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Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 2011

by Autodesk
Windows XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS X
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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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’ll 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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System Requirements

  • Platform:    Windows XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B0045Y1IN0
  • Release Date: 1 Mar 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,531 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

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
Dynamic and streamlined UI
A dynamic and streamlined UI that is easy to learn and fun to use. View larger.
Customizable brushes
Customise your brushes to suite your individual style or capture a specific look. View larger.

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, colours, 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.

Build-up multiple layers
Build-up multiple layers to get the composition and effects you desire. View larger.
Your Tools

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.

Full suite of brushes and tools
A full suite of brushes and tools
Build-up multiple layers
Fine tune the look of your images by adjusting colours, brightness, and contrast. View larger.
Highlights
  • Familiar brush types; realistic and completely customisable pencils, pens, markers, and airbrushes
  • Draw straight lines, rectangles, circles, and ellipses with draw modes or snapping to guides
  • Use Text to easily add annotations and/or descriptions
  • Full featured Layers including preserve transparency and blend modes to help you colour and create
  • Edit your images by adjusting colour, contract, canvas size, or crop.

Freely express your ideas and unleash your creativity with SketchBook Pro.

What's new
New Tool bar for quick access New Palette to store customised brushes
Import and export your own custom brush sets Selection Enhancement
  • Maintain selections when switching layers
Layer Enhancements
  • Blend modes (multiply, add, screen)
  • New quick access transparency slider
Preferences
  • Symmetry stop at centerline
  • Default file format (TIFF or PSD)
Draw Modes to quickly capture basic shapes
  • Circles
  • Lines
  • Rectangles
New brush parameters for customizing brush textures
  • Spacing Noise
  • Rotational Jitter
Image editing
  • Brightness/Contrast
  • Hue/Saturation
  • Colour Balance
  • Greyscale
  • Invert
  • Crop tool
Text Layers for annotations and type
  • System Fonts
  • Basic settings
  • Editable

Product Description

Autodesk SketchBook Pro is an affordable, easy to use, natural drawing experience with the quality expected by professionals. Consider it your digital sketchpad-use it to create quick sketches or print quality production artwork. It offers best-in-class sketching capabilities for professional designers and artists from all industries. With a click of the stylus you can access any of the software's best-in-class tools: fast, reactive pencils, markers and brushes, pen-driven layers, background templates, a 50...

Customer Reviews

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
By Andre Lawrence TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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It is rare that I come across something, which fundamentally changes the way I do my work. But, for the past two (2) months, I must say that I have, not only found a software that simplifies my workload, but it is an actual tool that can produce work for a fine art project, graphic art project, engineering and architectural projects. This is a complete art workshops wrapped up in an inexpensive software.

As a fine artist for well over 30 years and a graphic artist for the past 10, working with and owning the Adobe Creative Suite I can comfortably say that AutoDesk--the producer of AutoCAD, Maya, Alias 3ds- has created in the essential fine and graphic artists' software: Sketchbook Pro.

This software is monumentally important. And, that's not an exaggeration by any means. When one can pick up a pen-tablet and sketch almost as comfortably as a pencil on paper or tracing paper on a drafting table without any difficulty and choose between 14 different virtual mediums: that is incredible. What took me literally months and months of arduous trial and error and forbearing that high learning curve that Photoshop demands, Sketchbook Pro is nothing short of a godsend.

It took me no less than a few hours of playing around with it to get completely comfortable with this engineering marvel.

Sketchbook Pro has a clean, minimalist interface. There's a tool bar that has such editing capacities as Back/ Forward buttons, crop, lasso, zoom, ruler (slide ruler), ellipse, symmetry, line, rectangle, layers, brush palette and color editor. The color editor, by the way, is very similar in look and features as Photoshop's.

