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
No view modes (wireframe, overprint, normal)
No boolean ops for raster objects.
No equivalent of Illustrator’s magic wand tool or Corel Draw’s find and replace function.
Horrible alignment controls and limited path/boolean operations.
Only supports RGB and HEX color values (No Pantone or CMYK support).
No expand (convert to outlines) function as far as I can tell.
Only displays pixels, no support for inches or other measurments.
Poor performance on my brand new, fully loaded MacBook Pro.
No eraser tool for breaking vector.
No mesh tools.
No image tracing.
Vector manipulation is limited.
I don’t think there is support for text on a path.
There also doesn’t seem to be any type of envelope distort or other advanced vector manipulation.
And that’s just the stuff that’s missing for using this as a decent vector drawing tool, using it as a Photoshop replacement would be even worse.
As someone who works in graphic design this is very disappointing, I suppose if you are just downloading it to play around on or to familiarize yourself with basic design it’s fine. It’s also okay for very basic web and UI design. But for the pro user this app is pointless.
I’ve emailed the company about my early concerns, I hope to hear back and I hope that future updates will make this app useful. But for now I cannot recommend this app to anyone other than average users who want to design themselves a desktop background.
Liking this version a lot better than 2 so far. It’s finally starting to feel like more of a complete application, and I’m gaining more confidence that it can replace my UI workflow entirely one day soon.
Symbols, the Big Feature of this release, do what it says on the tin and exactly no more and thus are of limited use at this time. What I mean by that is, yes, you can make copies of objects that reflect the changes of their peers. That means every single change with no ability to exclude. There’s no way (that I could find) to scale symbols independently, or share only geometry but change colors, et cetera, et cetera. Oddly, the only thing I’ve found that’s not automatically shared is the overall rotation of the entire symbol.
Layer styles are the same way (unable to share share colors and borders but have independent opacity, for example), but that’s less of a pain to work around. In fact, the text and layer styles overhaul was a good move and have already shaved chunks off my workflow time.
The updates to the UI add up to a vast improvement, and exporting is now efficient and a pleasure to work with (seems they might have borrowed some inspiration from Opacity?). Simple raster editing tools add some much-needed capability for working with images in my UIs.
All in all, a worthy upgrade for my money.
As a UI designer, I’ve always been looking for a replacement to Photoshop, which is great for Photo editing, but not ideal for Graphic design. I had tried every iteration of Sketch, and although I was always surprised by how fast these Dutch guys could implement new features, there was always something that was missing for me to entirely switch.
But with Sketch 3, all of my wishes came true. The new UI is great, but most importantly the Symbol feature is the last piece I was missing from Photoshop. I’m switching.
Now my only wish would be a way to import a PSD file in some way, so I don’t have to recreate all of my legacy stuff. I know it’s almost impossible to build, so I won’t wait for it to switch, but that’d be pretty awesome.
<3 you guys.