SketchBook for Everybody!

At Autodesk, we believe creativity starts with an idea. From quick conceptual sketches to fully finished artwork, sketching is at the heart of the creative process. You never know when a great idea will strike, so access to fast and powerful creative sketching tools is an invaluable part of any creative process.

For this reason, we are excited to announce that the fully featured version of SketchBook is now FREE for everyone!

What’s New

Version 8.7

· We removed the splash screen that appeared upon startup, so there is no longer a need or even an option for logging in.
· NOTE: If you are not a SketchBook Pro (enterprise) user and created an Autodesk Account, you may want to delete it. See the article Delete Your Autodesk Account for instructions for how to do this.

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

SleepyLotty ,

the restore does not work

I got to say I am a bit miffed with the restore feature, it simply does not work, I have been waiting for the restore for 4 hours and nothing is happening, for some reason it is not connecting, I checked my subscritpion on ITunes and Autodesk SkrtchBook, it was still active and the exirey date is on the 19th of May for both, I tried sending them a ticket or whatever the thing they wanted me to send to report the bug, but just takes me somewhere else, so I will be cancaling my subscription for the meantime which I do not really want to do, it is a very lovely app and I have fallen in love with it, but you guys should try to fix that restore feature and the layout of your website, I got lost one too many times, looks nice, just hard to navigate at times.

But I refuse to leave on a negative note, the app itself is very easy to use and works like Tool Paint Sia, you can customise brushes to fit your needs and download brushes that other users made, my favourite tool has to be the Manga one, love the pen tool in that one.

I hope this review is informative and I hope you fix the problem as soon as possible.

Developer Response ,

Hello SleepyLotty, I'm terribly sorry for the delayed response! I've sent off your feedback to our dev team. I've asked them to look into the restore issue - I've seen other people mention this. After talking with support, they asked me to send you the following. If that doesn't fix things, I'll give them your login name (SleepyLotty) and they will look for a ticket from you. I hope this helps!

Download it from AppStore > Enter Password for iTunes > Run software and exit of out 'buying subscription" and under My Account > Sign Out and Log In
NOTE: If you have already downloaded it, you just cancel buying subscription and Log In.

Here are additional instructions, if the above solution doesn't work.

To restore your SketchBook Subscription bought through the Mac App Store:

1. Confirm that you have a SketchBook Subscription. Apple will not allow you to re-buy SketchBook subscription if you have already bought it. (

2. Delete SketchBook from here:
If you bought the AppStore version = Applications > SketchBook
If you bought from = Applications > Autodesk > SketchBook

3. Go to the Applications > App Store and download SketchBook, it will require authentication from the iTunes. i.e. Enter your iTunes password.

4. Run the Application (that you just downloaded). Upon first launch, you will need to enter your iTunes password.

5. If there is an error, exit out of SketchBook and re-launch it. Go to the My Account menu, choose the Restore option.

6. If Restore hangs, Force Quit , reboot Mac and repeat steps 2-5 again.

Iratezzappszz ,

Honestly I was suprised

its Free app so honestly I wasn't really expecting much out of it maby a little basic toolbox with a pencil highligher ect ect basicly a glorified word processer tool bar. what I got was somthing im really genuinly impressed with and I really really enjoyed. yes its flawed in places I find the undo option doesnt work quite like I would want it to and it can often confuse layers and bury them underneeth each other, the way to move your images around with the wheel is very tedious after a while.

but... critisism aside I was so impressed with this little app for ages ive been trying to blend in images to the background and despite using invisible background images I would just end up with a image with all the white background in it, however through a bit of learning my way through this little app I achieved perfecltly set in images that nicely blended in with the background. sure this app wont be useful for high end photo editors ect ect but for my needs and purposes and considering its free! I really dont have much to complain about just here to leave constructive feedback =)

NickVeez ,

So far so good

Downloaded the free version just to try out as I wanted a simple sketching app which offered a good selection of brushes and wasn’t quite as heavy as Photoshop. Honestly, so far it’s been pretty good for what I want. I decided to upgrade to the pro version as I was fed up of subscription pop-ups and wanted to get access to more brushes which was fine, my only gripe is the lack of canvas setup initially, i’d like to be able to select a canvas size when creating a new piece instead of having to go through the menu, image size uncheck 'keep proportions' and then input document sizes, I like to work with traditional paper sizes to make printing easier so would be really useful if that were an option or I could stop it from maintaining proportions initially.

Otherwise I love the app, the navigation is useful and not too obtrusive, not too keen personally on the Brush and Colour pucks, would prefer something smaller like Corel Painter/PS have, so I don’t use them. Perspective tools are brilliant and much easier than having to download plugins like PS. Can’t really comment on the restore issue as i’ve not encountered it yet.

So far so good!

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OS X 10.11.0 or later, 64-bit processor


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