Sketchbook Pro Digital Painting Essentials
By Gil Robles
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: October 2013
Pages: 112

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Sketchbook Pro is a professional grade painting app that is easy to use and which helps you create digital art that looks like paintings created using ink and color. Using Sketchbook Pro, you can transform your digital art into true masterpieces that resemble work done using traditional mediums.

SketchBook Pro Digital Painting Essentials will show you how to transform your digital art into true masterpieces. This book will guide you through the many tools and options available in Sketchbook Pro such as the symmetry tool, layer editor, and blend modes to create images that look as though they were done by hand using traditional tools and mediums. This unique book offers inspiration with hands-on techniques and gives you an insight into a professional artist's mind.

Starting with an overview of the program, this book will help you customize and set your preferences to help you produce the best possible images for use on the Web or for print. You will be able to look over the author’s shoulder as he demonstrates the use of the tools to create artwork that looks like it was painted or inked. This book will then show you how you can draw basic illustrations and then how to create acrylic paintings. You will also learn about file saving options; which ones are best for what you intend to do with the artwork. The book will also show you how to export the images you've created to other software and will give you tips and tricks that will help you make the most out of Sketchbook Pro. SketchBook Pro Digital Painting Essentials will give you an extensive overview complete with supporting imagery of how each piece of art was made, and by the end of this book, you will have created multiple drawings using Sketchbook Pro.


This book is an example-based guide that will help you create professional grade paintings using Sketchbook Pro. As you progress from one chapter to another, you will learn how to virtually draw visually stunning paintings that are digitally drawn but look exactly like orthodox artwork.

Who this book is for

If you have had prior experience in developing digital artwork and are looking to add to your knowledge, SketchBook Pro Digital Painting Essentials is a guide that will help you seamlessly translate what you do with traditional media to digital media.

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      Sketchbook Pro is an excellent drawing application; easy to learn and use. Unfortunately, this book takes you no further than illustrating its features. I had already learnt more about how to use and exploit the software from viewing a few of the free tutorial videos on the the Sketchbook Pro support page.
      The examples given in this book are repetitive and are not very well explained. I was looking for tips on how to make and use do-it-yourself brushes to enhance my drawing projects, all there is are two examples of how to make basic ink brushs. The final chapter on Tips and Tricks was simply not worth reading.
      Now that I have been using this software for a month I would find it easy to write a far more useful book myself.

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