By Bohemian Coding
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Sketch: graphic design for a digital world. Powerful tools and an elegant interface, in a single award-winning package. Because making beautiful things should be a joy, not a burden.
Sketch supports multiple fills, borders and shadows per layer; has powerful non-destructive boolean operations; smart pixel alignment; and makes exporting a breeze with automatic slicing and multiple resolution export.
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, leaving you free to edit them in the future, then apply advanced layer style options like 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 best-in-class text tool lets you add beautiful typography to your designs, using native font rendering, so you can be sure that text always looks 100% accurate!
Brand new to Sketch 3, Symbols allow you to reuse entire groups of content in multiple places in your design. Think of interface elements such as buttons, headers and footers. Change them once, and they update everywhere in your document.
Built for the Mac, Sketch supports OS X’s Versions and Auto Save, letting you focus on your work instead of hitting CMD+S. Keep your work safely in sync across multiple Mac computers with iCloud. And take Sketch full screen to maximise the size of your canvas.
All this power is deliciously baked into Sketch’s single-window interface. Everything is there, tucked away until you need it. A simple interface with powerful tools.
Now everything is possible.
-- Winner of an Apple Design Award and amongst the App Store's ‘Best of 2012 --
NEW IN VERSION 3:
- Symbols, for reusing elements in your design
- Text Styles and Layer Styles, redesigned and unified for a better experience
- Redesigned inspector, giving you quicker access to everything
- Automatic Slices, export layers directly, without needing to set up manual slices
- Export multiple resolutions from a single slice, at any scale
- Improved PDF, EPS and SVG importing and exporting
- Speed, bug fixes and polish all around
- Presentation Mode, go full screen and hide all controls, perfect for showing off designs
- Improved bitmap editing with Magic Wand, Crop, Invert and Vectorize tools
- Simple but powerful interface, built from the ground up for OS X
- 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 export for multiple resolutions at the same time
- 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
- Shared Layer Styles that automatically update all associated layers
- Shared Text Styles for sharing font and paragraph info between text layers
- Powerful, easy-to-use Vector Tool
- A growing community of designers with fantastic resources available on the web
Sketch is great for a wide variety of designers and artists.
FOR WEB AND UI DESIGNERS
- Web and iOS design templates come standard
- Copy CSS Styles to clipboard (including gradients!)
- Slices: export areas on the canvas as images
- 960 default grid, with support for more advanced grid options
- Create multiple pages inside a single document
- Standard Responsive Web Design Artboards
FOR ICON DESIGNERS
- Artboards: each is its own little canvas
- iOS Icon Templates
- Pixel Grid
- Pixel Effects, such as Gaussian and Motion Blur
- Round to nearest pixel edge
What's New in Version 3.3.3
- Fixes a rare bug where a pasted image could disappear
- Fixes network related beach-balling on some machines, caused by a change in the behaviour of Apple's security layer
- Fixes an occasional problem with validating licenses
- Fixes a bug where zooming using ⌘+ would be very slow on some systems, even on nearly empty docs
Best design app in concept, worst in application
My company relies on Sketch constantly for UI/UX design and front-end development. The feature set is perfect, the workflow incredible efficient, and the plugin support freeing.
That said, this is the most aggravating, unfulfilling product I have ever used for an extended period of time, above college textbooks, disposable razors, and iTunes. I’ll list a few bugs:
• Applying a shared style to a duplicated or new item sometimes instead applies that item’s values to the style.
• Zooming out or scrolling too fast with a trackpad sometimes breaks the rendering thread, blanking out the canvas.
• Alt-dragging 5+ of iPhone-sized artboards with a lot of elements sometimes causes a force quit.
• Sketch Mirror sometimes stops sending data to a connected device.
• Opening documents with missing fonts strips those missing fonts from the document.
• Random force quits are a thing, like the one that happened when I was wondering what to write for this bullet point.
• Pasting outlined groups from Illustrator will add paths between random anchor points.
• Some paths just can’t be flattened.
The result is an app that feels alpha, which is suprising since they have a beta version in which they claim to be solving problems like these.
*Requires a change in mindset
If you’re coming from Photoshop or Illustrator, and you’re expecting Sketch to adapt to your convoluted workflow, you might be disappointed. Sketch is made specifically for UI design (it’s not for photo manipulation or print design) and it approaches the idea with a completely different set of features and user-experience. For example, if something took four steps to accomplish in Photoshop, Sketch might let you do it in one. This might confuse you, because you might still be looking for a way to do it in the four steps that you’re used to.
Don’t be that way!
Great designers don’t get attached to their workflow. Instead, they’re always looking for ways to improve their workflow with every new project they take on. If you are one of them, or you’re aspiring to be one of them (you should be), then you will absolutely love Sketch.
If you’re the veteran (a.k.a. dinosaur) designer with over 20 years of PS experience who lives by his time-tested workflow, do not spend your money on Sketch. Put it in your retirement fund. You will need it, soon.
Everything I’ve Ever Wanted
Sketch is amazing, period. The more I learn and the deeper I dig into the community and online resources, the more impressed I am at the functionailty of this software. 11/10.