We have an assortment of sketching tools to help you create your image. The version of SketchBook you are running and whether you have a subscription or not determine the tools and location of these tools. In most versions, the main repository for tools is the toolbar.
When a tool is active, it is blue. Did you know the tools in SketchBook can be used alone
or in combination with others? What does it mean when a tool is outlined in blue? This means there are two tools active; however, it is the secondary tool.
Using multiple tools
For an example of two active tools, let’s say you’re in Symmetry, but want to draw a straight line.
Select Guides, then Ruler, and you are all set. Notice how Symmetry is still outlined in blue and is now the secondary tool. Notice how Guides is full blue? It’s the active tool.
Exiting a tool
Now, what happens when you’re finished with one tool, but not the other? Easy – tap on the tool you’re finished with, say Symmetry.
This makes it active (full blue). Tap it again to exit from the tool. Notice it no long has a blue outline. Now, Ruler is the only active tool (full blue).
Tools in SketchBook for Desktop
There are fill, guide, symmetry, and text tools, as well as cropping, transform, distort, perspective, drawing, and stroke tools. There are also an assortment of editing tools.
Pick a tool using one of the following methods:
- Use the marking menus – right-click and flick toward an icon to select it.
- Touch the stylus to an icon and hold, then flick through a tool.
- Tap a tool the toolbar to select it.
- Some tools have a contextual toolbar containing additional editing and transform tools.
Tools in SketchBook for Mobile
The version of SketchBook you are running and device determine the tools and location of these tools.
- For tablet users with SketchBook 4.0 or above
All your tools are in the main toolbar. You will also find selection, symmetry, shapes, fill, transform, text, image import and guide tools.
- For handheld device users with SketchBook 4.0 or above
All your tools are found under (the Tools menu). Tap in the toolbar to choose for a collection of tools for helping you build your sketch. You will find selection, symmetry, draw styles, fill, transform, text, image import, guide tools, and time-lapse record.
- For SketchBook 3.7.4 or below users
All your tools are found under (the Tools menu). Tap in the toolbar to choose for a collection of tools for helping you build your sketch. You will find selection, symmetry, shapes, fill, transform, text, image import and guide tools.
What if I only see 4 tools?
If you only see 4 tools under (the Tools menu), this means you are running an older version of SketchBook.
IMPORTANT Before updating to a new version of SketchBook, backup your work to the cloud or another location. Never delete the app without backing up your work first. Failure to do so could result in the permanent loss of your work.
Also, if you can’t find a version of SketchBook in the App Store, that indicates your device or OS is not supported by the App Store. Before updating the OS, check to see if your current version of SketchBook supports that OS. If not, updating the OS will make it impossible to access your version of SketchBook and possibly your work.
Once you’ve followed the recommendations above, download the latest version of SketchBook from your app store of choice, then log into the app with your Autodesk account username and password. If you don’t have an Autodesk account, you can create one when you launch the app or try the trial for 7 days.
Tools in SketchBook for Windows 10