Autodesk SketchBook

Developer: Autodesk Inc.

Current Version: 8.3.1

Last Updated: 3 months ago

Download Size: 83.8 MB - Download


Everyone, including professional illustrators, concept designers, comic artists, manga lovers, and the everyday doodler, will enjoy using Autodesk® SketchBook® - the digital drawing app made for everyone who loves to draw. An easy-to-use and customizable interface makes tools easily accessible, so artists always have convenient access to the power and flexibility of a digital tool while maintaining a natural drawing experience. Install the app to discover the power of SketchBook and start unlocking your creativity today.

There has been a complete overhaul of the brushes, starting with a whole new redesign of the Brush Library, which includes:
◆ New Natural Blend and Colorless brushes
o Pinning brush sets to the Brush Palette
o Redesigned Brush Properties window, which includes:
- Brush types
- Flow and Opacity control
- Stylus tilt and stamp scaling
- Improved texture capture workflow
- Import an image as a stamp texture
o Loading custom and purchased brushes
◆ Newly designed Color Editor
◆ Support for saving and exporting the SketchBook .skbrushes brush format
◆ Updated the textures for two of the Pastel brushes

The full power of SketchBook is unlocked with Pro membership, available right here in the Mac App Store. Pro members get exclusive access to all features across desktop and mobile versions of SketchBook, including:

• A comprehensive brush library with over 100 preset pencil, pens, markers, and brushes
• Customizable brushes for complete control over your artistic toolset
• SketchBook Motion - named iPad App of the Year for 2016 - is fully unlocked as a free app for SketchBook subscribers. Available as a separate download from iTunes.
• Full layer controls, including layer grouping, multiple layer transform, and layer blending modes
• Perspective Guides with 1 point, 2 point, 3 point, and fisheye modes
• FlipBook with an animation timeline to bring your creations to life
• Selection and distort transform tools to freely and easily manipulate your image
• Dynamic flood fills with solid, linear, and radial gradients for complete control
• Dynamic X and Y axis symmetry tools with movable symmetry lines
• Steady Stroke for smooth line art
• The exclusive digital edition of the full Copic® Color Library

SketchBook offers the following features to users without a Pro membership:

• A clean and unobtrusive interface
• Layer Editor that supports up to 3 layers for increased control over your drawings and sketches
• Full color spectrum control that includes swatches from the Copic Color Library
• Other workflow improvements, including selection, automatic save, and more

Unique to the Mac App Store version:

• Save files directly to iCloud, so you can access canvases from iOS versions of SketchBook
• Purchase and manage your SketchBook membership within the Mac App Store.

System requirements:
-Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11

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Release Notes:

• We added Stroke Stabilizer. Apply different amounts of smoothness to your initial stroke, while preserving sharp corners. Now, you can draw perfect circles, ellipses, and straight lines freehand!
• Take brush stroke customization further. We added a new level of texture control to create brushes with more richness and depth. Try the new Signature Ink, Pencil Pal, Soft Pastel, Watercolor, Dusty Airbrush brushes and see how it’s done. The possibilities are endless.
• Speaking of brushes, we saw some of you noticed that we give away a new free brush set every Monday. We're glad you like them! Now, subscribers have the SketchBook Extras panel, which makes it even easier to bring content into SketchBook. Simply click on the ones you want to load them directly into your SketchBook.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 7.1.1
Review by Dweran

The best drawing program on the market - This has become my default program for digital drawing and painting, over programs like Photoshop and Painter. The tools are fast and easy to use, and well-thought out; there isn't a lot of clutter on the screen; and I find it extremely easy to create with this. Unlike Photoshop, the tools you want aren't buried amongst 300 other options you'll never use. Unlike Painter, there's no lag on the brushstrokes. It comes with drawing guides (straight-edge, circles, boxes, french curves) which I use constantly. Saving colors to use repeatedly is intuitive - drag it to the pallette. Setting color hue, color intensity, opacity, and brush size is easier here than on any other program I've ever used. Sure, it's a subscription now. $25 a year isn't going to break the bank. The new animation, perspective, and gradient tools - which are MUCH better than Photoshop's - are worth that alone. And, although some people are reporting crashes, I've never had that happen; it's been perfectly stable and reliable for me. Note to the people missing functions: You'll need to sign up/in to gain access to the functions the previous lite version had. It's still free. Only the new tools require a subscription. TL/DR version: I LOVE THIS PROGRAM.

