Saving files for use in other applications
Video: Saving files for use in other applicationsIn the lesson, I will show how to save your drawing file in SketchBook Pro. There are several file formats and I'd like to share those with you. Let's go ahead and move our cursor to the top of the main menu to File and here you'll see four different options. We've Save, Save As, Save a Copy As, and Add Image. The first one, Save, allows you to save it as native TIFF format, allowing you to preserve all of your drawing layers. Save As allows you to not only save it as a TIFF file but many other options as well. Save a Copy As allows you to save a duplicate file. However, you can rename it.
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In SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training, David Lee shows how to use SketchBook Pro's powerful tools and unique marking menu interface to make digital drawing and painting a natural experience. This course covers setting application preferences, selecting brushes, picking colors, choosing the right drawing tools for each project, and working with pen tablet and pen display devices. Exercise files accompany the course.
- Exploring the user interface lagoon
- Customizing brush settings
- Creating a texture brush
- Refining a sketch with blur, smear and sharpen tools
- Creating illustrations with layers
- Using the Symmetry tool to mirror drawings across the X or Y axis
- Using the ruler tool to draw and position precise straight lines
- Using the Ellipse tool to draw and position precise circles, ellipses, and curves.
- Saving projects
Saving files for use in other applications
In the lesson, I will show how to save your drawing file in SketchBook Pro. There are several file formats and I'd like to share those with you. Let's go ahead and move our cursor to the top of the main menu to File and here you'll see four different options. We've Save, Save As, Save a Copy As, and Add Image. The first one, Save, allows you to save it as native TIFF format, allowing you to preserve all of your drawing layers. Save As allows you to not only save it as a TIFF file but many other options as well. Save a Copy As allows you to save a duplicate file. However, you can rename it.
Add Image allows you to import an existing image and drop it in to your SketchBook Pro file. Since Save As allows you to have other options to save it in, let's go ahead and click on Save As and you can save it as a different file name, highlighting it and reentering it in your keyboard, and then as you click on Save as type, click on that, you can see the many options you have. You have TIFF, Bitmap, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and Adobe Photoshop.
The one thing to keep in mind is that TIFF and Adobe Photoshop PSD files will allow you to preserve your layers. Bitmap, JPEG, GIF and PNGs will not. They will actually flatten your files and give you a single compressed image. Just click out. Let's return to main menu to File and click on Save a Copy As. You can save under another file name and you also have the option of all these other file formats.
Click out and the last option is adding an Image. Now one of the things that I would highly suggest you do before you click on this is to make sure that you have a separate layer in your Layer Editor to add that image, or else it will merge with whatever layer that it is highlighted. We'll click on the Add Image and we'll go through to your file. It will allow you to click on and import an image. In this case, it will say SaveAddPhone. We'll go ahead and click on that and you see how the phone enters into the composition? However, it's on the separate layer, allowing you freedom to control that image and position it wherever you like.
In closing, there are several saving options in SketchBook Pro. It all depends whether you want to compress your files or you want to maintain layers.
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