Using the help options
Video: Using the help optionsIn this lesson, I will show you how to use SketchBook Pro's Help menu. This Help menu will offer both onboard and online help for SketchBook Pro, Autodesk products, and user communities. To begin, move your cursor to the main-menu area and hover over the Help tab. Click on the Help. And let's take a look at the first item, SketchBook Pro Help. Just click on that. Now what this is is a help resource. If you look on the left side of your screen the contents are listed as individual items.
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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
Using the help options
In this lesson, I will show you how to use SketchBook Pro's Help menu. This Help menu will offer both onboard and online help for SketchBook Pro, Autodesk products, and user communities. To begin, move your cursor to the main-menu area and hover over the Help tab. Click on the Help. And let's take a look at the first item, SketchBook Pro Help. Just click on that. Now what this is is a help resource. If you look on the left side of your screen the contents are listed as individual items.
They can be found through an index for more details. You can actually search by typing in a specific request. I just going to move this window over so you can take a look at that. If you find some that you like to recall very quickly or make it readily available, you can also select and save it as your favorite. So let's go ahead and go back to the Table of Contents. I'm going to go ahead and click on Basics. And then as you make a selection, it opens up in a larger window on the right. I'm going to go ahead and select Keyboard shortcuts.
Let's go ahead and move this bar over to the left so we can take a look at this. In addition to using the onboard marking menu interface in SketchBook Pro, you can also use your keyboard and use keyboard shortcuts. And this guide shows you all of the different keyboard shortcuts that you can use to access while you're editing and selecting tools. So in order to save this, what we're going to do is go ahead and go up to navigation bar and the heart- shaped one is what we wanted to select. So let's go ahead and click on that and save it as your Favorites.
So if we go back in and click in our Favorites, we have our keyboard shortcuts. So the next time we want to go back in and refresh our memory, we can easily go back and open up the Help menu and reference keyboard shortcuts. Let's go ahead and close that window. And return to the Help menu. And just click on the second one. This is SketchBook Pro Online help. Clicking that will put you right online to the Autodesk homepage. The Autodesk homepage will open, providing access to Industries, Products, Purchasing and Service and Support and Communities.
We can also purchase SketchBook Pro directly from Autodesk by following How to Buy button. Let's go ahead and close that. Return to the Help menu. And just click on Autodesk Area. By clicking on this, this will bring you to a site called Area, for the digital entertainment and visualization community in Autodesk. Scrolling down will allow you to take a look at the software, SketchBook Pro, and also allow you to have access to other forums and discussions.
The next tab is Autodesk Design Community. Let's go ahead and click on that. It is more focused on user community, each offering their unique way of drawing and visualization using Autodesk products. The AliasDesign window will appear. Once selected, click on Articles and then click on Tutorials. Once selected, scroll down for SketchBook Pro titles that appear. Some titles are slideshows and videos. You can also advance pages.
If you choose to watch a slideshow or video demo, you will see other ways SketchBook Pro can be used. The SketchBook Pro Help menu offers many ways to assist you as you're drawing.
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- 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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