Using a template
Video: Using a templateIn this lesson I'll show you how to access a number of useful background templates to help you make a more accurate drawing. To begin, let's move our cursor to the top of the main menu, to the Help tab, click down and select Autodesk Design Community. Place your cursor on Downloads, move down to a lower bar, and select Miscellaneous. As you scroll down, you'll find SketchBook Pro background templates. Now before you select on that and download them, you have to register to be a user for Autodesk.
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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 a template
In this lesson I'll show you how to access a number of useful background templates to help you make a more accurate drawing. To begin, let's move our cursor to the top of the main menu, to the Help tab, click down and select Autodesk Design Community. Place your cursor on Downloads, move down to a lower bar, and select Miscellaneous. As you scroll down, you'll find SketchBook Pro background templates. Now before you select on that and download them, you have to register to be a user for Autodesk.
If you're already registered user, go ahead and Sign In. Click on the Sign In and enter your login information, and click on Submit, and now you're in. Go ahead and click on SketchBook Pro background templates, move your cursor up, and click on the link to open the window. Now that the window is open, be sure that you save your file in a folder so you know where to find it. I've already downloaded these background templates. Let's take a look.
We'll open SketchBook Pro, we'll click on File > Open, we'll go to Documents and we'll go to SketchBook Background Samples. As you can see, there are a number of different templates across many different industries. Right now I'd like to share with you some of the things that I've done with some of these templates. This is the HorizontalLine template. It basically allows you to create copy or anything you'd like to do in a straight line. This is a grid template. It helped me create a drawing in the exact proportion and scale that I wanted.
This is the Storyboard template. It chronologically allows me to organize my drawings and copy on one page. This is a Perspective Grid template. As you can see it has a little bit of a three-point perspective in that it starts to diverge at the top and converge at the back. I'd like to share with you how I created a drawing using this template. I'm going to my interface lagoon and drag the layers, so you can see how I constructed the drawing. As I review these layers, I used a Horizon Line to create scale and proportion, and then I used the next layer to sketch in the elements of my interior.
And then I used the fourth layer along with a Ruler tool and Ellipse guy tool to accurately draw in all the final details. Now going back into Layer Editor, I'm going to go ahead and remove those layers or Hide them, so you have a clear view of the final drawing. Here's another Perspective Grid that I use. This particular Perspective Grid allows you to create objects that are smaller in size, and in this case I was able to use it to create the design for a telephone. By using multiple layers it allowed me to organize my concept and it also allowed me to finish my concept by creating a background and reflections to make the product look more realistic.
In closing, using these downloadable background templates offer many opportunities to work with more options.
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