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Autodesk SketchBook Tools

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.

Using tools

When a tool is active, it is blue. Did you know the tools in SketchBook can be used alone

Toolbar showing Symmetry selected

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.

Tolbar showing Guides and Symmetry as 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.

Toolbar showing Symmetry selected

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.

Toolbar showing Ruler selected as the main tool and Symmetry as a secondary one

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.

Toolbar showing Symmetry with Guides as secondary

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).

Toolbar showing Guides with Ruler

Tools in SketchBook for Desktop

The version of SketchBook and whether you have a subscription or not determine the tools found in the toolbar. There are fill, guide, symmetry, and text tools in both versions. However, the subscription version also contains cropping, transform, distort, perspective, drawing, and stroke tools. There are also an assortment of editing tools.

Free version

The toolbar in the free version of SketchBook for Desktop

Subscription version 

The toolbar in the subscription version of SketchBook for Desktop

Tool selection

Pick a tool using one of the following methods:

  • Use the marking menus – right-click and flick toward an icon to select it.

    The version of SketchBook you are running determines the tools displayed.

Marking menu example

  • Touch the stylus to an icon and hold, then flick through a tool.

Color menu with selected option

  • Tap a tool the toolbar to select it.

Toolbar in the free version
Toolbar in the SketchBook Pro version

  • For Pro subscribers, some tools have a contextual toolbar containing additional editing and transform tools.

Toolbar in the SketchBook Pro version and its secondary menu

Tools in SketchBook for Mobile

The version of SketchBook you are running, device, and whether you have a subscription determine the tools and location of these tools.

Toolbar in the subscription 64-bit iOS version of SketchBook

What if I only see 4 tools?

If you only see 4 tools under Tools icon (the Tools menu), this means you are running the free version. If you purchased a subscription and see only 4 tools, you’ll need to log into the app with your Autodesk account username and password. Once you’ve done that, the UI should update. If it doesn’t, contact support.

Tools in SketchBook for Windows 10

Not available to Free users

The version of SketchBook and whether you have a subscription or not determine the tools found in the toolbar.

Free version

Free version of SketchBook for Windows 10

Subscription version 

Subscription version of SketchBook for Windows 10

Updated on November 6, 2017

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