Use realistic drawing and painting tools to achieve the same expressive blending and bleeding effects you get on paper with Photoshop Sketch.

Create expressive paintings and drawings on the go.

1. Set drawing preferences

You can set up Sketch to best suit the way you work. Use the Settings menu to set your drawing preferences like the toolbar location. 

Tap the Photoshop Sketch logo in the Project screen, then tap Preferences. In the Toolbar controls, tap Left or Right. Tap the Project window to close the controls.

Tap + to start a new project. Then tap on a blank canvas to start a new sketch.


2. Add an image to use as background or reference

Tap the Images icon at the top of the screen. In the Images menu, choose Adobe Stock. Search for California Quail. You'll use this as a reference image. Tap an image. 

Tap Save Preview and choose a CC Library where you want to store the image. The image appears in your project.

Tip: You can use the Images menu to choose images from different sources like your camera roll.

3. Use an image as a tracing reference

Use the stacking icon to place the image below your artwork.

Finally, reduce the opacity so it's easier to see your artwork, and then tap Done.

Tip: If you want to create a more complex drawing, you can add other images and use the stacking control to move them above or below your artwork.

4. Use expressive tools and brushes

The toolbar gives you access to the 14 built-in brushes available in Sketch. You can add new brushes or change the properties of any brush to create a personalized tool set.

Tap on the Ink Pen in the toolbar, and then drag up or down over the Size control to set the brush size. Adjust the Flow up or down to control how much paint is applied with each stroke. Trace over the shape of the quail. 

To add a new brush to your toolbar, long-press on a brush and choose a new one from the Brushes menu. In this case, choose the Marker Chisel. 

When you're finished using the reference photo, tap Images and reduce the photo's opacity to zero.

Tip: You can tap the + at the top of the Brushes window to create a new brush using Adobe Capture CC. See Capture Inspiration on the go for more information.

5. Add color

Tap the Marker Chisel that you just added to the toolbar. Then tap the color control. Using the controls that appear, you can mix a color or choose a saved color theme from your Creative Cloud Libraries. Choose a color and tap the color icon again.

Tap the Blend mode icon and choose Blend. Now draw over some of the lines in the bird. You can see how the color blends with the pen strokes. Try experimenting with other blend modes.

6. Sample color

Long-press the color control to bring up the color eyedropper. As you drag the eyedropper over your drawing you can see the colors being sampled. The existing color appears in the bottom half of the control and the new color appears in the top half.

To sample a specific color move the center of the eyedropper over the desired color and tap OK.

7. Add perspective to your drawing

You can add depth to your artwork by using a perspective grid to guide your drawing. Tap the grid control and choose Two Point Perspective, then drag over your image to set the vanishing point for the grid. Tap Ok when you’re done.

Tip: If the grid control is not active, tap the Shape icon at the top of the window. Then tap the gear icon and then Enable Grids.

8. Draw lines and shapes

Tap the Shape icon at the top of the window. Tap the Lines icon. A virtual ruler will appear on your screen to keep your strokes in perspective.

Drag inside between the dotted lines to pivot the ruler. Drag along a dotted line to draw.

Tip: Tap the Shapes icon to access a variety of other Shapes. You can drag along the edge of the shape to draw a portion of it or double-tap inside the shape to stamp it.


9. Send your drawing to your desktop

Tap the Share icon at the top of the screen and choose Send to Photoshop. A short time later, your file will open on your desktop. You'll notice that your artwork and background images are on different layers.

If you haven’t purchased a Creative Cloud plan, or if your plan doesn’t include Photoshop, you can download a free trial.

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