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How to use Guides

Need help drawing a straight line, circle, ellipse, or French curves? Use the guides to help as you draw. In the toolbar, SketchBook contains an assortment of guides and rulers to help you as you draw.

Guides > Ruler icon Ruler

Create a perfect line anywhere on the canvas, by moving and positioning the guide. Draw along either edge for a straight line.

  • Tap-drag with 1 finger to move the ruler horizontally and/or vertically, without changing its rotation.
  • Press with 2 fingers to rotate the ruler. It will snap to 0º and 90º.
  • Double-tap with 1 finger to reset the ruler’s position.

Example of the Ruler in SketchBook on Windows 10 in use

Guides > Ellipse icon in SketchBook Ellipse

Use Ellipse to create ellipses and to draw circles in perspective. As you rotate an ellipse, the minor axis is displayed so you can line it up with your vanishing lines. Both the rotation and degree of the ellipse are displayed in the readout at the bottom of the screen.

Guides - Ellipse example

Create a perfect ellipses tracing anywhere on the canvas, by moving and positioning the guide. Draw along either edge. There are two handles. One controls the rotation and scale, then other controls scaling along the minor axis (non-proportional scale).

Ellipse

  • Tap-drag within the ellipse with 1 finger to move horizontally and/or vertically, without changing its rotation.
  • Tap-drag within the ellipse and rotate with 2 fingers to change the rotation.Two finger rotation for ellipse
  • Pinch or expand within the ellipse with 2 fingers to proportionally scale.Pinch/expand to scale your ellipse

    If you pinch or expand outside the ellipse guide, you will zoom in or out of the canvas.

  • Drag the dimensions manipulator to change the dimensions in one direction.Change the dimensions of an ellipse by dragging the manip with one finger
  • When you double-tap within the ellipse with 1 finger, it resets the ellipse to the default size and position.Resetting an ellipse
  • Tap the dimensions manipulator to change the degrees of the ellipse, making it a circle.Double tap the ellipse to make a circle
  • Tap the rotation manipulator to reset the rotation to zero degrees.

French curve icon French Curve

Use French curve icon for drawing a variety of smooth curves. A toolbar appears with various French Curves to choose from and a tool for toggling the scaling on and off.

French curve example1French curve example 2

How to use guide handles

Some or all of the following handles will appear:

  • Tap-drag pivot to pivot the ruler using the opposite handle as the pivot point.
  • Dbl-tap any outer handle pivot to reposition the ruler horizontally or vertically.
  • Tap-drag Move icon to move the rulers.
  • Tap-drag Rotate icon to rotate the ellipse or French curve around its center.
  • Tap-drag equally scale  to equally scale the ellipse or French curve in all directions.
  • Tap-drag flip to flip the French curve.
  • Tap-drag scale to scale the ellipse in one direction.
  • Tap French curves 1French curves 2French curves 3 or to cycle through different French curves.
  • Dbl-tap any scale handle to change the ellipse to a circle.

Using guides in SketchBook for Desktop

  1. In the toolbar, select one of the guides:Ruler (or press the R key) – A straight ruler appears.Ellipse (press the E key) – A toolbar appear with a slider to set the spacing between segments along the ellipse ruler. Sketch using a circular motion close to or on the elliptical ruler. The stroke doesn’t have to be perfect, since it snaps to the ellipse.Ellipse example 2French curve icon (press the F key) Exclusive to the subscription version – Draw a variety of smooth curves. A toolbar appears with various French curves to choose from and a tool for toggling the scaling on and off.
  2. Use the guide handles to scale, flip, and cycle through different French Curves.
  3. Select a brush and trace part or all of the guide.
  4. To hide any of the guides, tap the close handle Close.

Using guides in SketchBook for Mobile (Pro)

If you are using a version before SketchBook 4.0, your guides will be different. For information on the guides for your version of SketchBook, see the sections below:

Using the ruler in SketchBook 4.0 and above (Pro)

Not available to Free users

If you have upgraded to SketchBook 4.0 or above, you will notice a difference in the ruler. It no long is a line with two points to place and adjust. It looks like a ruler.

Example of the Ruler in SketchBook on Windows 10 in use

  • Tap-drag it to position it.
  • Use two fingers to rotate it.
  • Double-tap with one to reset it to it’s default position.

Once you’ve positioned it, draw. Notice you don’t have to draw along the edge of the ruler to make a line. However, this doesn’t mean that it makes a straight line anywhere. It will only creates one along the edges of the ruler.

1. In the toolbar, tap Guides icon, then select Guides > Ruler icon Ruler.

Guide tools in the subscription version of Autodesk SketchBook for mobile on iOS

2. Position your ruler to create a perfect line anywhere on the canvas:

    • Tap-drag with one finger to move the ruler horizontally and/or vertically, without changing its rotation.
    • Use two fingers to rotate it.
    • Double-tap with one to reset it to it’s default position.

