Sketch­Book Pro

Fo­cus­ing on sketch­ing and draw­ing, this pro­gram en­cour­ages cre­ativ­ity through sim­plic­ity of use

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You’re not over­whelmed when you launch Sketch­Book Pro for the first time…

Sketch­Book Pro is here to make you draw. Where other pro­grams of­fer tools to de­sign, to build ar­chi­tec­tural blocks, or to use pho­tos as your start­ing point, Au­todesk’s 2D soft­ware is only in­ter­ested in pro­vid­ing you with a dig­i­tal can­vas and 100-plus cus­tomis­able brushes to start draw­ing with.

Straight from the off, it’s made to make this goal as easy as pos­si­ble. “I have plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence with most lead­ing artis­tic pro­grams,” says Paris Chris­tou, “but the num­ber one rea­son I chose Sketch­book Pro over the rest is for its user­friendly, fresh, modern en­vi­ron­ment. You’re not over­whelmed when you first launch the soft­ware, un­like most paint­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.”

Sketch­Book Pro’s best at­tributes are its ‘straight to the point’ ac­cess to any tool or ac­tion to speed up your work­flow. Tools are ac­cessed us­ing a cir­cu­lar tool­bar on the can­vas, or la­goon, which you can fill with your most fre­quently used tools.

The pro­gram is pretty gen­er­ous with its file sup­port and com­pat­i­bil­ity for im­port­ing and ex­port­ing im­ages, which in­cludes PSD files. And al­though Sketch­Book Pro is all about the draw­ing, you still have the abil­ity to build up a draw­ing in lay­ers and use per­spec­tive guides. There’s a fair bit to sink your teeth into, but once you’ve played around with it, the learn­ing curve will be quickly mas­tered.

“When I first started ex­plor­ing Sketch­book Pro, what shocked me the most was how I quickly adapted to the soft­ware,” says Paris. “Sketch­book Pro also pushes an artist to solve prob­lems prac­ti­cally in­stead of re­ly­ing on soft­ware tricks to do the work for you.”

brushes There are over 140 brushes to choose from, most of which are cre­ated by artists, with artists in mind. Ex­tras Sketch­Book Pro has also just re­vealed Sketch­Book Ex­tras, giv­ing in-app ac­cess to brand new brushes up­dated on a weekly ba­sis.

un­lim­ited lay­ers

With lim­it­less lay­ers and the op­tion of a huge can­vas (does 100 megapix­els sound big enough?!) you can pro­duce huge, de­tailed draw­ings.

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