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SketchBook for Mobile differences between subscription vs free

Image in the mobile version of SketchBook to show the differences between free and Pro Tools

Before we get into what’s the difference between the features in the free version and the Pro tools, there are a couple important things you should know:

  • If you use SketchBook on a laptop or desktop computer, and don’t have a subscription already, I’d recommend downloading it (see below for more details), since it comes with free versions for all your machines and DEVICES! That means you get SketchBook on iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, and Windows 10. Also, if you have a newer version iPad, you get SketchBook Motion! And, finally, did you know you get free upgrades for all supported devices and machines, as long as you have a subscription?
  • If you already have a subscription, you have the Pro version of SketchBook for Mobile. Click here (go to the bottom of the page) for how to load the app and Pro features. And, don’t forget, if you have a newer version iPad, you also get SketchBook Motion!

Click any of these links to watch videos showing the free basic toolsetPro subscription toolset, and some tips and tricks.

The differences between free and subscription

In case you’re thinking, what about the Pro Tools? The Pro Tools are the same tools in the subscription version. So, use the Pro subscription list for Pro Tools.

  Free version Pro subscription
Canvas size
Fixed Canvas size Customizable canvas sizes
Brushes 10 Brushes
130+ Preset Brushes 
Synthetic Brush Set 
Smudge Brush Set
Inking brush
Color options
Color Palette
(swatches)
Color Wheel
Randomize Color
Color Picker
Color Palette (swatches) 
Color Wheel
Randomize Color

Color Picker 
Full Copic Library
Layer Stack
Layer Editor 
Background Color 
All Layer Actions 
(Opacity, Show/Hide, 
Add/Delete, 
Merge Down, 
Layer Reordering, 
Lock/Unlock, Lock Transparency, etc.) 
Blending Modes 
Maximum 3 layers
Layer Editor 
Background Color 
All Layer Actions 
(Opacity, Show/Hide, 
Add/Delete, 
Merge Down, 
Layer Reordering, 
Lock/Unlock, Lock Transparency, etc.) 
Blending Modes 
Layers (max # of layers is device dependent)
Selection   Marquee selection (rectangle, oval) 
Lasso tools (Basic Lasso) 
Magic Wand 
Selection Mode (Replace, Add, Subtract, Intersect) 
Move/Nudge Selection 
Quick Mask 
Transform Selection 
Copy/Paste Selection
Guides   Straight ruler 
Circle (only) ruler
Fills Flood fill
Gradient fill (Linear, Radial)
Transform Proportional transform
Proportional transform
Symmetry Vertical 
Horizontal
Hide Symmetry line 

Stop at center
Vertical 
Horizontal
Hide Symmetry line 

Stop at center
Navigation Free canvas navigation (Pan, Zoom, Rotate)
Lock/Unlock navigation 

Canvas navigator
Free canvas navigation (Pan, Zoom, Rotate)
Lock/Unlock navigation 

Canvas navigator
Animation   Timelapse (iOS and Android 4.3 or later)
Gallery Full Gallery access  Full Gallery access 
UI Hide UI (Full Canvas Mode)
Split-screen multi-tasking (iOS 9 users)
Hide UI (Full Canvas Mode)
Split-screen multi-tasking (iOS 9 users)
Stylus support Pen Mode, Apple Pencil, S-Pen, Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus, Tilt presets Pen Mode, Apple Pencil, S-Pen, Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus, Tilt presets
Importing Scan Sketches (max size of 1280 x 1280) Scan Sketches (unlimited size)

Which is better for me: subscription or Pro Tools?

If you want to use SketchBook unlocked with the full version on multiple machines (Windows and Mac) and devices (iOS and Android), get software updates, the full toolset, and the Pro version of SketchBook Motion, then subscription is for you. If you only want to use SketchBook on one device (Android or iOS), then Pro Tools is probably the way to go.

What do I need to know about SketchBook for Mobile?

SketchBook for Mobile does not have all the same features as the desktop. It does not include FlipBook animation, perspective guides, or many of the custom brush options. See here for a comparative list for the desktop version of the app (subscription vs free).

When you download SketchBook, you’re running the free version (which is a subset of the full version). If you aren’t planning to use the free version, you’ll need to do one of two things:

If you already have a subscription, tap Main menu icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook, then Log in icon for the SketchBook for mobile version Log in, swipe up, then enter the username and password associated with your subscription (Autodesk account).

If you want to purchase a subscription, tap Main menu icon in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook, then Log in icon for the SketchBook for mobile version Log in, swipe up, and tap Create Account. Follow the instructions.

What do I need to know about the Pro Tools?

Once you’ve downloaded the app, in the toolbar of the mobile version, tap File icon in the SketchBook for mobile version and select Store icon in the SketchBook for mobile version to make an in-app purchase. This gives you the current Pro toolset for SketchBook for Mobile. This is ideal for someone who uses SketchBook only on one device. If you want to use it on other devices and on your laptop or desktop computer, get a subscription and run it on all of them.

  • For iPhone and iPad users, Autodesk SketchBook is now available for free download on the iTunes App Store. There’s a Pro Tools pack available for purchase inside the application (tap SketchBook Mobile v3: File icon in the SketchBook for mobile version and select Store icon in the SketchBook for mobile version to make an in-App purchase). You can make the in-app purchase using your Apple ID.
  • For Android users, the app is available for download via Google Play and Samsung Apps. Similar to the iOS version, you can purchase the Pro Tools pack inside the app via your Google Play account.

Video: Free basic toolset

Video: Pro subscription toolset

Video: Mobile Tips and Tricks

Updated on November 2, 2017

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