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Image by Ryohei Yamashita in the desktop version of SketchBook If you are curious about the differences between the SketchBook versions (free and subscription), select a platform:


Desktop differences between the free and subscription

Do you want to know what the differences are between the SketchBook desktop versions? What do you get with the free version and with the subscription? The table will help you with this.

   Free version  Pro (subscriber)

Optimized pen-based workflow
Stylus tilt and stamp scaling   
Multi-touch enabled (Wacom devices)
Import/Export common image files
Preset brushes

16 brushes

full library

Custom brushes
Straight & Circle Ruler
French Curve  
Steady Stroke  
Dynamic Perspective Guides   ✓ (new)

Synthetic and Blending brush types

 

Image Adjustments

 

Layer Stack

 

Layers

✓ (max 3) ✓ (unlimited)

Layer Grouping

 

Layer Blending Modes

 

Quick Transform

✓ (limited)

Flood Fill

✓  ✓ (new)

Gradient Fill

         ✓ (new)

Distort

              ✓ (new)

Movable Symmetry

✓ (limited)  
✓ (new)

FlipBook

              ✓ (new)

Persistent Selections

  ✓ (new)

Custom Canvas Size
up to 64 Megapixel

  ✓ (new)    
Copic Colors ✓ (36) ✓ (300+)    

Click here for a more detailed description of features and improvements in SketchBook.

The free version provides a basic set of tools to get you started drawing. For those of you who want more tools, Pro (paid) subscription is the way to go. You unlock the complete Pro toolset on any supported desktop computer or mobile device (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS) using your Autodesk account. You can also upload the free brushes that appear on the blog every Monday. Also, for users with a later model iPad, you get SketchBook Motion.

*NOTE  SketchBook mobile does not have all the same features as the desktop version. See here for a comparative list for the mobile version of the app.

More information is available at sketchbook.com or check out SketchBook in the Mac App Store.

Click here on how to download and log into SketchBook after you have purchased your subscription.


Mobile: Difference between the free, Pro Tools, and subscription

Image in the mobile version of SketchBook to show the difference between free and Pro Tools

Before we get into what’s the difference between the features in the free version and the Pro tools, there are a couple important things you should know:

  • If you use SketchBook on a laptop or desktop computer, and don’t have a subscription already, I’d recommend downloading it (see below for more details), since it comes with free versions for all your machines and DEVICES! Also, if you have a newer version iPad, you get SketchBook Motion! And, finally, did you know you get free upgrades for all platforms, as long as you have a subscription?
  • If you already have a subscription, then you already have access to the Pro version of SketchBook Mobile. Click here (go to the bottom of the page) for how to enable it. And, don’t forget, if you have a newer version iPad, you also get SketchBook Motion!

Click any of these links to watch videos showing the free basic toolset, Pro subscription toolset, and some tips and tricks.

Now, for the differences:

  Free version Pro features  Pro subscription
Canvas size
Fixed Canvas size Customizable canvas sizes
Brushes 10 Brushes
130+ Preset Brushes
Synthetic Brush Set
Smudge Brush Set
Inking brush
Color options
Color Palette
(swatches)
Color Wheel
Randomize Color
Color Picker
Color Palette (swatches)
Color Wheel
Randomize Color

Color Picker 
Full Copic Library
Layer Stack
Layer Editor
Background Color
All Layer Actions
(Opacity, Show/Hide,
Add/Delete,
Merge Down,
Layer Reordering,
Lock/Unlock, Lock Transparency, etc.)
Blending Modes
Maximum 3 layers
Layer Editor
Background Color
All Layer Actions
(Opacity, Show/Hide,
Add/Delete,
Merge Down,
Layer Reordering,
Lock/Unlock, Lock Transparency, etc.)
Blending Modes
Layers (max # of layers is device dependent)
Selection   Marquee selection (rectangle, oval)
Lasso tools (Basic Lasso)
Magic Wand
Selection Mode (Replace, Add, Subtract, Intersect)
Move/Nudge Selection
Quick Mask
Transform Selection
Copy/Paste Selection
Guides   Straight ruler
Circle (only) ruler
Fills Flood fill
Gradient fill (Linear, Radial)
Transform Proportional transform
Proportional transform
Symmetry Vertical
Horizontal
Hide Symmetry line

Stop at center
Vertical
Horizontal
Hide Symmetry line

Stop at center
Navigation Free canvas navigation (Pan, Zoom, Rotate)
Lock/Unlock navigation

Canvas navigator
Free canvas navigation (Pan, Zoom, Rotate)
Lock/Unlock navigation

Canvas navigator
Animation   Timelapse (iOS and Android 4.3 or later)
Gallery Full Gallery access  Full Gallery access 
UI Hide UI (Full Canvas Mode)
Split-screen multi-tasking (iOS 9 users)
Hide UI (Full Canvas Mode)
Split-screen multi-tasking (iOS 9 users)
Stylus support Pen ModeApple Pencil, S-Pen, Wacom Intuos Creative StylusTilt presets Pen ModeApple Pencil, S-Pen, Wacom Intuos Creative StylusTilt presets
Importing Scan Sketches (max size of 1280 x 1280) Scan Sketches (unlimited size)

If you would like to run SketchBook v3 – you have a few choices:

  • Autodesk SketchBook – When you download it, you’re running the free version (which is a subset of the full version). If you want to purchase a subscription and get:

NOTE  The SketchBook mobile version does not have all the same features as the desktop. It does not include FlipBook animation, perspective guides, or many of the custom brush options. See here for a comparative list for the desktop version of the app (subscription vs free).

Sign up and purchase a subscription at:

You will need to download the subscription installer from the website: https://www.sketchbook.com/desktop – click on the Download button or from within your Account settings (if you have an Autodesk account).

  • Pro Tools – Once you’ve downloaded the app, in the toolbar of the mobile version, tap File icon in the SketchBook for mobile version and select Store icon in the SketchBook for mobile version to make an in-App purchase. This gives you the current Pro toolset for the mobile version of SketchBook. This is ideal for someone who uses SketchBook only on one device. If you want to use it on other devices and on your laptop or desktop computer, get a subscription so you can run it on all of them.
    • For iPhone and iPad users, Autodesk SketchBook is now available for free download on the iTunes App Store. There’s a Pro Tools pack available for purchase inside the application (tap SketchBook Mobile v3: File icon in the SketchBook for mobile version and select Store icon in the SketchBook for mobile version to make an in-App purchase), which contains a list of advanced tools for $6.99 (CDN). You can make an in-app purchase using your Apple ID.
    • For Android users, the app is available for download via Google Play and Samsung Apps. Similar to the iOS version, you can purchase the Pro Tools pack inside the app via your Google Play account.

How do I use the app with a subscription?

Click here for instructions on how to run the app on desktop, iOS, and Android.


Free basic toolset


Pro features Pro subscription toolset


Mobile Tips and Tricks

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