Adobe Illustrator Draw FAQ

Important Reminder:

Adobe Illustrator Draw will no longer be available for download on the App Store and Google Play Store starting July 19, 2021. If you already have the app installed, you can continue to use it until January 10, 2022. To enjoy an interruption-free experience with similar and enhanced features, try Adobe Fresco for free. Your Draw assets will be automatically migrated when you first sign in to Fresco. 

For more information, see End of Life (EOL) for Adobe Photoshop Sketch and Illustrator Draw.

Use Adobe Illustrator Draw to create free-form vector illustrations on your mobile phone, tablet, or Chromebook. Draw provides five vector pens, an eraser, and up to ten drawing layers to unleash your creativity. Draw also works with Adobe Capture to incorporate color themes and vector-based shapes that can be edited with Adobe Illustrator on your desktop.

General information

Draw for mobile phones, tablets, and Chromebook is available as a free download through the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Draw is currently available in English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Korean, Brazilian, Portuguese, Polish, Czech, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Chinese (Traditional), Norwegian, and Turkish.

Visit the Adobe Illustrator Draw page on the iTunes App Store or Google Play for the most up-to-date system requirements.

No. Draw is built to work with Ink and Slide, but you don't have to own this hardware in order to use Draw. You can create in Draw using your finger or another stylus and the built-in digital ruler.

Yes. Draw supports the following pressure-sensitive pens: Adonit Jot Touch 4, Adonit Jot Touch with Pixel Point, Wacom Intuos Creative Styluses, Pencil by FiftyThree, and Apple Pencil.

Please note that Apple Pencil is only supported on iPad Pro.

Draw also supports the palm rejection feature of the Adonit Jot Script.

You need either a free or paid Creative Cloud membership. If you're not already a member, you can sign up for a free Creative Cloud membership. If you're using a Google Chromebook, create an Adobe ID if you don't have one and then login.

You can learn more about Draw on these web pages:

View a tutorial, read the frequently asked questions, or visit the support forum.

Using Adobe Illustrator Draw

See a tutorial to learn how to Get started with draw.

You can group drawings into projects. Within a project, you can reorder the drawings or rename the project.

  • To add a new project, tap the + icon located on the left bar.  
To edit a project, tap the Edit icon located on top of the project bar.
  • Tap the name to rename the project.
  • Drag the handles to reorder the drawings within the project.

In Adobe Draw, you can copy-paste layers with its content in the same project or a different project.

  1. In a project, tap the layer you want to copy.
  2. Drag the layer to the center of the canvas. Keep holding this layer, don’t remove your finger.
  3. (Optional) To copy more layers, tap them while holding the selected layer.
  4. Using another finger, tap Close in the upper-left corner of the screen.
  5. Do one of the following:
  • To copy your drawing in the same project, drop the layer on it.
  • To copy your drawing in another project, tap Close in the upper-right corner of the screen. Open the desired project and drop the layer on it.

Note: This functionality is currently not available for Android.

  1. In a project, tap the Edit icon.
  2. Tap a sketch to select it. You can also select multiple sketches.
  3. Tap the Delete icon.
  1. From the project banner, tap the Share icon.
  2. Tap Continue to Share. Drawings from the current project are displayed.
  3. Tap Edit to add or remove drawings. You can also add other files from Creative Cloud, Camera Roll, or even take a picture using the camera. Tap Continue.
  4. Select a cover image and tap Continue.
  5. Enter the information and tap Publish.

You can use color themes created using the Adobe Capture app to specify the color for each drawing tool.

  1. Tap a drawing tool to select it.
  2. Tap Color to open the Color Themes panel.
  3. Tap + to Add Color Themes.
  4. Tap My Color and tap the color themes to select them.
  5. Tap accept to add the selected color themes.

You can add shapes to Creative Cloud Libraries using the Adobe Capture app.

  1. On a drawing. tap the Shapes icon located on the top bar. The Shapes panel opens.
  2. Tap My Library. Tap Change Library to select another library.
  3. Use Touch Slide to cycle through the shapes in the library, and place them on the canvas.
    Note: Touch Slide is currently not available for iPhone and Android.
  4. Double-tap the shape to add it.

You can download an asset from Creative Cloud Market, add it to a Library, and place it on your drawing.

