Digital artists rejoice! Autodesk has launched SketchBook 7 Pro for Windows and Mac, as well as a new membership offering for their digital and painting apps. SketchBook Pro 7 boasts new community-requested features including Perspective Guides with 1 point, 2 point, 3 point, and Fisheye modes; Flipbook mode with animation timeline; a new drawing engine; and workflow improvements including Distort Transform, Gradient Flood Fills, improved Selection, layer grouping, multi-layer selection, and Blending modes.
Users also have the option of purchasing a standalone license of SketchBook Pro 7 or selecting from monthly or annual SketchBook membership options. New for 2014, anyone can start using SketchBook for desktop completely free. This starter edition provides core tools to create basic drawings and enables artists to become familiar with the natural drawing experience and power of SketchBook.
Creating a free [based on acceptance of terms and conditions of Autodesk software and cloud-based services] SketchBook membership gives you SketchBook Essentials, a more robust suite of tools to enhance the digital artist’s workflow. Layer management, a full color palette, brush customization, dynamic symmetry, and ruler tools are added to the toolbox to give artists more precise control over their art, enabling more complex drawings and illustrations.
A paid membership of either $24.99 per year or $2.99 per month unlocks the latest SketchBook Pro 7, the complete digital artist’s toolkit. Included are all the new tools that are available with SketchBook Pro 7, including the Flipbook mode, Perspective Guides, and Distort Transform features, and enhanced tools such as the improved layer editor with blending modes and layer grouping and improved selection tools. A paid SketchBook membership unlocks SketchBook for all desktop platforms, including Windows, Mac, and will unlock features in future versions of the SketchBook app for iOS and Android.