The great thing about Magma is that it is browser-based and can work on pretty much any device. But depending on what device or what web-browser you’re using, you could run into some unexpected issues or have a few specific questions. We answer some questions we’ve gotten from our community.
The layers, color wheel, and brush settings panels can take up a fair amount of space, particularly on mobile devices. So we tuck them off to the side. Open the full view of this and finding your layers is easy.
If you are on a mobile device:
On smaller screens, you may need to switch the layout of your navigation panel to two-column mode:
There are a few different ways to approach uploading an image to your canvas.
If you have an item copied to your clipboard, you can either go to your edit menu and paste as a new layer, or paste it in place on your currently active layer.
If you want to paste an image onto a new layer by default when you drag and drop one in, you can check this option in your application settings under the General tab.
You can find a more detailed guide on importing and pasting files here.
One piece of advice you will hear frequently from pro digital artists is to flip your canvas regularly. It freshens your perspective so you can see if something is looking a bit off in your composition. And Magma has a hotkey for that.
Simply push H on your keyboard or hit the flip canvas button on your top toolbar.
You’ll also see an indication that your canvas is flipped on the bottom left of your screen. If you’re on the canvas with other users and you flip the canvas, it only changes your view and does not affect the others.
If you’ve drawn something that you want to rotate slightly
Magma has a few different modes for the bucket tool.
Smart mode will fill the selected area, but expand the shape by a few pixels so that there is no gap between your line and your flat color that you’re filling in.
The power of Magma lies in the shared canvas.
To invite your friends or colleagues to a canvas:
To invite people to your Artspace:
If your drawing is inside an Artspace, you should inviite other users to join your Artspace before sharing the drawing link with them to make sure they can access it.
You can find more information about managing artspaces here.
Keep your layers more organized by naming them. Simply double-click on the layer text in your layers panel, type the name and hit enter.
Normally when you try to export as a PNG from Magma it will include the background color of your canvas. Follow these steps to save your PNG image with a transparent background:
Starting out in any software can take time. If you have questions or a tool you don’t quite understand, you can start by checking our Help Centre which you can access from your canvas. We have an active community on Discord too where you can post your questions. Either a fellow artist or member of the Magma team will be happy to answer.
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