Yesterday, we covered a feature-rich image editing app for Windows 8 called Fotor that provides users with Instagram-like filters, borders and effects to make your images look like they are professionally shot. While it’s a great photo editor, Fotor does not let you create any art on a blank canvas or provide you with brushes and other similar paint tools. Today, we have a Windows Store app that fills this void and provides you with different brushes and tools to create professional style drawings and paintings. The collection of different types of brushes offered by Autodesk SketchBook Express, such as Pen, Pencil, Paint Brush, Fill Tool, etc along with a color palette and different sizes for each brush makes both casual and serious drawing a lot of fun. Moreover, the mirror mode offered by this Modern UI app lets you mirror everything you draw or paint, both horizontally and vertically, allowing you to create beautiful mirror paintings and drawings. Keep reading to find out more about SketchBook Express.
If you are a Mac OS X fan, check out our review of SketchBook for Mac. Being the Express edition, the Windows app for Sketchbook isn’t as feature-rich as the Mac one, and lacks layer support as well as the useful lasso tool. In order to get the app, go to Windows Store and search for “sketchbook”. Select the relevant tile and choose the Install button from the main page to download and install the app to your Windows 8 or Windows RT device.
The interface of the app is impressive, to say the least. It provides you with a blank canvas for creating a new drawing or painting. At the bottom-left corner, there are options available to select the required brush, enable the required tool, and toggle the color palette and brush size widgets. This keeps it all minimal and unintrusive, allowing you to focus on what you’re creating and not letting the tools get in your way, but at the same time keeping them easily accessible.
Added that one extra stroke by mistake to ruin your masterpiece? You can undo and redo the previously performed actions by choosing their relevant buttons from the bottom-left corner.
Options such as horizontal and vertical mirroring allow you to create beautiful mirror paintings. There is also a built-in eyedropper tool for automatically choosing the color under the cursor to help you quickly locate a color from the image and start drawing with it.
Other than the blank canvas, you can also open an existing image to edit it using the available options; just right-click to bring up the app bar and select Open to import a locally available image file.
Once you are done with the painting and editing, the app allows you to save your work in JPEG and PNG image formats. SketchBook Express works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8.