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Autodesk SketchBook

By Autodesk Inc.

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Autodesk SketchBook is the drawing app made for those who include sketching as part of their daily routine, from creative professionals to aspiring artists. With SketchBook, drawing and painting on your iPad or iPhone feels like a natural creative experience. SketchBook's powerful brush engine has over 170 customizable brushes, which perform exactly as you expect. Ink feels fluid and smooth, synthetic brushes blend colors in a natural way, and texture brushes mimic natural media.

The SketchBook drawing and rendering engine was designed to use the full computing power of every iOS device, especially the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil. SketchBook now features a maximum canvas size up to 100 mpx, unlimited* layers, more than 170 customizable brushes, and an even smoother experience when drawing with the Apple Pencil.

SketchBook is made to let you easily access powerful drawing tools, without creating a cluttered workspace. SketchBook has a full screen mode, called the Rapid UI mode, which hides all interface elements, for the largest possible workspace on your iPad or iPhone. While working in Rapid UI mode, you can pull up the brush, layer, and color editors, simply by swiping your non-dominant thumb, along the edge of the screen. Make a selection in the menu with your drawing hand, then lift your thumb to make the entire interface disappear.

Some of the common drawing controls require almost no interface. To access common elements, like the Color Picker, Eraser, Flip Canvas, Last Brush, and Double Puck, tap the translucent circle at the bottom of the canvas and make a selection. As you gain muscle-memory for these tools, simply tap-and-flick in the direction of the tool you want to automatically select it.

Create perfectly symmetrical drawings with X, Y, X-Y, and radial symmetry tools. Reposition the line of symmetry anywhere on the canvas for precise control. Use up to 16 sectors of radial symmetry for precise radial sketches.

For professional line work and consistently precise lines, use the Predictive Stroke feature, one of the most popular features in the SketchBook desktop app. If you draw a line, Predictive Stroke makes your line straight. If you draw a basic shape, Predictive Stroke corrects your shape, creating precise circles, rectangles, and triangles. If you are drawing freehand and want to apply smoothing, Predictive Stroke will add the right amount of smoothing to curved lines.

Customizable ruler and ellipse tools allow artists and designers to place precise lines or elliptical shapes, such as circles in perspective, by adjusting the position, size, rotation, and aspect ratio of the drawing guides.

SketchBook opens and exports Photoshop documents (PSD files) natively, preserving layer names and blending modes for smooth interoperability with other software tools in your workflow.

A SketchBook subscription is a simple way to ensure you get the best SketchBook experience on all your devices. As a subscriber, you get every new feature, every update, every tool, and the ability to use SketchBook on any device for as long as your subscription is active. SketchBook Subscription includes access to SketchBook Motion, the 2016 iPad App of the Year (installed separately in iTunes). Buy it here in the App Store, and your SketchBook account will unlock all Pro tools on all your other devices.

Additional Information:
• Subscriptions are charged through your iTunes Account, for USD $29.99/year or USD $4.99/month.
• Subscription automatically renews for the selected period, unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. You'll receive a reminder email, prior to the end of your current subscription period.
• Manage subscription preferences in iTunes.

*The Layer Stack isn't limited by the software. When creating a new drawing, SketchBook calculates the maximum layers based on canvas size and available device memory.

What's New in Version 4.1

• We've listened to your comments and thank you for all the feedback! For 4.1, we have updated to support iOS 10 and above. This means people using certain devices, such as an iPad 4, iPhone 5, or iPhone 5C, can now download and use the app.
• With 4.1, unlock the power of SketchBook on the new iPad Pro with our enhanced refresh rate of 120Hz, which will offer an ultra-smooth and more natural stroke experience.
• Apple Pencil users will love the improved responsiveness! Strokes feel even more natural and precise.


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Customer Reviews

Amazing!! One small problem....

I've used this app for over a year now with pro tools and it is by far the best drawing app I've seen. The interface is easy but with all of the tools you need. I could talk about the great parts for a long time but I do have one small problem. Every few times I use the color picker and go to use that color, it will not mark on the canvas. I've tried switching brushes and using different colors but so far the only way to fix the problem is to close the program and reopen it. This can be quite annoying when it happens every few minutes or even seconds. This also makes it hard to do time lapses as when you close the program it stops. If you could do some thing to fix this that would be great, thank you.

I used to really like this app

But lately it's been driving me insane.

Everytime I open it to draw, an ad pops up over the screen WHILE I'M DRAWING ... and I can't shut this behavior off. I mean, of course not, right ... I purchased the app which makes me a customer, and customer-hostility is all the rage these days.

Yes, I purchased Pro Tools, but that's the problem with mobile these days. It's never enough. You're not actually supposed to get any use out of any of the apps you purchase, you're only supposed to buy more stuff. And more stuff. And more stuff.

That's it, just log on, buy stuff, the shut it down until you're ready to buy stuff again.

If you're using your device for yourself, they aren't making money, so companies make it as difficult as possible to do that.

The customer-hostility has gotten so great, that I can't help but think that a full-scale consumer revolt is fomenting.

And of course, I can't actually contact anyone at Autodesk without creating yet another freaking account (thanks but no thanks), so when you hear devs whining about "users are soooooo unreasonable, they just leave bad ratings in the app store without even telling us what the problem is ... ooooh it's so unfair, so unfair we tell you!" ... well, you can roll your eyes while giving them a one-finger salute like I do, because it's a load of wipe.

So sick of this nonesense.


I'm a professional industrial Designer and until discovering this app thought I was stuck at a desktop or a cintiq to create beautiful renderings .... but even with a tiny iPhone SE Screen and a blunt stylus (without feedback) it is simple to do so.... I'm hooked on this app and find myself drawing on my phone at every pause .... thank you Autodesk .... you just changed my life. Looking forward to seeing where Autodesk takes apps from here .... FIVE STARS .... one message to developers, please make the 'layer erase' button and the 'save file' - 'don't save' harder to tap... on a small screen I could easily erase or delete a file with a clumsy finger.

Autodesk SketchBook
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.1
  • Size: 175 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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  1. Pro Tools$4.99
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