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When you first open Sketchbook you will see the default UI. For all versions of the app, there will be a canvas and toolbar. The rest of the interface will be slightly different depending on the platform and version you're using. See the sections below to familiarize yourself with the interface and how it works.
Basic UI elements in Sketchbook Pro for desktop
Get started with an introduction to the interface and the most basic interactions. When you open Sketchbook, by default, you'll see the canvas, lagoon, toolbar, brush and color pucks, and Brush Palette.
Lagoon tool summary
The Lagoon is the round UI element. By default, it is found in the bottom left corner, though you can change its location. 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:
The version of Sketchbook you're running will determine which tools appear in which marking menu.
- Interface controls
- View controls, 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
Basic UI elements in Sketchbook for mobile devices
Marking menu on iPad
You will see the toolbar, a full brush palette including advanced brushes and the customizable Brush Library, and colors, which accesses the Color Editor, along with the Layer Editor with blend modes, and transparent color.
Marking menu on handheld devices
Use (the marking menu) to access an assortment of tools, as well as the corner tools without going to the toolbar. If you are working with the interface hidden, the marking menu provides access to a host of tools without unhiding your interface.
NOTE: To access these tools even quicker, from , flick toward the tool’s position.
Access a corner tool by double-tapping a corner of the screen.
Tap , the Corner tools are visible.
The default corner quick tool mappings are:
(Clear Layer) Top left
(Fit To View) Top right
(Undo) Bottom left
(Redo) Bottom right
If you want to customize your corner tools, see Customizing the corner tools.