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The User Interface

Mockplus DT has quite a straightforward interface, with everything displayed in the panels and menu bars. However, if you’re new to Mockplus DT, here’s a detailed overview of the UI to help you understand and get started.

Mockplus DT has 3 menu bars for you with all the tools you need:

  • Left menu bar
  • Layers and assets panel
  • Top toolbar
  • Right menu bar
Let’s have a look at each of them, their features, and available tools.

Left Menu Bar

The Left Menu Bar is where you’ll find items and actions like Preferences, Project, Edit, View and etc. Simply press F1, and you can check many of the options that are available using Shortcuts.

The layers and Asssts

Layers: The Layers panel shows all the Pages in a design file and all Artboards and Layers on the selected page. With the Search button, you can quickly search and get a Layer in the list.

Assets: If you want to better manage your design assets, switch to the Assets panel on the left where you can create symbols and organize your design library.

Top Toolbar

Add Artboard: Mockplus DT allows you to create fixed frames called Artboards, on the Canvas for your work. To create an Artboard:

  • Click on “Artboard” from the Top Toolbar or directly press A.

  • Next, click and drag it on the Canvas to create a custom-size Artboard.


Add Slice: A slice works exactly the same as a layer that can be drawn on your Canvas and anything within a slice can be exported as an image. You can select, resize, move, hide, and group Slices just like layers. Mockplus DT enables you to add Slices in just a few steps:

  • Click on “Slice” from the Top Toolbar or press S.

  • Click and drag anywhere on your canvas to create a new Slice.

Alternatively, you can click on any layer within your design to create a slice around it.


Add Hotspot: If you want to create a clickable area that’s larger than a single layer, you will need to use Hotspots, which offer more control than links. To add a Hotspot:

  • Click on “Hotspot'' from the Top Toolbar or press H.

  • Click and drag to draw your Hotspot area on the Canvas.

  • Now, click on the Artboard you want your Hotspot to be linked to.


ShapesMockplus DT offers you six pre-made, vector-based, and incredibly flexible shapes to give a head start to your design. These shapes include:

  • Rectangle

  • Oval

  • Triangle

  • Polygon

  • Star

  • Line

To add a shape:

  • Click on the Top Toolbar and select the “Shape” option.

  • Then choose the type of shape you want to add to your Canvas.


Vector toolThe Vector tool in Mockplus DT enables you to do better vector editing.To use the tool:

  • Select the “Vector” tool from the Top Toolbar.

  • Alternatively, you can press V on the Canvas to use this tool easily.


Pencil toolWith the Pencil tool in Mockplus DT, you can freely hand-draw something for your product design. Here’s how:

  • Select the Pencil Tool from the Top Toolbar.

  • Alternatively, you can press P on the Artboard to use this tool directly.


TextTo insert Text:

  • Select “Text” in the Top Toolbar or press T.

  • Click anywhere on your Canvas and start typing.


Create New symbolTo create a Symbol:

  • Select a group, Artboard, or a selection of layers.

  • Choose “Create Symbol” from the Top Toolbar to create one. 

  • Name your Symbol and choose whether to send its source version to a separate Symbols page or keep it on the page you’re currently looking at.


MaskMockplus DT enables you to create both simple Masks and Image masks. To do so 

  • Select a shape or an image on your Canvas.

  • Click on “Mask” from the Top Toolbar to use it as a mask.


Boolean OperationsMockplus DT offers four Boolean operations to help you combine and create complex shapes:

  • Unite

  • Subtract

  • Intersect

  • Exclude

To use this feature:

  • Select multiple shapes on your canvas.

  • Click on the “Boolean Operations” button from the top toolbar.


Featured tools to edit ShapesTo further edit shapes, you can click the Top Toolbar and select to use these tools:

  • Transform tool

  • Scissor tool

  • Rotate Copies tool

Hand toolWith the Hand tool in the Top Toolbar, you can easily click to drag the Canvas to anywhere you want to check its details.
Share and PreviewIn In Mockplus DT, you can share any project you have with others and also preview your design with a single click to check if it works as you intend it to.

Canvas

The canvas is where you create your designs. You can directly work on the canvas to set things up however you like. No need to worry about running out of space because the canvas is infinite. However, if you want to design within a fixed frame, you can add Artboards to your Canvas.

Properties and interactions

The Properties Panel is where you can edit all the design properties for any layers you’ve selected.The Interactions Panel shows all existing links and interactions on the canvas and gives you controls to add new Interactions and overlays.

Right Panel

The right panel of Mockplus DT’s user interface has functions to change the text, color, and layer styles.

Text Styles

In Mockplus DT, you can store several text styles, and all of them can be reused easily across different text layers within your designs.

Layer Styles

Layer styles in Mockplus DT allow you to reuse a style across different shape layers within your designs.

Color Variables

The feature of color variables in Mockplus DT enables you to set colors that synchronize across your designs. Any changes you make to a color variable will be synchronized across all of the layers that use it.
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