The Breakroom

Announcing Linea Sketch 4.2

January 24, 2023

By Ged Maheux

Today’s Linea update brings several new and exciting features designed to give you more options while sketching and when moving images into and out of the app. Version 4.2 also includes a bevy of improvements that reduce friction when transforming artwork, provide new and updated templates, and much more. 

The Nitty Gritty

Linea’s new Organic Ink makes it easy to create textured strokes and fills when sketching. Use the Pen tool to create rough-edged strokes, and even vary the size with pressure sensitivity. It also works in conjunction with the Fill tool to quickly create solid areas with organic edges.

Organic Ink gives your sketches a rustic and natural appearance that is unlike anything previously offered in Linea. You can even tilt your Apple Pencil as you draw to quickly shade wide areas with texture.

The Ins and Outs

Linea 4.2 brings the ability to import and export a much wider range of file types that make your workflows faster and easier. Import multiple images simultaneously, including PNG, JPEG, TIFF, and even Photoshop PSD files. Linea also supports the ability to import multi–page PDF files to make annotating documents quick and painless.

Users of the venerable drawing app Paper, by 53/WeTranfer, can now easily transfer their creations into Linea. When imported via iCloud, Paper files are converted into a layered sketch document, perfect for further refinement in Linea.

Something Bold, Something Undo

ZipLines now respond to pressure from the Apple Pencil as you draw, which means one end of the line can be thin and light and the other can be thick and bold, or any combination. The line updates as you drag the end point and adjust the pressure, allowing you to get exactly the result you want.

ZipLines now respond to pressure as you draw allowing you to vary the opacity, thickness and shading on the fly.

Undoing now restores each step of a ZipShape transformation, all the way back to your original stroke. This means you no longer have to start over each time you transform a perfect square, circle, or polygon, which is a great time saver.

A Few More Things

We’ve added a new, larger 1×1 grid and a new iPhone design template that includes Apple’s Dynamic Island. Sketches also remember if their orientation was locked via the Canvas Compass, so you don’t have to re-lock each time you open them.

Version 4.2 also includes improvements to the iOS sharing extension, subtle efficiencies to the user interface when selecting layers, the ability to merge selections into completely different layers, as well as improved handling of large images when they are imported into Linea.

Today’s update is the perfect opportunity to see why so many people call Linea their favorite sketchpad. Visit Linea’s version history page for the complete list of what’s new, and then head on over to the App Store and grab the FREE download of Linea Sketch. It’s where your ideas begin!