For any digital artist who misses their pen or pencils, there is a product or two out there calling your name. Autodesk Sketchbook Pro is a conceptual sketching application that delivers vector and raster based work-flows. The Sketchbook Pro interface is quick and painless to adopt, and comes with a very comprehensive and complete set of tools.
Whether you are developing a prototype for a new desk chair, or creating the face of the villain for your next video game, you’ll find that the sketching experience within Sketchbook Pro is the best thing to happen to digital illustration since…well…maybe WACOM came out with the Cintiq? But we probably shouldn’t pit the two against one another, because if there ever was a love story between two pieces of technology, this would be it. Sketchbook Pro features the following powerful tools and options:
- Familiar brush types; realistic and completely customizable pencils, pens, markers and airbrushes
- Draw straight lines, rectangles, circles & ellipses with draw modes or snapping to guides
- Use Text to easily add annotations and or description
- Full featured Layers including preserve transparency and blend modes to help you color & create
- Edit your images by adjusting color, contrast, canvas size or crop.
When you combine the stylus-based input from the Cintiq with the vectorizing abilities of Sketchbook Pro, what you draw comes to life so quick, you won’t believe your own eyes. The pressure sensitive Cintiq tablets, have a nice working screen that allows you to take advantage of the simple user interface of Sketchbook Pro, and let’s you use the simple techniques of hand sketching that could never be truly replicated with a mouse. If you have images you’d like to work from, raster files can be loaded into youir project for reference. DWGs from AutoCAD, or PSDs for Adobe Photoshopcan be created or used within this powerful application. Take a look at the following video to see how Sketchbook Pro and WACOM can enhance your illustrative experience!
For more information on Sketchbook Pro, click here.
For more information on Wacom Cintiq tablets, click here.