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Collaborate in real-time with Freehand, InVision’s digital whiteboard. Map out user experiences, run design sprints, or create low-fidelity ideations. From anywhere, on any device, teammates can view or collaborate on a Freehand document.

Creating a freehand

To create a new Freehand document:

  1. Sign in to InVision and navigate to the Projects page.
  2. Near the top right of the page, click the + button.
  3. Click Create New Freehand.
  4. Enter a name for the freehand and click Create.
  5. Select a template, or click Blank to create an empty freehand.
Creating a new Freehand document
You can also create freehands from prototype screens. Learn more.

Freehand templates

Starting with a well-designed, completely editable template can save considerable time for any of these popular Freehand use cases. Each template includes pre-built stickers (or other building blocks) you can copy and paste as needed to quickly build a custom freehand:

  • Brainstorm: Generate free-form ideas together with your team.
  • Wireframe: Build your wireframes in no time—well, less time—with our pre-built UI elements.
  • Diagram: Get a jump start on diagrams and flow charts with our pre-built arrows and objects.
  • Retrospective: Use this template to collect stakeholders' thoughts on a recent project, sprint, or other initiative.
  • Standup: Perfect for daily or weekly standup meetings, this template is designed to let teams share updates in a simple, straightforward format.
  • Icebreaker: Get to know one another better or simply get the creative thoughts flowing with fun and easy icebreaker games.

Freehand tools

With access to a variety of tools, you can completely customize your freehand to meet your needs.

Freehand toolbar

On the left side of the browser window, you'll notice the Freehand toolbar. The following list describes each tool's function.




Freehand pointer tool icon

V or 1

The pointer tool allows you to select, move, and resize objects on the Freehand canvas. To manipulate multiple objects at once, click and drag, creating a box around the chosen objects. Alternatively, hold Shift and click each object. 

Freehand Pencil tool icon

P or 2

Draw on your canvas with the pencil tool. When you select the pencil tool, 3 different opacity options will appear. Select an opacity level to begin drawing.

To create neat circles or squares, hold down the Option key while drawing. Holding Shift while drawing will help you create straight lines at 0°, 45°, or 90°. To create a straight line at any angle, hold Shift when you click to draw, but release Shift before finishing your line.

Freehand Text tool icon

T or 3

The text tool allows you to enter text on your canvas. Once you select the text tool, click anywhere on your canvas and begin typing. Switch to the pointer tool to resize your text. To create a line break, press Shift + Enter.

Freehand Shape tool icon S or 4

With the shape tool, you can create rectangles, circles, or straight lines. Click the shape tool, and then select the appropriate shape (rectangle, circle, or line). Hold Shift while drawing to create perfect squares and rectangles. Holding Shift while drawing a line will lock your line to 0°, 45°, or 90°.

Freehand image tool icon

I or 5

Upload images directly to the canvas with the image tool. Once you upload an image, switch to the selector tool to resize your image. You can also drag and drop images directly onto the canvas.

Freehand Stick Note tool icon N or 6 

Use the Sticky Note tool to add notes anywhere on the canvas. With a sticky note selected, you can change its color, adjust its width, and add and format text.

You can also change the color of your pencil or text tool. Navigate to the top right of the canvas and click the underlined pencil icon (v6-freehand-color-tool.png). Select a color and start creating.

Freehand color tool menu

Editing objects

After creating objects, you can edit them using contextual menus. Select a line or a shape, and use the menu at the top of the page to change the color, add a fill, or adjust the outline opacity. Select a text layer to change its color or apply simple formatting.

Editing shapes and text elements using the contextual menus

Navigating the freehand

To pan the freehand, click the pan tool (pan hand icon) at the bottom of the page. You can also place two fingers on your trackpad or hold the spacebar while you click and drag. To zoom, hold Command while scrolling, use pinch gestures on your trackpad, or use the +/- controls at the bottom right of the page.

Using the zoom and pan tools to navigate freehand

Additional freehand tools

For additional Freehand tools, navigate to the top right of the page and click the ••• (more) icon. A drop-down menu will appear with the following options:

  • Clear my drawings: Clear everything you’ve drawn with the pencil tool.
  • Clear everything: Clear the entire canvas.
  • Create new Freehand: Create a new Freehand document.

Keyboard shortcuts

To view a list of shortcuts for Freehand, navigate to the bottom right of your Freehand document and click the keyboard icon (v6-freehand-keyboard-icon.png).


Renaming a freehand

To rename a freehand:

  1. Open the Freehand document and, at the top-left corner, click the document name.
  2. When the cursor appears, delete the old name and type the new name.
  3. Press Enter or click outside of the name field.

Sharing a freehand

Inviting others to join your freehand is simple. To share your freehand:

  1. Navigate to the top right of your Freehand document and click the Share button.
  2. Click the drop-down arrow and set the permissions to Can edit or Can view only.
    Only the Freehand owner can edit this setting.
  3. Click Copy Link.

The share link will be copied to your clipboard. Anyone who visits the share link will be prompted to sign in to InVision V6 or sign up for an account. They can choose to continue as a guest, but they will still be required to enter an email address.

The first person to save a freehand becomes the owner, even if that person did not originally create the freehand. Therefore, we recommend saving your freehand at least once before sharing with others.

Presenting a freehand

Presenting a freehand allows others to see the project from your perspective. If you are presenting, anyone currently viewing the freehand will follow the actions you take.

To start presenting, at the top of the page, click the present icon (v6-freehand-present-icon.png). To stop presenting, click the stop icon (v6-freehand-stop-presenting.png).

You can independently follow a specific collaborator's actions by navigating to the top-right corner of the page and clicking their avatar. To stop following a collaborator, click their avatar again.


Exiting a freehand

To exit a freehand and return to the Projects page, go to the top left of the page and click the InVision icon (v6-freehand-invision-icon.png).

As a reminder, if you do not save your freehand before exiting, your changes will not be saved, and InVision cannot retrieve your work. Before exiting, ensure that your freehand is named and the Save Draft button no longer appears.

Freehand on mobile

Freehand is also available for your mobile device. Check out our help center for information on using Freehand with the InVision iOS App or the InVision App for Android.

Currently, Freehand is unavailable on Android unless you're on InVision V7.

Freehand for Craft and Studio

You can also create Freehand documents from Craft or Studio. To learn more, check out these topics:

Getting help with Freehand

Located in the bottom-right corner of a Freehand document is the help icon (v6-freehand-help-icon.png). Click the icon to reveal a few different options:

  • Read the Freehand Guide: Watch an introductory video or read up on tips for using Freehand.
  • See what's new: Check out the latest release notes for Freehand.
  • Send feedback: Reach out to InVision directly with any feedback for Freehand.

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