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SketchBook Pro Digital Painting Essentials

By : Gil Robles
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SketchBook Pro Digital Painting Essentials

By: Gil Robles

Overview of this book

Sketchbook Pro is a professional grade painting app that is easy to use and which helps you create digital art that looks like paintings created using ink and color. Using Sketchbook Pro, you can transform your digital art into true masterpieces that resemble work done using traditional mediums. SketchBook Pro Digital Painting Essentials will show you how to transform your digital art into true masterpieces. This book will guide you through the many tools and options available in Sketchbook Pro such as the symmetry tool, layer editor, and blend modes to create images that look as though they were done by hand using traditional tools and mediums. This unique book offers inspiration with hands-on techniques and gives you an insight into a professional artist's mind. Starting with an overview of the program, this book will help you customize and set your preferences to help you produce the best possible images for use on the Web or for print. You will be able to look over the author's shoulder as he demonstrates the use of the tools to create artwork that looks like it was painted or inked. This book will then show you how you can draw basic illustrations and then how to create acrylic paintings. You will also learn about file saving options; which ones are best for what you intend to do with the artwork. The book will also show you how to export the images you've created to other software and will give you tips and tricks that will help you make the most out of Sketchbook Pro. SketchBook Pro Digital Painting Essentials will give you an extensive overview complete with supporting imagery of how each piece of art was made, and by the end of this book, you will have created multiple drawings using Sketchbook Pro.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Demo 3 – coloring a scanned drawing

If you created and scanned an original drawing using pen and ink on paper, SketchBook Pro allows you to import that image. The image should be scanned in no less than 400 dpi and saved as a TIFF, JPEG, or PNG file.

Click on the add image icon in the Layers editor, as shown in the following screenshot, to import your image onto the canvas:

When the image is imported, the zoom/rotate/move canvas tool will be activated so that you can resize your image to fit the canvas, as in the following screenshot:

Once the image is on the canvas, go back to the Layers editor and select Multiply from among the blend modes. You can see this in the following screenshot of the Layers editor. This will allow SketchBook Pro to ignore the white areas so that you will be able to add color to your image.

It is good practice to work from the background toward the front when coloring the image. The Bucket tool is used to add a warm color to the background. The background color will...