Transferring images with layers

This articles explains how to move images from one device to another, whether from desktop to mobile, mobile to mobile, or mobile to desktop, while preserving the image’s layer structure. Use this when starting a sketch on one platform, then transferring the sketch to another platform to continue sketching without collapsing your layer structure during the transfer.

Due to differences in supported canvas sizes and number of supported layers across the various mobile devices, you may not be able to transfer an image fully intact. In some cases, the image may be downsized and layers collapsed to fit the supported mobile device. Depending on your preferred method of transfer, you will require an email or file sharing account, such as Google Drive or Dropbox.

Go here to view the supported canvas sizes and number of layers for each mobile device type.

Click the link that best describes from where and to where you want to transfer your images:


iOS to Desktop

In Sketchbook version 5.2

In the toolbar, tap Info Settings icon in the mobile version of Sketchbook, and then Save . From here you have two options to transfer your file to another location:

  1. Export to Files  will open the iOS Files app, where you can save to your iCloud Drive. The file saved will be the full layered TIFF. You can then access that saved file from your iCloud Drive on your desktop
  2. Share will first ask you to choose whether you want to share a flattened PNG (smaller file size) or your Sketchbook TIFF (your complete layered art). Select Sketchbook (TIFF). Then the iOS share sheet will open, where you can select how you want to share the file (eg: by email)


In previous versions of Autodesk SketchBook for iOS (v 5.1.7 and earlier)

This example uses the Dropbox file sharing service as an example. You can also use any file sharing option in your iOS share sheet in the same way.

  1. Before saving your sketch, install and launch the Dropbox iOS app and sign into your Dropbox account.

  2. In Sketchbook, save your sketch to the Gallery.

In the toolbar, tap Info Settings icon in the mobile version of Sketchbook, then Gallery icon in the mobile version of Sketchbook Gallery. Select a saving option.

In Sketchbook, save your sketch to the Sketchbook Gallery

  1. From the Gallery options select Export PSD.

Tap Export icon Export and select Export PSD.

Export PSD in the Gallery

  1. From the iOS Share Sheet, select the More icon.

More button

  1. Turn on Save to Dropbox and tap Done.

Turn on Save to Dropbox and tap Done

  1. From the iOS Share Sheet, select Save to Dropbox.

From the iOS Share Sheet, select Save to Dropbox

  1. Name the PSD file, select the save location and tap Save. The PSD file is then uploaded to your Dropbox account.

Dropbox account

  1. Go to your desktop computer (Win/Mac) and from a web browser, log into your Dropbox account and download the PSD file to your desktop. You can now open the PSD file in Sketchbook on your desktop.

Download Open sketch


Android to Desktop

This example uses an external SD card to transfer the sketch, however, you can use, email, Wi-Fi Direct, or other file transfer method available on your* *Android Share Sheet. You can go between the mobile and desktop version of Sketchbook to work on layered PSD images, as long as the file’s canvas size and layer limits remain within the boundaries set by Sketchbook for Android. You cannot open a canvas larger than 2830 x 2830 pixels on a tablet device. Open files from different platforms using Dropbox.


To export files from Sketchbook for Android

Export your file using the Export PSD option from the Gallery to Dropbox.


To open the file with Sketchbook Pro for desktop

Open the file from your Dropbox folder.

  1. Insert SD or Micro SD card into your Android device.

NOTE: If your Android device or desktop computer does not have an SD or Micro SD slot you can use an alternate file transfer method such as email or Dropbox.

  1. In Sketchbook, save your image to the Gallery.

In the toolbar, tap Info Settings icon in the mobile version of Sketchbook, then Gallery icon in the mobile version of Sketchbook Gallery. Select a saving option.

In Sketchbook, save your image to the Gallery.

  1. From the Gallery options select Export PSD.

Tap Export icon Export and select Export PSD.

From the Gallery options select Export PSD

NOTE: If you want to export multiple images, in the Gallery, pinch the image to open the folder view. Tap Accept selection icon, then tap all the images you want to export. Tap Export icon in the Gallery in the mobile version of Sketchbook , then Share and select a method for sharing (exporting) the images.

  1. From the Android Share Sheet, select Save to device and save the PSD file to your SD or Micro SD card.

Share > Save to device from the Gallery

  1. Remove the SD or Micro SD card from your Android device and insert it into your desktop computer.
  2. Transfer the PSD file from the SD or Micro SD card to your desktop computer and you can now open the PSD file in Sketchbook.

Opening an image in Sketchbook Pro for desktop


Windows desktop to mobile

Note that due to differences in supported canvas sizes and number of supported layers across the various mobile devices, you may not be able to transfer an image fully intact. In some cases the image may be downsized and layers collapsed to fit the supported mobile device.

Go here‍ to view the supported canvas sizes and number of layers for each mobile device type.

The following example covers sketch transfer from Windows to iOS. However, the same workflow would apply transferring sketches from Windows to Android.

  1. Save your sketch as a TIFF file to your computer.

In the menu bar, select File > Save As. In the Save As dialog, tap the Save as type option and select TIFF Files, then tap Save.

Save your sketch as a TIFF file to your computer.

  1. Open a web browser and go to dropbox.com. Sign into your Dropbox account and upload the TIFF file.

Dropbox account and upload the TIFF

  1. On your iOS device, install and launch the Dropbox iOS app and sign into your Dropbox account.

Open the App Store, search for Dropbox, then select and install it.

  1. Launch Sketchbook and go to the Gallery.

In the toolbar, tap Info Settings icon in the mobile version of Sketchbook, then Gallery icon in the mobile version of Sketchbook Gallery. Select a saving option.

Launch Sketchbook and go to the Gallery.

  1. In the Gallery, tap the + icon at the bottom and select Import Image.

Import Image in the Gallery

  1. From the Import Image options, select More.

More

  1. Turn on Dropbox and tap Done.

Turn on Dropbox and tap Done

  1. From the Import Image options, select Dropbox.

  2. Import your TIFF file into Sketchbook Pro.