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As you probably know, Sketch is quickly becoming the standard UI design application for Mac users. It is a good framework that combines features that you would find from Adobe’s Creative Suite, but specifically tailored to UX/UI design. Sketch’s stock software is like a new car, but after a certain point, you want to make some modifications and additions to enhance it. A new stereo? A louder muffler? Well, here are the top Sketch add-ons and plugins recommended from our Impekable designers to bring out the true potential of your mobile design.
Although it’s a pretty fun part of the job to come up with clever filler text and example names, it is a time consuming process. Content Generator is one of the most essential plugins to make your design process more efficient while giving it some context. With a simple scroll of the menu tab, you can generate dummy data like avatar photos, names, and filler text.
#2. Segmented Circle
Seasoned designers are aware of the pain of making graphs and styles from circles that consumer hours of time and effort. UI designers newer to the industry are spoiled on great resources like the Segmented Circle plugin. As the name implies, Segmented Circle creates custom segmented circle graphics in different styles with tickmarks and dashes.
#3. Save with Frames
This plugin is simple, but very useful as it wraps your designs around an iPhone 6 frame to make sure they are true to size for mockups. This comes in handy especially for the UI design field. Designs on an artboard is one thing, but when you have the additional context of the design on the phone screen, designers can catch necessary changes for usability.
It’s nice when two different design software companies get along. This plugin by Invision is even nicer with numerous features that lets designers pull real-time data from APIs or duplicate any design elements as they want. When you duplicate this content though, it duplicates each piece uniquely and changes the content automatically. In addition, Craft keeps your design assets updated to the cloud. To sweeten the deal even further, Craft is building a prototyping feature with animations directly into the plugin. This means that Sketch will soon have animations that will fill the gap that is currently occupied by Principle. Thanks for keeping the seat warm, but Sketch will be taking over this feature soon.
#5. Rename It
It’s essential to keep your workflow organized when designing UI. This means you should rename your layers so you don’t lose track of them. However, this takes time as well, so that’s where Rename It comes in. The tool enables users to rename multiple layers at once by sequence and even label their dimensions. This plug pairs really well with the filter input in the layers inspector to find ALL the layers with a certain name and rename them in a single step!
#6. Magic Mirror
This Sketch plugin brings some much welcomed perspective for UI design for mobile apps and web. Magic Mirror lets designers transform their mockups to fit on screens from various perspectives. As opposed to the Save With Frames plugin, this focuses on phones and computer screens in a real-life setting. This comes in handy for making promotional images for your app or website without breaking your Sketch workflow by doing this task through Photoshop. It’s very simple to use with the process only taking seconds, all you need to do is create a shape that is the same exact size of the screen, and Magic Mirror will transform your screens to that shape. This is easier and more efficient than finding and downloading perspective mockups that can cost a lot. This tool works so quick it’s almost like magic! (pun intended).
Sketch is already a solid tool for graphic design by itself, but one of the best features about it is the option of third party plugins for the app. Just as extensions have changed the game for browser applications, plugins for design software to save time can exponentially improve productivity and design quality. Rather than recurring patches or a new version of the software, Sketch has made a great move in enabling the users to add new features as they wish.
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