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How to load brushes

What if you’re working on a job and have to use custom brushes they’ve made? Or, a friend wants you to check out a cool new brush they’ve made? You can import them, using the Brush Library. However, you will see two cases below where it might not be quite that straightforward.

The brushes I want to import were created in a different version of SketchBook than what I have.
If you’re running the latest version of SketchBook – you’re golden. If you’re not, you’ll need to be running the same version the brushes were made in or higher.

Someone sent me brushes not made in SketchBook.
We only support the .skbrushes brush format, so you won’t be able to import and use these brushes within SketchBook.

Importing brushes in SketchBook for Desktop (Pro)

Not available for Free users

There are two ways to import a brush. The most straightforward is to drag and drop the brush into the canvas or double-click the brush file. If it isn’t handy, try this:

1. To import a brush, select Brush Library icon to open the Brush Library.

2. Tap Radial marking menu icon and select Import brush to create a brush.

Palette with iconBrush Library with radial marking menu

3. In Create Do-It-Yourself Brush, tap Import.

Create DIY dialogue

4. Select a brush and tap Open. The brush will be loaded into the Brush Library.

Importing brush sets (Pro)

Not available for Free users

There are two ways to import a set of brushes. The most straightforward is to drag and drop the set into the canvas or double-click the brush set file. If it isn’t handy, try this:

1. To import a set brushes, select Brush Library icon to open the Brush Library.

2. Tap Radial marking menu icon and select import brush set to create a brush.

Palette with iconBrush Library with radial marking menu for loading brushes

3. Select a brush set and tap Open. The set will be loaded into the Brush Library.

Loading brushes using Import Brush Set (Pro)

Not available for Free users

If you would like to download the free brushes from the blog and use them, either following the instructions below or see How to use SketchBook Extras.

1. Go to the blog and download the latest brush set (or wherever there’s a brush set) to save it to your computer.

2. In the Brush Library, tap a brush set.

Brush Palette and icon to open Brush LibraryBrush Library

3. Tap-hold Marking menu icon and select Import Brush Set Import Brush Set.

4. Navigate to your Downloads folder. (This is the default location for the downloaded brush set to be.)

5. Double-tap the brush set. Even though it’s a zipped file, this shouldn’t be an issue. The set is immediately loaded into your Brush Library.

The set is immediately loaded into your SketchBook Brush Library

Pinning a brush set to the Brush Palette (Pro)

Not available for Free users

Now that you’ve created and probably imported brush sets into the Brush Library, you may have found a set you love to use. If so, why not pin it to the Brush Palette? This will replace the current brushes in the palette with those in the chosen set.

1. In the Brush Library, tap the brush set you want to pin to the Brush Palette.

Brush Palette and icon to open Brush LibraryBrush Library

2. Tap-hold Marking menu icon and select Pin Set To Palette Pin Set To Palette. You will see your palette is now loaded with the new brush set.

Importing brushes in SketchBook for Mobile

You cannot import brushes to your iOS or Android devices.

SketchBook for Mobile doesn’t currently have a way to import brushes. Is there a brush in SketchBook for Desktop you’d like to use? If so, export your image and import it into the desktop version. When finished with the brush, export the image, then bring it back into SketchBook for Mobile.

Importing brushes in SketchBook for Windows 10

What if you’re working on a job and have to use custom brushes they’ve made? Or, a friend wants you to check out a cool new brush they’ve made? What about those free brushes on the SketchBook Blog? You can import them, using the brush management tools in the Brush Library.

Importing brush sets (Pro)

Import Brush Set in SketchBook for Windows 10

Exclusive to the subscription version
There are a few ways to import a set of brushes. One way is to drag and drop the set into the canvas or double-click the brush set file. Another is to use SketchBook Extras. You can also try this:

There are two ways to import a set of brushes. The most straightforward is to drag and drop the set into the canvas or double-click the brush set file. If it isn’t handy, try this:

  1. To import a set brushes, in the Brush Palette, select Open the Brush Library to open the Brush Library.
  2. Tap Radial marking menu icon and select Import Brush Sets to open a browser.
  3. Find and select a brush set.
  4. Tap Open. The set will be loaded into the Brush Library.

If the brushes you’ve imported don’t have a custom icon, SketchBook will assign the default DIY icon (DIY icon for SketchBook Windows 10) to them. See Importing brush icons to make your own.

Pinning a brush set to the Brush Palette (Pro)

Exclusive to the subscription version
Do you have a set of brushes you love to use? If so, why not pin it to the Brush Palette? This will replace the current brushes in the palette with those in the chosen set.

  1. To pin a set brushes, in the Brush Palette, select Open the Brush Library to open the Brush Library.
  2. In the set you would like to load into the palette, tap Radial marking menu icon and select Pin. The new set replaces the old one.
Updated on November 7, 2017

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