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Using Transparent PNG Images with SketchBook Pro

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Do you use SketchBook to import photos? Some people like to import images and combine two sketches into one or even to create collage-like looks. If you’ve never tried this, you will definitely want to know about this option. It’s a cool trick for using PNG images with transparent backgrounds in SketchBook Pro for iPad.

When you create a file with a transparent background in a desktop image editing application (Photoshop, Pixelmator, Pixlr Editor, Autodesk Graphic, or whatever) you can easily bring that file into SketchBook Pro for iPad and have the transparency information be preserved. This technique can be used to store props, clip art, signature stamps, or other reusable imagery. I like to keep assets like this on hand so I can easily place them on sketches. If you’re the kind of person who likes to watermark their art, this is one way to do it.

How to import a photo on your iPad

  1. In SketchBook Pro on your iPad go to the layer editor and import the PNG file from your Photo Library onto a layer.
  2. Once the image is imported you will notice that the transparent background is preserved allowing you to paint “behind” it on other layers.
  3. You can store a library of these transparent PNG images/files in your Photo Library and import them whenever you want to reuse an element.
  4. Enjoy!