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General


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General


 

Q: WHO IS SKETCHMI DESIGNED FOR? / IS SKETCHMI JUST FOR KIDS?

While sketchmi is designed for kids 9 to 14 years old, anyone between the ages of 9 to 99 with access to a tablet can pick up sketchmi to explore their creative awesomeness. (Adults have used sketchmi in pretty cool ways too!) Sketchlet packs of varying difficulty allow users to customize their own sketchmi experience.

Q: IS THERE A SKETCHMI APP?

A: Nope, you do not need to download any apps to use sketchmi. Just visit our website to access sketchlets, or trace an existing image to start creating.

Q: WHY DO I NEED A SKETCHMI? CAN’T I JUST PUT A PIECE OF PAPER OVER MY TABLET SCREEN AND DRAW DIRECTLY?

A: While you draw, sketchmi’s plastic flap goes over your tablet screen and prevents your hand from shifting the screen, and it protects your touchscreen from your pen or pencil! Plus, the tray holds your tablet in place.

Q: HOW CAN I CONTACT TEAM SKETCHMI?

A: Drop us an email at info@sketchmi.com.

Q: HOW CAN I GET SKETCHMI?

A: Unfortunately, at the moment you cannot purchase sketchmi anymore. sketchmi was brought to life by our generous Kickstarter backers, and with their funding we were able to do one production run of sketchmi. If you’re really interested in trying out sketchmi, shoot us an email!

 
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Using sketchmi


Using sketchmi


 

Q: What do I need in order to use sketchmi?

A: All you need: a sketchmi, a tablet, printer paper (or thinner), and something to draw with!

Q: What tablets can I use with sketchmi?

A: sketchmi can be used with most tablets that fit within these dimensions: 7.3in x 9 1/2in x 1/2in. It is optimized to work best with iPad mini, iPad 2, and iPad 3. Although it’s a smaller screen (and thus a smaller canvas), you can also use a lot of smartphones!

Q: I have a sketchmi. How do I use it?

A: To learn how to use your sketchmi, go to our How-to page.

Q: Can I use sketchmi with friends?

A: Although sketchmi is designed for the individual user, friends can also collaborate and play together.

Q: Can I take sketchmi with me on-the-go?

A: Yup! sketchmi is lightweight and portable. You do not need a desk to use sketchmi, and you can also draw with it on your lap.

Q: Do I need Internet access?

A: You do need Internet access in order to initially download our sketchlets from our website, but after downloading to your tablet, you can use sketchlets without Internet.

Q: What are sketchlets?

A: sketchlets are nifty drawing activities that give kids a place to start. They come in a variety of themed packs, with various styles and levels of difficulty. Click here to check out our sketchlet library.

Q: What is photo trace?

A: Photo trace is another way in which you can use sketchmi for drawing. Simply take a photo, find a photo in your gallery, or find an image on the Internet, and use it as a reference for you to sketch from. Learn more on our how-to page

Q: I made something really cool. Can I share my sketchmi drawing?

A: Yes, definitely! Snap a photo of your sketch, upload it to Instagram, and tag it with the hashtag #madewithsketchmi to have it featured in our gallery. We can't wait to see what you've created!

Q: How do I get ideas? What are some things I can do?

A: Get inspired by what other sketchmi users have created at our gallery.

 
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Troubleshooting


Troubleshooting


 

I can’t see the image well enough.

1. What is the thickness of your drawing paper? It should be as thick as printing paper or thinner

2. What is your screen brightness? It should be turned up to the highest setting

3. What is the quality of the image? If the lines are not dark enough, or if they are too thin, try editing the image on your tablet. Otherwise, it may not be a suitable image to trace from.

4. How big is your image? Try scaling up the image to make it bigger and easier to see

5. Where are you using sketchmi? sketchmi works best indoors, under dim lighting conditions as opposed to direct sunlight, just like a traditional lightbox would

How do I take care of my sketchmi?

Take care of sketchmi just as you would take care of a hardcover book. If the plastic flap gets smudged or dirty, remove your tablet, and wiped the plastic with a cloth and Windex (or a similar glass cleaner). Be careful not to wet the cover and tray.

My screen keeps turning off while I draw.

For iPad, go to Settings > General > Auto-Lock, and increase the amount of time before your screen automatically turns off.

For Android Tablets, go to Settings > Display > Screen Timeout and similarly select the amount of time before your tablet screen turns off.

My tablet’s touchscreen doesn’t work anymore.

Simply lift the acrylic flap to access your tablet screen directly. The acrylic flap prevents the touchscreen from sensing your finger!

I can’t remove my tablet from sketchmi.

Slide your finger into the thumbnotch on the side edge of the tray to push your tablet out of the tray.

How do I use sketchmi without internet?

Download the sketchlets to your tablet before leaving a Wifi spot for offline access. If you are using an iPad, we recommend saving it to iBooks as its own folder!

  • How do I save PDFs to your tablet for offline usage?
    • For iPad: Open in iBooks
    • For Android: Open in PDF viewer

My tablet does not fit perfectly in the tray or foam.

sketchmi is designed to work best with the iPad mini, iPad 2, and iPad 3. However, even if your device is not one of the above, you should still be able to use it with sketchmi as long as it is smaller than 7.3in x 9 1/2in x 1/2in. If your device is larger than an iPad mini, remove the top foam layer to fit your tablet.