When you open SketchBook, the tools you see will differ. They are determined by the version you’re running.
People using the free version will get the following:
- Brush Puck
- Brush Palette containing 16 brushes
- Color Puck with the Color Picker
- Color Editor
- 36 Copic colors
- 2 Copic markers and the colorless blender
- Layer Editor with 3 layers
- Lagoon and toolbar (Abbreviated versions)
Pro users will get the following:
- Brush Puck
- Brush Palette – including advanced brushes and the customizable Brush Library
- Color Puck with the Color Picker, transparent color, as well as color and fill palettes
- Full Copic Color Library and Copic markers and colorless blender
- Layer Editor with blend modes, grouping, and unlimited layers
- Lagoon and toolbar with perspective guides, rulers, distort, and much more
- When FlipBook is selected, the animation interface will appear
For information on how to set the canvas size, see Changing the default canvas size of new files.
Lagoon tool summary
The Lagoon is the round UI element. By default, it is found in the bottom left corner. It is a hub for many useful tools in SketchBook. It is driven by gestural movements, just like the Layer Editor. To view the tools in a lagoon marking menu, tap an icon to expose the tools in that category. With your stylus (or right mouse button) down, drag to the tool you want to select. When it’s highlighted, lift your stylus (or release your right mouse button).
Here are the default settings for each category:
- Interface controls
- View controls, canvas transform tools, rulers, layers, & vertical & horizontal symmetry
- Brushes & palette
- Colors & Transparent Color
- Selection, editing, & layer transform tools
- Open, Save, New, Next & Previous Image
- Shows current tool
- Shows current color
Pick a tool using one of the following methods:
- Use the marking menus – right-click and flick toward an icon to select it.
NOTE The version of SketchBook you are running determines the tools displayed.
- Touch the stylus to an icon and hold, then flick through a tool.
- Tap a tool the toolbar to select it.
- For Pro subscribers, some tools have a contextual toolbar containing additional editing and transform tools.
Now that you’re familiar with the interface, you probably want to get right to it and start drawing. Start with creating a fresh canvas.
Create a new sketch
To create a new sketch, from the lagoon, select and flick toward . You could also press Cmd+N for Mac or Ctrl+N for Windows. If you want to set the default canvas size, you’ll need to be using the subscription version.
NOTE For Pro subscribers, use Preferences to set the default canvas size opened when you create new sketches.
What do I do next?
After creating a new sketch, do the following:
- Choose a brush.
- Select a color.
- Draw or select a tool.
- Importing an image
- Changing the language of the UI
- Transferring files