How I Use Autodesk Sketchbook to Plan Changes to Paintings

Sketchbook Pro is a great tool for quickly planning changes to a painting in progress, and it's free. This video introduces the small set of features I use in my planning process, so you can get started quickly without having to go through a lot of features you don't need.

Sketchbook Pro is a great tool for quickly planning changes to a painting in progress, and it’s free. 🙂

The full version (with no ads) is available free for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android (type “Sketchbook Pro” into the search box for your app store).

It can be a bit overwhelming to get started, but luckily for us, you only need a handful of features to use it as a time-saving planning tool. This video introduces the small set of features I use in my planning process, so you can get started quickly without having to go through a lot of features you don’t need.

You can skip directly to the section that applies to the device you plan to use. I am demonstrating in the Mac/iOS environment, but there are only very minor differences in the Windows/Android environment, so you should be able to follow along regardless of the device you are using.

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 2:42 Desktop Version
  • 25:22 Tablet Version
  • 42:32 Phone Version

NOTE: This is just about everything I know about Sketchbook Pro! Please don’t ask me questions about other features; I probably won’t know the answers! Autodesk (the developer of Sketchbook Pro) has links to many tutorials on this page, if you need more info or want to explore further: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/sketchbook-products/learn-explore/caas/CloudHelp/cloudhelp/ENU/SKETPRO-Help/files/sb-troubleshooting/SKETPRO-Help-sb-troubleshooting-finding-sketchbook-tutorials-html-html.html

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