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Pen Setup

To start any architecture, interior design, landscape, industrial design concept sketch, or any drawing at all, you always need to collect your favorite pens. The same goes for starting a new project in Trace. In the 5 quick steps below you'll learn how to set up your perfect pen set by choosing the type, size, color, and opacity for each pen in your Pen Toolbar.

Site plan architecture drawing by Jim Keen.

How to Set Up Your Pens

Step 1. Select Your Pen

You can have 7 pens displayed at once. To select your pen type, tap the Pen and then select your pen choice from the options. There's a wide variety of traditional pen types plus a special "Roller Brush" that allows you to fill entire regions!

Pro Tip
The eraser is also a pen! If you ever lose your eraser, just tap one of the pens and select the Eraser pen to get it back.

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Step 2. Select Color

Choose from an incredible assortment of color palettes created especially for architecture, interior design, landscape design, industrial design, and more by top designers in each field, including many other palettes curated by the color masters at MTWTF.

Learn more about the color toolbar and palettes here >

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Step 3. Select Size & Opacity

Select your exact pen size to keep your line weights consistent for each of your pens.

Pen Size

Tap the Pen Size button (white dot) to expand or hide your pen sizes. Then, scroll through the size options to pick the right one.

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Adjust this slider to set the opacity for each pen.

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Step 4. Line Type

Select between solid, dashed, dotted, or centerline types.

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Step 5. Repeat for the Other 6 Pens

Now you can set up the rest of your pens using the same steps.

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How To Video

Enjoy this how to video highlighting how to set up pens with your first drawing.

Additional Resources

Learn pro tricks for getting your pens and colors set up from Jim Akers

Watch the Video >

5 MUST-Know Pencil & iPad Pro Tips from Industrial Designer Rodrigo Cavazos

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3 Pens You Need to Master Like Rodrigo Cavazos

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Morpholio Launches ScalePen for Its Trace App

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3 Tips for Perspectives by David Drazil

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