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Microsoft Garage's SketchPal combines modern inking with classic layers

What you need to know

  • SketchPal, a new sketching app, is now available from Microsoft Garage.
  • The app focuses on using touch and pen input to create artwork on the go.
  • The app is available for free through the Microsoft Store.

The Microsoft Garage (opens in new tab) provides a space for Microsoft employees to create and grow projects. Microsoft Launcher (opens in new tab) is probably the Microsoft Garage's best-known success story, but it has a wide range of apps and projects in it. Now, the Microsoft Garage has released another project, SketchPal, a sketching app that focuses on using touch and pen inputs to create artwork. The app is available for free (opens in new tab) through the Microsoft Store starting today.

Arcadio Garcia, the man behind SketchPal, announced the app's availability and shared some insights regarding the app on Twitter. One of his Tweets emphasizes how SketchPal focuses on touch and pen input.

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Garcia points out that SketchPal works well with smaller Windows 10 devices like the Surface Go and will also fit naturally on the upcoming Surface Neo. The app has a reference mode that makes it easy to have a reference image next to a sketch. That mode was inspired by Garcia trying out a dual-screen device.

In terms of features, SketchPal supports touch, pen, tilt support for pens, Surface Dial integration, and support for multiple screens.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at

  • Sometime i wonder if the pencil hasn't become an accessory like the mouse of keyboard
    With Surface
    Dial is very cool to use too
    Thanks guys
  • How is this different/superior to the Autodesk Sketchbook app that came preloaded(?) with Windows 10?
  • That's a good point, but this is much, much simpler and (even) more touch friendly. Sometimes that's what's called for, especially for casual users who just want to doodle. I wish more drawing apps (both vector and raster) had UI's friendlier to all-touch environments, like a Surface Pro with its keyboard tucked under plus the Surface Pen.