There are a variety of viewing options available which give you maximum flexibility when creating your designs.

View modes

The view mode is made up of two distinct components:



Drawn objects are displayed as vectors by default. This means that, regardless of the current zoom level, objects (and applied effects) are always presented with smooth, vector edges and transitions.


During design, vector objects are presented as if they are constructed from individual pixels. This is an accurate representation of how your design will appear once exported and viewed as an image.

Pixel (Retina)

As for Pixel mode above, but represents viewing on retina and high DPI displays.


During design, page objects are presented as paths only (with no fills or strokes).


Single View

Presents the selected mode in isolation on a single page.

Split View

Presents two modes simultaneously on the same page. A sliding divider can be repositioned to view different areas of the design in either mode.

Clip to Canvas

This option, set by default, restricts the document view, so you can only see objects which are placed on the page. If objects extend beyond the page, the area which lies on the page is visible while the area which lies on the pasteboard is hidden. Objects which are entirely on the pasteboard are hidden.

When Clip to Canvas is switched off, the pasteboard is visible, as are all the objects placed on it.

Clip to Canvas can be used in conjunction with any of the above view options.

Pixel viewing mode Retina pixel viewing mode Outline viewing mode To display specific modes:

From the toolbar, do one of the following:

To work in Split View:
  1. From the View menu's View Mode sub-menu, select Split View.
  2. Click one side of the divider.

    The divider label displays as black for the selected side (otherwise displayed as gray).

  3. From the Toolbar or View menu, select a mode.

Full Screen Display

You can jump to full screen view easily via a window button, menu option or a keyboard shortcut.

To display full screen:

Do one of the following:

  • Click the Full Screen button at the top of your window (this is the top-left green button).
  • From the Window menu, select Toggle Full Screen.

New View

There are times when it is useful to view a design at different zoom levels simultaneously. This can be achieved by opening your current project in a New View. The views can then be set to different zoom levels. Changes made to any view are replicated in the other.

To open the current project in a new view:
To switch between open projects and views:

Do one of the following:

  • Click a project/view tab.
  • Click a project/view window header in Separated mode.
  • From the View menu, select a project/view from the Views sub-menu.