As a designer, I worked with Adobe Photoshop for more than 8 years. I want my designs to be pixel perfect so I’m always open to try new tools that could simplify my design process.
What is Sketch
Sketch is a vector design tool for Mac OS which is entirely focused on user interface design.
The first time I tried Sketch, I though there is no way this app can replace Photoshop or Illustrator and I closed it immediately. The next day I wanted to give it another try and after only 2 days I couldn’t believe that I was so skeptical. In Sketch everything seems easier and it doesn’t have as many useless features as Photoshop. It has everything you need to create wireframes, mock-ups or a UI for web or mobile.
- Speed – Sketch is very responsive and It doesn’t require as many resources as Photoshop does
- Files size – If you compare a file that was created with Photoshop and one created with Sketch, you will find that the file created in Sketch is about 50% smaller.
- It helps you focus on design – Sketch helps you focus more on design rather than how to use it. It will also allow you to explore different design options much faster for the same screen, the menus are very simple and only contain useful functionalities, you can export UI elements of different resolutions almost instantly and the shortcuts are very useful as well.
- Resizing – If you want to modify the size for a group of elements depending on the resolution, this will be a nightmare for designers. In Sketch, the feature “Resizing” is all you need for that.
In my opinion, Sketch has 2 disadvantages.
- The first disadvantage is the way Sketch is using the version control system from OS X which can fill even hundreds of GB with different versions of your files in a hidden directory.
For this issue there are 2 solutions:
- You can deactivate the autosave function in Sketch and you will have to save the files manually or you can use Git, Dropbox or any other similar service.
- The second solution can be found in this article but unfortunately it doesn’t work for everybody.
- The second disadvantage is because Sketch is using many OS X functionalities, there is no version for Windows or Linux.
Sketch costs $99 but it was the best money I ever spent on a software. Since I started using it, I finish my work about 20%-30% faster, I have more control over the entire design process and I know I can export everything easily for any screen resolution.
Below you can find a list of useful links which will help you decide if Sketch is the right tool for your or if you want to improve your skills.