Creating and Styling Perfect Shapes

Draw a shape, and hold the stroke until the ink snaps into a shape. Shapes can be styled and manipulated like regular handwriting!

  • Create perfect circles, ellipses, triangles, squares, rectangles, pentagons, hexagons, and arrows. 
  • To expand or minimize a shape tap and hold during shape creation.
  • The red lines are snapping guidelines to help keep shapes aligned with other shapes and the grid paper.
  • Tap to select a shape, using any tool except the hand tool. Tap the shape with the Apple Pencil or one finger; two fingers if not using the Apple Pencil.
  • Shape detection can be toggled on or off under Notability Settings > Handwriting > Shapes Detection.

Rectangles and Ovals

  • These can be resized proportionally using two fingers.


  • Tap a point on triangles to change the shape.

Straight Lines

  • Straight lines are now shapes, you can choose a point to move it.
    • Make dotted and dashed lines by going to Pen Tool > swipe over to the second Pen styles page. From there, you'll see an option for dotted or dashed lines.

Curved Lines

  • Draw curved lines with three points for adjustments. This can also snap back into a straight line. 


  • Draw perfect arrows, starting with the line first. 

Stroke and Fill Color

  • To change the stroke or fill color: tap to select the shape, then tap on the Style menu to select “Stroke” and “Fill”.

Perfect Shape Eraser

  • Shapes can also be drawn using the eraser. Select the partial eraser, draw a shape and hold down for a second until the shape autocorrects into a Perfect Shape.