Importing images

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Do you have a grid, templates, reference image, want to trace something, or something else you'd like to add to Sketchbook? If so, import the image. Once imported, lock the layer, add layers, and build up your sketch. You can import as many images as you have available layers and your device will support.

Importing in Sketchbook Pro for desktop

To import sketches of various formats:

  • Select Files icon and flick toward tool_open.png.
  • Press Cmd+O for Mac or Ctrl+O for Windows.
  • Select File > Open.

Importing an image using Import Image

In your Sketchbook Pro preferences, the is an Import Image option. By default, when you add an image, a layer is automatically created and the image is added to it. This is super handy. But, what if you’ve been drawing on a layer and you import an image? Well, without Add Image: Import into a new layer enabled, the image could cover what you drew. This is why we created this option and it is enabled by default. However, if you prefer for a layer not be be created, say because you have a limited number of layers available, then disable this option.

  1. In the Layer Editor, tap Import Image icon in the mobile version of Sketchbook to browse for an image.
  2. Select an image and tap Open.


Importing in Sketchbook for Android

Importing on Android for handheld device users

Import Image takes an image from your camera or device and adds it to a new layer, above the last.

  1. In the toolbar, tap Tools icon in the mobile version of Sketchbook, then Import Image icon in the mobile version of SketchbookImport Image.

Import Image in Sketchbook on a handheld device

  1. Select an image for import from either somewhere on your device or using your camera.
  2. Use the Import tools to position, scale, rotate, mirror, and/or flip the image.
  3. When satisfied with the placement and size, tap the arrow.


Importing on Android for tablet users

  1. In the toolbar, tap Import Image icon in the mobile version of Sketchbook. If you don't see Import Image icon in the mobile version of SketchbookImport Image in the toolbar, tap-drag to the left to expose more tools.

Dragging to reveal more tools in the Sketchbook tablet toolbar

  1. Tap Import Image icon in the mobile version of Sketchbook, then Repositioning tools to help reposition the image.
  2. Use the Import tools to position, scale, rotate, mirror, and/or flip the image:
  • Tap-drag the canvas to freely move in any direction.
  • Tap Nudge icon in the mobile version of Sketchbook to nudge the content one pixel at a time, by tapping an arrow or tap-drag from the middle to move in any direction or on an arrow to move in that direction.
  • Tap Flip icon in the mobile version of Sketchbook to flip the image vertically.
  • Tap Flip icon in the mobile version of Sketchbook to flip the image horizontally.
  • Tap Rotate CCW icon in the mobile version of Sketchbook to rotate the image counter-clockwise.
  • Tap Rotate CW icon in the mobile version of Sketchbook to rotate the image clockwise.
  1. Tap OK to accept the changes or x to decline.


Importing on Android from the Gallery

  1. Tap File icon, then select Gallery.
  2. Tap the Untitled Folder bar along the top of the Gallery.
  3. Tap New Image, then New from ImageNew from Image.
  4. Select either the Files or Documents folder, then Import options.
  5. Scroll down, tap Dropbox or another source, and tap an image to import it.


Importing in Sketchbook for iOS

Import an image as a new canvas

Import from the Gallery

  1. Tap File icon, then select Gallery Gallery.
  2. Tap New Image, then select from one of the following:
    New from ImageNew from Image - Select either Import from camera, Import photo, or Browse and load an image into the canvas from somewhere on your device.
    scansketchicon.pngScan sketch - Scan your real-world image, bring it into Sketchbook, and continue working on it wherever you are.

Import from Files (Sketchbook version 5.2.0)

  • Tap File icon, then select Files Gallery
  • This will launch the iOS Files App, where you can browse files on your device or on any cloud storage you have enabled on your device.
  • Tap the file to import


Import an image into an existing canvas

Use the Import tools to rotate, position, flip, and scale your imported image.

  1. To help reposition the image:
  • For iPhone users, tap Tools icon in the mobile version of Sketchbook, then Import Image icon in the mobile version of SketchbookImport Image.
  • For iPad users, tap Import Image icon in the mobile version of Sketchbook.
  1. Use the Import tools to position, scale, rotate, mirror, and/or flip the image:
  • Tap-drag the canvas to freely move in any direction.
  • Tap Distort icon to distort the content by tap-dragging the handles and moving the bias in the center.
  • Tap Nudge icon in the mobile version of Sketchbook to nudge the content one pixel at a time, by tapping an arrow or tap-drag from the middle to move in any direction or on an arrow to move in that direction.
  • Tap transform_flip_horizontally.png to flip the image vertically.
  • Tap transform_flip_vertically.png to flip the image horizontally.
  • Tap transform_rotate_ccw.png to rotate the image counter-clockwise.
  • Tap transform_rotate_cw.png to rotate the image clockwise.
  1. Tap the checkmark to accept the changes or x to decline.


Importing in Sketchbook for Windows 10

Wondering how to add an image into Sketchbook? What about what types of files are supported? Well, there are two ways. You can use Open or Add Image.

How to open a sketch

What kind of files can you open? TIFF, JPEG, png, PSD, BMP, and GIF.

  • When your sketch dimensions are bigger than those of your screen, the canvas zooms out to fit to the screen.
  • When your sketch dimensions are smaller than those of your screen, the canvas created is actual size (100%).

Select Menu icon > file-open.scale.png Open.

How to use Add Image

You can import JPEG and png files into this version of Sketchbook.

  1. In the toolbar, select tb-import.scale-100.pngAdd Image.
  2. Find the image you want (ensure the file format is supported).
  3. Select Open.

INFORMATION: Use Transform‍ to help with placing and resizing your image.