How to Crop a Picture in SketchBook Pro on the iPad


Though the standard Autodesk Sketchbook Pro application for PC and Mac includes the Crop feature, the Sketchbook Pro app for the iPad does not. However, you can still accomplish the task of cropping an image by cutting or copying the image from the source layer, pasting the graphic into a new layer, and then saving the new layer in the desired image format. This method requires a few more steps than a cropping tool would require, but the end result is the same -- an image that includes only the selected area of a larger image.

  • Open the image to edit in Sketchbook Pro on the iPad.

  • Tap the “Layer" icon in the top toolbar to display the Layer panel, and then tap the layer containing the image to crop.

  • Tap the “Selection” tool in the top toolbar.

  • Tap and drag the Selection box around the section of the image to crop.

  • Tap and hold the layer containing the selected section to open the Cut, Copy and Paste controls.

  • Tap “Cut” to cut the graphic from the original layer, or tap “Copy” to copy the image.

  • Tap “+” in the bottom toolbar in the Layers panel to open a new layer.

  • Tap and hold inside the new layer in the Layer panel to open the Cut, Copy and Paste controls.

  • Tap “Paste” to paste the selected image section into the layer.

  • Delete or hide all layers other than the selected image.

  • Tap “+” in the top toolbar to open the Save dialog box, and then tap “Save” to save the new image to a file.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a stylus instead of your finger for more precision when selecting an area of an image to crop.
  • Information in these steps applies to Autodesk SketchBook Pro for the iPad, version 2.8.5. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly for other versions of the app.

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