Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 2011
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- Autodesk SketchBook Pro offers professional-grade capabilities for artists, designers, and doodlers
- Fast and intuitive user interface; so easy to learn, you will be productive in minutes
- Ultra-responsive and customizable digital pencils, pens, brushes, markers, and airbrushes
- Capture your ideas in writing, typed comments, and sketches... then email them instantly
- Work on standard images formats, including TIF, BMP, JPG, PNG, and PSD
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Relied on by professionals, adored by everyone who loves to draw… SketchBook Pro translates sophisticated technology and professional functionality into a natural drawing experience; use it anywhere you would traditionally use paper and pen.
Relied on by professionals, adored by everyone who loves to draw... SketchBook Pro translates sophisticated technology and professional functionality into a natural drawing experience; use it anywhere you would traditionally use paper and pen!
A Natural Sketching Experience
SketchBook Pro is, essentially, your virtual sketchbook. Designed specifically for pen-based interaction, transform your desktop computer, laptop, or Tablet PC into a digital sketch pad. The intuitive interface makes it easy to access a host of tools and state-of-the-art features, including pencils, markers, brushes, colors, guides, layers, and blending effects.
"It's the fantastic responsiveness and clean interface that keep me coming back to Sketchbook Pro--but the way new enhancements extend the shape and textural capabilities, make it easier than ever to tailor it to your individual drawing and painting needs. I love this software." -- Nick Harris, Illustrator (UK)
Your Creative Process
SketchBook Pro fits in virtually any creative workflow; load and view images and photographs for reference or mark-up and annotations. SketchBook Pro lets you open and save images from a variety of image formats, including moving files directly in and out of Photoshop.
Whether you are designing your next masterpiece, story boarding a feature film, expressing your wildest ideas, or just plain doodling, SketchBook Pro is your ultimate digital sketchbook.
Freely express your ideas and unleash your creativity with SketchBook Pro.
|New Tool bar for quick access||New Palette to store customized brushes|
|Import and export your own custom brush sets|| Selection Enhancement |
| Layer Enhancements || Preferences |
| Draw Modes to quickly capture basic shapes || New brush parameters for customizing brush textures |
| Image editing || Text Layers for annotations and type |
Top customer reviews
Say you built the United States and it took you about 300 years to do it. Let's then say you know you could redo every single aspect of the country better, all you have to do is bulldoze and level the first one. Too much investment to loose right? But that's how software, corporations, and all systems for that matter become obsolete. Which is to say those programs we are familiar with today, the standard bearers will go away- not because they don't have great features but because they can't (or aren't willing to) pay the costs involved with scrapping them and starting over. Man, they should, or just take a lesson from Apple. Anyway.
I don't buy software on a whim. I've been able to get a lot of mileage from simple 'MS paint' and Adobe Photoshop 5 for many years now but my illustration needs have grown significantly. That said, neither of these programs can meet my needs. So I went searching for an illustrator program and ran across a few. I dreaded the idea of buying Adobe Illustrator because I simply HATE the Photoshop interface which it mimics. HATE HATE HATE it. It has to be the most 'PC' of all interfaces, meaning, 'let's see if you can figure this out so you can brag to your friends that you actually understand our cryptic software. Feel like a genius? If you do, thank us and don't pay attention to how this affects your workflow."
I'm not a teenager with all the time in the world to waste or the need to boast that I solved Photoshop/Illustrator or whatever else Adobe makes, regardless of how good it might be. Seriously, is 'magic lasso' intuitive? When you first saw that ridiculously tiny icon what did you think it was? How did you use it?
