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How to import images

This articles deals with the importing of image and files.

Do you have a grid, templates, reference image, want to trace something, or something else you’d like to add to SketchBook? If so, import the image. Once imported, lock the layer, add layers, and build up your sketch. You can import as many images as you have available layers and your device will support.

Importing in SketchBook for Desktop

To import sketches of various formats:

  • select Files icon and flick toward Import
  • press Cmd+O for Mac or Ctrl+O for Windows
  • select File > Open 

Importing an image using Import Image

In your SketchBook preferences, the is an Import Image option. By default, when you add an image, a layer is automatically created and the image is added to it. This is super handy. But, what if you’ve been drawing on a layer and you import an image? Well, without Add Image: Import into a new layer enabled, the image could cover what you drew. This is why we created this option and it is enabled by default. However, if you prefer for a layer not be be created, say because you have a limited number of layers available, then disable this option.

  1. In the Layer Editor, tap Import Image icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook to browse for an image.
  2. Select an image and tap Open.

Open a sketch stored on iCloud

For Mac App Store users, access a project stored on iCloud from anywhere and with any machine.

  1. If you aren’t logged into iCloud or can’t access iCloud, in your device’s Settings, select General > Storage & iCloud Usage > Manage Storage > SketchBook > Documents & Data.
  2. Select File > Open.

For Mac App Store users, select a file and tap [XDelete.

Importing in SketchBook for Mobile (Pro)

Not available to Free users

For additional information on importing, see Importing to the Gallery.

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

  • SketchBook v.4.0 or higher usersImport to GalleryNew from ImageNew from iTunes, or Scan Sketches.
  • SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below usersNew from ImageNew from iTunes, or Scan Sketches.

Importing an image using Import Image for handheld device 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.

    Import Image on a handheld device in SketchBook Mobile
  2. Select a source to import the image from.
  3. Locate and tap an image to import it.

Importing an image using Import Image for tablet users

  1. In the toolbar, tap Import Image icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook Import Image.

    If you don’t see Import Image icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook Import Image in the toolbar, tap-drag to the left to expose more tools.


    Dragging to reveal more tools in the SketchBook Mobile tablet toolbar
  2. Select a source to import the image from.
  3. Locate and tap an image to import it.

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

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 checkmark to accept the changes or x to decline.

Importing in SketchBook for Windows 10

Wondering how to add an image into SketchBook? What about what types of files are supported? Well, there are two ways. You can use Open or Add Image (Pro).

How to open a sketch

What kind of files can you open? TIFF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, BMP, and 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%).

Select Menu icon > Open icon Open.

How to use Add Image (Pro)

Not available to Free users

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 13, 2017

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