I’m a Designer at CAB Studios. I specialise in digital, so if you’re looking for my top five recipes, you’re out of luck. But if you want to hear about some pretty cool software that could make your design life much easier and more accurate, sit back and grab a cuppa.
For the past year or so, I’ve been making the transition from Adobe Photoshop to Sketch. Most people are more familiar with Photoshop and many claim they know how to use it, but using Photoshop to comp your mates face onto a giraffe’s body is a million miles away from designing a website. Photoshop has been the go-to tool to use for web design until now, for me at least.
Sketch was built purely with UI in mind. The app’s simplicity makes designing a lot faster than Photoshop. It’s also a fraction of the cost, so if you’re starting out in design as a student, get it now for £76 (Pretty cheap really). You can trial it for 30 days to test the waters before you dive in.
The software makes the design process really smooth and accurate. There are elements in Sketch called ‘Symbols’. Once you’ve created a ‘Symbol’ (for the sake of argument, let’s say a button) you can use that button throughout your design, with all buttons linked – similar to the way smart objects work in Photoshop. If you want to change the colour, radius, wording, size etc, all the buttons will change at the same time, so making any amends is no longer a long-winded process.
From day one, I was always taught to build using grids in web design, and Sketch helps you do this with extreme accuracy. The app has a built in grid structure which you can easily edit as well as turn off and on. The application itself renders fast: a lot faster than Photoshop does, so you won’t be throwing things around the studio as much - always a plus.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Photoshop, but from now on I think I’ll only be using it for photo-manipulation, not website design. In today’s world, it’s all about working smarter and not harder. Photoshop is like going in your toolbox and getting out a hammer. Sketch, on the other hand, is one of those Swiss army knives full of cool little tools to make your life easier. Here’s some links you might find handy so you can judge for yourself.
It may always be purely a preference thing: Sketch or Photoshop, Ant or Dec... The Adobe suite will always have its place on a designer’s desktop, but there are contenders out there for Photoshop individually (InDesign, Illustrator - you can stay). What do you think? Are you staying old school with Photoshop and think the Sketch hype is going to die off soon? Or are you hopping on the Sketch wagon and loving it? Let me know below!