SketchBook Pro 6 Reviews

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  1. V. Hutson says:
    214 of 218 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    See it in action!, October 28, 2012
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    V. Hutson
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    This review is from: SketchBook Pro 6 (CD-ROM)
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    I do own Photoshop CS6 and Painter 12–but this is the software I prefer to sketch in. Why? Because for me it provides the closest sensation to sketching with traditional pencil and paper.

    The pencil tool creates lines that are almost identical to the lines you would get with a regular pencil. If you have a pressure sensitive laptop or monitor (Wacom Cintiq) then the experience is very similar to using a pencil on paper. Download the free trial version and try it out first to see what I mean.

    I also really like the simplicity of the interface. The workspace is not filled up with menu bars and palettes. This is really important if you are working on a small monitor or a pressure sensitive laptop with a small screen. Having written that, each new version of Sketchbook Pro does add more and more available palettes and windows, but it is still very easy to keep most of the palettes closed and still have access to the various tools.

    Here are some of the great NEW features in Sketchbook Pro 6. Check out the video to see these in action.

    1. Additional Brush Libraries! My current favorite is the new “Synthetic Round Brush 2.” These brushes are similar to the natural brush feel of many of the brushes in Painter 12.

    2. Copic Color Palettes. Makes selecting colors and incorporating slight variations so easy!

    3. Brush size can now be controlled with the right and left square bracket keys (the same keyboard shortcut as Photoshop).

    4. Layer Blending Modes (normal, multiply, screen, and add)

    5. New Color Puck (similar to Painter)

    My usual workflow is to start out a sketch in Sketchbook Pro and then I bring it into Photoshop or Painter to finish. However, with the new features in Sketchbook Pro 6 I believe I will be doing more work in this program. It’s also just more fun to use!

    Bottom line: When it comes to pure sketching—this software is my first choice. Combined with a pressure sensitive laptop or monitor–it doesn’t get any more natural feeling than this.

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  2. J. FELLA says:
    88 of 98 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good option for drawing/painting, October 25, 2012
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    J. FELLA (Albany, Or United States) –
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    This review is from: SketchBook Pro 6 (CD-ROM)
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    I’ve been doing digital art for six or seven years now and have used a handful of good programs. I currently have Photoshop, Corel Painter, Manga Studio and GIMP (which is open-source), and have also used Photoshop Elements. So, I think I can give a good, objective review of this software.

    First off, this has a rather charming and unique interface that focuses a lot on radial menus, which is kind of a nice change of pace. This makes the interface and screen less cluttered, but everything you need is easy and quick to access. It has a good, solid set of basic tools: pencils, pens, airbrushes, etc. with the addition of a couple of brushes to add texture (charcoal, cammo) which are very useful. Now keep in mind, basic tools can get you all the way to (over very close to) photo-realism if you’re skilled and patient enough. After all, look at what artists can do in real life with just a pencil, eraser, and paper. Just looking at some of the work people have done with this program will show you it’s capable of some impressive results. But as is often the case, it isn’t as much about the software as it is about the artist who uses it. You still have to have skill =)

    I won’t compare this to Photoshop or similar programs, because those are somewhat different programs. But you could compare this to Corel Painter (obviously this would be a scaled-down version) as well as to the Paint.Net program and Mypaint 1.0 (both free). And I have to mention the open-source software GIMP, here, as well. The price of Sketchbook Pro is certainly fair, but I must mention there are other drawing/painting programs out there which are free. GIMP, for example has fairly equivalent drawing/painting tools but also the photo-editing/filter capabilities that Sketchbook doesn’t have. Mypaint and Paint.Net are both specifically geared towards painting as well, have excellent tools and a very easy interface. However I haven’t used either of them, myself. But this program is specifically geared toward digital drawing/painting, and is incredibly intuitive and great for that purpose.

    But sometimes it all comes down to which program do you LIKE better. And this is where many might really gravitate to Sketchbook Pro. As I said, the interface is very nice and some people may love it even if they have access to cheaper programs with more options. Certainly check this program out. I plan on using it right alongside the other ones I use.

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  3. Brad Teare says:
    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Wow!!!, October 24, 2012
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    Brad Teare (Providence, Utah, USA) –
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    This review is from: SketchBook Pro 6 (CD-ROM)
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    This is a great program and quite an upgrade from an earlier version I tried a year ago. The part I like best is it has a very robust set of sketching tools. But additionally there are some new paint brushes and pen tools that are fantastic. I started sketching and was having so much fun adding value and color that before I knew it I had a fully rendered painting. It was pretty awesome!

    I normally use Corel Painter 12 and there are some similarities between the two programs. Sketchbook Pro has the textures embedded into the brushes like Photoshop. Whereas painter has a paper and texture palette you can dial up or down. I feel fairly confident that I’ll get used to this new mode. Photoshop users should have no problems making the transition. Another thing I found lacking was the layers functions. There are only four; add, overlay, multiply, and screen. Painter has about 22 or so and Photoshop has almost as many. There are some functions like darken and colorize that I miss. I love Photoshop’s vivid light function. Oh well, maybe in future versions they will include more.

    I also really love how logical all the menus and toolbars are. I’m currently using a Wacom Cintiq 12WX with a MacBook Pro so real estate is pretty scarse. But drawing seems pretty comfortable due to the very compact navigation tools and menus. A few tools acted a bit quirky for those of us who use other programs, such as the lasso tool. When you’re tracing a shape the two ends are always connected by a straight line which for me will take some getting used to. I like all of the color selection tools, there’s a lot of variety to them, and the Copic library looks very promising (it is a series of preset libraries that have hue and value transitions). Most of the commands are identical to Photoshop so its nice I don’t have to learn a bunch of new commands.

    All of the painting and drawing tools seem to operate as advertised (unlike in Photohop with the blur, dodge and burn tools, among others). Although there are so many brushes I haven’t had time to check out everything. Some of my favorites are some really great smudge tools and pencil tools that actually act like pencils behave in the natural world. Non-true-to-life pencils have been one of my gripes with Painter and Photoshop. The brushes seem very customizable as well. The French curve tool is equally awesome. When you hit a button in the tool box a virtual, semi-transparent French curve pops up. Your line is forced along its edges as you draw. The curve is completely customizable so you can get the exact curve you need. Very cool!

    Other things that Painter and Photoshop have that this program doesn’t are adjustment layers like levels, curves, and hue/saturation. Plus it doesn’t have a channels menu so you can’t save your selections.

    There are some navigational tools called pucks I found very useful. There is one for brushes and colors plus one that is very similar for enlarging, rotating, and moving the image within the screen.

    So while this program doesn’t have everything (some features like hue/saturation I miss) if used in conjunction with Corel painter or Photoshop this is a monster sketching and painting tool. Many people will be able to use this as a stand alone program. I’m probably a bit spoiled but I have no doubt that for the money this is probably one of the best packages you can buy. Another big plus is that most people will be able to jump right in and start drawing/painting (Corel Painter’s learning curve is pretty steep and I’ve yet to master painting in Photoshop). This program is very intuitive. Overall I was pretty amazed.

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