Defining your sketch plane

To sketch in 2D, you must define a sketch plane icon-base-plane.png where you want to create your sketch. You can define a sketch plane in the following ways:

Shapr3D automatically organizes sketches by the planes you draw them on. So if you add new sketch elements to a plane you previously sketched on, they are added to the existing Sketch plane item in the Items Manager.

Keyboard and mouse/trackpad Touch and pen

To start sketching on a plane:

  1. From the main menu, select Sketch.
  2. From the three small rectangles that appear near the origin, click on the rectangle corresponding to the plane you’d like to sketch on.

To select a sketch tool right away:

  1. From the sketch menu, select a sketch tool.
    For other methods of accessing tools, visit Accessing tools.
  2. From the three small rectangles that appear near the origin, drag your pointer to hover over the rectangle corresponding to the plane you’d like to sketch.
  3. Press the Space bar

To start sketching on a different plane:

  1. Drag your pointer to hover over a planar face or construction plane.
    Note: This is also possible with your pen if the platform supports hovering with the pen.
  2. Press the Space bar.

Tip

If you accidentally rotate your view while in sketch mode and want to continue sketching in 2D with a normal view on your previously selected plane, select Normal to Sketch at the top.

Learn more by watching the video below:

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