The Nudge Tool

A Concepts Tutorial for iOS, Windows and Android

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you ever wish you could take your finger and poke your line over a little? Encourage that curve to move a bit further left, or curl in the other direction?

Concepts’ new tool, Nudge, allows you to control lines in an intuitive way, as easily as reshaping a piece of string. Nudge lets you push your strokes over, or pull them about into just the right place.

Note: Examples shown are on an iPad Pro in Concepts for iOS. Nudge is now available in Concepts for Windows and Concepts for Android & Chrome OS.

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How Nudge Works

Tap your active brush on the tool wheel, or double-tap an inactive brush, to find the Brushes menu. Find the Nudge tool from among the free tools.

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Any time you want to nudge a line, activate this tool. If you use an Apple Pencil, you can set your finger action separately to Nudge in the Settings -> Stylus menu, and keep it on hand.

Pull a Line

To pull a line, touch your finger or stylus directly on the part of the line you want to move. Drag it in the direction you want the line to go.

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You’ll notice you can drag lines quite far… Nudge will stretch your line without changing the properties of the brush.

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Push a Line

To push a line, touch your finger or stylus away from the line. You’ll see a small circle appear at the nib, showing you Nudge is ready to go. Move toward the line, and the circle will gently nudge the line in that direction.

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Again, you can nudge quite far with the tool, stretching the stroke.

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Nudge Size

You’ll notice on the tool wheel that the size preset is available. Change the size of the nudge tool by selecting a new size value.

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Nudge Selection

The Nudge popup at the bottom of the screen allows you to select which types of lines you’d like to nudge on the canvas.

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  • Tap the left lock to include locked items when looking for strokes to nudge.
  • Tap the Layers icon to toggle between All layers versus the Active layer.
  • Tap the right lock to ignore eraser strokes when looking for strokes to nudge.

You can also use Highlight Selection with Nudge. Turn it on in Settings -> Gestures to see your before and after strokes at the same time. Turn it off to see only the adjusted stroke.

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Helpful Tips

  • Try nudging objects, shapes, shadows and silhouettes into a more unique character.
  • If you’ve nudged too far or wrinkled your line, try applying some smoothing to even it back out.
  • Nudge responds to Undo — if it didn’t nudge just right, two-finger-tap to Undo and nudge again.
  • Make Nudge big and zoom out for gentle curves to your line.
  • Shrink your tool size and zoom in to nudge tighter corners.
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The bounds of creativity have stretched — you are no longer constrained by the line. Give it a nudge, and get on with the rest of your great idea.

Happy creating,

The Concepts Team

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Written by Erica Christensen
Illustrated by Lasse Pekkala

Infinite, flexible sketching for your ideas · iPad & iPhone | Windows 10 | Android & Chrome OS

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