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How to scan sketches

Scan Sketch is only available in SketchBook for Mobile.

Do you love coloring, have coloring books at home, but can’t color on the go? With Scan Sketches, you can. Imagine being out, maybe on the train to work or at a coffee shop, coloring. No supplies to lug around, just SketchBook. You have your digital library of Copic Colors and an assortment of digital Copic markers and other natural feeling brushes and pencils to choose from.

Are you in the middle of drawing, have to leave, but want to continue working on your sketch? Scan your real-world image, bring it into SketchBook, and continue working on it wherever you are. We help you scan your drawing by providing perspective correction and background clean-up to bring it into the digital world.

Here are a couple things you should know:

  • If your image cannot fit within the view, it will be scaled down from the border edges.
  • For Free users, there is an image size limit of 1280 x 1280.


    If you don’t have the mobile version installed, click here to get it.

How to scan a sketch

1. Tap  File icon in the SketchBook for mobile version and select  Gallery icon in the SketchBook for mobile version Gallery.

2. In the Gallery, tap  and select Scan Sketches.

Free version displaying Scan Sketches Subscription version displaying Scan Sketches
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SketchBook will detect the borders of your image, then auto-scan your sketch.

3. Tap Scan icon for Scan Sketches to capture the scan.

How to manually scan an image

Example of Scan Sketches interface in the SketchBook for mobile versionDo you want to use a flash or only include certain things in your capture.

1. Tap  File icon in the SketchBook for mobile version and select  Gallery icon in the SketchBook for mobile version Gallery.

2. In the Gallery, tap  and select Scan Sketches.

3. In the scanning interface,to manually scan your image, tap Auto icon for Scan Sketches, then Scan icon for Scan Sketches.

If your device has a flash and the lighting is insufficient, tap Flash icon for Scan Sketches in the SketchBook for mobile version to use the flash.

What does this error message mean?

There are a few error messages you might encounter as you are scanning your images:

  • Your device doesn’t support this feature” – your device doesn’t have a camera, so there is no way to scan an image.
  • Unable to launch the camera” – For iOS 8 users, to use Scan Sketches, you must enable access to your camera. In Settings, select General > Restrictions, tap Enable Restrictionsand set a PIN if prompted. Switch on Camera.
  • SketchBook is Restricted from Camera Access” – For iOS 9 users, to use Scan Sketches, you must enable access to your camera.
    In Settings, select General > Restrictions, tap Enable Restrictions and set a PIN if prompted. Switch on Camera.
  • SketchBook must use the full screen to scan sketches” – your device supports a split view, however, SketchBook must be in full screen mode to scan images. Click OK, change your screen mode to full, and open SketchBook.
  • Oops, a storage error! Looks like we either need your permission or more storage” – For Android users, there may be an SD error or no SD card (if there is a storage issue). For a permissions issue, if you select Settings > Apps > Autodesk SketchBook > Permissions and switch on Storage, the app will have permission to use your external storage (SD card).

I scanned my drawing, now what?

When the scan is loaded, do any of the following:

Scan Sketches interface in the SketchBook for mobile version

  • If you don’t like the scan, tap Rescan.
  • If you need to make some changes to the image, here is what you can do while still in scan mode:
      • to rotate the image 90 degrees counterclockwise, tap Scan Sketches Rotate icon in the SketchBook for mobile version.
      • to zoom in or out, pinch or expand with two fingers.
      • to pan, tap-drag the image into place.
      • to show or hide the background, tap Scan Sketches Show/Hide Background icon in the SketchBook for mobile version (not available for Original mode). The background is displayed by default. When tapped, the background is hidden.
Scan Sketches Background On icon in the SketchBook for mobile version Scan Sketches Background Off icon in the SketchBook for mobile version
Background ON Background OFF

Setting the color mode

Next, to select a color mode, tap Scan Sketches Color Mode icon in the SketchBook for mobile version, then do any of the following:

  • To convert the image to black and white and remove the background, tap B&W.

Scan Sketches black and white mode in the SketchBook for mobile version

  • To keep the color of the images, but remove the background, tap Color.

Scan Sketches Color mode in the SketchBook for mobile version

  • To keep the original color and background of the image, tap Original.

Scanning - Original mode in the SketchBook for mobile version

When finished, choose one of the following:

  • If you like the scan and have more images, tap Scan Next.
  • If you are finished scanning, tap Done to save the image and return to the Gallery.

And, don’t forget to check out the article on the smart way to scan your images.

Where are my scanned sketches stored?

Your scanned sketches are stored in the Gallery like any other SketchBook sketch.

 

Updated on November 2, 2017

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