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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)


Imagine having all your painting and drawing tools in one handy kit. All of your brushes, paints, markers, rulers, and so on in one easy-access paint box. SketchBook Pro is that kit, packed with tools, brushes, and different media options. It is an intuitive program that allows the user to create professional artwork that mimics the look of traditional drawing and painting mediums.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, An Arsenal of Tools, gives an overview of the tools available in SketchBook Pro.

Chapter 2, Setting Your Preferences and Customization, discusses the customization of the software for optimal performance and ease of use. It also discusses the Do-It-Yourself Brush tool feature in SketchBook Pro.

Chapter 3, Creating an Image using Pen, Ink, and Color, focuses on the tools used to create a pen and ink drawing and how to color it. There will also be a demonstration on importing and coloring a scanned drawing.

Chapter 4, Creating a Painting, shows two demonstrations: first, a digital oil sketch demonstration and then a demonstration on painting a figure with the background fully rendered.

Chapter 5, File Saving Options, goes over the file saving options and how to choose the best one for your image.

Chapter 6, Tips and Tricks, gives you practical advice and helpful tips for using SketchBook Pro and continuing to learn about the software.

The bonus chapter, Gallery of Images, is an additional chapter containing a gallery of images created in SketchBook Pro along with a brief description and it can be downloaded from the PACKT website at the following link:

What you need for this book

  • Software: Autodesk SketchBook Pro 6

  • Windows: The following are the requirements for Windows:

    • Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows XP

    • 1 GHz Intel or AMD processor

    • 1GB of RAM

    • A graphics card capable of 1,024X768 display with 128 MB RAM

  • Mac: The following are the requirements for Mac:

    • Apple Mac OS version 10.6, 10.7, 10.8

    • 1 GHZ Intel-based CPU

    • 1 GB RAM

    • Graphics card capable of 1,024X768 display with 128 MB RAM

  • Tablet: The following is the requirement for a tablet:

    • A pressure-sensitive tablet and pen

Who this book is for

This book is intended for two types of artist. The first is the traditional artist with little or no training in digital media, looking to learn about an application that is both, easy to use and capable of producing professional quality work. The second is the intermediate digital artist looking to add to their knowledge and training.


In this book, you will find a number of styles of text that distinguish between different kinds of information. Here are some examples of these styles, and an explanation of their meaning.

Code words in text are shown as follows: "For instance, the Width here is set at 4000 pixels and the Height is set at 3075 pixels."

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