  1. Tap the Add Layer icon.
  2. Tap Photo Layer and then choose From Market.
    Note: Market is currently not available for Android.
  3. Browse locate an asset and then tap Download.
  4. Choose a Creative Cloud Library. You can also create a library.
  5. Tap Open. The asset is placed in your drawing.
You can adjust the layer opacity using the opacity sliders on the layers.

The differences are:

  • Stylus support is not available on Draw for iPhone and Android.
  • iPad Pro has been optimized to support only Apple Pencil for Draw.
  • Market is currently not available for Android.


There are three file formats—PDF, PSD, and PNG—to which you can save drawings. If required, you can send your drawing to Photoshop or Illustrator for further editing or finishing.


You can save your drawings in PNG format. If required, you can send a project to Photoshop or Illustrator for further editing or finishing.


To make the background transparent, double-tap the background layer. Adobe Draw displays    icon  for a transparent background.


In a project, tap the Share icon in the upper-right corner of the screen and choose Copy Image To Gallery. Then, choose Save The Drawing With a Transparent Background from the drop-down menu.

If required, you can send a drawing to Photoshop or Illustrator for further editing or finishing.

  1. Tap Share.
  2. Tap Send to Photoshop or Send to Illustrator.
Photoshop or Illustrator will launch and open the drawing. You must be signed in to Creative Cloud desktop app, and have the appropriate app installed on your computer.

Draw on Android does not currently support:

  • The latest pens from Wacom and Pencil by 53
  • Guides and grids

Do these steps to access Adobe Stock from within Adobe Illustrator Draw:

  1. Tap the Layers icon in the upper right corner of your screen.
  2. Select the Photo Layer. This will launch the Images menu.
  3. Select 'From Stock' in the Images menu.

To access grids in Adobe Illustrator Draw:

  1. Tap the grid icon in the lower left corner of your screen.
  2. Move the button to the right to enable grids. Move it to the left to disable them.
  3. Tap the Adjust button to change the grid spacing.
  4. To access two-point perspective or graph grid options, tap the 'Other Grids' option.

Moving from Adobe Ideas to Adobe Illustrator Draw

Adobe Ideas was one of the first Adobe apps available for the iPhone when it first shipped in May 2010. Since then, mobile app design and processing power have made great advances. We’ve invested in new design patterns and capabilities with the introduction of Photoshop Sketch, Illustrator Line, Photoshop Mix and other apps. We wanted to combine the core drawing elements that have powered Adobe Ideas with these new capabilities and deliver that in an experience consistent with our other mobile drawing apps. Draw puts all your favorite vector drawing tools and features from Adobe Ideas in a familiar, modern interface. It also includes support for Creative Cloud Libraries, so you can easily turn any idea or inspiration into a gorgeous design – and take it further on your mobile device, your desktop, or both. Learn more on the Adobe Illustrator Draw product page.

Draw offers the core drawing elements and favorite tools and controls from Ideas, but adds a number of new features including support for Creative Cloud Libraries and the ability to draw perfectly straight lines, circles, ellipses, squares, rectangles and triangles as well as other shapes. Plus, using Adobe Capture, Draw users can capture shapes they see in the world around them as vectors and use them in Draw illustrations. Learn more on the Adobe Illustrator Draw product page.

On December 1, 2014 automatic syncing of Ideas files to Creative Cloud was disabled. If customers synced prior to December 1, they can download Illustrator Draw, open it and go to Settings > Import Ideas Files > Fetch All Files. This will import their synced Ideas files from their Creative Cloud assets folder into Draw.

If you have Ideas files on your iPad that aren’t uploaded to Creative Cloud, you can easily upload them. Launch Adobe Ideas and tap on the Cloud icon in the upper right corner of the screen. You can then select one or more Ideas files and upload them to Creative Cloud. Once uploaded to Creative Cloud, you can import them into Draw by launching Draw and going to Settings > Import Ideas Files.

Adobe will no longer update or support Adobe Ideas on new versions of iOS. Adobe Ideas users will be able to install and use Ideas, but new users will not be able to install the application. Adobe Illustrator Draw puts all your favorite vector drawing tools and features from Adobe Ideas in a familiar, modern interface. Visit the Creative Cloud Blog for tips on making the switch from Ideas to Draw:

Yes, if you previously had Adobe Ideas installed on a device you can still install it once it's removed from the store. In the App Store go to Purchased and select Not on this iPad/iPhone. You’ll find Adobe Ideas on that list and be able to install from there.

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