Sketch­able

Sketch­able is a sim­ple yet pow­er­ful pro­gram for quick sketch­ing and draw­ing

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Free or artists on the go it’s in­creas­ingly im­por­tant to be able to cap­ture ideas, draw quickly to show a client ideas, demon­strate a method, or an­no­tate an im­age. For some, Sketch­able has be­come the ideal ap­pli­ca­tion for achiev­ing such tasks. It works well on both a Mi­crosoft Sur­face Pro and the Wa­com Com­pan­ion, and it’s light­weight, easy to use, ex­tremely fast, and re­spon­sive. It au­tosaves your work so you can pick up where you left off.

It’s not a paint­ing pro­gram, though. You can cre­ate paint­ings on it, but if you ex­pect Sketch­able to re­place Pho­to­shop or Painter you’ll be dis­ap­pointed. It’s geared to pro­vid­ing the artist with a quick, flex­i­ble, easy-touse yet pow­er­ful tool. And it suc­ceeds.

Not only is it a great mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion, but it feels as if it runs even quicker on a desk­top com­puter (in our case, us­ing Win­dows 8.1). Sketch­able images are man­aged by ar­rang­ing them into Jour­nals, which are dig­i­tal sketch­books that you can cre­ate when you start the pro­gram. It’s easy to have sev­eral Jour­nals go­ing at any time for dif­fer­ent projects.

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In­di­vid­ual images can be saved as PNG or PSD files – Sketch­able is prob­a­bly the first and only mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion that pro­vides lay­ers. You can ex­port PSD files di­rectly into Pho­to­shop run­ning on the same ma­chine for any ad­di­tional work.

There are a few ad­di­tions or changes that would make Sketch­able almost per­fect for an artist’s sketch­ing needs: more lay­ers and the abil­ity to cre­ate pa­per tex­tures are at the top of the list. But all and all, it’s a great pro­gram that’s easy to get fa­mil­iar with, and with a well-thought-out in­ter­face.

The app is free, but most artists will want to make sev­eral in-app pur­chases (sin­gle tools from £1.27; bun­dle op­tion is £7.68).

Fe­bru­ary 2015

Here the paint­ing in­ter­face shows avail­able tools and colours along the bot­tom, the Color Picker and the desk­top UI along the left edge.

The open­ing screen dis­play­ing the cur­rent Jour­nals. The name of the ac­tive Jour­nal is dis­played at the top. The desk­top UI is dis­played be­low.

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