Drawing on the iPad with SketchBook Pro
Illustration by John Hersey

Drawing on the iPad with SketchBook Pro

with Victor Osaka

Video: Advanced brushes

Let's look at the advance use of brush and color menus. A long press on any existing brush will For example, it might be useful to have Now the two icons at the very bottom are fixed.

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Drawing on iPad with SketchBook Pro | Online Video Course
1h 21m Beginner Apr 18, 2014

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iPad and SketchBook Pro make a great team for quick illustrations and drawing on the go. Victor Osaka introduces techniques that will make sketching with the iPad a natural, regular part of your artistic process. Also, learn how to choose a case and stylus that are best for drawing, access SketchBook's brushes and layers, and build compositions with layered color, shading, texture, and effects.

Topics include:
  • Choosing a stylus
  • Working with brushes and layers
  • Shading and texturing
  • Using hot corners and gestures
  • Exporting your work
  • Drawing ergonomics
SketchBook Pro iPad
Victor Osaka

Advanced brushes

Let's look at the advance use of brush and color menus. I'll place emphasis on those tools which are the most useful for the sketch artist. Click on the Clutch to access the brush strip menus. A long press on any existing brush will allow you to exchange that one for another brush. For example, it might be useful to have several pencils of varying hardness available for quick access. Or, a couple of airbrushes with different tip sizes. Using this method is faster and more repeatable than using the properties puck to change your size as you draw. Now the two icons at the very bottom are fixed.

They are the Smudge tool, and the Last Brush Used icon. Now you may be wondering about these tiny icons at the very top of the strip menus. They're like little push pins. Basically, clicking on them will keep these strips visible as you sketch, you can draw right over them, and it won't affect your drawing. Now let's look at the Brush Icon menu on the tool bar. You're presented with two windows. On the left, you have your brush menus, and on the right hand side you have the color wheel menu.

Your choices are Soft, Solid, or Hard brush styles. Below that, you have your minimum radius, maximum radius, opacity differences. All of these will affect the way your brush looks as you paint. They're most effective when you have a pressure sensitive pen. Now, there's another button here, which is your Advanced menu. Here you can choose your brushes. Slide to the left or right. And choose from any of the other brushes you have, custom brushes as well.

You can adjust the radius. And the opacity, just as you do, with your brush properties puck on your screen as you draw. These icons up here show you the previous brush, current brush, and flood fill icon. Clicking on the Flood Fill, will change your sampler window to a solid color that also, eliminates any possibility of changing your radius or opacity. On the right hand side, you have your color wheel. It starts off in HSB mode. HSB stands for hue, saturation, and brightness.

Your hue, adjusts from 0 to 360 degrees. Saturation and brightness are from 0 to 100%. Now you can also change your colors by simply dragging the circle around the wheel, or in the center diamond. You'll notice in the upper right is your before and after swatch. You can toggle between hue, saturation and brightness and RGB, by clicking on this icon.

RGB stands for red, green, and blue. And these values go from 0 to 255, for each of the three colors. Again, you can change the color using the wheel itself, dragging it around. Or going by the value itself, 202, 167 and 110. Your changes are reflected in the swatch up in the upper right and. This icon here is the color space icon. It allows you to choose between a simple swatch library, your color wheel as we had before, and also the Copic library.

The Copic library is of course is the manufacturer's palette of markers, and you have them reflected here in your swatch library. Now let's go back to the strip menus. Click out. Click on your clutch. The color palette strip works in a very similar fashion to the brush stroke. Clicking on a color swatch selects it to be your color. You can replace an existing swatch with one of your favorites. Click and hold on a swatch, and choose a new color. We can, in this case, the Copic library is shown up.

You can click and choose your color wheel, again, adjust your color. Tap on that outer wheel, and your color is replaced in your swatch. Use of the color picker is a bit different from most color pickers. Just below the editor swatch is the Eye Dropper icon. Click on it, and you will be centered with a crosshair. Drag it over any color or blend, and you'll notice how the outer ring changes color, to the selected color beneath it. Let go, and you see it reflected in your mixture at the very top.

If you want to save this color in your strip, press and hold onto any swatch. Carefully tap the outer ring, and your color is placed in that swatch. Now, the eye dropper combined with a, the replaceable swatch feature can be very helpful. If you have actual swatches from your designer, you can photograph or scan them and use the eye dropper to sample a swatch, and include it in the color strip. You might want to check out lynda.com's movie, Picking Your Paint Chips, in the course Photoshop for Interior Design: Living Room Composite with William Everheart.

In this, he describes a technique using Photoshop. Now, if at any point, you want to revert back to the default settings, go to your Preferences, and you can choose, Reset Color Swatches, or Reset Brush Settings. And that brings you back to your default settings.

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Q: Which tablet case do you use in these tutorials? What do you look for when buying a case?
A: In the course, I am using a product called the FitFolio®, by Speck. They make this style of case for a variety of tablets, and it is one of the few that address all of my recommendations for the ideal tablet case. When choosing a tablet case you want to look for:
   - A clean, unobstructed top surface--that is, no tabs sticking up and no thick bezel that hits your hand as it moves over the top.
   - A case that is very stable when it sits on a table or flat surface.
   - A case that, when opened, allows you to rotate the table without a big flap getting in the way.
Check out the Speck FitFolio® here: http://www.speckproducts.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=fitfolio.
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