• Designed specifically for both pen and touch input on Windows tablets
  • The entire screen is your canvas with a full screen workspace and unobtrusive user interface
  • Open and Save layered PSD and TIFF files for easy interoperability with other applications, including SketchBook for desktop
  • Control the finest details of your art with up to a 2500% zoom
  • Choose from over 10 preset brushes, including pencils, pens, and markers that deliver a natural drawing experience
  • Synthetic pressure-sensitivity
  • Sign in with a free SketchBook account and unlock the Layer Editor, Symmetry Tools, and more
  • Advanced Tools with a Pro membership
  • Pro membership: Choose from a comprehensive brush library with pencils, pens, markers, and brushes, including new Synthetic and Smudge brushes
  • Pro membership: Full layer controls, including rich layer blending modes; makes image manipulation easier than ever
  • Pro membership: Other workflow improvements, including new ruler guides, flood fill, and much more
  • Pro membership also unlocks complete access to SketchBook on Windows desktop, Mac, Android, and iOS, including all upgrades as long as your membership is active

Additional information

Version Notes

Improvements - News Banner - Color Editor: Copic Color - Transform: Nudge Puck - Flood Fill: Tolerance, Sample All Layers - Gradient Fills - Pen Mode - Autosave for app crash - Bug fixes

Ratings and reviews

Average customer rating

1,993 ratings

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Atif · 7/1/2015
Should have been part of the OS

I think every Surface user who likes to sketch and has a pen, needs to install this. Tip 1: If you have a pen, go to preferences and switch to Pen only. This will ensure you don't make lines and dots by touching your hands. It will start taking pen input only. Tip 2: Register (Free) for additional tools and options, including layers. They are not gone, but they only appear when you register. Once again, a must have. An on-the-go alternative to actual sketchbook. You are only limited by your own imagination.

Colleen · 6/28/2015
Autodesk SketchBook for Windows Tablet

I love this app. The airbrush is awesome. Also you can pick your own pencil, pen , paint brushes, colors, lots of great tools to sketch paint and more. I really love all of the features. I give Autodesk SketchBook a five star rating!

Reviewer 5312 · 7/18/2015

Wish it had some of the pens from the mobile version, but its great non the less.

Reviewer 0996 · 5/31/2015
The Flaws Outweigh the Pros

I want to love this app. It's almost perfect. It's a great drawing program, super responsive and fluid... but crippled behind a pay wall ($25 a year to unlock basic features) and is outright the most basic features possible. There is no way to change resolution meaning all your doodles and sketches will be low DPI and low quality. There's no lasso or move tool, too, meaning if you need to move something on a sketch you'd better be prepared to redraw it completely. Other than that, sketching is a dream... but it's a dream with some rather odd limits. Good for basic sketches, not for artists looking for a solution.

Reviewer 0595 · 7/22/2015
It used to be good

When I originally downloaded this app, I loved it. But with this new update, I can't change brush sizes and transparency, can't make new layers, can't have a transparent background, or even easily change the background color. Autodesk took away everything good about this app and basically turned it into a watered down version of the drawing app that came with windows 8, Freshpaint. In summary, it sucks.

Reviewer 4052 · 5/27/2015
Awesome free drawing app

It really feels good using the surface pro and stylus. Definitely feels like it was made for the environment. So easy to get up and going. Very small learning curve.

M · 6/9/2015
The Starting Artist

I'm going into high school next year and have already kick-started my career as an artist. The app I currently have on my iPad is Sketchbook Pro, from the same company as this. When I got this new PC, I was excited to get this app, for the iPad app originated from this one. I was disappointed to learn that this was not the 'pro' version, but I went along and downloaded it anyhow. I was even more disappointed when I opened it up. I can't even draw a smooth circle in this app. It's quite infuriating, if I do say so myself. There are limited tools to use, and for anyone who is considering downloading this over the iPad app, DON'T. The app on the iPad is 100% better than this one, and I stand firmly by this opinion. To the creators: Update this app and fix the issues, add more brushes, tools, and for God's sake, a fill bucket! I really would like to use it, but just not in it's current state. Thank you :)

Reviewer 9489 · 4/11/2015
Missing basic tools

The program is fine for a quick sketch, but that's about it. It's missing some basic tools that any drawing program should have as a standard. No selection/lasso-tool is my biggest gripe. While it's possible to approximate the effect by duplicating a layer an erasing like a looney, that's not very user friendly. To add insult to injury, useful stuff like blending layers and the fill-tool(!) are behind a subscription paywall. If it wasn't pretty much the only game in town, I wouldn't use it at all.

Richard · 2/1/2015
A beautiful, capable, thoughtful app

The latest "update" to this app (basically a replacement from the previous "sketchbook express" brings in everything that I personally wanted. The brush selection is large and each can be customized to personal preferences around pressure sensitivity, angle, etc... The canvas rotates with fingers just like you expect, and does so without lag or stutter. There are even shortcuts for touch/stylus-only use that allow you to undo/redo and more. Really a fantastic app, shelling out a few bucks to unlock every feature was a very easy decision.

John · 5/8/2015
Exceptional program

I really really really like this app. The only issue I have is that the canvas movement seems a little too touchy. My hand is constantly moving the canvas around even while using the pen (on a Thinkpad Yoga S1). If this could be tweaked a little I would give it 6 stars. Thank you!

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