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How to use, how to change and edit brushes, how to colour, how to ink, how to smooth ink. How to get the copic markers, and symmetry and whatever else. The how to. How to open and arrange windows as well. First all the functions and where everything is, then drawing.

  1. Open. Grab the top of your tool bars and arrange to something cosy. Marker in red is where to click and drag your tool panels. Grabbing the outter edges of most of the tool pannels will move it about. Snap 2012-12-28 at 09.21.31 by DraconianRain

  2. The tools marked in red, the white and black puck. When you click and hold then drag in/out or up/down on the white puck it will change the size of your brush, if enabled in preferences it can also change your brush opacity. I have this disabled because it annoys me sometimes but it can be extremely helpful. The black puck, will change the colour you are using if you click hold and drag, up, down, left or right. If you click and release just once a colour wheel will appear. 
    Snap 2012-12-28 at 09.28.33 by DraconianRain

  3. The top tool bar marked in red. These are your main options and tools. I'll tell you what each icon is and it's function. First one is undo, next is redo. 2nd, rectangle select and Marquee tool/selection tool. Crop tool. Zoom which also functions as the hand/move tool. You can pan around the canvas using the zoom tool. The capital "T" is the Text tool. The next tool is the Move and Rotate and Scale tool image. Next is the straight ruler, ellipsis ruler, french curves ruler. The strange almost hour glass icons are the Horizontal symmetry, verticle symmetry tools. You can't move them around, the always stay in the center. The next tool is the Freehand drawing then the steady stroke (smooth drawing, control how smooth you want your inking to be. Good for artists with shakey hands) then the line tool, rectangle drawing tool, polyline tool and ellipsis tool. The last set of tools are the Layers panel pop up (this opens the layers panel window. Mine is already open in the image below). Pens (this opens all your drawing tools, mine is open and you can see the choices. If you click this you can display the tools or hide them. It depends on how much room you'd like on your canvas) Colour wheel show/hide and last is the Copic library. Shows/hides the copic library. All of these tools can also be found under the Window tab at the top.Snap 2012-12-28 at 09.29.20 by DraconianRain
  4. The next thing marked in red, I didn't know what to call it other than options and settings but I found out it's called the Lagoon. Click and hold then drag but don't release, drag onto an icon that pops up in this area and if it's the tool you need, release your click over the icon. If it's not the icon you need, go to the centre and release and you will not pick a tool. If you hover long enough windows tips will tell you what it is. It shows all the same functions as the tool bar I just described, with a few other settings such as save and how the window is displayed. The undo button is also there, visible as red and redo as green, change colours and the icon of the pen is showing that is what I am currently using.                                                                                                                                                                                Click And Drag1 by DraconianRain
  5. Where the arrow is pointing, clicking this will bring up the window of pens and brushes you see now. These are your choices of what you can use to paint with. Much bigger selection than the older Sketchbook Pro. Clicking the same icon will hide the window. Whatever you click will be immediately selected and ready to use. Clicking an icon from here and dragging it onto your pens and brushes tool bar will allow you to make your own favourites set. You can simply drag and drop it over the top of brush icons that you don't like or want and replace them with something better. Snap 2012-12-28 at 09.44.39 by DraconianRain

  6. The icon marked in the red box, this is your brush settings. Here you can change pretty much everything about your brush and how it functions. Clicking edit will give you more choices of brushes to use and edit. depending on the type of tool, different things will be available to adjust. You can also make custom brushes this way by making a doodle and capturing a part of it. Edit the settings and you'll have a pretty crazy paint brush. See images for examples. Untitled Drawing by DraconianRainSnap 2012-12-28 at 09.49.46 by DraconianRain
    Snap 2012-12-28 at 09.50.57 by DraconianRain
    Snap 2012-12-28 at 09.51.07 by DraconianRain

  7. Next thing I want to explain is the layers window. This kind of annoys me but you get use to it and it's a much faster way to use layers, I must admit that. The plus sign, adds a new layer. The next icon adds text, the next is import image and the last icon clears the canvas. Below where it says normal is your layer blending modes. This contains your photoshop like things such as multiply etc for those beautiful colouring effects but it's limited, there's not as much as PS. Now this is the part that gets a little bit fiddly and it's easy to make a mistake. Careful choose your layer. Click+Hold+Drag and more options will appear. These options include delete, duplicate, merge all or merge down and rename as well as hide layer. When you wish to make your choice, drag to the icon, if you change your mind and don't want to, then drag back to the centre to not select anything. The eyeball icon is the show hide layer function. The up and down arrows is how you can drag your layers above or below other layers and the padlock is to lock or unlock layer transparency.Snap 2012-12-28 at 09.54.57 by DraconianRainLayers Panel1 by DraconianRain

