With SketchBook, you won’t feel limited. There are an assortment of basic brushes for anyone using the free version. If you’re using the subscription version, there is a huge assortment of brushes, some pressure-sensitive, others with textures, some glows, and much more.
Brushes are what you use to draw with in SketchBook and they include not only actual brushes, but erasers, markers, pens, and pencils. Where can you find these brushes? The device and version of SketchBook you’re using determine where your brushes are.
In most versions, you will find a default set of brushes in the Brush Palette. If you have a smaller handheld device, your brushes will be in the Brushes menu.
When editing brushes, use the Brush Editor, Brush or Double Puck, or Brush Property sliders found along the side of the Brush Palette.
Each version of SketchBook has slightly different brushes and tools for editing brushes. In some versions, you can create, customize, save, and share brushes. With the subscription version, you get the most brush functionality and variety.
How to swap between brushes
Use to swap between the last two brushes used. Tap one brush, then select another. After that, use to move between the brushes.
Though the Brush Palette might look slightly different from version to version, the functionality is pretty similar. For differences in functionality, see the sections that follow.
Some have icons along the top to open the Brush Library or Brush Properties. Along the bottom, some have a bar you can drag to show more or less brushes. If you want to see more brushes, you can always tap-hold and drag a brush up or down.
How to select a brush
Select a brush using either the Brush Palette or Brush Library. Tap a brush to select it.
How to access a brush’s properties
There are few ways to access brush’s properties. Changing the size, opacity, and flow are all brush properties.
- Double-tap a brush to open Brush Properties.
- Tap the icon to open Brush Properties.
- Tap the icon to open Brush Properties.
How to load brushes into the Brush Palette
You can change the default set of brushes by adding individual brushes or loading new brush sets. Load your favorites brushes into the palette by either dragging them into it or pinning a full brush set.
This feature is not available in all versions of SketchBook. In some versions, the Pin feature is in a marking menu, in others it replaces the marking menu.
Using the Brush Palette in SketchBook for Desktop
For Pro subscribers, a whole new world awaits, with the addition of the Brush Library. Think synthetic, effect, glow, smudge, blend, or texture. There are options for randomizing color, opacity, and size, and so much more. Create custom brushes and assign personalized icons to them. Share them with friends or colleagues. Even make your favorite ones more accessible through marking menus, add them to the palette, or load an entire set into the palette.
If you are interested in pressure-sensitivity, check out this video:
Using the Brush Palette in SketchBook for Mobile
With the subscription version, you will have a default set of brushes in the Brush Palette and more in the Brush Editor. You can also access the Brush Library for more brushes, by tapping the brush in the Double Puck. You can customize your brushes and more. See Brush Properties for the details.
If you are on a tablet, the Brush Palette will be on the left side of the canvas. The version of SketchBook you are running will determine where you can find brushes and how many you have.
If you are on a hand-held device, such as an Android phone or 32-bit iPhone, you might be wondering where to go to find brushes. SketchBook on a hand-held device doesn’t have a Brush Palette, due to the screen size. Tap or tap the brush in the Double Puck to access the Brush Editor for brushes.
With the Free version, use the Brush Palette or tap the brush in the Double Puck for brushes. This version has a limited number of default brushes.
If you are using SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below, tap or tap the brush in the Double Puck to access the Brush Editor for brushes.
If you are looking for an eraser, the palette has two erasers – hard and soft. To see all the brushes in the palette, tap-drag up or down within the palette to expose more brushes.
TIP For Pro subscribers, if you have a brush you love, but wish there was an eraser just like it, use Transparent Color to create it.
For SketchBook v.4.0 or above users, tap any brush to select it. Sliders appear beside the palette for changing size or hardness/size and opacity or opacity/flow. Tap-drag them up or down. An on-screen display appears, indicating the new numeric values for the changed brush property.
For SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below users, tap any brush to select it and access size and opacity controls. Tap-drag the slider to set the size and/or transparency of the brush.
Customizing your palette
For Pro subscribers, is there a brush or two you use all the time, but they aren’t in the palette? If so, why not add them? Tap-hold, then drag a brush from the editor onto the palette.
Let’s take a closer look at the Brush Editor.
Switching between brushes
For SketchBook v.3.7.5 or below users, in the Brush Library, along the top of the screen, tap to switch between the last two brushes.
TIP You can assign Last Brush to a corner shortcut. Tap-hold the corner until a menu appears. Tap Last Brush. It is now assigned to that corner.
Using the Brush Palette in SketchBook for Windows 10
The version you are using determines what you can do and access. If you are using the free version, you will have a basic palette. It is limited to the default set of brushes.
For Pro subscribers, the palette contains a customizable default brush set. Add your favorite brushes or pin a completely new brush set to it. Organize your brushes. If you need the Brush Library or Brush Properties, access them through the palette.
- Open Brush Library (Exclusive to the subscription version)
- Currently loaded brush set (Exclusive to the subscription version)
A blue highlighted brush indicates the current selected active brush
Tap-drag up or down within the palette to expose more brushes.
Want to rearrange the brushes in your palette? Tap-hold, then drag a brush to a different location within the palette.
Accessing brush properties
Double-tap a brush to open Brush Properties and access the brush properties.
NOTE For Pro subscribers, you will have access to many more properties.
Adding brushes to your palette (Pro)
Exclusive to the subscription version
Want to customize your palette? In the Brush Library, tap-hold a brush and drag it onto the Brush Palette.
Loading a brush set into your palette
Within the Brush Library, load all the brushes from a brush set with Pin Set To Palette.
Resetting your palette and brushes
- In the toolbar, select File and select Preferences.
- In Preferences, tap Factory Default.
- Follow the instructions for the version you’re running:
If you are using the free version, you will have only one option, Reset the App to factory default. The resets your Brush Palette and Color Swatches.
For Pro subscribers, select Reset Brush Settings. This resets the Brush Palette.
If you want to reset individual brushes, use Brush Properties.