Creating with Flow

Tool Editor

Flow’s Tool Editor is the place where you customize size, type, and color. When you’re drawing, the Tool Editor displays as a compact size with controls to quickly adjust the size and hue of the current tool. When expanded – either by tapping the tool icon at the top, or the selected tool in the tool dock – it shows detailed controls for customization.

By default, the Tool Editor is placed on the left side of the screen; however, you can switch it to the right side by pushing the Tool Dock toward the edge of the display.

Compact Tool Editor

Annotated diagram of Flow's compact tool editor

Size

Swipe up or down on the dots to adjust the size the tool draws with. The size is the setting for the particular type of tool. Different types of tool will apply at different sizes on the page when you draw with them.

Hue

Swipe up or down on the vertical strip of colored bars to spin through the spectrum of color hues.

Color Grid

Tap the icon at the bottom of the editor to open the color grid, which provides a quick way to adjust the brightness and saturation of the current tool.

Expanded Tool Editor

Annotated diagram of Flow's tool editor

Size

Swipe up or down on the dots to adjust the size the tool draws with. The size is the setting for the particular type of tool. Different types of tool will apply at different sizes on the page when you draw with them.

Type

Swipe up or down on the tip of the tool to change the type. Flow has a number of tool types to choose from: graphite pencil, pen, round marker, chiseled marker, airbrush, and fountain pen. To read more click here.

Hue

Swipe up or down on the vertical strip of color to spin through the spectrum of color hues.

Saturation

Slide the strip of color left and right to adjust saturation. If you slide the saturation all the way down to the end of the tool, you can change the mode to shades of gray. Slide back left or tap back on the color area to return it to color.

Brightness

You can change the brightness by swiping up or down on the end cap of your selected tool. Change the brightness to zero to swap to shades of grey.

Eraser

Diagram of how to use Flow's Eraser tool

The Tool Editor is also where you control the eraser. In the compact Editor, you can select the stroke or normal eraser and further options for each.

Eyedropper

Finally, the Tool Editor also contains an eyedropper tool. To use the eyedropper, press and hold on the current color on the compact Editor and drag over colors on your document you want to match. You can also drag over another tool to match its color. Once you release your finger, the color you’ve just selected will be applied to your current tool.