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What you need to know about Creo Sketch

Posted by Emma Rudeck on 20-Aug-2014 14:55:00

Creo SketchCreo Sketch is a 2D, free-hand drawing and painting app. It gives designers the ability to quickly sketch their initial ideas, as easily as if they were using a scrap of paper. Best of all, it’s freely available for download. 

How to start using Creo Sketch?

You can start by freely sketching rough work with the pencil tool, working to achieve new design for anything from a car wing mirror to a new component for an electric shaver. 

Creo Sketch works best by just roughing out the general shape – it’s not about getting it perfect first time around. It’s about having the initial ideas in place, which you can then go on to develop further. In other words, it is the rough concept.

How to develop your sketches?

Once you have the general shape sketched out with the pencil tool, you can build on this by adding curves to the sketch. The idea here is to help you be more accurate when you come to painting the sketch. For instance, you can use them as a mask, so that when you start painting, the paint will only go inside or outside of the lines. On top of this, you can manipulate the curves round, to get the shape exactly as you want it to be. You can also tweak the curves and modify the tangencies. It’s very quick and easy to manipulate the curves around, ensuring you are working with the shape that you’re after.

Now that you have the shape of the curves to the point you want, you can choose the airbrush command. Select the area within the curves you want to colour and the airbrush tool will add the colour that you want to this area. All this means you end up with a neat, presentable sketch, from which you can develop your ideas. Another option to colour in an area is to select the fill command. With this, you can either fill an area with a solid colour or a gradient colour.

After the general airbrushing is complete, you can choose to add some highlights to the sketch. To do this, you just need to turn down the opacity on the eraser tool, so that it just adds highlights, rather the completely removing the colour.

Once you are happy with the way your sketch is looking, you can add a hard outline to the sketch by selecting the autotrace command. With this, you select your curves and then the tool will automatically run that brush going round all the curves.

Finally, if you want to add some text to your sketch, this is easy to do. Just by using the text tool, you can add text in the size, colour and style that you want.

Want to try Creo Sketch for yourself? Download for free here: http://www.ptc.com/product/creo/2d-cad/sketch/download

If you want to explore Creo further, take a free 30-day trial of Creo Parametric today:

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