Sketch

Product design tool to create, test & collaborate on ideas

About Sketch

Sketch is a product design platform, which helps businesses create, test, and collaborate on ideas with team members using color variables, layouts, shared libraries, vector editing tools, plugins, and more. Designers can zoom into designs for precise editing at the pixel level, export, or share assets on a drag-and-drop interface, and set up resizing rules based on screen sizes according to requirements.

Using Sketch, organizations can create icons, customize designs' topography or font, and use shortcuts, mathematical operators, and the shorthand method to toggle grids or layout views and adjust or resize a column's width and color. Designers can build product design prototypes by linking various parts and maintain a library of symbols or text and layer styles to share them with relevant collaborators. The software allows businesses to store designs in a cloud-based workspace and preview prototypes for user research and testing purposes. Contributors can also edit, inspect, and comment on designs or assets and browse documents and projects on a centralized platform.

Sketch facilitates integration with various third-party applications such as Zeplin, Lokalise, Overlay, Flinto, Avocode, Abstract, and more. Organizations can also add or remove contributors, manage finances, view finances, and download assets for production via a web browser.

Pricing starting from:

US$9.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

Netherlands

Supported Languages

English, French, Portuguese

Pricing starting from:

US$9.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Features

Total features of Sketch: 21

  • CAD Tools
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Customisable Templates
  • Customizable Fields
  • Data Import/Export
  • Design Management
  • Design Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • Feature Library
  • Feedback Management
  • Image Editing
  • Image Library
  • Preview Functionality
  • Prototype Creation
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Visual Modeling
  • Web/Mobile App Development

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5
(745)
Value for Money
4.5/5
Features
4.4/5
Ease of Use
4.4/5
Customer Support
4.4/5

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Byron
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  • Industry: Food & Beverages
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

A powerful prototyping tool for mac users

Reviewed on 28/2/2021

I have had a good experience with Sketch as it's simple, fairly priced, and yet powerful.

I have had a good experience with Sketch as it's simple, fairly priced, and yet powerful.

Pros

It is intuitive and quite easy to use. The plugins make your work so easy and seamless.
It has a fair amount of learning resources online shortening the learning time.

Cons

If you plan to use Sketch to collaborate, first make sure everyone in your team uses a mac; otherwise PC users will just be spectators in the project.

Alternatives Considered

InVision App

Switched From

Adobe XD
Amy
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  • Industry: Design
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Great software for large and very robust projects, does take more time than XD

Reviewed on 19/2/2021

I like it but I'm moving my team away from using it. We are going to figure out a solution to the...

I like it but I'm moving my team away from using it. We are going to figure out a solution to the symbols issue in XD as overall, XD is a lot quicker to use and to build responsive on. I like sketch but it's just so 'clunky' and in an agency speed and time is important.

Pros

I like the use of symbols. This is crucial to being able to send out successfully to development and makes development time shorter.

I like that there are multiple pages that can be used. Really useful for building out different versions, keeping organised.

Cons

Although the symbols are one of the biggest pluses, they are also one of the core issues. They are 'clunky' and make it difficult to iterate quickly. In some ways, components in XD are better than Sketch (asides from there not being a separate page for them, and no ability to build an atomic structure) as they are more flexible. Often I will need to create 8 versions of the same card to accommodate for different instances (sold out, new, reduced, email me, description, no description, 3 lines of text, 2 lines of text etc...) which is very time consuming. XD allows you to do this well. Creating a symbol also no longer sends to symbol page as default which is annoying.

Images are one of the biggest bug bares. Images should be locked to scale with frame non locked, like in XD. This makes building responsive a lot quicker. Also just being able to drop in images rather than having to build components with different images as 5 layers down is a massive time hog.

File size is an issue. Very laggy and causes my Mac to crash often.

Alternatives Considered

Adobe XD and Figma

Reasons for Choosing Sketch

I switched due to moving to a new agency who used it, since moving to a new agency and running a team I have tried to integrate it but will be discontinuing this effort and reverting to XD

Switched From

Adobe XD
Yulia
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  • Used for 2+ years
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Interface very friendly for graphic designers

Reviewed on 5/5/2018

The software allows me to do my graphic designer work, very dynamic and friendly way.