  8. Now that I've shown you where everything is, next to explore is Preferences, under Edit menu. Carefully read and set this up. Then go to stylus responsiveness and take it all the way to the end. This will give you the maximum when it comes to pressure and everything else related to your tablet. I changed my max undo's to 50. Personal preference. Make sure to click each tab and carefully read and make choices on your settings. Then hit ok and it will be saved for each start up.                                                                                                 Snap 2012-12-28 at 10.05.52 by DraconianRain
  9. Now that everything is set up, it's time to draw. Add a new layer. You should have two now. The original named background and a new one called Layer 1 as displayed below. Sketch on the layer called layer one. To select this layer simply click it once and it will have a blue edge and hue like in the below image. This lets you know it's selected. If in the event that you need to move your layers up or down, in the second image below marked in red, this icon will move your layers above or below other layers. What you do is click and drag that icon to move it where you want. The icon below that is layer transparency lock. I won't get into that function yet though. Snap 2012-12-28 at 10.09.52 by DraconianRain
    Snap 2012-12-28 at 10.10.36 by DraconianRain
  10. When finished you can lineart or colour, however it is you work. Add a new layer above and ink on the above layer. Turn your sketch layer on and off over time to see how neat your inking really is or use the blue bar near the padlock on the layer to bring the layer opacity up and down. Add a layer below the inking to colour and turn off your sketch layer so you don't get distracted. Try other settings with your brushes. Instead of doing the rest of this step by step I've made a youtube video though it's not sped up, you can definitely skip through it. Here's a few image steps anyway. I have to stop this step by step tutorial for another time. Unfortunately I had to remake the video so it's not the same artwork. Something went wrong with the codec. I'll update in a few hours with the youtube video of the drawings in action. Processing and what not just takes forever. But hopefully there's enough here to get someone started.
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Also check out these videos, they show what I talked about and the second one is a review but it's very insightful. You could even class it as a tutorial in a way since he shows a number of functions and how they work.

How To Export Brushes Sketchbook Pro 6Open the brush library and go to the brush set you want. There should be a circle of dots. Click, hold and drag outwards and more options will appear. Two of those will be import and export folders for brushes.

Release left mouse button. A window to save as a zip will appear. Give your brushes a memorable name and save somewhere that is easy for you to find. I usually save my brushes to my desktop and put them elsewhere later. And that's it, you're done. Hope this helps!
Where and what buttons do. Enough to get started with using the program. Updated
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bsotto Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  New member
I just bought Sketchbook Pro 6< are there any great !!!  tutorials?
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
On youtube there is a user called ToonBoxStudio… He has some of the best and most helpful videos for Sketchbook pro. This playlist… Should help you get started and answer most questions
bsotto Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  New member
Thank you so very much!!! i headed that way now. i do hope to hear more of your thoughts as you feel you have the time!! again THANK YOU
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome ^w^ If you have any other troubles please don't hesitate to ask.
Koricthegreat Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Hey!..I see people on the Mac saving brush can't do that on the PC can you! I've looked! And failed!
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sorry about the broken thumb here's the link
Oh wow, thankyou for this responce! You answered my question quite accurately actually.
   But I was talking about this! I don't think we can do it on PC! It makes me super sad! Aaaahhh!!!…
   What we have on PC is similar I guess. But we would have to drag and drop each brush each time we wanna use a different set...
  I wish we could save lagoon setups! (And have more slots) ;_;
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We can do it, you find the option in the same icon in the brush library. The same icon to export brushes, and make new brush set. I have my own set which I export. Anything the mac version can do the PC version can do. He isn't using sbp 6 though he is using an older version but you can still do this in sketchbook pro 6. If you want I can just add other screencaps to show you how to add a brush set as well. It's very useful, especially if you are making custom pencils and blenders and you want to only be using your brushes.
Koricthegreat Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
I think I know what your talking about. With the exporting and importing of brush sets full of brushes you've created.
   But they can open and close those brush sets quickly whereas we would have to drag and drop each brush when we want to change a set. We've got everything they've got except for that I think.
   I hope this isn't overkill, but I took these screenshots!..and maby rambled about some other stuff..…
   So far I'm doing fine using multiple lagoons but. If I ever want to change them, I'd have to spend time editing preferences each time for that. (Wish we could save those too!)
DraconianRain Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True but you can also scroll through the brush pallette and add as many as you like instead of drop downs for quicker access than using the drop down menus in the old version. You simply left click and hold and scroll through the menu which I have found more convenient because I can line my two brush columns with custom and basic together. It was only made to be extremely simplistic which is probably why this version is much more frustrating to use, but I do understand how you feel. I am pretty sure that version was version 9 or 10 was the ones with drop down menus. I've heard version 7 is out and is more worth upgrading too.

Hey don't worry about it! It doesn't bother me at all. Don't feel bad or like you should hold back, I'm more than happy to talk about programs or trouble shoot or even just chat about drawing ^w^.  

I understand more what you mean with the screenshots. What you are talking about you have to manually save changed settings to your brushes as well and then each start up it should be the same, usually. Just make sure your version is as up to date as possible and utilise the lagoon options in the Edit>> Preferences menu. I am pretty sure that is the way to do it but if you haven't updated, you might just have a bug. I recently updated mine and a lot of the annoying issues are gone now. I am not sure any more about how to save lagoons properly because I rarely use sketchbook ever since I bought Clip Studio Paint but I never had the same issue as you where it disappeared. I used to just set it in my preferences and then used it each start up. Just go to Help menu, Check for update, click it and if there is one, definitely update and you might find your problem is solved.

In the mean time check out this PDF, it might answer what you need I'm not sure. And if you have already read it, I'm sorry…
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