Since the release of the latest version of Sketchbook Pro on mobile devices, this app has quickly become my go to digital art station! Today, I thought I would show you the basics of Sketchbook Pro 4.0 for Android to get you started!
In the main User Interface, everything is placed in compact menus that are easy to open and navigate. This allows for a clean User Interface, leaving more space for you to draw and paint with on your screen.
On the left hand side we have our Brush Menu/s. There is always one brush library displayed without having the entire menu open. In just a moment, I will show you how you can change the brushes that appear on this side bar menu. On the right side of this palette, we have two grey sliders. The top adjusts the size of your brush, and the bottom adjusts the opacity. Clicking the icon at the top of the palette opens the rest of the brush menu. Here you can scroll through the 190+ brushes that come with the Pro Version of Sketchbook Pro. We have everything from paint brushes, to markers, blenders, chalk, pencils and more! There is also a menu that hosts all the brush settings. All of these settings can be changed, making it easy for you to customize the brush to better suit your workflow.
To change the brush menu that is showing on the left side palette, click one of the brushes in the sub-library you want to add to the left. For example, if you choose the Primary Pencil in the Basic menu, a little grey push pin will pop up in the top right corner of that section. If you click on that push pin, all of the brushes that are in the Basics menu will pop up in the left menu.
On the top menu, we have the tools Menu. Most tools are fairly standard for apps these days, including Undo/Redo, Rulers, Perspective Guides, Fill, Text, and more. There is also a recording tool that allows you to record time lapse videos of your art that you can share on social media.
On the right hand side, we have our layers and color palettes. The layers can all be controlled by clicking on the layer you want to adjust. A panel will pop up to the left, showing you all of the layer tools, including blend modes, copy/paste tools, color adjustments, and more. By clicking on the circular color swatch at the top of the palette, you will open the colors menu just to the left. Here you can set your color palette settings, such as the color ring, the HSV/RGB sliders, and the color swatches. There is also a new Copic color menu with the Classic Copic color name tags.
By clicking the icon on the far right of your top tool bar menu will hide your User Interface. This enables the two hand workflow that was introduced with Sketchbook Pro 4.0. This is my favorite part of using Sketchbook Pro. It utilizes tablets touch capabilities, to allow for a larger work space while creating your next masterpiece. On the left side, you can see your two grey sliders for brush size and opacity. This allows you to make small adjustments to your brush without opening a menu. Just to the right of that is a cylinder shaped button that when pushed shows a slider option to access your brushes, color, and layer palettes on the right side of your screen. You can control the slider with one hand, and make your menu selections with your other hand! Two hand work flow! Once you are done, the menus will disappear again, leaving you with a clean work space for creating.
I have just a couple more tips for you to look into when playing with your app the first few times. The first one will help enhance your workflow. By clicking the menu icon on the left side of the tool bar, you will have a menu window pop up on screen. One of the options is Preferences. Here you can set up preferences such as Canvas Rotation, and shortcuts. I personally like to use the double tap corner shortcuts. When drawing/painting, you can double tap the corners of the screen to do things like Undo and Redo, or switch to your last brush. All of these settings are changed in the Preferences menu. I have mine set to Last Brush, Undo, Redo, and Frame Canvas.
My last tip will allow you to organize all of your artwork. To access the Gallery, click the menu icon on the left side of the tool bar, and open your Gallery. You can now create different folders and organize all of your art into those folders. From here, you can also upload your artwork to Deviant Art, or export your art as a PSD file to preserve the layers for uploading into your Desktop Application, and more.
I hope this has helped you to navigate the basics of Sketchbook Pro. Stay tuned for more in depth tutorials, as well as Drawing demonstrations in Sketchbook Pro!
If you guys have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!