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02 May 2018 09:17 #21022 by Banj
Autodesk have announced that the full version of Sketchbook is now available for free. Details can be found here: sketchbook.com/

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02 May 2018 09:56 #21023 by Charlotte
Is it any good? Does it serve a purpose when you have other versions? It says that it's good for scribbling down ideas on the go and the photos look like a pad but the download says desktop version... *confused*

I hate getting old - or rather, I hate how I understand less and less of techie stuff :P

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02 May 2018 10:07 #21024 by Atto
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I've just downloaded it so I'll let you know when I get chance to take a look Charlotte. As compared to earlier versions though? Won't know as I've never used it before.

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02 May 2018 10:15 #21025 by Banj
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There are versions for all platforms, though the mobile versions lack some of the features of the desktop version - as far as I am aware, I've only used the free mobile versions. I've used the desktop version of Sketchbook Pro for years, it's extremely good.

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02 May 2018 10:29 #21026 by Charlotte
Is this the "Pro" version or is the Pro version the same as the enterprise version?

I already have the free program Krita that I can't quite get used to, and ArtRage so I'm not sure I need one more, but free is... tempting :P

As I've mentioned before ArtRage lacks when it comes to clipping masks and erasers...

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02 May 2018 10:37 #21027 by Banj
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As far as I know the "Enterprise" version is exactly the same, the only difference is in the licensing usage. Enterprise is for studios/organisations with multiple users running from the same license, everyone else (individuals) use the regular Sketchbook (which used to be called Sketchbook Pro before it went subscription only).

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02 May 2018 10:53 #21028 by Charlotte
oh I see. I think. :unsure:

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02 May 2018 11:06 #21029 by Atto
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I'm playing around with it right now and liking what i see so far. The brushes - even the standard ones are far superior to anything I'm currently using. Still trying to figure out how or if I can open multiple windows for ref images though. Any way to do that Banj?

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02 May 2018 11:14 - 02 May 2018 11:16 #21030 by Banj
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As far as I know you would have to import your reference images as a layer. It only allows you to open a single document at a time. I open reference on a separate monitor so it's not a function I have ever missed.

Meanwhile if you want more brushes, then they have a load of free custom brushes here: www.sketchbook.com/blog/category/free-brush-sets/

EDIT - Charlotte, there's no clipping layers, but you can lock transparency for layers.

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02 May 2018 11:58 #21031 by Valence
I've never been able to use the desktop version but the Android app is easily my favourite finger painting thing and I used this announcement as the opportunity to finally upgrade and the latest version is certainly worth it.

For adding overlaid references you could use a third-party tool like PureRef or Kuadro. (And for Android you can use the image viewer from the Floating Apps suite. That's what I do. :))
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