With the change to the newest versions of SketchBook, the guts of the app changed. This made it so users of SketchBook v.2.9, who changed to v.3.0 and above had two storage locations for their files. This meant, on one version, you couldn’t see your images from the other.
Depending on the OS of your device, if you are transferring files from SketchBook 2.9 or earlier to the current version, it can be a bit tricky. Android users have a pretty straightforward solution. For iOS users, due to the two different versions of iCloud, you’ll notice work in your 2.9 or earlier iCloud will not appear in a more current iCloud instance. Therefore, check out the sections below for instructions.
Transferring files for Android users
For anyone with sketches from SketchBook 2.9 or earlier, who wants to continue working on them in this version, you must tap Import legacy data, find the sketch, then tap Import. Now, you are ready to work in the current version of SketchBook. For another resource, see Transferring images from one device to another.
1. Connect your new Android device to a computer.
2. When the AutoPlay dialog appears, select Open device to view files.
3. Go to the Autodesk folder, then drag the SketchBookExpress folder (from your computer) onto the Autodesk folder.
4. To load the images into the Gallery, launch SketchBook on the new Android device.
5. In the Gallery, pinch the screen to change the view to see all folders.
6. Choose Import legacy data.
7. Tap Select All, then Import to load the images into the SketchBook Gallery.
Transferring files for iOS users with legacy data
You can export files from v2.9.x as a PSD from iTunes or Dropbox and open them in the latest version of SketchBook.
1. In SketchBook v2.9, from the Gallery, select a sketch and , select Dropbox, then Layered PSD.
2. Install the Dropbox app and launch Dropbox.
3. Select the file and tap Open In.
4. Select Open in SketchBook.
5. The sketch should open in SketchBook.
1. In SketchBook v2.9, from the Gallery, select a sketch and tap , select iTunes, then Layered PSD.
2. Connect your device to iTunes.
a. Select your iPad/iPhone/iPod along the top, then Apps from the list along the left side.
b. Scroll down to File Sharing, select SketchBook (2.9) and all the files listed under SketchBook Documents.
c. Tap Save to… to save the file from v2.9.x to your desktop (or any other file location).
3. Add the saved file to your latest version of SketchBook.
a. Select SketchBook (the latest version).
b. Tap Add File…, then go to the location of your 2.9x files, select them, and tap Open.
4. In the latest version of SketchBook, in the Gallery, tap , then select New from iTunes.
5. Select the file(s) you want, then tap Import.