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Kyle's Guide to Custom Brushes

In this latest installment from Kyle Runciman, he delivers an indepth walkthrough of customizing brushes in SketchBook Pro for Mac/Win.

"The brushes that ship with SketchBook Pro are great. You can do almost anything with them. However, you can create an immense library of Custom Brushes for different purposes. The only standard brushes I regularly use in my workflow are the Erasers, Flood Fill, Solid Paint Brush and the Airbrush. All of the Pencils and Pens I use are tweaked to my style."

This tutorial was created using SketchBook Pro 6 on Windows, but is equally applicable for Mac and the Mac App Store edition. Click the icon to view or download the PDF document (1.4MB).

You can also download and try out Kyle's personal custom brush set.  Click to download the ZIP file (147KB), then simply import it directly into your Brush Library.

Reader Comments (17)

Another great post Kyle. And thanks for the brushes.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuzi54241

Thanks again, Kyle. Just plain useful information in here, so much stuff I didn't know about.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterToddM.

Thanks for the post and the brushes Kyle! This summer I had asked two poor creatures if they could make available their brushes for us amateurs, and I'm still waiting for an answer. But you did not you have so many problems and made ​​available to others your knowledge. Thank you again!

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiego

great work Kyle I love the brushes thanks a lot!

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdj23jc

Is there a way for mobile to get these?

November 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPimphish

Ummm just so you idiots know, its never a good tutorial if you have to download the information. There isn't a tutorial here you have to dnld it from an external source. I had to leave what i was doing to come here, and the info isn't even here. Morons. But keep congratulating him, trolls.

November 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternick

Thanks for the post and the brushes Kyle! I am just at beginning way for SketchBook so I have a lot to learn and practice.

December 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterConny

Comprehensive and well written tutorial. Found everything I was looking for - and more. Thanks for this. Will have a look at the brushes too. :-)

December 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersnapr

Thanks for the Tutorial Kyle. And I can download and use it whenever I want to without an internet connect. Fantastic way to do a tutorial.

What a shame that mindless, ignorant, meaningless people like Nick above is actually abusing you because it doesn't suit him to download the FREE tutorial. You can bet that Nick has never done anything for anybody else in his life. And like a pathetic selfcentred piece of human excements hides behind his keyboard and abuses people. Pathetic!

Good work Kyle. Thankfully there are some useful giving humans left.

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Thank you for info. Love Sketchbook Pro for iPad. Draw all the time, try new. Not a pro illustrator, but it helps me work out ideas for canvas. and all the instruction sharing is fabulous. Great smoke techniques. Cannot download your PDF or brushes into iPad, though. Would love to be able to download your brushes and smudgers. I guess I'm in same boat as Pimphish. I agree with Martin, too... Nick is being a jerk. Thanks!!

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMg


March 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhino

Thanks a lot for this tutorial. Am learning to handle the different brushes and this will help a lot.

June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelmeet El Gato

THANKS, your information is wonderful for someone like me struggling to understand and use SBP. And I don't think you talk a lot, what you do is say a lot. Thank you.

June 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRagnar

I am trying to remove the pen and brush guide...can anyone help me? You know there's like vertical and horizontal lines that surround the stylist and I prefer just direct stylist without the guide ....patrickbucklew@mac.com

August 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick Bucklew

This looks great. Is ther any way to use this on Android in what they call Sketchbook Pro, or is it really Sketchbook Cripple?

October 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercaptain

App needs to be able to make custom brushes. Other than that it runs really well.

January 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThom

I can't find out how to save custom brush sets in SB Pro for Android either. Am I missing something?

February 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCurty102

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