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Sketchbook Pro spitfire test by PluckyNinja Sketchbook Pro spitfire test by PluckyNinja
I just downloaded the student version of Autodesk Sketchbook Pro (it's available for free on Autodesk's website if you are enrolled in an accredited university's art program), and I've been playing around with it a little bit today. Obviously this is an unfamiliar program to me so I dont' exactly know my way around it, but I can say right away that it's a lot better for line work than Photoshop, even if as an overall program it's pretty lean on features (fortunately though, I think this also translates to a smaller footprint on my Macbook Pro's system resources).

This drawing took me about a minute , and I know from experience that it probably would have taken longer in Photoshop and wouldn't have looked as nice. It's hard to describe it exactly, but I think that Sketchbook has more accurate stroke registry, and it also is more accurate at picking up the pen's pressure. I'll have to play around with it a bit more and learn the ropes (not to mention the frustration of adapting to new hotkeys), but I could easily see myself working this program into my Photoshop workflow once I figure it out a bit better.

If you have a tablet, I'd say it's definitely worth checking out, especially if you're a student since it's free anyway. It's a nice little program, and even though it's not as fancy as photoshop it feels a lot more like real pencils and paper. Now, if only I could upgrade from my crappy old Wacom Bamboo to a Cintiq...
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RandomFoxFan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
nice work on this Sketh :)
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Acceleron Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great program for lineart. Kinda wish it had masks and group layers.
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rainbroo Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah it seems like a really interesting interface, i have an express version, maybe i should try it out.
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da-andi Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Now, if only I could upgrade from my crappy old Wacom Bamboo to a Cintiq...


One does not simply switch from a Rowboat to a Aircraft Carrier! ;)
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PluckyNinja Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
I used to have a giant Intuos 3, but when I went to school I sold it because it was way too big to fit in my backpack. In hindsight I wish I kept it, because now I know of those wonderful "Simtiq" hacks that can turn big ol' Intuos 3s into a homemade cintiq. Oh well, lesson learned I suppose. =P
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da-andi Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Simtiq?
A quite self-evident idea, driven by the exaggerating Price of a real cintiq. :o
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