3. To exit the tool, tap Guides icon again.

Using the Ellipse in SketchBook 4.0 or above

Create a perfect ellipse, tracing anywhere on the canvas. All you need to do is move and position the handles. Notice you don’t have to draw on the elliptical guide to create your ellipse. However, this doesn’t mean you’re drawing an ellipse anywhere on the canvas. It will only creates one along the edges of the elliptical guide.

You’ll also notice two handles. One (major axis) controls rotation and scale. The other controls scaling along the minor axis (non-proportional scale).

1. In the toolbar, tap Guides icon, then select Guides > Ellipse icon in SketchBook Ellipse.

Guide tools in the subscription version of Autodesk SketchBook for mobile on iOS

2. Position and scale your ellipse using the handles:

Ellipse in SketchBook for Mobile Android

Ellipse reposition

Ellipse for the back tireDrawing the ellipse in SketchBook for Mobile (Android version)

    • Tap-drag within the ellipse with 1 finger to move horizontally and/or vertically, without changing its rotation.
    • With 2 fingers, tap-drag and twist within the ellipse to change the rotation.
    • With 2 fingers, pinch or expand within the ellipse to proportionally scale.

      If you pinch or expand outside the ellipse guide, you will zoom in or out of the canvas.

    • Drag the dimensional handle to change the dimensions in one direction, affecting the minor axis of the ellipse.
    • When you double-tap within the ellipse with 1 finger, it resets the ellipse to the default size and position.
    • Double-tap the dimensional handle to make a circle.
    • Double-tap the rotational handle (major axis of the ellipse) to reset the rotation of the major axis to zero degrees.

3. To exit the tool, tap Guides icon again.

Using the ruler for SketchBook 3.7.4 or below users (Pro)

Not available to Free users

Example of the guide interface for the ruler on the mobile version of SketchBookRuler - drawing elsewhere on the canvas

  1. Tap Tools iconGuides icon, then select Ruler icon.
  2. Tap-drag the manipulators to move and place the ruler.NOTE  You can draw anywhere on the canvas and create a straight line, as long as the ruler is displayed.
  3. Draw your line(s).
  4. Tap to exit the tool or OK to stay in the tool and go on to another tool.

Using the ellipse for SketchBook 3.7.4 or below users (Pro)

Not available to Free users

Ellipse UI in the mobile version of SketchBook

Ellipse example

  1. Tap Tools iconGuides icon, then select ellipse tool.
  2. Tap-drag the manipulators to move and place the ellipse.NOTE  You can draw anywhere on the canvas and create arcs, circles, or ellipses, as long as the ellipse is displayed.
  3. Draw.
  4. Tap to exit the tool or OK to stay in the tool and go on to another tool.

Using guides in SketchBook for Windows 10 (Pro)

Not available to Free users

Need help drawing a straight line, circle, or ellipse? Use the guides to help as you draw.

This version does not have a French Curve.

  1. Tap Guides icon.
  2. Select a guide:Guides > Ruler icon Ruler or Guides > Ellipse icon in SketchBook Ellipse.Toolbar showing Guides with the Ruler
  3. Reposition your guide:Guides > Ruler icon Ruler – Create a perfect line anywhere on the canvas, by moving and positioning the guide. Draw along either edge for a straight line.
    • Tap-drag with 1 finger to move the ruler horizontally and/or vertically, without changing its rotation.
    • Press with 2 fingers to rotate the ruler. It will snap to 0º and 90º.
    • Double-tap with 1 finger to reset the ruler’s position.Example of the Ruler in SketchBook on Windows 10 in use

    Guides > Ellipse icon in SketchBook Ellipse – Create a perfect ellipses tracing anywhere on the canvas, by moving and positioning the guide. Draw along either edge. There are two handles. One controls the rotation and scale, then other controls scaling along the minor axis (non-proportional scale).

    Ellipse

    • Tap-drag within the ellipse with 1 finger to move horizontally and/or vertically, without changing its rotation.
    • Tap-drag within the ellipse and rotate with 2 fingers to change the rotation.Two finger rotation for ellipse
    • Pinch or expand within the ellipse with 2 fingers to proportionally scale.Pinch/expand to scale your ellipse

      If you pinch or expand outside the ellipse guide, you will zoom in or out of the canvas.

    • Drag the dimensions manipulator to change the dimensions in one direction.Change the dimensions of an ellipse by dragging the manip with one finger
    • When you double-tap within the ellipse with 1 finger, it resets the ellipse to the default size and position.Resetting an ellipse
    • Tap the dimensions manipulator to change the degrees of the ellipse, making it a circle.Double tap the ellipse to make a circle
    • Tap the rotation manipulator to reset the rotation to zero degrees.
  4. To exit the tool, tap Guides icon again.
Updated on November 6, 2017

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