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 3.0.1
- Fixes missing artboard presets
- Fixes missing quicklook previews
- Fixes a bug where inserting shapes at high zoom levels displays the width wrongly
- Fixes a bug where the canvas would be blank after dragging the window between retina and non-retina screens
- Fixes a typo in the preferences
Must-have tool for ALL visual designers
Sketch 3 is a nice evolution from Sketch 2, which was already a very elegant, effective tool. Though any designer or artist can use Sketch, there are many tools for web, UX and interactive designers, such as grids and "layouts" which relate to responsive design, and excellent combining of multiple fills to produce richly-textured shapes in very little time. It is now essential that tools like Sketch show gradient fill, etc AS you are adjusting them, as Sketch has done and continues to do. I would encourage the Sketch 3 authors to set up a BBS-style user forum in addition to Twitter, simply to open up more channels of communication and learning. Not every question can be properly asked or answered within Twitter's character limit. I'd also like to see a downloadable PDF manual. Over the past months, there's been a lot of talk about replacement software for this or that industry-leader software title. I'm going to suggest that Sketch and others, are not trying to replace existing software; rather they're showing us a new way altogether. I've used the others for more than 20 years and I can assure you, Sketch is well worth your time and money. I believe that what feels best about Sketch's interface and way of handling things is that it is not in my way, and I don't have to go through a lot of gyrations to get meat and potatoes chores done. The world rotates on meat and potatoes..metaphorically speaking..
Continuing the proud tradition…
I bought the original Sketch the first day it was out. It was pretty rough around the edges to start, but the developers released a continual stream of updates that fixed bug after bug and enhanced existing features until it became a truly great app.
This update continues that tradition, showing that Bohemian Coding is just as serious about Sketch 3 as they were about the original.
Best UI Design Tool
By far teh best UI design tool.
If you are making iOS apps and still using Photoshop, do yourself a favor and try Sketch (I think they have a demo on the website) with Sketch Mirror.
The upgrade from 2 => 3 was easy enough, but finding a way to keep the same app would be awesome. (Not Sketch’s fault, that ball is in Apple’s court)
Overall awesome app, worth every penny x10.