fast way to work, see Hotkey shortcuts.

Gestures for Sketchbook for mobile devices

Use one, two, and three fingers to access an assortment of tools, along with preferences for customization. If you prefer to work UI free, try Rapid UI mode‍ for accessing just about everything, from sliders for resizing and changing brush opacity, to accessing editors, changing colors, and so much more.

1-finger gestures

Use one finger to tap certain parts of the canvas to access tools. The corner tools can be accessed by tapping with one finger. See Corner tools‍ for which tools are set by default and how to customize them.

Use your finger and the marking menu to access an assortment of tools. See Marking menus for more information.

2-finger gestures

Here is a list of the 2-finger gestures:

Rotate the canvas

Use your fingers to freely rotate the canvas. Just twist with two fingers to rotate the content on all layers.

Rotate gestures

Move the canvas

Use your finger(s) to freely move the canvas. Just drag with two fingers in any direction to move the canvas.

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Zooming into and out of the canvas

Use your fingers for zooming in. In the canvas, drag with two fingers and expand to zoom in.

Zoom in and out gesture

Pinch your fingers together to zoom out.

Scaling content

While in the Transform tool, use your fingers for scaling. Select a layer with an image, drag with two fingers and expand to scale the image up, making it larger.

Zoom in and out gesture

Pinch your fingers together to scale it down, making it smaller.

While in the Transform tool, use your fingers to freely rotate the image. Just twist with two fingers to rotate the content on that layer.

Rotate gestures

Moving content

While in the Transform tool, use your finger(s) to freely move the image. Just drag with two fingers in any direction to move the image.

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3-finger gestures

In Preferences‍ there are options for changing your 3-finger gestures. If you forget what you've set, visit the Preferences to see.

Here are some tips to successfully use the 3-finger gestures:

  • Have your fingers slightly separated.
  • Swipe on an angle.

These are the default settings:

To learn how to set your own, see Customizing the 3-finger swipe menu‍.

Gestures for SketchBook for Windows 10

Since the Windows 10 version is touch-enabled, if you're working with a touch-enabled device, these gestures will come in handy.

INFORMATION: If you want another way to speed things up, try using hotkeys. See Hotkey shortcuts‍.

1-finger gestures for Windows 10

When using the Transform tools‍, drag with your finger to move the content on a layer.

Move in Sketchbook

2-finger gestures for Windows 10

Here is a list of the 2-finger gestures for Windows 10:

Scaling

When using the Transform tools‍, pinch to scale down (shrink) and expand two fingers to scale up (enlarge) layer content.

Zoom in and out gesture

Rotating

When using the Transform tools‍, twist with two fingers to rotate layer content.

Rotate gestures

Resetting a layer

When using the Transform tools‍, double-tap the screen to reset layer content to its original position/orientation.

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