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Getting Started with SketchBook

Getting started with an introduction to the interface and the most basic interactions.

Getting started in SketchBook for Desktop

When you open SketchBook, you will be in the free version. If you haven’t dismissed the pop-up screen, you’ll use it to check out the trial, purchase a subscription, or log in to load the Pro toolset.

If you’ve dismissed the pop-up screen, the UI will look like this and you will be running the free version:

Free version

Example of the UI for the free version of SketchBook in Basics

The free version has the following functionality:

You’ll need to log in to access the Pro toolset. Once you have, the UI changes to the following:

Subscription version

Example of the UI for the Pro version of SketchBook

The subscription version has the following functionality:

For information on how to set the canvas size, see How to create canvases.

What do I do next?

After creating a new sketch, here are some articles that could come in handy:

  1. How to select a brush
  2. Color Editor
  3. Autodesk SketchBook Tools
  4. How to import images
  5. Changing the language of the UI

Getting started in SketchBook for Mobile

When you open SketchBook for the first time, you will be in the free version. A pop-up screen will appear. You can purchase a subscription, start a free trial, or log in.

If you’ve dismissed the pop-up, you will be in the free version. To access the Pro toolset, you’ll need to sign up or log in. If you aren’t interested in a subscription, we do sell the Pro Tools as an in-app purchase. See Pro Tools in SketchBook for Mobile for more information.

Signing up for a subscription

Tap File menu in the SketchBook for mobile version (The Basics), then Log in icon in the SketchBook for mobile version and swipe up.

Do one of the following:

  • If you don’t have an account, tap CREATE ACCOUNT and create a free SketchBook account to unlock the Layer Editor, Rapid UI mode, dynamic symmetry, perspective guides, proportional transform, and more.
  • If you already have a subscription, enter your username, tap NEXT, enter your password, then tap SIGN IN.

Purchasing the Pro Tools

If you want the Pro features, but only use SketchBook on your mobile device, why not purchase the Pro Tool? If you haven’t closed the pop-up screen, you can buy then from there. If you have, do the following:

  1. Tap File menu in the SketchBook for mobile version (The Basics), then Store icon in the SketchBook for mobile version Store.
  2. Tap Buy for $X.XX and follow the instructions.

What do I do next?

Here are some suggested articles for what to do next:

Getting started in SketchBook for Windows 10

Before we begin with the interface, if you see a bar at the bottom of your screen, then you’re in the free version.

  • If you want to check out the trial, tap START FREE TRIAL and follow the instructions.
  • If you already have a subscription, tap My Account, then enter your username and password to load the Pro toolset. See How to log into SketchBook for thorough instructions.
  • If you want to get a subscription, tap CREATE ACCOUNT and follow the instructions to load the Pro toolset.

If you have any difficulties with your subscription, please contact support, so they can help.

Now that the Pro toolset is loaded, you’ll see the canvas, toolbar, Brush Puck, and Layer Editor. Let’s look at the file options in the toolbar. Click here to learn about the tools.

Select File to access the following options:

New Sketch icon New Sketch – Create a sketch and set your canvas size. Choose from a set of preset sizes or create a custom canvas size.

Your maximum canvas size is 10K by 10K.

Open icon Open – Grab an existing sketch and continue working on it.
save Save – Save your sketches out as TIFFs.
save as Save a copy – Save your sketch without overwriting the original.
File > About in SketchBook Preferences– Access the various preferences in SketchBook for Windows 10.
Help icon Help – Access the online help, where you can find answers to your issues, as well as tutorials and much more.
My Account icon My Account – Sign up, log in to load the Pro toolset, and manage your account.

When you first launch SketchBook, if you have a subscription, log in to load the Pro toolset; otherwise, you will be running in free mode.

Updated on September 20, 2017

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