Linearity Curve interface on Mac has a minimalist aesthetic but keeps a full-immersive desktop experience.
The Document Interface is divided into four main parts:
- The Top Toolbar is a customizable bar with the tools you use the most.
- The Style Inspector is where you can find all the content-aware options for the features you're working on.
- The Layers and Artboards panel, where you can organize your objects, is located on the left side of your screen.
- The Toolbar to access all the main Curve editing tools.
Among these you can also find:
- The Library popover, where you can open the Library to import icons, images, symbols, and more.
- The Export popover to quick export your projects.
All the Linearity Curve interface controls use native macOS components, including the Toolbar, the Top Toolbar, the Inspector, and much more. You’ll notice that the navigation bars in the Inspector provide a very native Apple look and feel as a result.
In the Style Inspector, you’ll find the controls for the tool you’re currently working with. You can also view and edit the properties of selected objects, manage import options, and more. It is divided into collapsible menus, decluttering your workspace and making it easier to focus on your current work.
You can always hide/show the Inspector by pressing the
The Inspector is also context-aware, which means it automatically displays some extra sections according to the content selected. These sections will appear below the Location section.
Always locked at the top, you can control the position, rotation, and size of the selected object(s). The flipping buttons at the bottom right of the Location Menu will mirror the selected object horizontally or vertically. Just click the buttons to perform these actions.
The collapsible menus are divided as follows:
- The Shape section. It appears when at least one vector shape is selected.
- The Arrange options, such as Order, Align, Distribute, Mask, Repeat Action and Group.
- The Appearance options, such as Blend Mode, Opacity, and Blur.
The Fill, Stroke, and Shadow Sections can be toggled on and off to activate or deactivate the corresponding features of each section.
If you're familiar with Curve on iPad you can recognize a similar structure but divided into multiple tabs.
The Shape section
This section is context-sensitive and displays the Smoothing controls and/ or the Corner Radius controls depending on the currently activated tool.
The Arrange options
Below the Shape section, can find the Arrange options which allow you to:
A – Order – Change the Stack Order of your elements
B – Align – Align your objects using the six alignment buttons in the top row
C – Distribute – Adjust even spacing between multiple objects, by distributing them horizontally or vertically
D – Mask – Mask and/or Unmask with a single click of your mouse
E – Repeat Action – Repeat the last action with one click
F – Group –Group and/or Ungroup your objects
Right below the Arrange options, you can find the main appearance controllers that will be activated as soon as you select at least one element of your document:
A – Blend Modes are accessible via pull-down menu.
B – The Opacity slider controls the opacity value of your selected shape(s).
C – The Blur slider controls the blur amount of your selected shape or path.
The Path section is the go-to section for editing and modifying paths. It contains the following options:
A – Boolean Operations,
B – Join, Combine, and Separate Paths.
C – Edit and Finish paths
D – Add or Remove Bézier Nodes
E – Text on Path, Reverse, Outline, and Offset Path.
The Inspector, as on iPad, is context-aware. This means that it adapts according to the currently selected object or tool. For example, when drawing with the Pen Tool, the Inspector displays the different Node Types (A), Open /Close (B), and Finish (C) paths.
The context-aware options always appear below the Location menu.
When you select a text box, the Inspector will display the Text options below the Location menu, where you can access to all text editing options as: select the Font Type (A), Text Alignment (B), change the Kerning, Tracking, and Line Height (C), set the Textbox Resizing (D) behavior or Create Outlines from Text (E).
The Toolbar is where you’ll find quick shortcuts to essential tools and actions in the Linearity Curve Mac. Our Mac interface contains two separate toolbars:
The Toolbar on the left side of the interface of Linearity Curve gives you access to several tools for selecting, editing, drawing, erasing shapes, and adding text.
Customize the Toolbars
You can customize the toolbars with different buttons to suit your needs.
You can customize the tools to include in the left Toolbar by going to the menu bar > Curve > Settings > Canvas tab > Customize Tools.
You can right-click on the Top Toolbar, select Customize Toolbar or go to View > Customize Toolbar.
If you want to hide the Top Toolbar, you can do it from the Menu Bar, by going to View > Show/Hide Toolbar.