Core skills: Sketch­Book Pro

Ex­plains why or­gan­is­ing your brushes and tools and man­ag­ing their prop­er­ties will im­prove your cre­ative work­flow

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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.

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