1. Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How many different versions of SketchBook are there?

There are four versions of SketchBook: Desktop (Windows/Mac), iOS, Android, and Windows 10. They are all quite similar, however, there are some small differences.  

Will my device run SketchBook?

SketchBook will run on most devices. To check that your device runs SketchBook, see our system requirements.

What is included in the free version of SketchBook?

The free version of SketchBook has a limited set of tools for drawing with a default set of brushes and layers. We have charts listing the differences. However, perhaps the best way to see if the app is right for you is to start a free trial. (No credit card required when you start a free trial here on our site.) 

What’s included in a subscription?

Everything. A subscription gives you access to all SketchBook tools on an all your devices with ongoing updates and exclusive content, such as free brush sets.

What's the difference between SketchBook for Desktop (Windows) and SketchBook for Windows 10 (Windows Store)?

SketchBook for Windows desktop only runs on Win32 and Win64 devices, and can only be purchased through the SketchBook website. SketchBook for Windows 10 runs on any Windows 10 device (desktop, tablet, and mobile), and can only be purchased through the Microsoft Windows Store.

SketchBook for Windows desktop has the full feature set, but we are still adding features to SketchBook for Windows 10. Currently, the Windows 10 version is missing the following features: transparent color, layer grouping, persistent selection tools, French curve, text tool, radial symmetry, FlipBook, crop tool, image adjustments, and distort.

Unlike SketchBook for Windows desktop, SketchBook for Windows 10 has the following additional features: optimized for touch and Surface Dial, supports HD display, unlimited undo/redo, 100MP canvas size.

I purchased SketchBook from a third-party seller. Why doesn't it have a particular feature?

Some third-party sellers continue to offer perpetual licenses of SketchBook (though some versions are many years old). We do not update or offer new features for these older installed versions.

I purchased something in the past from you, but I'm not entirely sure which version. How can I access it?

If you purchased a subscription, simply sign in to your account from inside the app. Not sure if you purchased a subscription? You can check your subscription status from the Account Settings on our site.

“Pro Tools” is a one-time purchase made from the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store and is only available on mobile devices. Pro Tools gives you the full SketchBook feature set without a subscription, however, it only works on one specific device. You can always restore your Pro Tools purchase on that device from the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. Here’s how.

If you purchased an older version of SketchBook (version 7.2 or before), it does not include a SketchBook subscription.

Is your app available in other languages?

SketchBook is available in 11 languages: English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional Taiwan), Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian. You can change your language settings in the app’s preferences (Desktop), although for mobile versions, you will need to change the language settings on your device.

How do I download and install more brush sets?

You’ll find lots of “SketchBook Extras” inside the Desktop version, including regular themed brush sets made just for subscribers. Simply double-click the .skbrushes file to download and install the brush set. You can also download these brush sets from the SketchBook Blog. Visit this article for more information on installing brushes.

What kind of stylus should I use with SketchBook on my mobile device?

This is an excellent question and it depends on your own personal preference (e.g., price, pressure-sensitivity, and feel), but we can help you understand which ones work best on your device. For iOS devices, this stylus comparison chart can help you choose. For Android devices, the only supported stylus is the Samsung S Pen. 

I have a bunch of art I created in Photoshop. Can I use it in SketchBook?

Yes! SketchBook is fully PSD compatible. You can import and export PSD files. All layers, layer blending modes, layer groups, and layer names will be preserved.

My artwork is blurry or doesn’t seem to scale well when I print it. Why?

Your image resolution may simply be too low. The recommended image resolution for printing is 300 dpi. We recommend adjusting the image and canvas size each time you create a new file. Beginning with a large canvas is almost always better.