Hence my dread of adopting Adobe Illustrator. So I searched and came across Sketchbook. I'd heard of it but didn't like the idea of 'sketching' anything. I want my illustration work done NOW NOW NOW, not in phases of sketching. But they (Autodesk) offered it as a two week free full-featured trial. Fair enough. Twenty minutes later I was hooked. The program took about a minute or so to download and I was up and using it in ten. It's THAT intuitive. So I considered giving Adobe Illustrator a fair shake as they also have a free download/trial period. First Adobe loads a download manager to me. OK, perhaps I might want to manage ONE download. The trial period is free so it's just a minor thing. But then I start the download. Adobe said I would have the download complete in about... 3 hours. Maybe it might have taken that long. Maybe their download manager would allow me to do other things while their insanely huge file reached me. Whatever the maybe's might be I will never know because I didn't want to stick around 3 hours to download the software. That just seems insane, and like something that is absurdly huge. Considering Sketchbook took about a minute to download and so this suggests Adobe illustrator has 180 times the features and benefits (using my formula 1 download minute = 1benefit, 3hrs.=180minutes=180 times greater benefit than Sketchbook). As I haven't seen people dancing in the street shouting Adobe Illustrator's praises I doubt it's THAT good or worth THAT long of a wait. To me it seemed like more of the same. A long process to get results that aren't worth the process.
So what's the benefit of Sketchbook? First off it's layout is as simple as grabbing a pencil, paintbrush, airbrush or whatever tool you draw with, dabbing it in paint and going to town on a piece of paper. It's quick to load, quick to set up, quick to learn, quick to use. I feel like my workflow is streamlined and it is. And the tools produce gorgeous results that you can get in Adobe but only with fanagling, manipulating, wrangling and Houdini-ing, that is unless you've dedicated 1/2 of your life learning Photoshop. What was really striking to me are the circles. The lines are so smooth and pleasing to the eye in Sketchbook, whereas in Photoshop they just look like a cheap, 80's cartoon outline. And it's these reasons that Sketchbook seems like the very best and first place you should start when you have a graphic idea you want to put to paper. It IS a Sketchbook.
My ONLY wishlist item with program is the inclusion of a grid. I'm sure they have a reason for not including one and there are work arounds but it would be nice. Still, you start adding everyone's wishlist and you have Photohop. Sorry Adobe, that was a cheap shot. True, but cheap. And speaking of cheap, there's another great thing about Sketchbook. It is DIRT cheap, especially by comparison to Adobe products.
So am I ready to chuck Adobe for good? I wish. Adobe still has many editing tools that really help put the final touch on a graphic project. Autodesk appears to acknowledge this as they steer you to save your creation in PSS (photoshop file) format. Fair enough.
Now the only bad press I've read about Sketchbook is from Mac users. I've read about of Mac compatibility/bug issues which is sad because I'm ready to dump my PC and all things Microsoft. I've never used Sketchbook on a Mac so I can't speak to any experience in that area.
So there you have it. Great software, great price, easy to use, not everything you need but the first you should grab for your graphic creation needs. Maybe Adobe will wise up and learn from Autodesk.
Not so with Sketchbook Pro. After a couple of days of fooling around with it, and watching a few tutorials on YouTube, I managed to very easily dial right in. I haven't had as much FUN with art in years---almost like discovering a new set of superpowers! In the past, I would have to draw a picture with a brush on bristol board, scan it, then add color using Painter, which never looked "right" to me. Since Sketchbook is so intuitive and easy to manage, I can do pencil, inking and coloring very quickly, and all the art looks integrated, so close to traditional media that the differences aren't worth mentioning. Fantastic software. I recommend it highly, and it's inexpensive...a rather nice bonus.
You really ought to have a Wacom-type tablet to wring the most out of this program, so get that, too.
You'll be glad you did.
It has an intuitive interface that I found very easy to use and the drawing tablet response is great. Also the "learning curve" is very short; I learned all I needed to know in a few hours.
Though I have a more expensive, fuller featured software suite, I found drawing and painting with it to be relatively awkward by comparision, and it took months for me to feel comfortable with a lot of its features.
Obviously, this software was designed by someone who is an artist, or had good input from one, and not a "techie" type, interested in "bells and whistles".
However, in regard to the latter, I did miss a few things on this software: in particular its handling of objects and text, and being limited to one image at a time to work on. But I was able to transfer my files from this program to my other one for those purposes.
Last but now least was the great low price. My advice is, whatever you're using, if you're interested in actually doing art on the computer: get it!