Getting a Killer Sketchbook Pro 6 Digital Inking brush

Creating brushes in the newly released Autodesk Sketchbook Pro 6 ($30 at the Mac App Store) is pretty easy, but getting the right brush to use for inking has always been somewhat tricky. In this blog post, I’ll show you how to create a custom brush in Sketchbook Pro 6, and provide you with the brush settings I use for my own inking workflow. As with any customization, your mileage may vary…

Sketchbook Pro 6 inking tests

Here are the steps to create a new brush in Sketchbook Pro 6. First click on the expanded brush palette (see 1 in the figure below). Next, select the Pencil tool. Finally, click the radial menu on the right (see 2 in the figure below) and choose New Brush. You’ll be prompted to create a new brush based on the brush you currently have selected.

Customizing your Brush in Sketchbook Pro 6

Here are the two inking brushes I use within Sketchbook Pro. Both are based off of the Pencil tool.

The first brush yields a clean line with no randomization settings applied.


The second brush that I use has both Opacity and Space randomizations applied.


If you’re struggling to find a good brush to ink with using Sketchbook Pro, give these settings a try.


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  • Emiliano Gonzalez
    February 25, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Hey, man; all of the images that contain the settings are set to private :(

    • Krishna M. Sadasivam
      February 25, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      oops! That must have happened when Flickr accidentally set all private photos to public accidentally, then re-privatized the whole set. All should be good now.

    • Krishna M. Sadasivam
      March 3, 2013 at 9:31 am


  • Alvaro Garza
    March 3, 2013 at 2:16 am

    All your images say “this image or video is currently unavailable”.

  • Madison (FC: 5172-1376-8005
    July 30, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Do have any settings for a nice pencil? I would like a nice effect with one.

  • Lyndon
    September 21, 2014 at 12:21 am

    The images are still set to private.

    • Krishna
      September 21, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Hmmm, they seem to be showing up fine on an independent machine I just tested. I’m not sure how to fix this. Are you viewing it from a Mac or PC, Lyndon? Is it consistently not appearing on more than one browser for you? (not that it should matter, but still…)