SketchBook Basics

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Get the basics and introduced to the interface. Check out the canvas to shortcuts, pucks, and marking menus. Learn to navigate your scene. See how to change the size and opacity of a brush.


The Canvas

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:

Example of the UI for the free version of SketchBook in Basics

Pro users will get the following:

Example of the UI for the Pro version of SketchBook

For information on how to set the canvas size, see Changing the default canvas size of new files.


Lagoon tool summary

Lagoon's radial menu

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).

Each marking menu in the Lagoon displaying the tools found in each in the desktop version of SketchBook

Here are the default settings for each category:

Free version

The SketchBook Lagoon numbered

  1. Interface controls, mirroring, & flipping
  2. View controls, canvas transform tools, rulers, layers, & vertical symmetry
  3. Brushes & palette
  4. Colors
  5. Selection, editing, & transform tools
  6. Open, Save, New, Next, Previous, Rotate & Add Image
  7. Shows current tool
  8. Shows current color
  9. Undo/Redo

Pro subscription

The SketchBook Lagoon numbered

  1. Interface controls
  2. View controls, canvas transform tools, rulers, layers, & vertical & horizontal symmetry
  3. Brushes & palette
  4. Colors & Transparent Color
  5. Selection, editing, & layer transform tools
  6. Open, Save, New, Next & Previous Image
  7. Shows current tool
  8. Shows current color
  9. Undo/Redo

Tool selection

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.

Marking menu example

  • Touch the stylus to an icon and hold, then flick through a tool.

Color menu with selected option

  • Tap a tool the toolbar to select it.

Toolbar in the free version
Toolbar in the SketchBook Pro version

  • For Pro subscribers, some tools have a contextual toolbar containing additional editing and transform tools.

Toolbar in the SketchBook Pro version and its secondary menu


Getting started

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 Files menu icon and flick toward New sketch icon. 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:

  1. Choose a brush.
  2. Select a color.
  3. Draw or select a tool.
  4. Importing an image
  5. Changing the language of the UI
  6. Transferring files
 
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