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There are an assortment of Selection tools. Use some of these for choosing a type of selection. Use others to help once a selection’s been made.

Beyond the typical use of selection tools, did you know they can be used like masks? You can select an area and constrain the paint to the selection. You won’t need to worry about paint going outside the bounds of the selection.

Select an are to create a mask in the mobile version of SketchBookUse of an empty selection as a mask in the mobile version of SketchBook

In SketchBook for Desktop, a selection can also be used to select an area, then with the V key open the Transform Puck to move, scale or rotate your selection.

Selection ex 1
Original
Selection ex 2
Selection without the V key
Selection ex 3
Selection with the V key

Need to remove large areas from your image? Use Selection tools to make quick work of that. For example, an image has a white background, but you don’t want any pixels in the background. Use Magic Wand selection in the mobile version of SketchBook Magic Wand to select the background and either an eraser or Clear (from the Layer menu) to delete the background.

The different types of selections

Not available to Free users

The version of SketchBook you are using determines the types of selection available.

Lasso selection in the mobile version of SketchBook Lasso

Great for tracing around an object to precisely select it. Tap-drag and trace around the object to select it.

Oval selection in the mobile version of SketchBook Oval

Great for selecting circular areas. Place your finger where you would like the center of the selection to be, then tap-drag to expand the selection.

Rectangle selection in the mobile version of SketchBook Rectangle

Great for selecting square or rectangular areas. Place your finger where you would like the bottom right corner of the selection to be, then tap-drag to expand the selection.

Polyline  Polyline

Great for selecting oddly shaped areas. Click to add points to the polyline, then click your first point to complete the selection.

Magic Wand selection in the mobile version of SketchBook Magic Wand

Great for selecting a region based on pixels of color. Tap to select a region of color. Use the Tolerance slider to expand the range of color selected (by increasing the tolerance) or limit it (by deceasing the tolerance). Use Sample Layers to choose whether to select color from the current layer or all layers. Tap an area with the color you want selected. If more colors need to be added to the selection, drag the Tolerance slider to the right add more to the selection. If the selection has too broad a range selected, drag the Tolerance slider to the left.

Selection editing tools

The Selection tool selected determines whether there are any selection editing tools and which are available. Some tools are also exclusive to the subscription version.

Tolerance

Tap-drag this slider to change the tolerance to add more color to a selection or reduce the range of color added to a selection.

Sample one layer icon Sample one layer/Sample all layers

When Sample one layer icon is displayed, you will be selecting color from the current selected layer. Tap Sample one layer icon to change it to Sample all layers icon and select color from all layers.

Replace icon Replace

Tap Replace, then tap-drag to replace the current selection with a new one.

Add icon Add

Tap Add, then tap-drag or click an area to add to the current selection. Use this when your selection is almost perfect and it would be easier to add to it, than to start again.

Remove icon Remove

Tap Remove, then tap-drag or click areas to remove them from the current selection. Use this when you’ve included too much content to your selection and it would be easier to remove it, than to start again.

Invert icon Invert

Tap Invert to switch the selection. The current unselected content will become the selection, once you’ve tapped Invert. Use this when it’s easier to select what you don’t want.

Deselect icon Deselect

Tap Deselect to deselects everything. Use this when finished with the Selection tools. Tap it to completely exit Selection mode.

Nudge icon for moving a selection in small increments Nudge

Tap Nudge icon for moving a selection in small increments Nudge to move the selection itself, NOT its content. It can be used in conjunction with Invert. Make a selection, tap Nudge icon for moving a selection in small increments, then drag the puck to place the selection. If you want to use another tool, such as Symmetry, select and used it. Then accept or decline the changes.

Move selection Move

Tap Move selection Move to move the selection and the content it encompasses. Once Move selection is selected, another toolbar appears for helping with the placement of the content.

Transforming a selection tools

You can move, flip, mirror, and rotate the selected content. If you want to use another tool, such as Symmetry, select and used it. Then accept or decline the changes.

Selection tools in SketchBook for Desktop

Selection toolbar in SketchBook

For people using the free version, there is only one type of selection, Lasso.

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There are five selections tools to choose from: Rectangle, Oval, Lasso, Polyline, and Magic Wand. Make changes to your selections with tools, such as Add, Remove, Replace, Invert, and Deselect, which are in the Selection toolbar. To make tweaks to your Magic Wand selection, use Tolerance. Don’t forget you can use a selection like a mask. For more details, see How to use your selection like a mask.

