Linea Sketch 4+

Draw and take notes with ease

The Iconfactory

    • 3.7 • 518 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Draw and take notes with ease.

Linea Sketch gives you the right balance of power and control to capture thoughts and ideas effortlessly. The focus stays where it belongs: on your creations, not on the tools.

Why Linea Sketch?

⁕ Minimal UI - Every control is designed to stay out of your way until you need it. Linea's elegant interface puts the focus on your creations.

⁕ Easy Colors - Choose from a wide range of pre-defined colors, or create your own with a single tap. Autogenerated tints & shades save time and effort.

⁕ Elegant Layers - Simplified set of layers that can be easily rearranged, merged, locked, or adjusted. Use the file browser and photo library to import images for reference and tracing.

⁕ ZipShapes & ZipLines - Simply hold still for a moment after drawing a line, rough square, circle, or triangle and ZipShape automatically creates a perfect version for you. You can then adjust final size, placement, and corner radius.

⁕ Move / Transform - Lasso part of your sketch, then move, rotate, flip, or resize. Transform one or more layers quickly & easily.

⁕ Watercolor Brush - Create rustic & artistic effects by painting with organic pigment in three modes: Simple, Wet, and Cloud.

⁕ Annotations - Add labels, notes, and callouts to your sketches using iOS Scribble or a keyboard. Fonts, colors, placement, and more can be adjusted effortlessly.

⁕ Time-Lapse - Record your creative process as you sketch! Save a video of the result as either a compressed 30 second clip or a full length movie.

⁕ Grids & Templates - A wide range of traditional grids, 3D isometric lines, storyboards, and templates for iOS screen or icon design.

⁕ Universal App - Linea Sketch is a universal app for iPad and iPhone. Your sketches seamlessly sync via iCloud to all of your devices, wherever you go.


What do you get?

• Technical Pencil - Hard lead, thin lines
• Art Pencil - Soft lead, thick lines
• Felt Tip Pen - Thin solid lines that vary in opacity
• Marker - Fat solid lines
• Watercolor Brush - Paint with organic, artistic pigment
• Fill - Roll out wide areas of color or tap to flood fill
• Blend - Smudge or soften strokes
• Eraser - Clean up with your finger or Pencil
• Pencil Plus! - Create additional effects using Apple Pencil pressure and tilt

• Always on-screen & easily available
• Tints and shades are automatically generated in six variations
• 11 predefined color sets for various types of drawing
• Create custom colors for branding and consistency
• Drag & drop color swatches with other apps

• Five flexible layers that can be dragged, merged, or cleared
• Import any image from Files, Photo Library, or clipboard
• Lockable to prevent accidental changes
• Adjust opacity or double tap to toggle visibility on/off

• Traditional grids displayed with lines & dots
• Hexagonal, circular, and isometric (3D) grids
• Notepads, to-do lists, and sheet music
• App user interface and icon design
• Storyboards in 16:9, 1.85:1, and 2.35:1 ratios
• Adjustable intensity and can be hidden quickly

Backgrounds & Paper Textures:
• White Bond, Butcher’s Paper, Black Construction, Blueprint & many more
• Adjustable custom background colors
• Paper grain can be toggled on or off

• Save as PNG, JPEG, PSD, and PDF
• Save entire sketch or crop a portion
• Export to Slack, Dropbox, AirDrop & more
• Presentation Mode shows just the canvas via AirPlay - perfect for classrooms

• Organize drawings in project folders
• Share, rename, or move drawings within projects
• Thumbnail previews of drawings save time
• Export PDF of entire project

• Two-finger tap for Undo, three-finger tap for Redo
• Pinch to zoom and rotate canvas
• Tap Compass to lock, flip, or reset your canvas
• Supports portrait & landscape orientations
• Supports split screen and drag & drop

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What’s New

Version 4.2.1

Improvements for pixel-perfect rendering when lassoing, merging or transforming selections across layers. Plus, bug fixes and a link to follow us on Mastodon.