The software allows me to do my graphic designer work, very dynamic and friendly way.

Pros

The advantages is that it is one of the best programs for web design, the interface is very friendly and it's very intuitive to learn and use. The license is the cheapest of the design programs when I made a comparison. This software is an excellent tool for designing templates of web portals, for me it's actually the best for web design, it is quite complete, it is easily managed with CCS and it has fast compatibility with frontpage

Cons

The software has not a very good image editor, so you have to use another program to improve the image edition in order to complement it. It also is only available for Mac and it's a under license program, there is no free version of it

Lawrent
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

the industry standard vector graphics editor for UI design for Mac users

Reviewed on 15/11/2022

We have been able to create high-quality designs and easily create beautiful mockups.

We have been able to create high-quality designs and easily create beautiful mockups.

Pros

Sketch is a Mac-only app that’s great for UI designers and front-end developers. It has powerful tools for creating wireframes and mockups, but it also has a lot of features that make it perfect for designing websites. Sketch's file format is supported by many third-party plugins and services as well as other graphics editors such as Affinity Designer, GIMP, Adobe Illustrator and Inkscape.It’s easy to use and has a clean interface, so anyone can learn it in no time. The app comes with many pre-made icons and symbols that you can use in your designs, making it easier for beginners.It is primarily designed as a tool for creating user interfaces, but it can also be used to create icons, visual design comps, and full-page layouts. It makes it easy to create high-fidelity mockups, interactive prototypes, and production code.

Cons

The app has some issues as well. Sketch is not as powerful as Adobe Illustrator, so it’s not suitable for creating complex designs with lots of layers and objects. It also has some bugs that need to be fixed, such as the fact that you can’t copy and paste SVG files into your projects.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Best UI design tool for Mac

Reviewed on 14/9/2020

The most intuitive and effective vector graphic software I've ever personally used. The fact that...

The most intuitive and effective vector graphic software I've ever personally used. The fact that it's not cross platform may be a deterrent to teams that want to standardize tools, but I don't mind it personally for my own use.

Pros

This is by far the most intuitive user interface design software out there. It is made for screens first, whereas a program like Illustrator has a lot of features built for print first. You can still design screens in Illustrator, but Sketch is built to measure in pixels first and has a much simpler interface.

I can quickly mock up a landing page, logo, app screen and more, faster than any other program. They remove a lot from their own interface that I feel can be distracting in a program like Illustator.

Cons

I'm a Mac user, so this doesn't matter to me, but it only works on Mac's for now. Apparently they are working on a Windows version, but as of September 2020 when writing this, there is no known release date.

Does not open layered .eps files, so I either use a web based conversion tool or open it using Affinity Designer and converting to .svg to work with .eps layered in Sketch.

I find myself wanting to use this interface to create flyers and other print materials as well. I have to go Google dimensions of regular print items to set them properly. While I know that's not the intention of this software, that would be valuable to me and help this software compete with Adobe on print graphics the way they do with vector graphics.

Alternatives Considered

Figma

Reasons for Choosing Sketch

Cost and usability. Sketch is ~$100 per year to get updates. I usually go a several months before updating, and that brings my per-month total down slightly compared to Adobe's suite of tools.

Switched From

Adobe Illustrator

Reasons for Switching to Sketch

Pricing structure. Figma is a montly subscription, whereas Sketch is a yearly license. It allows you to use your current version for a few months before upgrading if the budget is tight, or you don't feel the need to update right away. This allows for more flexibility and keeps the overall cost down.
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Sketch offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$9.00/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Available

Sketch is available to users for $9 per editor seat per monthly or $99 billed yearly

Sketch has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

Sketch supports the following languages:

English, French, Portuguese

Sketch supports the following devices:

Sketch integrates with the following applications:

Droplr, Frontify, InVision App, Lokalise, Marvel, Origami, Proto.io, Zeplin

Sketch offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support

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