Does the latest Sketchbook Pro have what it takes?

Sketchbook Pro has carved out a minor niche, being a pure drawing app. We take it for a spin.

Our Verdict

Overall I liked the SketchBook Pro, which was an enjoyable drawing program to use and its power is considerable.


  • Quick learning curve
  • Simplicity
  • Good spread of features


  • Some issues on tablet
  • Not the wealth of talent of Photoshop

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One of the challenges for a computer artist is finding a pure drawing program. You can draw in many programs such as Photoshop, Painter, and Illustrator but being able to draw in a pure way, where the program is like an actual canvas or piece of paper, can be difficult.

A solution to the problem is Autodesk SketchBook Pro, a professional drawing application designed for the serious artist or technical illustrator. Having used SketchBook in the past, one of its best features is the lack of 'frills'. This allows you to get up-to-speed, quickly.
Depending on your needs you can use SketchBook as a free version, a pro version and a mobile version. It's available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

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The Verdict

out of 10

Autodesk SketchBook Pro

Overall I liked the SketchBook Pro, which was an enjoyable drawing program to use and its power is considerable.

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