The Craft Freehand tool lets you rapidly capture feedback throughout the product design process. Create a freehand project directly from your design file, and then share that freehand with others to begin collaborating in real-time.
Click Add to Freehand to add new artboards to an existing Freehand project, or Create New Freehand to add artboards to a new Freehand project. All your artboards/layers will be mirrored in Freehand in your browser, exactly as they appear in Sketch.
When creating a new Freehand, add the new project name in the “Freehand Name” box and select the account you would like to add it to from the drop down menu. Then click Create Freehand. When using a previously created Freehand, select which Freehand you’d like to send your screens to by choosing your prototype from the list, or use the search field to find it by name.
Get started! Zoom, scale, draw, comment, swipe, erase, shift, add, etc. See below for more details on Freehand functionality.
You’ll see the Freehand toolbar at the top of your browser window:
The Selector tool lets you choose any amount of shapes or objects to move by dragging and dropping on the Freehand canvas. Any object or group of objects selected can be scaled up or down.
The pencil tool lets you draw on your canvas. Hovering over the pencil tool will display three different opacity options (). Click your desired opacity to begin drawing.
Hold down the Option key while you draw to have Freehand assist you in creating neat circles or squares. Holding shift + clicking to start/end of the line creates any-angle diagonal lines.
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 theSelector tool to resize your text or drag it to a different point on the canvas. Use the text tool to leave feedback on individual screens, flows, or specific features. Pressing Shift + Enter creates a line break.
The Image tool lets you upload images directly to the canvas. Once you upload an image, switch to the Selector tool to resize your image or drag it to a different point on the canvas.
The Eraser tool lets you hover over drawings you’ve created. Once you hover over a drawing, Freehand will highlight the drawing; clicking the highlighted drawing will delete it.
The ••• (more) menu presents you with the following additional options:
Clear my sketches - This will clear all sketches you’ve drawn with the pencil tool.
Clear all sketches - This will clear all sketches any collaborators have drawn with the pencil tool.
Clear everything - This will clear your entire Freehand project.
The avatars at the top right of your Freehand page will show you who is collaborating on your Freehand project.
Share button generates a link you can copy to invite others to join your Freehand project to collaborate.
Freehand keyboard shortcuts
At the bottom right of your freehand project, you'll notice a keyboard icon (). To expand a list of shortcut keys for Freehand, click the icon.
Located in the bottom-right corner of your freehand is a help icon (). Click the icon to reveal a few different options:
Become a Pro Tutorial: Test drive Freehand via an interactive tutorial.
Freehand Guide: Watch an introductory video or read up on using Freehand.