Stream­line your sketch process

Get to grips with Sketch­Book Pro’s La­goon user in­ter­face and en­hance your work­flow in this ex­cel­lent draw­ing pro­gram, says

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Speed up your work­flow, with Sketch­Book Pro’s La­goon user in­ter­face, as Paris Chris­tou ex­plains.

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A Win­dows and Mac is known for giv­ing artists easy ac­cess to its many tools when work­ing on any type of art­work.

The phi­los­o­phy be­hind the soft­ware is to help artists feel they have an ap­pli­ca­tion that acts just like a real-world pa­per sketch­book, which you’d use while out and about. The pro­gram is quick, sim­ple and very ef­fec­tive.

Sketch­Book’s Pro’s La­goon is a user in­ter­face (UI) that of­fers a se­ries of common short­cuts for speedy ac­cess. By de­fault, it’s lo­cated on the bot­tom left of the soft­ware screen.

Hav­ing th­ese common short­cuts in one com­pact area helps you to stream­line your paint­ing process. Bet­ter still, you can even mod­ify the La­goon to fit your ex­act needs. So, let’s see how this can be achieved…

1 The La­goon’s tools

The La­goon UI is an arc-look­ing pal­ette that fea­tures six core el­e­ments. From left to right they are: In­ter­face Con­trols, Tools/ Views, Brushes, Col­ors, Edit and Files. Each el­e­ment on the La­goon has a se­ries of short­cut op­tions that you can ac­cess. For ex­am­ple, you can se­lect your favourite brushes, the Lasso and other ed­itable tools, rulers, lay­ers, save your work and more.

2 Se­lect­ing tools and ac­tions

Click and hold down over any of th­ese tools and you’ll be pre­sented with more op­tions. To se­lect any of th­ese, just drag your mouse or sty­lus pen to­wards one of them and re­lease. Once you’ve mem­o­rised the La­goon’s fea­tures, ac­cess­ing any de­sired op­tion will be in­stinc­tive, which will en­hance your paint­ing work­flow.

De­pend­ing on what type of artist you are, you can choose to hide ev­ery­thing on the screen apart from the La­goon. This gives you a de­cent space for ei­ther sketch­ing, paint­ing or cre­at­ing any style of art­work. Just hover over the In­ter­face Con­trols el­e­ment and se­lect Ti­tle Bar Off. Then click Tab on your key­board to hide ev­ery­thing.

Speed up your work­flow to work faster and smarter.

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