You can extensively tweak brushes and create brush sets that are highly tailored to the way you work, but some people who use SketchBook don’t know how easy it is to import and export custom brush sets. Maybe you want to share a brush set you’ve created with a friend, or maybe you downloaded a cool brush set you found online. (Or maybe your brush sets are so damn good that you’d like to sell them — see the end of this post).
To help encourage our users to get the most out of our app, we’re going to start sharing a new brush set every week right here on our blog. Some of these free brushes have been created by us as we’ve expanded our own personal brush library, but some of them will be from talented professional artists we admire. To kick things off, we’ve got a free brush set from Calum Alexander Watt, a storyboarder, concept artist, and illustrator who makes amazing character art like this:
Installing the brush sets
Being able to share and install these weekly free brush sets in the desktop app is one of the features for SketchBook subscribers. If you’re using the latest desktop version of SketchBook, simply double click on the .skbrushes file, and it will automatically install. Check out this article for all the details about brushes and legacy versions. If you haven’t tried the subscription, you can download a free trial and unlock Pro membership for 15 days (no credit card required).
Got a brush set to share?
Nothing says, “Let’s be drawing buddies” like dropping a favorite set of custom brushes on a friend. You can export a single brush or an entire set by choosing the Export Brush Set option from the Brush Library’s marking menu:
Want to sell custom brush sets? We’re big fans of Creative Market (full disclosure: they are also part of Autodesk), and we’ve begun seeing people sell custom brush sets for SketchBook in their marketplace. If you’re especially good at creating brushes, set up a shop on Creative Market, set your price, and make some money off of your creativity.