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How to use your selection like a mask

You can use another tool, while staying in selection mode. For example, make a selection, change your brush and color, then sketch. Notice how the strokes stay within the selection? Instant mask – pretty cool!

Mask example in Autodesk SketchBookMask example part 2 in Autodesk SketchBook

Using a selection like a mask in SketchBook for Desktop

  1. Choose a type of selection: RectangleOvalLassoPolyline, or Magic Wand.
  2. Tap-drag or tap to make your selection.

    If you need to make additional changes to your selection, don’t forget to use the selection editing tools.

  3. Select another tool, such as Shapes icon in the mobile version of SketchBook or Fill icon in the mobile version of SketchBook, and use it. The change is confined to the selection (like a mask).
  4. When finished, tap Deselect icon Deselect.

Using a selection like a mask in SketchBook for Mobile

SketchBook v.4.0 or above users

  1. Tap , then  Magic Wand selection in the mobile version of SketchBook.
  2. Choose a type of selection: RectangleLasso, or Magic Wand.Choosing a Selection tool in SketchBook for Mobile
    If Magic Wand was selected, if you want to sample all layers, tap  Sample one layer icon.
  3. Tap-drag or tap and make your selection. If Magic Wand was selected, now that you’ve made your selection, use the Tolerance slider to add or remove pixels. Tap the canvas again to see the change.Selection Tolerance slider in SketchBook for Mobile
  4. Tap another tool, such as Shapes icon in the mobile version of SketchBook or Fill icon in the mobile version of SketchBook, and use it. The change is confined to the selection (like a mask).
  5. When finished, tap , then Deselect icon.

SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below users

  1. Tap , then .
  2. Tap Rectangle selection in the mobile version of SketchBook and choose a type of selection: RectangleOvalLasso, or Magic Wand.
  3. Tap-drag or tap and make your selection.
  4. Tap  and select another tool, such as Shapes icon in the mobile version of SketchBook or Fill icon in the mobile version of SketchBook, and use it. The change is confined to the selection (like a mask).
  5. When finished, tap , then .

Using a selection like a mask in SketchBook for Windows 10

  1. Choose a type of selection: RectangleLasso, or Magic Wand.
  2. Tap-drag or tap to make your selection.

    If you need to make additional changes to your selection, don’t forget to use the selection editing tools.

  3. Select another tool, such as Shapes icon in the mobile version of SketchBook or Fill icon in the mobile version of SketchBook, and use it. The change is confined to the selection (like a mask).
  4. When finished, tap Deselect icon Deselect.
Updated on May 7, 2018

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