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SketchBook for Galaxy puts the S Pen on the Note 3 to work

The biggest feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note series to me is the S Pen. It's an awesome input device, making things like filling out forms or signing documents easy, but it's also great when you want to get creative. Once you get used to things, it really is just like holding a real pen or pencil.

When you pair this with just the right app, things get pretty special. The great news is that just the right app is included on your new Note — whether you picked up the Note 3 or the Note 10.1 - 2014 edition. I'm talking about the SketchBook Pro application, which comes in a special Galaxy edition as part of your factory firmware. It's a lot like the retail version of the product (which you can try via the Google Play link above for $4.99), but it's specialized with a pen mode that can work with the pressure-sensitive S Pen perfectly.

It's a complete, dare I say professional-level, drawing and sketching application. It's come a long way since its launch on Google Pay back in 2011. You can add layers with varying degrees of transparency, choose from hundreds of different brushes and styles, and pick any color in the spectrum to use in your art. It's a lot like Photoshop for your phone or tablet, but better designed for the smaller screen, in my opinion.

If you picked up a new Note, you'll find the stub in your app drawer. Be sure to open it and give the full app a try. I think if you like to create any sort of doodle or picture, you're going to love it. Hit the break to see a selection of screenshots.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

26 Comments
  • True... Art Posted via Android Central App
  • My favorite is still "Infinite Painter" by Sean (https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Sean+Brakefield). It's not the most beautiful UI, but the most useful and fastest. - very quick access to the brushsize
    - very quick access to the color picker (just one swipe)
    - a great smudge tool that most other apps are missing
    - the general stuff like layers, psd export and such things
    - quick adjustment of the color brightness with one swipe The smudge tool and the ability to pick a color, change the brush size or the brightness of the color in less than a second with one gesture makes it incredible fast and comfortable to use. There is also a version of it for the Note.
  • I really want to like infinite painter but it has too many defects. I've lost work on every version that the dev has released because of force closing se and just plain losing files. The latest changes of the UI are the best, but until the app is more reliable I say stay clear
  • I really want to like infinite painter but it has too many defects. I've lost work on every version that the dev has released because of force closing se and just plain losing files. The latest changes of the UI are the best, but until the app is more reliable I say stay clear
  • Woah you made that? It is epic! Posted via Android Central App
  • It would be nice if they could get this on the Note II as well.
  • just sideload the apk file. that's what i did and it works perfect on my note 2
  • Huh?? I have it on my note 2. I've had it on every phone. For years now Posted via Android Central App
  • My mistake... I wasn't thinking clearly. You're obviously talking about the galaxy edition that comes on the note 3... silly me. Posted via Android Central App
  • Works great on Note 2 and I'm not even in touchwiz. Posted via Android Central App
  • "JBH"? Whats your middle name Jerry? Does the "B" stand for "Badass"? :)
  • Braden.  The one Irish grandmother insisted, apparently :P 
  • Same reason I have Shannon as a middle name. Posted via Android Central App
  • Keep your punctuation inside the quotation marks. Posted via the Android Central App on my Note 2
  • "YOU SUCK"!
  • Actually in this case you are wrong. He wasn't quoting a question.
  • Actually in this case he is right! If the words inside the parentheses are a complete sentence, the period, question mark, or exclamation point that ends the sentence goes inside the parenthesis.
  • This Posted via Android Central App
  • i have the note 2 and sketchbook pro from the app store. i am pretty sure it has the same options in the pro app. it has a pen mode for the s-pen and is pressure sensitive. they did change the appearance of the app for the new notes. but the s-pen function was already there. you just have to go into settings and make sure that pen mode is selected.
  • Nice piece of kit you have there, friend.
  • Damn man, you can draw! I don't think I ever used the S Pen on my old GN2 after the first week. I didn't have it all that long and it wasn't really my DD, though. Guess that's why I don't really "get" or care for the phablets.
  • Looks like our jbh is a Renaissance man. A man of many talents of you will.
  • Jerry , have you seen this thread on our very own forum ? http://forums.androidcentral.com/showthread.php?t=246759 Posted via Android Central App
  • Might have a problem here Jerry... Unless this is also your post, it seems someone is stealing your writing... look at the "written by" under the title... the article is word for word, picture included. http://apkmaniapro.com/2013/10/09/sketchbook-for-galaxy-puts-the-s-pen-o... Posted via Android Central App
  • Not sure why this link isn't going directly to the article, but trust me it's there and it says "written by:ApkManiaPro" Posted via Android Central App
  • Google Pay. Haha Posted via Android Central App