Autodesk SketchBook

Developer: Autodesk Inc.

Current Version: 8.4.0

Last Updated: 28 days 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

Visit for tips, tutorials, the SketchBook blog, and support.


Release Notes:

For MacBook Pro users, we've added quick access icons and sliders to the Touch Bar for undoing/redoing and changing brush/color attributes.


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 8.4.0
Review by applenicknamesarealsouseless

where is the version I purchased? - I purchased pro. It disappeared and I can’t get it back. Your instructions to restore are useless.

Found helpful by 2 out of 5 people
Version 8.4.0
Review by hopelessdreamer

A Mixed Review - What is this "free trial" just to open a file I just created with this free version? WOW what a disappointment from a program that's clean and simple, to be so stripped down. I really love the simplicity of this program; I can hide the tools I don't need visible. There are some great new features in this version- an awesome symetry tool is especially helpful. I've never seen that, and really appreciate it. A simple draw program seems so hard to find, that has basic features like crop, an option to open files, including ones just created, and resizing the canvas. An earlier free version I had, I can't access unless I log into the app store now, WOW! The only good thing about that is, I discovered this version. Even now on this version, a page pops up with a login option when I first open it, probably for the subscribers, but at least I can close it and use this very stripped down program. The subscription idea really stinks- it seems they took away the crop tool, the canvas size tool, and had to open an existing file done in another program as a copy but it looks like that's also a "free trial" action. Wow this is so sad, and will turn away many potential customers. At least put those basic features in like before please! The fancy bruses I don't need, so I guess a serious artist will pay the sub for them, there are some really cool features for a pro artist. I'm glad I have another program for my other basic needs. To pay for very basic parts that were once available for free is a dirty low-down dealbreaker. I'll be searching for a suitable replacement.

Found helpful by 1 out of 4 people
Version 8.4.0
Review by Zoofries

Used to be great! But now it’s nearly unusable - I use this program daily. It’s great! I got stuff done! But lately It’s been very buggy. My toolbar and layer panel would disappear, and the only way to get them back was to restart the program (and then only sometimes). Clicking on the layer and tool buttons on the top bar don’t bring them back. Fix this and this program will be great again. Till then, I’m using mischief.

Found helpful by 1 out of 3 people
Version 8.4.0
Review by aok2SAY

where is it says dammaged? - will it ever b right why only 2 apps i movie...and?

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 8.4.0
Review by aok2SAY

where is my coode? yoou never gave - will it ever b right why only 2 apps i movie...and? i have gone2 support apple and YOUS! WHERE IS MY PRO VERSION on my MAC! how do YOU GET A IOS app ON a MBP anyway? what R YOU DOING THIS AND WHY??? make me so mad dissappointed purturbed frustrated and WHY cant you fix? How many oppertunities must I open my device???? YOUR MAKING ME SO MAD!

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people