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How to use Rapid UI mode

Rapid UI mode is only available in SketchBook for Mobile on a tablet.

For tablet users, we’ve introduced a new way to draw – with two hands. But that’s not all. Rapid UI mode also provides a full-screen working environment. Work with the UI hidden, yet have quicker access to it, all as you continue drawing. Think UI-on-demand. Sounds impossible? Try it!

An overview of the new Dual Mode in the Autodesk SketchBook mobile version on the iPad

Flipping the UI

If you’re a lefty like me, here’s another reason you’ll love this. You can finally flip the UI to the other side of the screen – where it’s not obscured by your hand.

Dual mode (showing how to switch the UI over for left-handed users) in Autodesk SketchBook for mobile in the iPad

Nevertheless, no matter which hand you draw with, your non-dominant hand can now help. Use it to access the UI, as you continue drawing. Change brushes, brush settings, colors, color settings, even layers and layer properties, as you draw with our other hand. Use the radial menu to access other tools.

Introducting the Rapid UI

In the toolbar, tap Hide UI tool. Tap this to enter Dual Mode in the Autodesk SketchBook for mobile version to enter this mode.

Here is an overview of the UI that will be visible when working in this mode:

Along the side are the Palette Sliders and the Trigger.

Using Palette Sliders

These change basic brush settings. A readout appears on-screen, indicating the numeric changes. A brush stamp appears showing the new brush stamp.

    • To change brush size or hardness and size (depending on the brush), tap-drag the top slider
    • To change brush opacity or flow, tap-drag the bottom slider.

Using the Trigger

This feature has two functions:

To switch the UI from right-handed to left-handed, drag it to the other edge of the screen.

Dual mode (showing how to switch the UI over for left-handed users) in Autodesk SketchBook for mobile in the iPad

To quickly access the Brush, Color, and Layer Editors and their settings, with your non-dominant hand, tap the Trigger Trigger icon, then drag-hold up or down to select an editor.

An overview of the new Dual Mode in the Autodesk SketchBook mobile version on the iPad

Then with your other hand, tap whatever you want to select it in the editor or tap-drag values to change settings.

Using the Brush Editor in the new Dual Mode in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook on the iPad
Brush Editor


Using the Color Editor and finding Copic Colors in the new Dual Mode in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook on the iPad

Color Editor

Using the Layer Editor in the new Dual Mode in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook on the iPad
Layer Editor

Marking Menu

At the bottom of your canvas, you’ll find Clutch tool in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook on iPad (the Marking Menu). Tap it to access a radial menu of tools and the Corner tools. In the menu, you will find Swap between brushesTransparent ColorColor PickerDouble Puck, and Flip.

Radial menu in Autodesk SketchBook mobile version on iPad

Updated on November 6, 2017

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