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How to use the Brush Library

The Brush Library looks slightly different, depending on the platform you’re on. The device you are using, as well as the version of SketchBook you are running, will determine the brushes and tools available.

All the Brush Libraries contains an assortment of default brush sets. Depending on your platform, you also get a set of Copic markers, Smudge brushes, Texture brushes, Synthetic Paint brushes, and an assortment of other art, designer, and fun brushes. They can also create Do-It-Yourself brushes.

Using the Brush Library in SketchBook for Desktop

In the Brush Palette, tap Brush Library icon to access the Brush Library.

Brush Palette and icon to open Brush LibraryBrush Library in SketchBook for Desktop

1. Name of the brush and set it is in
2. Brush stamp
3. Import new brushes using SketchBook Extras
4. Brush set name
5. Current active brush
6. Library marking menu
7. Rearrange icons
8. Scroll for accessing more brush sets
9. Bar to show or hide more of the Brush Library

Accessing SketchBook Extras

When you open the Brush Library for the first time, there will be a Free brushes strip.

Since Free brushes strip disappears, whenever you want to access SketchBook Extras, select Window > SketchBook Extras.

  1. Tap the Free brushes strip to open SketchBook Extras.
  2. Choose from an assortment of free brushes and download them directly into the Brush Library. See SketchBook Extras for more information.

To access SketchBook Extras, tap SketchBook Extras icon.

Library marking menu

Create custom sets to group and manage brushes. Export sets for others to use or save them to an external drive. Import and use brush sets created by others. Label your brush sets to help identify them. When you tap within a brush set, Marking menu icon appears. When you tap-hold it, brush options appear.

Brush Library with radial marking menu

  1. In the Brush Library, tap Marking menu icon.
  2. Select an options:
  • New Brush Set New Brush Set – Create a new brush set.
  • Export Brush Set Export Brush Set – Share brushes with people working on different platforms.
  • Import Brush Set Import Brush Set – Load an exported zipped brush set file into the Brush Library.
  • Delete Brush Set Delete Brush Set – Remove the selected brush set from the Brush Library.
  • Pin Set To Palette Pin Set To Palette – Replaces the Brush Palette brushes with the selected set’s brushes.
  • New Brush New Brush – Create a new brush and add it to the selected brush set.
  • Copy Brush Copy Brush – Create a duplicate of a selected brush and add it to the selected brush set.
  • Delete Brush Delete Brush – Permanently remove a selected brush.

Using the Brush Library in SketchBook for Mobile

The device you are using, as well as the version of SketchBook you are running, will determine the features you see in the Brush Library.

Brush Library in SketchBook 4.0 and above

Brush Library for SketchBook for Mobile 4.0 and above1.  Library – tap to switch to the Brush Library

2. Settings – tap to switch to Brush Properties

3. Brush Name

4. Brush Stroke

5. Brush Set Name – tap a brush in the set to access the Pin option for loading the brush set into the Brush Palette.

6. Exit – tap to return to the canvas

Brush Library in SketchBook 3.7.4 and below

  1. Access Brush Properties
  2. Swap between brushes
  3. Close the Library
  4. Scrollable Brush Library

Brush Palette in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook for subscribers on iPad.Accessing the Brush Library

The device you are using, as well as the version of SketchBook you are running, will determine what you have access to. Check out the section that applies to you.

For iPad users with SketchBook v.4.0 or above:

If you’re UI is hidden, tap Trigger icon in SketchBook to access the Brush Library. See Rapid UI Mode for more instruction.

  1. Tap Brush Editor icon from the Brush Palette in the iPad subscription version of Autodesk SketchBook to access the Brush Library and an assortment of brush sets. 

    If you see sliders, instead of brushes, at the top of the screen tap Library to return to the Brush Library.

  2. Flick up or down within the library to reveal more brush sets.
  3. Tap the X at the bottom of your screen to close the library.

For hand-held device users with SketchBook v.4.0 or above or Pro Tools users:

  1. Tap  to access the Brush Library and an assortment of brush sets.
  2. Flick up or down within the editor to reveal more brush sets. 

    If you see sliders, instead of brushes, at the top of the screen tap Library to return to the Brush Library.

  3. Tap the X at the bottom of your screen to close the library.

Another way to access the Brush Library is to tap Clutch tool in the mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook on iPad or Clutch (depending on your version) to access the Double Puck, then tap the top portion of the puck.

For tablet users with SketchBook 3.7.4 or below:

  1. Tap Brush Editor icon or Double Puck icon, then tap the top section of the Double Puck to access the Brush Library and an assortment of brush sets. 

    If you see sliders, instead of brushes, at the top of the screen tap The Brush Editor icon within the Brush Properties of a hand-held mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook to return to the Brush Library.

  2. Tap the X in the top right corner to close the library.

For hand-held users with SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below or Pro Tools users:

  1. Tap Brushes icon in the hand-held mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook to access the Brush Library and an assortment of brush sets.
  2. Flick up or down within the editor to reveal more brush sets.

    If you see sliders, instead of brushes, at the top of the screen tap The Brush Editor icon within the Brush Properties of a hand-held mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook to return to the Brush Library.

    Tap The Brush Editor icon within the Brush Properties of a hand-held mobile version of Autodesk SketchBook to return to your brushes
  3. Tap the X in the top right corner to close the library.

Using the Brush Library in SketchBook for Windows 10

In the Brush Palette, tap  to open the Brush Library.Use the Brush Library to find brushes, which are organized into brush sets. You can pin a brush set to your palette. Flick up or down to scroll through the assorted brush sets to find the brush you want. Tap-hold the top right corner within a brush set to access a marking menu of brush management options.

Adding brushes to your palette

Want to customize your palette? In the Brush Library, tap-hold a brush and drag it onto the Brush Palette.

Adding a brush to the palette

Loading a brush set into your palette

Within the Brush Library, load all the brushes from a brush set with Pinning icon Pin Set To Palette.

Pinning brush sets in SketchBook for Windows 10

Adding brush sets to your library

You can get brush sets from the SketchBook blog; however, there’s an easier way. Use the SketchBook Extras panel to import these sets directly into your library.

Resetting the default settings

Want to return your palette to its default settings? Check out Preferences in Autodesk SketchBook.

Updated on May 2, 2018

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