Blending Brushes

Sketchbook comes with an assortment of brushes for blending and smudging. There is also a brush type that will turn any brush into a natural blender.

NOTE: At present, custom brushes cannot be loaded into the mobile versions of Sketchbook.

In the Brush Library, all versions of Sketchbook have the following brush sets, which can be used for blending. However,we recommend you play with brushes in other sets, as there may be more.

Synthetic Paint

Synthetic brushes

Synthetic Paint stroke

As you paint, these brushes dynamically blends colors that exist on the canvas. Adjust the paint load to effect the amount of color applied at the beginning of each stroke.

Smudge

Smudge brushes

Smudge stroke

Paint over an area to blend it, simulating the effect on a finger dragging over the charcoal line of a drawing.

Colorless brushes

Colorless Blend brushes

Example before the Colorless blending brush Example after the Colorless blending brush

The Colorless blending brushes blend colors already on the canvas.

There are two ways to get a Colorless brush:

  • In the Brush Library, you scroll down and select one of the Colorless brushes.
  • Select a brush, then do one of the following:

    • On Desktop, double-click the brush to open its properties. You will see the Type menu below the name of the brush.
    • Colorless brush type

    NOTE: The stroke shape won’t change. - On Mobile, in the Brush Library, tap Settings. The Brush Types menu is below the example brush stroke.

    NaturalBlend_Type

Tap the arrow, scroll down to Colorless and select it to change the properties of the brush into a Colorless brush.

Smear and Blur

These brushes are not available in Sketchbook on Mobile.

Smear and Blur

Smear and Blur appear in two places in Sketchbook Pro for Mac and Windows desktop. They are in the Brush Palette and the Basic brush set in the Brush Library.

Creating Natural Blend brushes

Pastels and Natural Blend

The Pastel brush set are a Natural Blend brush type. This means, if you want a buttery blender that mixes colors and smooths out the transitions between them, these for you! Try laying down colors with one of the many other brushes in Sketchbook, then use a Natural Blend brush to gently blend them. And, if you want to make a brush with watercolor-like blending or the properties of a pastel, play with the properties of this brush to do that.

How to create a Natural Blend brush

There are two ways to create a Natural Blend brush:

  • In the Brush Library, you scroll down and select one of the Natural Blend brushes in the Pastel brush set.
  • Select a brush, then do one of the following:

    • On Desktop, double-click the brush to open its properties. You will see the Type menu below the name of the brush.
    • NaturalBlend_Typedesktop

    NOTE: The stroke shape won’t change. - On Mobile, in the Brush Library, tap Settings. The Brush Types menu is below the example brush stroke.

    NaturalBlend_Type

Tap the arrow and select Natural Blend to change the properties of the brush into a Natural Blend brush.