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Autodesk Sketchbook

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Autodesk Sketchbook Is the New Best Friend Of Most Visual Designers

By Beatrice Tan

On Friday, January 30, 2015

Since I was a kid, it has been my hobby to draw. That is why my mom supported this talent and enrolled me to a school of arts. I was used to draw using a pencil and paper until I realized I’m also good in painted-like drawings. I was doing my research when suddenly I came across an application named Autodesk Sketchbook. I’m already familiar with this and have used this hundreds of times but it’s the latest version that really hit me. It was so cool.

This newest version of Autodesk Sketchbook is really amazing because it supports many devices. Digitizing my artworks has never been this fun. This is the application that users are also like using their own pens, crayons and brushes because it really produces realistic outcomes. There is also this redo and undo feature where it really allows every user to improve each layer that they want to change and edit. Image selection is also complete to the extent that layer grouping and background layer coloring are supported by the application.

This is really meant for visual designers who would want to express themselves more digitally speaking. I recommend this software to everyone.


  • There are many drawing tools
  • There is redo and undo function


  • First time users may have hard time
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Autodesk Sketchbook: The best digital canvas for phablets and tablets!

By Elizabeth Tweetee

On Thursday, September 18, 2014

Painting is one of my innate qualities and I love to produce napkin sketches on whatever I get in hand. I used to do digital artworks in my friend’s pencil mode enabled Xperia Z1. Its built-in Sketch application was insufficient for me to take all creativity out and the search for a good app finally reached at Autodesk Sketchbook.

Sketchbook is a fine application which lets me sketch and paint naturally as in a real canvas. With hundreds of realistic pen, pencil, marker and brush modes, I can now do professional-quality pencil and water color works digitally with great ease. It lets you focus even at the finest details of your work. Eraser is also very realistic. User interface is simply great.

Autodesk Sketchbook is not at all a napkin sketching or doodling app. It’s professional level illustrator software. If you are looking for a great digital canvas for your tablet or phablet, go for Sketchbook fast… Its great in every aspect!


  • All drawing tools are realistically reproduced
  • Great canvas for focusing on finest details
  • Great for both high-level illustration and doodling
  • Realistic eraser tool for natural-like drawing


  • No manual pen pressure option for non-pressure sensitive mobile screens
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Autodesk Sketchbook drawing pad software user review by James Meyette.

By James Meyette

On Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sketchbook by Autodesk is a great drawing tool with dual platform versions it allows Windows and Android users quick and easy access to some of the quickest and easiest drawings that they could imagine. Use of this software is simple to get the hang of and once you have started drawing with it you won’t want to stop.

If you have an ordinary android tablet and you use this software on it then it makes it almost as good as using a graphics tablet without the extra expense and the need to hook it up to your computer. Just save the files to a cloud server and you are able to access them from anywhere you want.

Making use of Sketchbook by Autodesk is a great way to get into drawing and using computer software for art. The interface is a lot simpler than that of Photoshop or many of the Adobe Drawing suites.


  • Simple and easy to use
  • Fun to start using without the hassle of all the extras


  • If you need to do some things that you can find in photoshop then it is likey you will still have to use PS because Sketchbook just allows you to draw
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For what are you going to use the program?
  • I am using it for art to impress my family and show them my artistic potential. I also want to make a facebook page so my work will be shared internationally

  • design and draw what ever image i want to sketch.and also for my education purpose for high computer graphic designer as a career in the future


Autodesk Inc. is known for developing professional-grade designing softwares for engineering, 3D design and entertainment purposes. Sketchbook is their advanced 2D illustrator software chosen mostly by visual designers working on digital domain. It offers very natural drawing experience through its dedicated set of drawing tools and highly intuitive user interface.

The unique feature of Sketchbook is its wide range of supported devices. It is available for desktops powered by Mac and Windows and touch screen devices running on iOS and Android. That is, you can transform your ideas to napkin sketches digitally on-the-go and you won’t have to rely on graphics tablets always.

