Autodesk isn’t just dominating the 3D industry anymore! With a few SketchBook Pro iterations under their belt in the past few years, they’ve quickly assembled a digital drawing and painting application that’s essential for every form of 2D artist. What it currently lacks in true power, it makes up for in speed. Keep reading for a list of features worth checking out.
This is a program that really understands that a good artist doesn’t need 50 brushes and menu options to make good art, and that the most important thing for a new concept is to let an artist draw as much as possible as quick as possible. With its simple brush setup, awesome steady stroke tool, and incredibly helpful magnetic shape guiders, it’s hard to believe how much you can accomplish with a limited time budget. Throw as much on the screen as you want without a single stutter. You can zoom all the way in, all the way out, and rotate the entire screen’s canvas exactly how you want in the middle of your workflow without any hiccups.
SketchBook Pro covers the basics, too. It has support for desktop, iOS, Android, and Windows 8.1. It lets users make custom brushes, comes with over one hundred illustration tools, lets users make and save custom color palettes, and even has layers and blending filters just like Photoshop does. Even though the program was made with organic character and environment artists in mind, the perspective tools are incredibly helpful for engineers and architects as well. Despite being so lightweight, SketchBook Pro 2016 comes with a flipbook animation toolset that lets users create simple animations with its intuitive workflow.
This software is so simple you can just install, dive in, and start painting, but if you want to dig deeper and get professional tips and tricks you can peruse their official support section. The “knowledgebase” section covers commonly asked questions and answers, whereas the tutorials section contains more in-depth advice on both software skills and art theory techniques. Documentation covers the patch notes for different versions and the gallery shows you what other artists have created.
SketchBook Pro 2016 is free to try, but costs $30 for basic SketchBook membership, or $199 for the full SketchBook Pro license. This software made a big splash when it was first released, but hasn’t received too many updates in recent years, so don’t hold out for the next version bringing lots of new tools!