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SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training
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Selecting a brush


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SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training

with David Lee

Video: Selecting a brush

In this lesson, I'll show you how to select and adjust your brush tools in SketchBook Pro. Let's begin by going to the user interface and clicking on the Brush tool icon. Here are the seven primary tools in SketchBook Pro. Let's take a look at the Pencil tool. Now as you hover over each one, a little name tag will pop-up to share with you what tenth tool is for. Let's go ahead and double-click on Pencil tool and by double-clicking you bring up the Brush Properties. In this case, this is for a pencil.

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SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training
2h 28m Beginner Jun 14, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • 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
Subject:
Design
Software:
SketchBook Pro Wacom
Author:
David Lee

Selecting a brush

In this lesson, I'll show you how to select and adjust your brush tools in SketchBook Pro. Let's begin by going to the user interface and clicking on the Brush tool icon. Here are the seven primary tools in SketchBook Pro. Let's take a look at the Pencil tool. Now as you hover over each one, a little name tag will pop-up to share with you what tenth tool is for. Let's go ahead and double-click on Pencil tool and by double-clicking you bring up the Brush Properties. In this case, this is for a pencil.

So by sliding the bar to the right, the pen grows in size and by sliding it to the left it decreases in size. You have your option of saving the brush setting that you like or you can reset it to the default or you can cancel it. One of the things I want you to keep in mind when you're adjusting your brushes is to look at the Preview window. This will give you an idea of what the brushstroke will look like when you're drawing. Let's go ahead and close that and go to the Airbrush.

Here is the Airbrush tool. As you can see you can adjust by Size and you can also adjust the Flow rate at which the color will come out of your airbrush. When you move up it's more dense and much more ink, as you move down, much less. Let's go ahead and try some of that. And as you bear down on your input device, you could see how it gets more dense, so it's pressure sensitive. Let's click on the Marker tool. The Marker tool is very much like a sharpie pen.

You can adjust by size and you can just slant, very much like the end of the Marker Pen. And you see how it puddles when you begin and end. And you can layer color very much like the Airbrush tool. The tool to the right is a Chisel Tip Marker. We'll double-click on that. As you can see you can also adjust by Size and Slant. This one is much more visible, because it's very much like a large marker. And you can see when I begin it has an angle on that pen nib and this lays down really nice opaque swatches of color.

Let's go up to the Ballpoint Pen and like other tools you can adjust the size of the pen and you can also adjust the opacity of the ink. I particularly like to use this at 100%, because it gives me very nice, even, consistent quality of ink color. And it's great for writing and doing a detail work and such. The one next to it is the Paintbrush tool. Like the Airbrush tool you can also adjust the size and the opacity. We'll go ahead and save that, and you can see what you can do with the Paintbrush tool is you can go ahead and paint transparent color, you can blend color, and it's a great tool, specially for doing backgrounds.

And the last tool is your Felt Tip Pen tool. Let's go ahead and double-click on that. What you see on this pen tool is that you can not only adjust the size of it but if you look at the Preview window, look in particular at the ends of a line is that you can adjust the Tip Hardness. So you can actually create a very very consistent line by moving the Tip Hardness all the way to the right. You can move the slider to the left and that'll give you a gradation quality towards the ends.

And if you want to adjust that, you can bring the pen size down and you can increase the Hardness just a little bit. You can see how it is lift upon your input device. You can actually create very similar lines as if you're drawing with a pencil or a Prismacolor. One tool I'd like to share with you that applies to all of these drawing tools is the Brush Resize tool. If you move your cursor to the upper left corner where it says Show Brush Resize tool, go ahead and click on that and you can just grab the handles along the edges and bring it close to you as you're sketching and whichever pen that you're in.

Let's say I've selected a pencil. You can actually locate your cursor right in the middle and if you look at the monitor at the very top you'll see a gauge increase in size as you move your cursor to the right and decrease in size as you move to the left. And what that will do is that will give a way to resize your brush as you're sketching. So as you are beginning a drawing you might wanted to perhaps a thin line. And then as you are getting closer to certain parts of the drawing, you might need a bolder line.

It's a real handy thing to have as you're drawing rather than having to go back and resize your brush, double-clicking and making adjustments, by just simply having to resize the Brush tool near your work. In closing, drawing in SketchBook Pro always allows you to adjust your brush tools as you sketch and save favorite brushes as you work.

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Q: The grid files the author uses in the course aren't included in the exercise files. Where can I find them?
A: The grid files are background template files that are provided with an Autodesk subscription, which comes with purchase of any Autodesk product, including Sketchbook Pro. To sign up for a subscription, visit http://subscription.autodesk.com and click Create an Account. You'll be prompted to enter your software license number, so make sure to have that handy.
 
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