Sketch is a vector-based design tool for Mac with a focus on screen design. It’s used primarily by screen designers who create websites, icons, and user interfaces for desktop and mobile devices. For beginners and industry professionals alike, Sketch’s powerful and easy-to-use tools allow designers to focus on what they do best; design.
From its conception Sketch was tailored to the needs of digital designers and it shows in every fibre of the app. Since then, Sketch’s popularity and fan-base has been ever increasing, and is now widely-recognized, and the design tool of choice for many digital companies and startups throughout the world.
Sketch boasts a wide variety of features and tools to help in every stage of the design process, from creating wireframes to exporting artwork to be used in production. Here is just a handful of Sketch’s most popular, and best-loved features.
Tools: Sketch contains everything a designer would need in their toolkit. From tools to inserting objects into the Canvas, transforming, combining, and organizing layers – we’ve got it.
Editability: Designs created in Sketch are made up of vector shapes, meaning everything can be easily edited. Creating, and combining shapes are done in a way that is non-destructive so they can be adjusted at any time.
Symbols: In every web and application design, there are repeating elements such as buttons, headers, and cells. Symbols is a powerful feature that allows you to re-use created elements throughout the document. Make changes to the Symbol master, and see those changes update instances in the design.
Shared Styles: Much like with Symbols, different layers may share common styles, such as the same fill and border colors. Designers can create libraries of styles used by shape and text layers, to quickly apply and update to different layers throughout their document.
Resizable Elements: Designers need to account and design for different screen sizes, and in Sketch, it’s a cinch. Simple resizing rules applied to layers dictate how they should behave when a group layer or Symbol is resized. No need to define individual assets for every device size.
Export Presets - You can now define Export presets, containing multiple scales and filetypes to be applied to slices and exportable layers with a single click. you to quickly access tools and features straight from the keyboard. semi-colon separator, not the backslash. Because of this, the corner radius text field now supports math functions as well
Touch Bar Support - Sketch supports Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro - allowing
The maximum zoom level has been increased four times to 25600% to allow more precise pixel work
During vector editing, clicking the first point will now close the path
Slice layers can now be hidden along with any other layer type
Sub-paths can now be hidden and are thereby excluded from boolean operations
Multiple corner radii for rounded rectangles should now be specified using the
You can now select multiple Pages at the same time to delete them
We’ve updated our About window with a brand new look
The Flip controls now show an active state when a layer has been flipped horizontally or vertically
The Save as Template dialog now pre-fills with the document’s name
Holding the Option key in the vector editor no longer hides all points
When dragging a vector handle control point, you can now hold Shift to lock it to the direction of the opposite control point
A path consisting of only two points will add points to the start of the line when the first point is selected
The menu for swapping Symbol instances now respects the same grouping and sub-menus that appear under Insert › Symbol
Reduces memory usage while using Mirror
The File › New From Template menu has been restored
Improves performance when combining many non-overlapping shapes
Improves performance when editing Symbol instances in large documents with many (nested) Symbols
Intel, 64-bit processor
OS X 10.10 or later
The team behind the award-winning Sketch was founded in 2008 and is based in the Hague, NL. Most of the team is remote and spread across the world.