Basic tools and the toolbar
Video: Basic tools and the toolbarLet's get familiar with the interface of SketchBook Pro on the iPad. Look for the Autodesk SketchBook Pro icon on your home screen and tap it to open the program. You're first presented with a clean white canvas, a top menu bar or tool bar as I call it. A little doughnut near the center bottom and that's called the clutch. You'll be using it quite a bit as you sketch. On the far right of the toolbar is the Layers menu. Tap the Layers menu symbol to access the Layer menu.
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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.
- Choosing a stylus
- Working with brushes and layers
- Shading and texturing
- Using hot corners and gestures
- Exporting your work
- Drawing ergonomics
Basic tools and the toolbar
Let's get familiar with the interface of SketchBook Pro on the iPad. Look for the Autodesk SketchBook Pro icon on your home screen and tap it to open the program. You're first presented with a clean white canvas, a top menu bar or tool bar as I call it. A little doughnut near the center bottom and that's called the clutch. You'll be using it quite a bit as you sketch. On the far right of the toolbar is the Layers menu. Tap the Layers menu symbol to access the Layer menu. Here you can make adjustments to your layers, add new layers, do all sorts of manipulation. Click anywhere on the screen to exit.
To the left of the Layers icon is the icon for more options. Three little dots symbol. Here, tapping on it will bring up the menu for inserting text, or transforming your layer. You can transform a layer either by adjusting the position, or scaling the size of your sketch. On the far left of your toolbar, you have the Gallery icon. The symbol is four little boxes. This, of course, allows you to access that gallery with all of your previously saved work. Now, let's say you have a sketch already in process. Clicking on the Gallery icon will prompt you to either save or discard your current sketch.
Next to that is a New Sketch icon. Clicking on that will also prompt you to either save or discard your current sketch. Note that whenever you create a new sketch you're presented with the option to choose your canvas size and layer count. And we're going to talk more about layer count and its ramifications later on. The next icon on the toolbar is the Brush icon. This allows you to change your brush style, and acts as the advanced color palette editor or color mixer. The last tool bar icon we'll look at is the Draw Style icon, which looks like a stylized tilde symbol.
Tap on this to show your stroke options. The first of these is the freehand brush, the second of them is straight line tool, third is a square, and the fourth tool is a circle. To get comfortable with these tools, I suggest you dedicate a little time just playing with them so that when you're ready to create, you'll be able to choose the right tool for the right look The better you know your interface, the better your results will be and the more fun you'll have.
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