Chances are, if you are reading this, you are already familiar with Sketch — the perfect blend between Adobe’s Photoshop, Illustrator and the sadly forgotten Fireworks. If you aren’t familiar with Sketch, it’s a popular design application used primarily for designing interfaces, and it is developed by Bohemian Coding. It’s more lightweight than Photoshop, supports a ton of helpful plugins and best of all, it’s gentle on the wallet.

Sketch currently goes for a one-time price of $99, but in the near future they’ll be switching over to a subscription based model similar to Adobe. You can read more about the reasoning for this here.

I’d recommend giving it a try if you haven’t already. If you do, check out these super helpful resources to make your Sketch workflow that much better:

Shortcuts

shorcuts

Basic Shortcuts
You should be familiar with any of the base keyboard shortcuts for any program you use more than a few times a month. It’s amazing for speeding up your process, and it makes you look like a wizard to your grandparents.

Advanced Shortcuts
Again, another link for keyboard shortcuts though this goes more in depth about what each one does with pictures. I like pictures, don’t you?

Plugins

plugins

Sketch Toolbox
This is a must-have if you want to take full advantage of the those amazing time saving plugins available for Sketch. It will browse new plugins, download & install them and keep them up to date. It’s also free.

Zeplin
Bridge that gap between you and your developer, use Zeplin to organize your files, style guides, assets and resources.

Craft
Thank you Invision for creating Craft! Check out the tutorial video on their homepage and you’ll be sold. Craft is amazing for filling in content, placeholder images, duplicating content and creating style guides!

Tutorials

tutorial

Smart Workflow
If you want to get the most out of Sketch’s new Nested Symbols capabilities and improve your overall workflow, check this tutorial out.

New Features
This is another great tutorial highlighting Sketch’s newest features.

If you’re a seasoned Sketch user, these might be a no-brainer for you. However, if you’re just starting out or you’re interested in learning a new software, hopefully these resources give you better perspective on the power & ease of Sketch.

Sketch Sit Down

Kim Sullivan

Product Designer @ HomeAway

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