Streamline your sketch process
Get to grips with SketchBook Pro’s Lagoon user interface and enhance your workflow in this excellent drawing program, says
Speed up your workflow, with SketchBook Pro’s Lagoon user interface, as Paris Christou explains.
utodesk’s SketchBook Pro for
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.