Found helpful by 45 out of 50 people
Version 7.0.3
Review by Daisy Azuras

paid for a year and now it wants me to pay again. - I got the new 7.0.3 version yesterday and it crashed this morning and said to delete and redownload but once I did that, it says I have to pay for another year long membership after I already paid. What the hell is going on? I can’t find a fix for this yet and so I can’t even use the app even though I paid for it. When it was working however, it was a blast and had all the tools I dreamt of having in sketchbook. As soon as they fix it so it stops crashing I’ll highly recommend this drawing app.

Found helpful by 138 out of 159 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 8.3.1
Review by Kannan Fodder

Was considerin the paid version…. - I was seriously considering the paid version, but now seeing that a weekly/monthly/yearly “subscription” is required really turns me off. I can’t stand all this “pay to play” BS with ever increasing fees for mediocre products and non-existent customer support. Sadly, this program had promise.

Found helpful by 9 out of 10 people
Version 8.3.1
Review by FloridaGurl101

Positives regarding Sketchbook - I first got this app 2 or so years ago, it was a little bit junky but at least it allowed me to draw. Though those few years I really have noticed changes in preformence for this app, especially after getting the yearly pro subscription. Though the yearly price of a pro subcrition is on the expensive side if you draw consistently it is totally worth getting pro. I will also point out that I have, personally, never experienced any of the problems listed from other reviewers; the only problems were when I first got the app and half of those were the result of me not knowing what I was doing. All and all I highly recommend the app as it offers very unique tools and endless posibilites.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 8.3.1
Review by JliaD

Horrible app. Too many errors. - Despite the good tools, this app has countless errors. For example, when I try to shut down my computer, I will get a window telling me that Sketchbook interupted the process. When I try to quit it so I can continue shutting down, it doesn’t listen and refuses to quit. Often there will be a giant blank window that blocks me from doing anything. It seems to act more as a virus than a tool.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 8.3.1
Review by MapleInVT

Acquired iDraw and switched to terrible SketchBook app - iDraw was a decent app that I invested some time in learning. I am very disappointed in Autodesk acquiring iDraw and then producing an entirely new user interface as well as a web-based subscription service for the replacement Sketchbook app. These actions are unethical and just plain mean. TIme to delete this app and search through my backup for good ole iDraw. Enough said!

Found helpful by 21 out of 30 people
Version 8.3.1
Review by Snarkclaw

Really Natural Interface - Confession: When I first tried SketchBook for Mac, the interface put me off. I spent years learning Photoshop, and SketchBook's interface is very different. However, between the facts I **really really really** like SketchBook for iOS, SketchBook uses iCloud to sync projects among different devices, and I just enjoy playing with different graphics software for fun, I kept giving SketchBook for Mac superficial tries. Recently, I finally did what I should have done much earlier, and started actually **learning** the tools through my own use and through tutorials. And my feelings towards the interface have completely changed. Just using the program -- and not trying to apply my Photoshop knowledge to it -- I appreciate the layout, the shortcuts, the ways things are accessed. In particular, being able to zoom and pan with the same click is incredibly natural and easy. I have gone from disliking the interface to really enjoying it in just the last few weeks! In addition to liking the interface, I have found some tools to be absolutely indispensable for me. The "ruler" (straight line guide), ellipse guide, and symmetry tools have become must-haves in my workflow. While Photoshop is still my default program, SketchBook has quickly become a necessary part of my workflow, and I love that SketchBook plays very nicely with PSD files. Almost every graphics program gets the question, "Is this a Photoshop killer?" To me, SketchBook is not, nor does it try to be. Instead, I think it is a very nice complement to Photoshop. The two work well together, and I feel my workflow has been greatly enhanced by finally **really** learning SketchBook. Pro vs Free: Free has some really nice features, but the best features do belong to the Pro (paid) version. Is a subscription model concerning? Yes, I confess I am not crazy about having to subscribe to my software. Still, the annual fee for SketchBook Pro is not high and covers all your devices... Mac and iThing alike. Customer Service: I recently reported a little bug (with an easy workaround, not a show-stopper) and was impressed by the response I received. SketchBook's team seems to be actively engaged in the software and are willing to work with their customers. Overall, I have gone from mostly lukewarm/curious about SketchBook to being genuinely enthusiastic about it and quick to recommend it to those who want to draw digitally.

Found helpful by 2 out of 3 people