Introduction to the Brush Palette

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Brushes intro for Pro users of Sketchbook

Though the Brush Palette might look slightly different from version to version, the functionality is pretty similar. For differences in functionality, see the sections that follow.

Some have icons along the top to open the Brush Library or Brush Properties. Along the bottom, some have a bar you can drag to show more or less brushes. If you want to see more brushes, you can always tap-hold and drag a brush up or down.

How to select a brush

Select a brush using either the Brush Palette or Brush Library. Tap a brush to select it.

Brush Palette in Sketchbook for Windows 10 Brush Library

How to load brushes into the Brush Palette

You can change the default set of brushes by adding individual brushes or loading new brush sets. Load your favorites brushes into the palette by either dragging them into it or pinning a full brush set.

This feature is not available in all versions of Sketchbook. In some versions, the Pin feature is in a marking menu, in others it replaces the marking menu.


Using the Brush Palette in Sketchbook Pro for desktop

There are an assortment of basic brushes that can be found in the lagoon and Brush Palette.

Brushes intro for Pro users of Sketchbook

Looking for more brushes? Check out the Brush Library! Think synthetic, effect, glow, smudge, blend, or texture. There are options for randomizing color, opacity, and size, and so much more. Create custom brushes and assign personalized icons to them. Share them with friends or colleagues. Even make your favorite ones more accessible through marking menus, add them to the palette, or load an entire set into the palette.

Using the Brush Palette in Sketchbook for mobile devices

Only available on a tablet.

Brushes and Colors -Brush Palette in the mobile version of Sketchbook Brush Palette

On a tablet, you will have a default set of brushes in the Brush Palette and more in the Brush Editor. You can also access the Brush Library for more brushes, by tapping the brush in the Double Puck. You can customize your brushes and more. See Brush Properties for the details.

If you are on a tablet, the Brush Palette will be on the left side of the canvas. The version of Sketchbook you are running will determine where you can find brushes and how many you have.

If you are on a handheld device, such as an Android phone or 32-bit iPhone, you might be wondering where to go to find brushes. Sketchbook on a handheld device doesn’t have a Brush Palette, due to the screen size. Tap Brushes icon in the handheld mobile version of Sketchbook or tap the brush in the Double Puck to access the Brush Editor for brushes.


If you are looking for an eraser, the palette has two erasers – Hard eraser icon hard and Soft eraser icon soft. To see all the brushes in the palette, tap-drag up or down within the palette to expose more brushes.

INFORMATION: If you have a brush you love, but wish there was an eraser just like it, use Transparent Color to create it.


Tap any brush to select it. Sliders appear beside the palette for changing size or hardness/size and opacity or opacity/flow. Tap-drag them up or down. An on-screen display appears, indicating the new numeric values for the changed brush property.

Brush Palette showing sliders for changing brush size and opacity in the mobile version of Sketchbook

Customizing your palette

Is there a brush or two you use all the time, but they aren’t in the palette? If so, why not add them? Tap-hold, then drag a brush from the editor onto the palette.

Brush Palette and Brush Properties - showing how to add a brush to the palette

Pinning brush sets

Do you want to load a different brush set into your palette? If so, pin it.

Pinning a brush set to the palette in Sketchbook for mobileBrush set pinned to the palette in Sketchbook for mobile

  1. Tap Brush Editor icon from the Brush Palette in the iPad version of Sketchbook to access the Brush Library. If you see sliders, at the top of the panel, tap Library.
  2. Scroll to the brush set you want to pin.
  3. Tap a brush in the set to display a pin to the right.
  4. Tap the pin to load the brush set into the palette and replace the brushes currently there.

Switching between brushes

Tap Radial menu icon for accessing the Last Brush tool in Sketchbook then flick Last Brush icon in the iPad version of Sketchbook to switch between the last two brushes.

INFORMATION: You can assign Last Brush to a corner shortcut. Tap-hold the corner until a menu appears. Tap Last Brush. It is now assigned to that corner.