SketchBook training
SketchBook Essentials training

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Key details

Key details

SketchBook training course for beginners teaching core skills for create visually rich images and illustrations.

Autodesk SketchBook Pro is a professional-grade painting and drawing application used by digital artists and illustrators. It provides all the tools you need for expressive drawing and concept sketching, such as pressure-sensitive pencils, markers and brushes.

Our SketchBook Essentials course teaches how to use SketchBook’s key features and tools. Topics covered include:

  • The SketchBook working environment.
  • Brushes and other tools.
  • Colour.
  • Layers.
  • Using SketchBook in conjunction with AutoCAD to enhance your overall workflow.

SketchBook Essentials training is available on-request only, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group. We don’t currently offer scheduled (public) SketchBook courses. We can host the training at one of our centres, or your venue anywhere in the UK. Please contact us for a quote.

The training can be tailored to take into account any existing knowledge you have, and the work you’re going to be doing in SketchBook.

Accredited SketchBook training

Armada is an Autodesk Authorised Training Centre (ATC), and our SketchBook training courses are accredited by Autodesk.

Expert trainers

SketchBook training is hosted by Autodesk Certified Instructors, with vast experience of using the application professionally.

How will I learn?

SketchBook training is hands-on and practical.

Our trainers teach the necessary theory then demonstrate techniques step-by-step. You then practice the techniques taught on a computer running SketchBook.

There is plenty of time to ask questions, and you can take away all the files you create.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for SketchBook, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher afterwards.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of an accredited SketchBook training course. This is emailed to delegates directly from Autodesk. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following SketchBook training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their SketchBook trainer to help with any post-course issues.


No prior SketchBook knowledge is necessary.

SketchBook version

Training can be based on any recent version of SketchBook to suit you.

General information

General information

Course times

Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.

As we’d be hosting this course for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.


Payment for Sketchbook training can be made bank transfer or card. View training course payment options.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.


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If a company or delegate cancels an Sketchbook training course booking giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.


Course content

Course content


  • SketchBook Pro
  • Drawing tools
  • SketchBook resources
  • Wacom tips

The SketchBook working environment

  • The SketchBook UI
  • The Lagoon
  • Toolbars
  • Layer editor
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Saving
  • Customising the menus


  • Effects brushes
  • Do-It-Yourself brushes
  • Brush sets
  • Importing and exporting brushes
  • Pressure sensitivity
  • Symmetry
  • Texture brushes
  • Synthetic brushes

Other tools

  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Basic shapes
  • Painting tools
  • Creating ellipses
  • Warping, distorting and scaling shapes
  • Line Tools – ruler, French curves, steady stroke
  • Curves, curve points, polyline points
  • Working with text

More about colour

  • Colour palette
  • Colour puck
  • Custom palettes
  • Copic library
  • Random colour
  • Flood fills, colour fills, assorted fills

Using layers

  • Layers overview
  • Blend modes
  • Templates

Using SketchBook with AutoCAD

  • Importing CAD layers
  • Exporting to AutoCAD
  • Using the AutoCAD SketchBook plug-in