For a PDF tutorial, check out Selection workflows in SketchBook.

Making a selection (Pro)

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  1. Tap .
  2. Select one of the Selection tools.Selection tools

    If you’ve used the Magic Wand selection in the mobile version of SketchBook Magic Wand and the range of color selected needs to be either expanded or reduced, use the Tolerance slider. To expand the range of color selected, increase the tolerance. To limit it, decease the tolerance.

  3. If you need to addremovereplaceinvert, or deselect the current selection, and transform the selection, use the additional tools within the Selection toolbar. Remember, you can use your selection as a mask and paint or fill it, distort, or crop it.

    To select everything, select Edit > Select all or press Cmd+A for Mac or Ctrl+A for Windows.

Did you know that you could use another tool, while still in selection mode? See How to use your selection like a mask for more information.

UsingQuick Transform Quick Selections

Quick Selection tools

In the toolbar, tap Quick Transform to accesses the Quick Selection tools:

  • Rectangle Rectangle (M) – Tap Rectangle in the toolbar or press the M key, then tap-drag to select an area.
  • Lasso Lasso (L) – Tap Lasso in the toolbar or press the L key, then tap-drag to select an area.

Remember, you can use your selection as a mask and paint or fill it, distort, or crop it.

Once you’ve made a selection, the Transform puck appears for moving, rotating, and/or scaling the selected content.

Selection tools in SketchBook for Mobile (Pro)

Not available to Free users

The device you are using will determine the method used for accessing the Selection tools, since the toolbar may be different. Once you access the Selection tools on your device, the workflows are the same from there.

 

Making a selection for handheld device subscribers with SketchBook v.4.0 or above users (Pro)

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1. In the toolbar, tap Tools icon in the mobile version of SketchBook, then and select Magic Wand selection in the mobile version of SketchBook to access the Selection tools.

Selection toolbar with more toolbar to the right in SketchBook for Mobile Types of selections in SketchBook for Mobile

2. Some of the tools have additional options. Use any additional selection editing tools you need.

Selection editing tools in SketchBook for Mobile

3.  When finished with your selection, to keep it tap Selection is complete icon or X to exit the tool and ignore the selection.

If you are on a tablet:

1. In the toolbar, tap  and select a tool from the Selection toolbar.

2. Some of the tools have additional options. Use any additional selection editing tools you need.

SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below users (Pro)

Not available to Free users

1. Tap Tools icon in the mobile version of SketchBook, then Lasso selection in the mobile version of SketchBook. A secondary toolbar appears below containing your selection options. Select a Selection tool.

Tablet selection options in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook

2. Another toolbar appears above the Selection tools, containing additional selection options.

Tablet selection parameters in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook

3. Use any additional selection editing tools you need.

4. When finished with your selection, to keep it tap  the checkmark or X to exit the tool and ignore the selection.

Selection tools in SketchBook for Windows 10 (Pro)

Not available to Free users

Selection toolbar in the Windows 10 version of Autodesk SketchBook
There are three types of selection to choose from: Lasso selection in the mobile version of SketchBook LassoRectangle selection in the mobile version of SketchBook Rectangle, and Magic Wand selection in the mobile version of SketchBook Magic Wand. Make changes to your selections with tools, such as Selection editing tools icon in the mobile version of SketchBook  Replace,  Add To icon in the Windows 10 version of Autodesk SketchBook AddRemove icon from the Selection tools in the Windows 10 version of Autodesk SketchBook RemoveInvert selection icon Invert, and Tap this to exit the Selection mode in the Windows 10 version of Autodesk SketchBook Deselect, which are in the Selection toolbar. To make tweaks to your Magic Wand selection, use Tolerance. Don’t forget you can use a selection like a mask. For more details, see How to use your selection like a mask.

Making a selection (Pro)

Not available to Free users

1. Tap , then choose one of the following types of selection: Lasso selection in the mobile version of SketchBook LassoRectangle selection in the mobile version of SketchBook Rectangle, or Magic Wand selection in the mobile version of SketchBook Magic Wand

2. If you need to add toremove, or replace the current selection, or invert and transform the selection, use the additional tools within the Selection toolbar.

Did you know that you could use another tool, while still in selection mode? See How to use your selection like a mask for more information.

Updated on November 6, 2017

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