by Caleb Goellner

Everything You Can Do In Autodesk's New SketchBook Desktop App

Comic book creator and Archer storyboard artist Kevin Mellon demonstrated some of the powerful features that debuted in Autodesk's new SketchBook

desktop app when it launched this summer, and now you can dive even deeper into the software's growing toolkit with our host of tutorials from pros, power users and animation students. Let their combined expertise kickstart your SketchBook experience as augmented by the software's tablet-optimized interface. Learn how to implement new gradient and fill tools, image manipulation options, blend modes, perspective guides, selection tools, flipbook animation and custom brushes, below:

Custom Brushes

The right tools are essential to carrying out your vision in the digital space, and with SketchBook's latest customization options, it's never been simpler to tailor an existing brush to your taste or create one from scratch. The line you're looking for awaits, in just a few simple steps.

Gradient Tools

Flat color fills are all well and good, but there are times when a cascade of colors is needed. That's where SketchBook's new gradient functionality comes in. Whether you want lighting effects on a subject, or to pump up a background, this quick demo can fill you in on how to gradiate your art with shifting color values.


Image Manipulation

Projects can take artists through multiple twists and turns. This video will show you how you can retool existing art and give it that extra distortion, warpedness or skewed style it needs.

Blend Modes

SketchBook has always given digital artists the leverage of layers, but the software's latest blend modes upgrade puts even more power in your hands. Deciding how layers should interact is simple with new settings, which allow for optimal opacity interplay as you work to achieve just the right color effects. Begin blending at rocket speed with this tutorial, which demonstrates how the new modes can take your images to the next level.


Perspective Guides

In drawing, as in life, it's always important to keep things in perspective. Helping to advance the cause of establishing depth in digital art, Autodesk has implemented easy-to-use perspective tools in the latest version of SketchBook that give even newcomers mastery over one, two and three-point perspective, plus the ever-tricky spherical fisheye. See how to stay precise with this tutorial. 

Selection Tools

Selection tools don't just ensure artists can work within specific spaces on their canvas, the advanced features of SB's new tools mean that you have as much control over your pixel selections as you do a brush. Growing, shrinking and otherwise modifying a selected space to suit a given pieces need is simpler than ever with this new tool. 

Flipbook Animation

One of SketchBook's most notable additions is the inclusion of an animation timeline. Making full use of SB's illustration tools, the Flipbook gives artists the ability to create brief high-definition animatics and test them in real time. See how to get started using the basics below.

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