User Interface

Like any other Autodesk product, Sketchbook has also got streamlined user interface. Lion’s share of the screen is left blank for workspace and only a few necessary tools are made available on the screen. Most tools are hidden under quick access spots for making the primary screen look tidy and minimal. If you are working on a device with large screen and screen rotation support, you can switch between portrait and landscape orientations easily. For smaller screens, portrait will be the only option. But still, you can take control over the finest details of your artwork through its gesture zoom, which enlarges the canvas up to 2500% of its original size.

Sketchbook is designed to provide authentic and realistic drawing experience as close to marker, pen, pencil or brush on a normal paper as a virtual canvas can produce. There are about 14 preset Brushes in Sketchbook other than Flood fill tool and stamps, which support synthetic pressure sensitivity. That is, colors will get fade-off to the sides as on real paper. Brush stroking is always steady and smooth. You can work flawlessly using mouse, drawing tablet, touch screen or anything it supports.

What makes it great?

The software is enriched with a number of geometric drawing tools such as French curve, Ruler and Ellipse tool in addition to the highly customizable DIY (Do-it-yourself) brushes.DIY brushes include different sophisticated pencils, paint brushes, markers etc.for unleashing your maximum creativity. All versions of Sketchbook share the same renowned paint engine created by Autodesk. Overall, you won’t have to leave off your ideas due to insufficiency of resources.

In this new version of Sketchbook, a small mistake won’t destroy all your workflow as it supports layers in addition to undo and redo functions. Layers let’s you set each part of your drawing as different objects. Background layer coloring, Multi-layer selection, layer grouping of up to ten levels, advanced layer blend modes etc. are supported so that you can perform great partial or complete image selection, manipulation and transformation with ease.

Perspective guides are improved so that you can lay down the layer to perfect perspective within seconds. All-new perspective guides include Fish eye, 1-point, 2-point and 3 point modes. Now it is very easy to set vanishing points by simply dragging the transformation points to desired areas. Horizon lines can be adjusted inside or beyond the canvas.

Another main feature of Sketchbook is the presence of classic Photoshop selection tools such as magic wand and marquee tool, which enables quick selection. Distortion is also available. Gradient tool is replaced with Dynamic Flood fill tool which can produce radial, solid and linear gradients using rotatable points within the shape.

Sketchbook pro allows its users even express motion as in a flipbook using drawings as frames. Thanks to the collaboration with Maya software team that enabled this traditional animation workflow in illustrator environment. Animations are carried out using a minimal key frame timeline as in older versions of Adobe Flash.

Autodesk Sketchbook Features

Here are the twelve great features people loves in Sketchbook!

  • Large workspace with screen orientation support
  • Multi-touch support and zoom level up to 2500%
  • Layer grouping and blending functions for creative minds
  • Add picture as layer directly from gallery or camera
  • Outputs are saved directly to the gallery in mobile devices
  • About 100 great drawing tools with great precision
  • Text can be included in any layer
  • Classic Photoshop tools and free transform function
  • Hand drawing and doodling support
  • Show your talent to the world using social media and deviantArt plug-in
  • Copic Markers and Copic Color Library for producing best results
  • Perspective guides can be handled like transform tools in Photoshop

System Requirements

Before jumping to download button, please make sure that your device can run it. Minimum system requirements are provided here.

-For desktops:

  • OS: Mac OS 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
  • Processor: Any processor with 1GHz speed
  • RAM: 1GB or more
  • Graphics Card: At least 128MB with 720p display support

Pressure-sensitive pen or drawing tablet is recommended by Autodesk for taking the full power of the software

-For tablets and mobile phones:

  • Android: Ice Cream Sandwich minimum, 1GHz processor
  • Apple: supports iPod touch, iPhone and iPad running on iOS 6 or higher


Autodesk opens a world of infinite possibilities in front of digital drawing enthusiasts through its hundreds of brushes and tools. With great range of supported devices, you can carry this digital canvas on-the-go and produce professional-level outputs easily like napkin sketches. Sketchbook has two versions namely Express (free) and Pro (paid).Demo version of Pro is also available.

  • Pressure sensitive tools for more precise drawing
  • Smooth strokes with paint spreading
  • About hundred great drawing tools
  • Layer support for better workflow
  • No pen-tool as in Photoshop
  • No 3D drawing capabilities available
  • Puppet warp is not available