Core skills: SketchBook Pro
Explains why organising your brushes and tools and managing their properties will improve your creative workflow
Paris Christou has tips for greater brush efficiency.
ketchBook Pro comes with a variety of brushes and tools to fit the needs of every artist or designer of all levels of proficiency. All the brushes are displayed in one easy-to-access tool bar called the Brush palette.
This palette offers all the basic tools with simple adjustable properties for you to enjoy working with. The icons within
SLocating your brushes
The Brush palette is a window that’s located on the left side of the SketchBook Pro screen by default. If you can’t see it, just click the Windows tab on the main top toolbar to switch it on. The palette consists of two rows of many tools such as pencils, brushes, synthetic brushes, erasers and smear/ smudge brushes. At the top of the Brush palette are two key icons, explained in the next two steps.
Explore Brush Properties
The icon on the left is the Brush Properties window. Once you select a specific brush or tool from the palette and then click the Brush Properties button, a pop-up window will appear. This window enables you to adjust the properties of the selected brush/tool to your liking. Each brush will be slightly different, but it’s straightforward enough to adjust its properties.
Accessing more brush tools
The icon on the right opens the Brush Library. You’ll see another pop-up window presenting every single brush and tool that the software has to offer. There are 100 preset brushes and tools that have been specifically designed for different types of artists. Take the time to scroll through each tool and test out their properties to see which tool fits your workflow and style. the Brush Palette are graphically visual and easy to identify, which all helps to contribute to a smooth and user-friendly creative workflow.
In this quick article you'll learn how to locate the Brush palette within SketchBook Pro, how to open the Brush Properties panel for each brush and how to organise your brushes to improve your painting experience.