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- Apple Design Award Winner, 2012 & Among App Store's ‘Best of 2012’ -
Sketch is a designer’s dream toolbox, combining a beautifully simple interface with powerful tools. Sketch supports multiple fills, borders and shadows per layer, has powerful non-destructive boolean operations and makes exporting a breeze with easy to use slices and automatic @2x export. Making beautiful graphics isn’t challenging anymore. We set out to build a better app for graphic designers. Not to copy — rather to improve.
Vector tools and basic shapes are the foundation: whether you are designing icons, websites, interfaces or anything else. Combine these into complex shapes with non-destructive boolean operations, then apply more advanced layer style options than you can dream of: multiple shadows, fills, gradients, noise, blending, background blurring, and more.
Sketch doesn't just do shapes, of course. Imported images can be rotated, scaled, cropped and masked. The versatile text tool allows you to add beautiful typography to your designs, and coming from the developers of Fontcase, text rendering is as good as it can get!
Sketch supports OS X’s built-in versions and auto-saving to ensure you’ll never lose any files, and as a good Mac citizen we support iCloud documents as well of course.
All this power is deliciously baked into Sketch’s single-window interface. Everything is there, but only visible when you need it. A simple interface with seriously powerful tools.
Now everything is possible.
Take a look at the screenshots to see some of the things people have been making with Sketch.
- Simple but powerful interface, built for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion
- Optimized for Retina and non-Retina displays
- Powerful styling; multiple shadows, multiple fills, gradients, blending, blur, noise and more...
- Flexible boolean operations to combine simple shapes into complex shapes
- Artboards and Slices for exporting multiple images out of a single document
- Automatic @2x export for Retina graphics
- Unique Color (with RGB and HSB modes) and Font pickers
- Beautiful native text rendering and text styles
- Vector and pixel zoom; zoom in with infinite vector precision or see individual pixels
- Multi-stop and radial gradients editing right in the canvas. Powerful WYSIWYG rendering.
- PDF, EPS and SVG importing and exporting supported
- Shared & Linked Layer Styles that automatically update each other
- Powerful, easy-to-use Vector Tool
Additionally, designers in the following areas will enjoy these features:
FOR WEB AND UI DESIGNERS
- Copy CSS Styles to clipboard (including gradients!)
- Slices: export areas on the canvas as images
- 960px grid, with support for more advanced grid options
- Multiple pages support inside a single document
FOR ICON DESIGNERS
- Artboards; each artboard is its own little canvas
- iOS Icon Templates
- Pixel Grid
- Pixel Effects, such as Gaussian and Motion Blur
What's New in Version 2.4.3
- Improvements to SVG importing
- Fixes a bug where Artboard origins would appear at 0,0
- Improves security when storing documents in DropBox
- Various bug fixes
I really want to love this app, but it’s not ready for primetime.
I want so badly to love this app. It’s far less complicated than the Adobe suite, which would make me choose it over Photoshop/Illustrator any day. However, I have found that when my files get large, the app starts to get super buggy. Some of the problems I’ve had have included my inspector panel disappearing, the grid maker stops calculating pixels correctly, and when I try to make a grid with 20 pixels between columns, it’ll add way fewer or more pixels between each column. I’ve had issues with exporting files, where the image looks correct on my monitor but layers get transposed in final images, and no matter how I try to fix the layers, the export just won’t work (I had to copy and recreate the asset to get the image to export correctly). One time I was creating an icon and the union command wouldn’t work properly (it kept subtracting instaed of joining the elements - a restart and new shapes had to be used to get union to work correctly). The app is so buggy that it requires frequent restarts and any time I’m saving using the app over Adobe is taken back dealing with the bugs.
Aside from the bugs, there are indeed features missing like grouped styles, choosing an path to align shapes to, etc., but I’d still use it most times if it weren’t for the bugs. I hope they can continue to iterate and get the software more stable becuase I’d love to dump Adobe for good.
Not able to edit styles or use grid and layout at the same time.
I really want to like Sketch as I’m ready to ditch Adobe’s ridiculous pricing but I feel this app isn’t quite ready for extensive web design. There are two big issues that I simply cannot do without.
Not able to edit existing type styles:
As a design progresses, requirements change which means the design constantly evolves. With that, one needs to be able to change existing type styles. My syponsis text may need to be a bit larger, page titles may need to be sans-serif instead of serif. One cannot make these changes easily.
Not able to view grid and layout at the same time:
Grid/square and layout are not the same thing so why force to the user to use one or the other? Most designers work with columns and some designers like to work with columns as well as work with a strong grid.
There are other issues that are important to me and most web designers so for now, I will have to stick with Illustrator. Perhaps Sketch 3 will address these issues but right now, I feel like I threw away $80.
Great quick application
As a web/app designer, I’ve been discontent with most of the tools out there. This is a nice sweet spot. Keynote was nice and I still miss the ability to link to different slides (or artboards if Sketch had that feature), but this app has a much easier way of grouping assets and assigning output for different exports. One I wish it had are the ability to specify what to export certain slices as (i.e. these I want png, that one can be a jpg to save space, that one an SVG because it’s flat, etc.) That way when you make changes, you could just do a mass export and everything would be in the desired format). But, all that to say, I really do like this app, and the developers are working hard at it. It has saved me so much time, and therefore money so it’s well worth the investment.