I'm puzzled by the use of the phrase "get to something" in a specific context. I know its basic meaning and have searched for information for example here. The sentence I don't understand is:

Highlight one of your copied groups with a tap. Tap Repeat, and then Grid. Get to it. (This is my favorite feature, and I have spent a lot of time on it.)

It's from an article published by Adobe on digital art techniques and tools.

Any idea?

Thank you for any insight you might have.

  • Thank you both. For some reason that meaning seemed off to me and I thought there was something more to it. Glad it's easier than I thought!
    – Sara
    Jul 31 '21 at 14:09

The link you've provided includes a decent definition for the phrase as it's used here:

get to something

3 Fig. to start on [doing] something; to begin doing something. I'll get to it as soon as possible. Have you managed to get to my repair job yet? Your complaining is getting to bother me.


Get to it has essentially the same meaning as the (probably) more common get to work.

In this case, the author is inviting the readers to begin using the technique and tools he has just described. You can find similar invitations in the other steps:

Tap Radial. Experiment.

Tap Repeat, then Mirror. Reflect ad infinitum.

Play with the Point Selector. Get chaotic. Swap colors.


It implies a sense of urgency to whatever the ‘it’ is i.e ‘Let’s get to it!’ It’s quite American and I don’t think I’ve ever heard an English person say it. It would be seen as sounding a bit silly in the UK.

It’s different than just ‘get to’ which is basically the same of ‘allowed to’ . ‘If you do X you get to do Y’

  • Thank you for the subtle insight about the word. Jul 31 '21 at 8:02

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