SketchBook Express

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Autodesk SketchBook Express
Autodesk SketchBook Express 2010 on Mac OS X
Developer(s) Autodesk Inc.
Stable release 2010 (4.0) / September 2009
Operating system Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows
Type Raster graphics editor
License Proprietary

Autodesk SketchBook Express is a digital drawing program based on its full-version counterpart, Autodesk SketchBook Pro. It is a professional-grade paint and drawing application designed for Windows, iOS, Mac OS X and Android devices. SketchBook Express offers a dedicated set of sketching tools and delivers them through an intuitive user interface. It is available as a free download with the purchase of a Wacom Intuos4 or Bamboo 3rd generation tablet. It was developed for use with touch-sensitive pen and tablet interfaces, such as pen tablets and tablet PCs.

Painting and drawing tools made to simulate real-life physical effects, such as pencils, markers, and brushes, are available. Users may create effects similar to those resulting from the use of traditional materials using the pressure-sensitivity features of some tablets.

SketchBook Express includes common features such as layers, "previous frame" and "next frame" buttons for animation, an assortment of included brush textures, canvas rotation, and a customizable color palette.


Streamlined UI

  • Gesture-based marking menus for ultra-fast access to tools and commands with a flick of the wrist
  • Optimized for pen and tablet-based interaction for a natural drawing experience
  • Space Bar invokes a 'Puck' to quickly navigate the canvas

High Quality Preset Brushes

  • Familiar preset tools, including pencils markers, airbrushes, erasers, flood fill tools, blur, and sharpen brushes
  • Draw modes to quickly create circles, lines, rectangles

Basic layers

  • Use 6 layers to build up drawings

Import Your Own Images

  • Drag and drop or import images into a layer

Quick cropping tool


These features are not included in SketchBook Express but are included in SketchBook Pro:

  • custom brush textures (imported or drawn)
  • layer controls
  • symmetric brushes
  • guide lines

Earlier versions of SketchBook Express cannot save layers—they will flatten them before saving. Versions 5.5 and later, however, do allow preservation of layers.

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