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How to change your view

If you are looking to change your view and navigate around the canvas, check below for how to do this for the platform you’re on.

Changing your view in SketchBook for Desktop

In the LagoonTools icon contains lots of tools for changing your view that you’ll probably use all the time, such as View SnapFit to View, and Actual Size.

View of the SketchBook canvas and UI for Changing the view

Ways of changing your view

Learn how to zoom in and out, move around, and view an image’s actual size or fit it to view.

Zoom in and move about

Pan and zoom

Tap and flick toward or press and hold down the spacebar to access the puck.

Pan and zoom active

  • Move your stylus to the center to zoom and tap-drag to zoom in and out.
  • Move your stylus to the outer ring and tap-drag to reposition your sketch on the canvas.

Zoom using a touch strip

Cintiqs and some tablets have a touch strip for zooming. Position your cursor over the area you want to zoom in or out of. Move your finger along the touch strip in an upward motion to zoom in or a downward motion to zoom out.

View an image’s actual size

Before using Actual Size

Example of Actual Size in use

For the actual pixel size of an image, tapTools icon and flick toward Actual Size icon or press Option+Cmd+0 (zero) for Mac or Alt+Ctrl+0 (zero) for Windows.

Fit an image in the display

Example of image before Fit To View
Created by Carsten Bradley with SketchBook
Example of Fit To View in action
Created by Carsten Bradley with SketchBook

To expand or shrink an image, tap Tools icon and flick toward Fit To View or press Cmd+0 (zero) for Mac or Ctrl+0 (zero) for Windows.

Changing your view in SketchBook for Mobile

Zoom in on or out of an area of your sketch, or move around the canvas and change your view, use split-screen view, or transform your iPad or iPhone into a drawing tablet with Astropad.

Zooming in and moving around a sketch

Zooming in and moving around a sketchZooming in and moving around a sketch to change your view

Zoom in to see details and have finer control when sketching and painting.

With two fingers, drag and expand on the canvas to zoom in

With two fingers, drag and expand on the canvas to zoom in.

To zoom in further, repeat this action as many times as necessary

To zoom in further, repeat this action as many times as necessary.

With two fingers, drag the canvas to change its placement

With two fingers, drag the canvas to change its placement.

Zooming out of a sketch

Zooming out of a sketchZooming out of a sketch 2

Use zooming out for when you want to have a better view of the overall composition.

With two fingers, pinch the canvas

With two fingers, pinch the canvas.

With two fingers expand

To zoom out further, repeat this action as many times as necessary.

Rotating your view

You can use your finger(s) to freely rotate the canvas.

Twist with two fingers to rotate the content on all layers.

Rotate gestures

Moving the canvas

You can use your finger(s) to freely move the canvas.

Drag with two fingers in any direction to move the canvas.

Viewing the full canvas

Set a corner tool to Frame Canvas icon Frame Canvas (see Customizing the corner tools) and tap it to instantly change what you see and display the full canvas.

Frame CanvasImage framed

Split screen view

For iOS 9 and above users, SketchBook support split-screen multi-tasking, using Split View and/or Slide Over.

  • Slide Over is a peek-in-peek-out type function and is only available for the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, and iPad Pro.
  • Split View is the Apple version of split-screen multitasking. Without leaving your work in SketchBook, if you want to check on something in a secondary app, swipe in from the right of your screen for an overlay of that app. It is supported on older devices, such as the iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3.

Depending on the model of your device, you will have Split View and/or Slide Over functionality. For additional information on these, click here.

Transform your iPad (or iPhone) into a drawing tablet with SketchBook and Astropad

If you don’t have a tablet device to use with SketchBook, but own an iPhone, iPad, or iPad Pro – you can simply use your existing device(s) as an input tool with SketchBook. With a pen stylus (such as an Intuos Creative Stylus 2), pair it with Astropad for pressure-sensitivity input, while drawing. 

Astropad Page
Installation instructions

Astropad for iPadAstropad for mini

Share your art made with SketchBook and Astropad on our Gallery page by labeling #autodesksketchbook or at Astropad with #Astropad.

Changing your view in SketchBook for Windows 10

On Windows 10, you can use your middle mouse wheel to zoom in and out of the canvas. You can also use gestures to zoom, fit your image to the view, pan around the canvas, and rotate around a point.

Changing your view using gestures

You can use your finger(s) to freely move, scale, and rotate the layer or use the Transform tools to move in a constrained direction, flip, or rotate 90 degrees in either directions.

  • Drag with your finger to move the content of a layer
    Move in Autodesk SketchBook
  • Pinch to scale down (shrink) and expand two fingers to scale up (enlarge) the content of a layer
    Zoom in and out gesture
  • Twist with two fingers to rotate the content of a layer
    Rotate gestures
  • Double-tap the screen to reset the content of a layer to its original position/orientation

When transforming a layer, keep in mind that any content that is resized and expands beyond the size of the canvas (not your view) will be cropped off. Undoing this action will restore the content; otherwise, it is lost.

Updated on November 10, 2017

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