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How to add an image

Wondering how to add an image into SketchBook? What about what types of files are supported? Well, how to do it and the file types that are supported depend on the version of SketchBook you’re running.

What kind of files can you open?

In SketchBook, you can open TIFF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, BMP, and GIF files.

  • When your sketch dimensions are bigger than those of your screen, the canvas zooms out to fit to the screen.
  • When your sketch dimensions are smaller than those of your screen, the canvas created is actual size (100%).

Adding an image in SketchBook for Desktop

An image, such as a JPEG, can be inserted onto the current layer or imported onto a new layer. Once an image is added, the Transform puck appears to reposition, rotate, and or scale the image.

  • Select File > Add Image, then select a file.
  • For Pro subscribers, in the Layer Editor, click Add Image, then select a file.

Keep the following in mind:

  • To add an image to a new layer, ensure that the preference Add Image: import into a new layer is checked.
  • To add an image to the current layer, ensure that the preference Add Image: import into a new layer is not checked.
  • When adding a PXD image to a sketch, SketchBook flattens the file, without making any visual changes.
  • Once an image added to a layer, it’s “baked” into the current layer. You can no longer rotate, scale, or move it on its own. If you do not like its placement, choose Undo to undo it and try again.

Adding an image in SketchBook for Mobile

Follow the instructions for the version of SketchBook, and in some cases you’re device, you’re using:

For SketchBook v.4.0 or above subscription users:

  1. In the toolbar, tap Import Image icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook Import Image.
  2. Select an image from your your device and tap an image to import it.
  3. Use the Transform tools to stretch, move, scale, rotate, and/or flip the image. If the image isn’t what you wanted, use the Import from Photos or Import from Camera tool in the Transform tools.

    Add Image's Transform toolbar in SketchBook for Mobile

  4. When finished, tap Done.

For SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below subscription users:

  1. In the toolbar, tap Tools icon in the mobile version of SketchBook, then Import Image icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook Import Image.
  2. Select a source to import the image from.
  3. Locate and tap an image to import it.

Importing an image (Pro)

Not available to Free users

From the Gallery, to import an image, tap  and select either:

  • For 32-bit iOS usersNew from ImageNew from iTunes, or Scan Sketches.
  • For 64-bit iOS usersImport to GalleryNew from ImageNew from iTunes, or Scan Sketches.
  • For Android usersNew from ImageNew from Camera, or Scan Sketches.

Is there an image in another app you’d like to bring into SketchBook? Use Import to Gallery to do it.

  1. Open Photos.
  2. Select the image you want to bring into SketchBook.
  3. Tap Export from Photos Export.
  4. In the top row, scroll to find SketchBook.
  5. Tap the SketchBook icon, then Import to Gallery. The image or images are imported to your SketchBook Gallery.

Placing your imported file

Use the Import tools to rotate, position, flip, and scale your imported image.

  1. Tap Import Image icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook, then Repositioning tools to help reposition the image.
  2. Use any of the following tools to get the perfect imported image:
    • Tap-drag the canvas to freely move in any direction.
    • Tap Nudge icon in the mobile version of SketchBook to nudge the content one pixel at a time, by tapping an arrow or tap-drag from the middle to move in any direction or on an arrow to move in that direction.
    • Tap Flip icon in the mobile version of SketchBook to flip the image vertically.
    • Tap Flip icon in the mobile version of SketchBook to flip the image horizontally.
    • Tap Rotate CCW icon in the mobile version of SketchBook to rotate the image counter-clockwise.
    • Tap Rotate CW icon in the mobile version of SketchBook to rotate the image clockwise.
  3. Tap OK to accept the changes or to decline.

Placing your imported file

For SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below subscription users
Use the Import tools to rotate, position, flip, and scale your imported image.

  1. To help reposition the image:
    • For iPhone users, tap Tools icon in the mobile version of SketchBook, then Import Image icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook Import Image.
    • For iPad users, tap Import Image icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook.
  2. Use any of the following tools to get the perfect imported image:
    • Tap-drag the canvas to freely move in any direction.
    • Tap Distort icon to distort the content by tap-dragging the handles and moving the bias in the center.
    • Tap Nudge icon in the mobile version of SketchBook to nudge the content one pixel at a time, by tapping an arrow or tap-drag from the middle to move in any direction or on an arrow to move in that direction.
    • Tap Flip icon in the mobile version of SketchBook to flip the image vertically.
    • Tap Flip icon in the mobile version of SketchBook to flip the image horizontally.
    • Tap Rotate CCW icon in the mobile version of SketchBook to rotate the image counter-clockwise.
    • Tap Rotate CW icon in the mobile version of SketchBook to rotate the image clockwise.
  3. Tap the check mark to accept the changes or x to decline.

Adding an image in SketchBook for Windows 10

There are two ways to import an image: Open and Add Image (Pro).

Opening a sketch

  1. Select Menu icon > Open icon Open.
  2. Choose a TIFF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, BMP, or GIF.
    • When your sketch dimensions are bigger than those of your screen, the canvas zooms out to fit to the screen.
    • When your sketch dimensions are smaller than those of your screen, the canvas created is actual size (100%).

Using Add Image (Pro)

Not available to Free users

Using Add Image, you can import JPEG and PNG files into this version of SketchBook.

  1. In the toolbar, select Add Image icon in SketchBook for Windows 10 version Add Image.
  2. Find the image you want (ensure the file format is supported).
  3. Select Open.

Use Transform to help with placing and resizing your image.

Updated on November 6, 2017

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