Join David Lee for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the image editing tools, part of SketchBook Pro 2010 Essential Training.
In this lesson, I'll show you how SketchBook Pro allows us to sketch and change a drawing using its Editing tools. To begin let's sketch a cube, but before we begin, let's go to our user interface and see two different ways to select the Brush tool. You can select the Brush tool by clicking on the tool interface and dragging to your desired tool or you can go ahead and click on the toolbox. Let's go ahead and click on the toolbox and select the Pencil. Now one of the things I would like to share with you very quickly is that SketchBook Pro allows you to adjust the sizes of your brushes.
In this case, we can adjust the size of our Pencil. Now let's go ahead and double-click on that icon and you will see a little Brush Property box. Now by moving the slider left and right you can adjust the actual hardness and the size of the Pencil. You see? It's just like having a box of pencils in your toolkit. For this particular drawing, let's go ahead and slide the slider to size 2B, size 3 or 3 millimeters. Let's go ahead and save that. Let's go back down to the user interface and select the color Black and now you are ready to sketch. Go ahead and locate your cursor, near the middle of the canvas and go ahead and draw a line to a slight angle.
As you drawing your box, never mind if the lines are a little squiggly. It's all right. However, when you are drawing, do keep in mind that you don't want to have a lot of convergence. You want the drawing to have as little convergence as possible. What that means is that you don't want your drawing to have an extreme convergence. Let me just share with you what that is. You see how the perspective lines go very deeply. We don't want that. We would like to go back to something that's a little more square.
All right, let's go ahead and start editing. There are two ways to select. Let's go to your Edit and go and talk about the two ways to select. There is the Marquee Select which allows you to basically use your crosshairs. You see how you locate your crosshair right here on the upper-left and you can drag straight down and across and that uniformly selects your image. Now there are a few things that you can do while you are in that mode. You have a pop-up button that allows you to do one of four different functions. You can rescale your drawing by anchoring your cursor in the middle where it says scale and moving it to the left.
Now, keep your eyes at the top of your screen. You can see the percentage. See how it has little percentage gauge? Now you can also move to the outer ring or the next outside ring, which is Rotate, and that allows you to rotate along the center axes. See keep your eye on that screen. It gives you some idea of the angle. Or you move to the outside ring that allows you to Move, in any direction you like. I think some of you have noticed at there is another ring that's in the Rotation ring area just above the Scale ring. It just isn't marked and this allows you to actually have a little bit distortion to your drawing.
By placing your cursor in that box and you see how the X comes out. That comes out in 45-degree angles. That allows you to basically compress and expand your drawing. How cool is that! Now the second way to select is your Lasso Select. Now this allows you to anchor your point and do a more precise selection. This is really handy if you are drawing in an area where you have other surrounding elements that you don't want to disturb. This allows you to maneuver around them.
Again, the same pop-up options are here and distortion. Now another function I would like to share with you is to Copy and Paste function. Now while you still have your Lasso selected, let's go ahead and Lasso Select our cube. Okay, you see how it's selected? Let's go ahead and move our cursor down to Edit icon and let's go directly down below and you see how you have your Copy and Paste? Now let's go ahead and select Copy and while you're still there, let's go ahead and select Paste and you see how you have another box.
Just go ahead and move that on top of the other one. Now while it's still selected, go ahead and hit Paste again for you to another one and let's go ahead and Paste one more. What I'm going to do is I am going to line up this one, but what I am also going to do is I am going to see what I can do with the Distortion tool. What the Distortion tool will do just is it may allow me to adjust my box to fit in that drawing. And once everything is in position, let's go ahead and go to our toolbox and select the Eraser and click Hard Eraser and erase up all the hidden lines and this will give us a more opaque appearing stack of boxes. There you go.
Now, one more thing I would like to share with you is that you can actually Lasso Select that whole entity. And you can also rescale, you can rotate, you can move, and you can still distort. So to conclude, continued use and practice will help you become more comfortable sketching within SketchBook Pro. Don't be afraid of making mistakes. Just know that you always have your Undo button.
- 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
Skill Level Beginner
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.