• Pixel accuracy for transformed and merged floating selections:
- Selections now merge as cleanly as possible into other layers
- Selections move in pixel-sized steps for optimum display when re-positioning
- Selections remain pixel-aligned when rotated in 90° increments or flipped horizontally or vertically


• The dynamic island no longer visually intrudes on the canvas on iPhone
• Info bezel displays the offset values in pixels when transforming selections
• Removed Twitter and added Follow us on Mastodon in Settings

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
518 Ratings

518 Ratings

3rikK ,

Great for Notes

I initially downloaded the app when it was released as it had been reviewed so well for notes and sketch noting. I’m not much of an artist, just a napkin sketcher and this app makes it fun to just sit and sketch for a while. I primarily use it for notes and brainstorming as I don’t retain much when I try to type notes. This app has always been great for that, and the 2.0 update was a surprise to me and added so many great updates such as the select tool, split screen (great for notes) and the portrait orientation. If I could request one addition it would be the ability to export to .pdf. I have to figure out a workaround currently to get my notes to PDFs and it would be great to have that feature inbuilt.
All in all, this is an enjoyable app to use, simple yet functional. I have recommended to many others and would purchase again in a heartbeat.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the great feedback about Linea Sketch, it's appreciated. True PDF support is on the list for the future but there is a work around for this now that you can use to export to PDF in the meantime. When you go to export your drawing select the option that lets you send the file to your printer. Then pinch-out on the screen and you'll see options that will allow you to save as a PDF. Hope this helps!

lynk;) ,

Still my go to drawing app

This is and will always be my favorite drawing app. I do almost all of my client work in here because it just works the way I expect it to. I forget that I am using an app because it just feels so much like a real sketchbook. over half of my client work is completed using this app because the output matches my style so well. not to mention the addition of layer masking has eliminated the few pain points that I still had with the app. if you’re not using this as an artist my only question is why not??

original review:
I am an artist and illustrator and I find that no matter how many different drawing apps I try I always come back to this one. The pencil and blender brush are great and the fact that they finally added text and a watercolor brush make it indispensable for me as an artist. I know subscription fatigue is real but if I really like the app supporting it’s development is ok by me. And it’s is only 99 cents a month … most people spend more on a cup of coffee daily. I know this is an overly glowing review but it truly is one of my favorites.

iPhoneography App ,

Long Time Linea Sketch User

Just wanted to take time to compliment the Icon Factory dev team for doing a great job with the new 4.1 enhancements. The masking feature is extremely helpful as well as the “clear Ink” for subtle erasing / shading.

I appreciate how you’ve integrated in these enhancements without cluttering up the UI. It’s still clean, simple, and easy to use. I enjoy using Linea because it’s the closest thing I’ve found to emulate an analog sketching experience. The limits you have are a good thing in my opinion (like only 5 layers). This forces you to focus on actually sketching and not fiddling with dozens on layers, layers settings, drop-down menus, and 100s of brushes and other distractions. It’s more like breaking out a paper sketchbook with a pencil.

There are other apps like Procreate I love too, but all my initial drawings start out in Linea. If I need the advanced filters and layer modes I can quickly export to other apps.

I’ve seen some folks leave negative reviews about the limited tools in Linea. But to me it’s a nice balance. You provide all the essentials and nothing more. And everything works perfectly even on my older iPad. I just like the simplicity of this app and appreciate the attention to detail you’ve given it.

And I almost forgot to mention collections. That’s another great addition since I have so many drawings. Will help me organize things much better.

Thanks for an awesome upgrade!

Developer Response ,

"Sometimes less is more." is the exact philosophy behind Linea, so thanks for recognizing that. We'll continue to work hard improving the app while striving to keep it as dead easy and simple to use as possible. We appreciate you taking the time to leave your review and from the whole team, thanks for using Linea Sketch!

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