Custom Sketchnoting Brushes in Concepts

Have you started exploring note-taking apps, but found yourself unsatisfied with the pen and brush options available to you?

That’s the situation I was in while using Concepts as my go-to sketchnoting app.

Thankfully you can create your own pens and brushes, so that’s what I decided to do!

Watch the video above for the full walk-through. Here’s a recap of the most important settings:

Core Font Pen

The pressure variation graph for my core font pen.

The tilt variation graph for my core font pen.

Highlighter Pen

The pressure variation graph for my highlighter pen. Note that I bumped the opacity down to 50%.

Switch the brush type to “Reveal” to get the highlighter effect.

Custom Brushes In Action

Here’s how those two brushes look in action:

The start of a lesson on using digital sketchnoting as a learning tool.

So far I’m happy with the results!

Have you tried creating your own pens and brushes within your note-taking app? If not I recommend trying it out.


Dig Deeper

Want to deep deeper into the tablet-and-stylus tool combination for your visual note-taking?

Check out our newest course Digital Sketchnoting:

Merge your sketchnoting skills with the unique capabilities of a digital note-taking device to amplify your learning, problem-solving, and storytelling efforts.

You can also explore our full course library here.

Good luck finding (or creating) the right set of tools for your sketchnoting needs!