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SketchBook Express for iPad

By Autodesk Inc.

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Autodesk SketchBook® Express for iPad is a fun and intuitive drawing application. Get a taste of the SketchBook Pro experience with SketchBook Express.

Use professional-grade tools and brushes to create doodles, quick sketches or artwork on-the-go.


Full Screen work space with support for any device orientation

Canvas size:
• Screen resolution canvas

Multi-Touch Interface:
• Two finger pan & zoom navigation with 2500% zoom
• Three finger tap for controls
• Three finger swipe gestures for quick access

High Quality Brushes and Tools:
• Professional-grade paint engine delivers smooth and precise brush strokes
•15 preset brushes, including pencils, pens, markers and Fill Tool
•SketchBook Store to purchase brush packs
• Draw styles for creating straight lines, rectangles, and circles
• Dynamic symmetric drawing

• 3 Layers allowing easy build up of a drawing
• Import layers from Photo Library
• Duplicate, Merge and Reorder Layers
• Move, scale, and rotate layers interactively using Multi-Touch
• Toggle visibility and adjust Layer Opacity

• Create text with a variety of fonts, colors, sizes and placement.

• Color Wheel with HSB and RBG color space
• Eye-dropper color selection

• Store and view work in progress
• Export to Photo Library
• Browse images in full-screen mode

iCloud Support
• Option to set iCloud as default location to save canvases
• Controls in Gallery to upload or download from iCloud

Stay Connected:
• Built-in SketchBook News panel for live info about Sketching events and announcements

What's New in Version 2.9.1

Bug Fixes

iPad Screenshots

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Customer Reviews

Please bring back Pro

I really love the Sketchbook programs, I even have one installed on my computer that I've been using for the past 5 years. The Sketchbook Express app is great for jotting down or sketching my ideas, and I can usually complete simpler drawings on this app. However, the Sketchbook Pro app was more preferable, as it offered up to 12 layers for smaller canvases and a wider selection of tools and brushes. Unfortunately I downloaded the Pro app onto my school-issued iPad, and when we return them for the summer, all extra apps are uninstalled. Now I can't get the Pro app back, even though I already payed for it. I know there are alternative (and maybe better) apps out there, like Procreate, but Sketchbook is the program I'm most familiar with, and I'd hate to have to go buy a whole new app when I already bought one that I really liked. Just bring Pro back, please, it's really useful because I could carry it around with me and it had even more brushes than my Sketchbook computer program does, with the added bonus of providing 12 layers to draw on, unlike Express.

Otherwise, Sketchbook Express is definitely a good app, but if you want a drawing app that offers more than 3 layers and a small selection of common brushes/tools, I'd advise you to look elsewhere.

Where oh where did the Pro Go?

I love this app more than I would have imagined. This is how I perform each of my drawing tasks. But one question: What happened to the Pro version? I still have it downloaded, luckily, and use it still. The pro provided many features that I love, including many more layers, extra brushes, and a variety of tools. I am aware it is no longer in the AppStore. Why? It is by far the best app I have ever bought and was actually worth updating to pro. But now, none of my friends who are new to digital drawing are able to purchase it for themselves. This app is fine and such, but doesn't give as much as the Pro. Please, consider returning it to its rightful place in the AppStore!

Great app with "minor" issues

This is a great app for any starting digital artists. But it has some problems that need to be addressed and fixed ASAP!!! The good things about the app are it is great for shading. I was drawing my OC and the ability of shading was amazing, it was super easy and not frustrating ( if you know what your doing). You can also zoom easily too so that's good. The only bad thing I've found about this app is that when you are doing detailed work it shows up on not only what you were doing but on the other side too. So that defiantly needs to be fixed so that maybe this app can get all five stars but I'm only giving it four because that is a major problem that desperately needs to be looked at.

SketchBook Express for iPad
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  • Free
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.9.1
  • Size: 46.1 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Pro Brushes$0.99
  2. Art Brushes$0.99
  3. Stamp Brushes$0.99