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Zoom in (low resolution document)

Even if I have spent quite some time on that sketch, I am not really fan of it.
I was trying too hard hiding my mistakes by overloading it of details. I guess I blind myself and didn’t realize early enough that the sketch base was not right. It naturally gives a clumsy result.

  1. The glass area really lack of dynamism.
  2. I forgot to change the resolution of the document. Big mistake !
    The sketch having a lot of small details. The picture is blurred when I zoom in.

TIP 5 High resolution file

sketchbookpro-resolution-setupPlan a high resolution document FROM START.

On the menu: EDIT/PREFERENCES/Canvas

For these kind of sketches, I recommend to rise the resolution of Sketchbook Pro by default from 72 to 200dpi.

SketchBook Pro – Resolution set up

And you, which resolution do you work with ? 
Simply write in the box below.

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If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my career, I believe that they can also help you to learn, and help you with your projects. Whether Design is a job or a hobby it doesn’t matter, so long as you do what is important to you.


  • Amanda

    Reply Reply October 19, 2016

    I actually prefer working at 72 dpi with “extreme” zoom (300+) I get a little anxious when it’s clear at 100+ and obvious that my lines are not perfect/messy. My question is, will working at lower resolution translate to blurry prints? I’m mostly doing digital paintings with less emphasis on crispness and more on blending…

    help appreciated!

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply October 19, 2016

      Hello Amanda,

      I would recommend you to work with a minimum of 200dpi. The printing resolution is actually 300dpi.

      By rising your resolution, you will avoid some quality issues and also you will be able to scale up your pattern. 🙂

  • Luke

    Reply Reply July 11, 2016

    Hi Chou-Tac,

    When you choose to “Use width and height of window” (as in your screenshot), what difference does changing the ‘Resolution’ value make?

    Since our digital canvas is made up of pixels (where 100% zoom is 1:1 pixels) this only seems relevant when you specify the width and height in mm/cm/inches.

    Working zoomed out seems to me like the only way to avoid the problem you described here.

    I’ve been experimenting with sketching on a 8000×5000 pixel canvas at 50% zoom on my Cintiq 13HD. This allows me ample space for an ideation board with the ability to zoom in and add details when they’re needed.


    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply July 11, 2016

      Hello Luke,

      Yes working with a high resolution is convenient to add more sketches in one board. It’s very cool for doing research so you can expose ideas side by side.

      It also allows you to go in small details with good quality (not pixelated) if you need. So you can zoom in in a button and draw a nice icon on this button for example. (if you draw at 72dpi which is the screen resolution with a 100% zoom, you won’t be able to zoom in much. Do you see what I mean?)

      The benefit will also be be appreciated if you need to print your sketches bigger for your portfolio or presentation board!

      Hope it helps!

      • Luke

        Reply Reply July 11, 2016

        Your such a champion. Thanks for the reply!

  • Engineerista

    Reply Reply August 3, 2015

    Does this apply to Windows 10 on the Surface 3?

    • Chou-Tac

      Reply Reply August 11, 2015

      It all depends of your drawing style. If you want to draw some small details in your sketch, I say yes.

  • AmirHossein Alesheikh

    Reply Reply November 29, 2014

    I use 2000x 2000 and 300 dpi as my default. I send my works to instagram, So an square canvas is preferable for me. And Also I have a history with printing some of my works, So I prefer 300dpi. Also I found that Because of my tendency to zoom, It’s a good idea to have 2000pixel canvas. The down side is that Some of copic pens won’t increase size to a visible radios.
    Maybe if I try increasing dpi instead of picture, It would solve the problem. Let me check!

  • Carlos T

    Reply Reply August 26, 2014

    I’ve been playing with Sketchbook Pro for a while and I’m always interested in knowing what settings different designers use. Do you use custom pens? Any SBP tips?
    PS. Great website!!!

  • Renata

    Reply Reply August 26, 2014

    Interesting with a lot of GoPro’s on the top?
    J’aime les tracés!

    • Chou-Tac Chung

      Reply Reply August 26, 2014

      Ahah yeah, Then he could record videos like how a spider see. Which could be a cool video to make!

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