Using the symmetry tool in SketchBook Pro to design clothing
The symmetry tool is a really unique feature to SketchBook Pro! It cuts your drawing time in half, which allows you to create all sorts of neat designs fast!

I especially love drawing clothing with the symmetry tools. Here's how you might do that.


Step 1: Tool overview

Using the symmetry tool in SketchBook Pro to design clothing
In SketchBook Pro we have two different lines of symmetry to use- X and Y.

They can be accessed from the top toolbar.
Using the symmetry tool in SketchBook Pro to design clothing


If the top toolbar is hidden, you can go to Window -> Toolbar to bring it up.

Y symmetry will mirror your strokes as you draw vertically. Click this button to activate it:
Using the symmetry tool in SketchBook Pro to design clothing

It's perfect for drawing clothing and faces!

The X symmetry will mirror your strokes horizontally. Click this button to activate it:
Using the symmetry tool in SketchBook Pro to design clothing

I might use this to create a neat reflection, like in water!

Step 2: Drawing clothing!

Using the symmetry tool in SketchBook Pro to design clothing
With the symmetry Y turned on, I'll use the pencil tool to sketch out my clothing. It's easy because I only have to draw one side and SketchBook Pro takes care of the rest!

Step 3: Cleaning up the sketch

Using the symmetry tool in SketchBook Pro to design clothing
My sketch is cool, but I want nice lines.

I'll duplicate the sketch, and use a careful hand to add nice lines.

To duplicate a layer, you'll need to make sure the Layer Editor is open. You can access it by selecting Windows -> Layer Editor. It looks like this:

Using the symmetry tool in SketchBook Pro to design clothing


hover over the layer and click in the circle to bring up the pop-up menu.
Hold and drag over the option that says "Duplicate."

Using the symmetry tool in SketchBook Pro to design clothing


I'm using a black pencil brush and going around the edges of the artwork to make the lines are smooth and nice.

I'm constantly going back and forth- erasing and re-drawing to keep the lines clean.
This part of the process takes a long time for me, which is why the symmetry tool makes it faster!


Step 4: Nice and smooth

Using the symmetry tool in SketchBook Pro to design clothing
Now that the lines are all done, I want to add some color.

I'll create a layer just for that and make sure it's under my line art. To create a new layer, press the "+" button at the top of the layer editor:
Using the symmetry tool in SketchBook Pro to design clothing


You can then use the arrow button to re-order the layer.
I'm going to put it underneath my lineart, so I can color underneath!
Using the symmetry tool in SketchBook Pro to design clothing

Step 5: Color!

Using the symmetry tool in SketchBook Pro to design clothing
Using the symmetry tool in SketchBook Pro to design clothing
First I lay down a base color. I use a really big base brush and fill in my lines. (Don't forget to make sure you're on the color layer!)

I think I'm going to make this a cloud themed hoodie, so I'm picking a pretty blue color from the copic marker library as my base.
Then I use white to add clouds, and green to put some cute grass at the bottom.

Step 6: Final details

Using the symmetry tool in SketchBook Pro to design clothing
Using the symmetry tool in SketchBook Pro to design clothing
Every good piece of clothing has a story, so here's mine: this hoodie hides THE STORM WITHIN. The outside is happy and bright, and the inside conceals your true nature.

So I add some extra shading & details, and put some text on the my hoodie to help describe it. This way, if someone wanted to make my hoodie real, they'd understand exactly what I wanted!

Things such as material type & quality are very important. Is something soft or shiny? Velvet or fleece? These choices could have a real impact on the final product, even if its the same basic design.

 
 

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