Sketch­Book Pro 7

Au­todesk’s art soft­ware is both lib­er­at­ing and amaz­ing – once you get your head around its in­ter­face…

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Price £50 (up­grade £40.25)

ACom­pany Au­todesk utodesk’s Sketch­Book Pro app has be­come such a huge hit on tablets that it’s easy to for­get it be­gan its life as a desk­top pro­gram. The lat­est ver­sion re­minds us that it’s still very much alive and well on large and un­wieldy com­put­ers and, in fact, bet­ter than ever.

How­ever, there’s a bit of a learn­ing curve, es­pe­cially if you’ve never used Sketch­Book Pro be­fore. The in­ter­face is a lit­tle too sim­plis­tic in ap­pear­ance, with no la­bels and lots of slightly con­fus­ing colour wheels and menus. There are also two move­able ‘pucks’ that hover above the can­vas. At first th­ese look like colour selections for your pri­mary and sec­ondary brushes, and in­deed, one en­ables you to choose

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Another slightly odd el­e­ment for those new to Sketch­Book is the La­goon, a quar­ter-cir­cle menu that gives you quick ac­cess to es­sen­tial func­tions and fea­tures. Ac­cess it and the soft­ware will re­size it­self, you’ll have quadri­lat­eral sym­me­try turned on, and you’ll be draw­ing with a brush as big as your face – un­til you get the hang of it.

Yet once you grasp its work­ings, Sketch­Book Pro 7 is noth­ing short of rev­e­la­tory. It’s a piece of soft­ware that looks and works like no other, and the min­i­mal­ist ap­proach means that it feels open and free­ing, and your art be­comes more or­ganic as a re­sult.

If you’re an old hat at us­ing Sketch­Book Pro you’ll feel right at

This Manga-es­que piece was cre­ated jointly by Crea­tureBox’s Dave Guertin and Greg Bald­win. You can use the soft­ware for $25 a year, and there’s a free, sim­pli­fied ver­sion, too. The open­ness of Au­todesk’s soft­ware in­spires lighter and more fluid art. Sketch­Book’s brushes in­clude ev­ery­thing you’ll ever need, and they work just like their real-life ver­sions.

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