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Basic UI elements

When you first open SketchBook, you will see the default UI. For all versions of the app, there will be a canvas and toolbar. The rest of the interface will be slightly different depending on the platform and version you’re using. See the sections below to familiarize yourself with the interface and how it works.

Basic UI elements in SketchBook for Desktop

Get started with an introduction to the interface and the most basic interactions. When you open SketchBook, by default, you’ll see the canvas, lagoon, toolbarbrush and color pucks, and Brush Palette. 

Example of the UI for the Pro version of SketchBook

Use hotkey shortcuts and marking menus to access tools and functions quickly. To change your view and navigate around your canvas, hold down the Enter key.

View of the SketchBook canvas and UI for Changing the view

Lagoon tool summary

Lagoon's radial menu

The Lagoon is the round UI element. By default, it is found in the bottom left corner, though you can change its location. It is a hub for many useful tools in SketchBook. It is driven by gestural movements, just like the Layer Editor. To view the tools in a lagoon marking menu, tap an icon to expose the tools in that category. With your stylus (or right mouse button) down, drag to the tool you want to select. When it’s highlighted, lift your stylus (or release your right mouse button).

Here are the default settings for each category:

Each marking menu in the Lagoon displaying the tools found in each in the desktop version of SketchBook

The version of SketchBook you’re running will determine which tools appear in which marking menu.

The SketchBook Lagoon numbered

  1. Interface controls
  2. View controls, canvas transform toolsrulerslayers, & vertical & horizontal symmetry
  3. Brushes & palette
  4. Colors & Transparent Color
  5. Selectionediting, & layer transform tools
  6. Open, Save, New, Next & Previous Image
  7. Shows current tool
  8. Shows current color
  9. Undo/Redo

Basic UI elements in SketchBook for Mobile

To get the most out of SketchBook, you should become familiar with its basic UI, such as the canvastoolbardouble puck, and marking menu and corner tools.

For SketchBook 4.0 or above users, you have the canvastoolbar, and double puck;  however, the marking menu has replaced the clutch. Once your UI is hidden, you can access all the tools, using the Rapid UI mode.

 v.4.0 or above: iPad

SketchBook 4.0 or above users will see a different toolbar, a full brush palette, which includes advanced brushes and the customizable Brush Library, and colors, which accesses the Color Editor, along with the Layer Editor with blend modes, and transparent color.

v.3.7.4 or below: Tablet 

Basic UI of the Canvas UI for the subscription tablet version

SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below users will see a different toolbar, a full brush palette, which includes advanced brushes and the customizable Brush Library, and colors, which accesses the Color Editor, along with the Layer Editor with blend modes, and transparent color.

SketchBook v.4.0 or above: Hand-held devices
You will see a toolbar and the marking menu.

The Marking Menu in the iOS version of Autodesk SketchBookThe Marking Menu showing tools in the iOS version of Autodesk SketchBook

SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below: Hand-held devices
You will also see a toolbar and the clutch.

Marking menu

For SketchBook v.4.0 or above

Use Clutch tool in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook on iPad (the marking menu) to access an assortment of tools, as well as the corner tools without going to the toolbar. If you are working with the interface hidden, the marking menu provides access to a host of tools without unhiding your interface.

The Marking Menu in the iOS version of Autodesk SketchBookThe Marking Menu showing tools in the iOS version of Autodesk SketchBook

Within Clutch tool in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook on iPad (the marking menu) are tools for switching between the current and last brushflipping the canvasselecting a color from your screen, accessing the Double Puck, and Transparent Color.

The marking menu with an option selected in the iPad version of Autodesk SketchBook.

To access these tools even quicker, from Clutch tool in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook on iPad, flick toward the tool’s position.

Corner tools

Access a corner tool by double-tapping a corner of the screen.

Tap Marking menu icon in the iOS version of Autodesk SketchBook, the Corner tools are visible.

The default corner quick tool mappings are:

Top left (Clear Layer) Top left
Top right (Fit To View) Top right
Bottom left (Undo) Bottom left
Bottom right (Redo) Bottom right

If you want to customize your corner tools, see Customizing the corner tools.

Basic UI elements in SketchBook for Windows 10

To get the most out of SketchBook, you should become familiar with its basic UI, such as the canvastoolbar, Brush Puck, and Brush Palette.

Subscription mode of SketchBook for Windows 10

Accessing the UI

To access SketchBook Extras, Brush Library, Brush Editor, Color Editor, Layer Editor, or reset the app to its default layout, select UI Toggle in SketchBook for Windows tablet UI Toggle.

Getting your pucks back

If the pucks aren’t displayed and you’d like to get them back, do the following:

  • For the Brush Puck, select UI Toggle in SketchBook for Windows tablet UI Toggle > Brush Editor. At the top of Brush Properties, tap Open Brush Puck icon to switch to the Brush Puck.
  • For the Color Puck, select UI Toggle in SketchBook for Windows tablet UI Toggle > Color Editor. At the top of the Color Editor, tap Open Brush Puck icon to switch to the Color Puck.

Using Pen Mode

When drawing on your tablet or touchscreen, have you had issues with random marks appearing on your canvas? These are due to the device thinking contact made with the side of your hand or finger was intentional. Turning on Pen Mode will eliminate this.

In the toolbar, when you tap Pen Mode icon to enter this mode, it turns off your ability to draw with your finger.

Image showing Pen Mode activated

This also eliminates the issue of unwanted strokes appearing. However, you can still use gestures to pan and zoom.

To return to the mode where you can drawing with your finger, tap Pen Mode icon to exit Pen Mode.

Updated on May 1, 2018

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