The brush palette has 14-different brush selection.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven 15 Aug 2011
After just becoming fairly competent with Photoshop I was reluctant to try another painting program, fearing another uphill struggle. As an illustrator who uses very few of the thousands of tools available on Photoshop, the process of creating a digital painting can be fairly intimidating faced with the Adobe interface. After installing Sketchbook Pro, however, I was painting competently and intuitively within minutes - I can't recommend this product enough. The pen flicks and shortcuts are easy to memorize, and there isn't any confusing jargon or unnecessary tools. It is designed specifically for tablet users so it obviously works with your tablet's pressure sensitivity, and most shortcuts work simply through pen movements, minimizing use of the keyboard. I kept discovering new features and thinking, this is what I wanted all along - why hasn't anyone made features like this before??
One downside is that I use a lot of overlaid textures in my work, and I still find that photoshop has more precision in this field. However, it bridges the gap between other programs well, even allowing you to open up PSDs while keeping layers intact. It could also do with a few more brushes, but I still haven't discovered if you can create your own or download ones elsewhere. The ones provided are still good, but I would like a few more that imitate real brushes and media. If anyone could help in this area it would be greatly appreciated.
Despite this, it is still a wonderful piece of kit that every tablet owner should buy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great bit of kit but... 22 April 2011
So far, this for me is the best program for drawing digitally having used an earlier version.
Pros
*Fast and easy installation.
*Great new features with templates, mirror drawing, etc.
Cons
Some "lag" after prolonged use (operating iMac 10.6.7, 4 gig ram)
Needs improvement on how to manipulate and save your custom brushes
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic package 12 Jan 2011
I have just obtained a graphics tablet with the intention of sketching digitally. I do this purely as a hobby and was a little intimidated about which software to use. After a couple of pro recommendations I downloaded the trial and instantly felt comofrtable with the interface. It's as clean or cluttered as you want it to be - all menus can be kept on screen for speed and convenience or closed and re-opened from the lagoon menu. I was amazed at the wealth of features within this program and after a few attempts I am very impressed with the finished pieces I produced. I have since spent countless hours producing work that I just didn't have the confidence to put on paper before.

I was so impressed that I purchased a copy 7 days into my 14 day trial.

I understand Photoshop is a better product for finishing/polishing but the drawing aspects of Sketchbook Pro are superior in my opinion. Ultimately it's a personal preference but I loved this and I'm pretty sure you will too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick on the draw... 24 Jun 2012
By stylepuppy TOP 50 REVIEWER
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If you're used to the dry-biscuit formality of Adobe Photoshop or some painting app's then Sketchbook Pro comes as a breath of fresh air. The user-interface is clean and uncomplicated and is widely customisable to suit the individual user. It's an app primarily designed for use with a drawing tablet and, as you'd expect, the drawing tools and brushes effectively emulate a good range of real-world tools together with a useful range of special effect brushes. The actual interface has been thoughtfully optimised for stylus use too, so you don't have to keep switching back to mouse or keyboard. Elements like radial menus, which display their options in a circle around the cursor, allow you to switch various options intuitively using your stylus and quickly become second nature.

By default the pen and pencil brushes offer the most expressive line when used with your pressure-sensitive tablet, but all the brush presets are customisable so you can also add more expression to normally less-sensitive brushes like markers and paintbrushes. I couldn't see any way to assign more then one colour to a single brush, they're only mono-tonal, and that's a feature from Adobe Photoshop which I really missed. Photoshop allows you to use both foreground and background colours simultaneously on a single brush and 'jitter' between them while working - it's great shorthand way to paint in a natural background texture, like foliage or grass.

This package includes both Windows and Mac versions of Sketchbook Pro (which are virtually identical) and you don't have to choose, you can install on both platforms and run both according to needs. There's also a useful 'Send Mail...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Easy To Use
Like all things of this nature, it's a high tech version of a pencil and pad. As a stand alone item, it's use on a PC would be minimal. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mike Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle learning curve
Fortunately we have a Wacom Bamboo tablet which is a great device to control Autodesk Sketchbook pro 2011. Read more
Published 14 months ago by M. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy alternative to Photoshop
Now, I understand that some die-hard Photoshop fans won't ever be willing to convert to any other program - and that's totally fine with me - but in case you ARE looking for an... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Barto
4.0 out of 5 stars What a Pleasant Surprise
This software came as a pleasant surprise. I was expecting something as formal as Photoshop, and was wary as I'm not a geek by any means. Read more
Published 18 months ago by J. Pittam
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use software
I have just recently bought a tablet and this software to start digital art and found this a good buy. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Hannah
4.0 out of 5 stars Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 2011
I'm always wary of new software - it either drags the machine down to a crawl, interferes with something essential, installs spyware, crashes intermittently or fails to work,... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Nathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Limited only by your imagination!
This sketching software is great fun to use and easy to get up and running. You probably already have a graphics tablet, but if not check the "what other customers bought" section... Read more
Published 22 months ago by James B. Spink
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple to use. Nice tools.
This has some nice tools. I particularly liked the mirror settings, that allow you to create two symmetrical halves (or four quadrants) of a design with one set of strokes. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Martyn Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars great sketchbook
This sketchbook software is very useful. It is designed specifically for pen based input. It is lie a real sketchbook really only you have much more choice and freedoms. Read more
Published 22 months ago by badger
4.0 out of 5 stars Proff results
So, been using this with my trusty bamboo graphics tablet (havnt tried it with anything else, sorry) and I love how responsive it is, really love that - using an i3 chipset. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Toby le Rhone
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