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3 stars out of 5
· 11/21/2015
Good, but could be better..

I actually quite like this app. It's simple and easy to use. I also like that it keeps the corner touch functions of the mobile versions. my issue is that it's almost a tad TOO simple. I see nothing regarding layers. I can't even figure out how to modify my brush settings or make a new brush. For a completely free program, it's great. But I honestly wouldn't mind spending a few dollars to get the app upgraded a bit. Like adding the Copic stuff from the full version. And making the UI a bit more obvious for layers and brush creation. Being able to add a colored paper background would be nice too. A lot of people like drawing on textured surfaces, or darker paper. Still, great for a free app, but I'd be happy to pay a few dollars for a better version. I have the full windows version of Sketchbook Pro on my surface already, but it's not set up the best for touch input. You can still draw with your finger, instead of you finger panning. And there's no snap to 100% when zooming.

5 stars out of 5
· 11/22/2015
Awesome app ^_^

This app is great! I love the layering and there is no lag when you sketch. Its also easy to use and I'd recommend this for any other artists. It could use a little tweak with the layering, but everything else is neat.

4 stars out of 5
· 11/20/2015
It's a great app but needs some improvement

I have a Surface pro 4, and the Surface pen work on this app very smoothly and fast. However, for the pro version, I still need to purchase it, and it doesn't give me a high resolution of graphic quality when I am trying to zoom in for drawing some detail. Hope it will improve the resolution.

5 stars out of 5
· 11/15/2015
Most responsive sketch app

This is great. I've used freshpaint, and of course tried using my Adobe software for sketching, only to find terrible lag. I'm using a powerful laptop that happens to have a touch screen which, after trying a few apps, I'd written off as a semi-useful plus. With SketchBook however, strokes are responsive - making this average touch screen a REAL productivity tool for my design process. Things like the symmetry tool make it often preferable to sketching in a graph pad. I only have a few gripes: If you're using very small strokes in a tight area, it often mistakes that for a long-press, which switches briefly to the eyedropper tool (absorbs whatever color you're on). This gets aggravating at times - though the solution is to simply zoom in. Also, I'd really like to be able to use common keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl+Z, etc. have no effect). Other than that, this is a clean, lightweight sketch app that's easily worth its salt.

4 stars out of 5
· 11/24/2015
Better than the Desktop App

I have the paid desktop app subscription and this application is still better. The desktop app needs some better UX work. It is definitely aimed more at my Wacom 13HD and not a Surface tablet.

1 stars out of 5
· 11/18/2015
Missing so much, slow feature updates.. fail...

THIS IS THE ONLY VERSION OF SKETCHBOOK ON WINDOWS TO HAVE PEN MODE!!!! You make a crippled version of your desktop app but finally add Pen only mode !? what sick game are you playing Autodesk ? The fully featured desktop app that's now pretty much subscription only doesn't have pen mode, but you guys care to include it on the windows store version. What could be the purpose? So either make the desktop app have a pen only mode or add features to this version for windows tablets. Cant you guys at least make it as feature rich as the android version ?

4 stars out of 5
· 11/11/2015
Great basic app for townsmen

This is a great app for basic drawing on a touch screen. Simple but versatile. No layers. but the ability to zoom in and quickly change tools is great.

5 stars out of 5
· 11/6/2015

that's was fun! I love the way it easy to use

4 stars out of 5
· 10/26/2015
Just the best, but...

With the latest update, this is absolutely the best sketching app I've seen so far. BUT, even with pro plan, tablet version is limited compared to "SB for mobile devices" which is very wierd and disappointing (missing selections, guidelines, text).

1 stars out of 5
· 11/28/2015
What a waste

I got this to do the challenges on deviant art but it only has that function on the phone apps. Too bad. There is no reason not to have it for windows

stars out of 5


  • 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

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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

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