Sketch vs Photoshop, The Ultimate Battle. Why Sketch Has Won our Hearts.

It's probably old news, but visuals are an increasingly important element in software design. Whether it's a responsive website, mobile app or a custom application, the days where uninspiring images are allowed on the UI are long gone. For years, our graphic designers have been relying on Photoshop to produce decent visuals. But that changed when they had a taste of Sketch, and they couldn't stop asking for more. Before we start pointing out the virtues of Sketch, let's take a quick look at the profiles of the David and Goliath of graphic design software, or Sketch vs Photoshop.

Photoshop In A Nutshell

Photoshop is no stranger to graphic designers and non-creative professionals. It has been a dominant software amongst graphic designers since it was created in 1988. The software is probably everything you need to create impressive graphics. It has an extensive collection of brushes, filters, libraries and advanced features that allow detailed image manipulations. To use Photoshop for professional purposes, users would need to subscribe to plans that start from $9.99 monthly. The software can be installed on popular operating systems like Windows and Mac OS.

What You Need To Know About Sketch

Sketch, a lightweight, fast and a relative newcomer to the graphic design scene has been gaining rave reviews from graphic designers and other professionals. It is specifically designed to make UI/UX development a more straightforward process. It’s all about speed, simplicity and a targeted graphic design software without the unnecessary features that you probably wouldn’t use in web or application design. It costs $129 to install Sketch on your Mac OS X, for which it is built to operate exclusively. If you’re working on a Windows workstation, installing Sketch will not be an option in the near future.

Why We Are Switching Over To Sketch For Good

We’re not arguing the fact that Photoshop is the undisputed software to turn to when you have a serious need for precise image manipulation. After all, that’s what it is primarily built for. However, when it comes to creating digital designs for web and software interface, Sketch is winning the battle hands down, at least for our team at Netcore. Here are some of the reasons.

1. Lesser RAM and Smaller File Size

Over the decades, Photoshop has grown into a massive software that would plow through almost any graphic design needs, but with its own cost. For instance, it takes up valuable RAM and can be sluggish at times. The file size of Photoshop projects are also known to be notoriously large, often ranging hundreds of MB or beyond. On the other hand, Sketch only consumes a fraction of RAM than its heavier counterpart. This naturally results in a sleeker, faster performance which our team of graphic designers and developers love. Furthermore, designs in Sketch often results in file sizes that range below hundreds of megabytes, thanks to the ingenuity of its creator.

2. Simpler User Interface

Most software has a tendency to grow in features, and hence, cluttered interface. This is an inevitable progression that has seen Photoshop evolved to be the ultimate image manipulation software for the graphic design community. Sketch, which is primarily designed for web and software designers, only packs what are needed on its interface. Most of the tools that you need in crafting a design in Sketch are accessible on the panels on the left. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, chances are they are tucked away in the Options button. Unlike Photoshop, you don’t have to spend countless hours exploring hidden tools and features, as everything that is essential is pretty much in plain view.

3. No Shortage Of Useful Plugins

With Sketch, you’ll have an arguably lesser range of tools than Photoshop. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add useful features to Sketch when you needed to. Sketch has a decent range of plugins in comparison to its mammoth-sized counterpart. Our team loves the Sketch Mirror plugin, where designers could view the design they are working on an iPhone or iPad. It leaves no chances to guesswork as every revision is validated by the actual impression on the device itself. We also love the AEFlowchart Plugin, which comes in handy in creating flowcharts. Building a professional-looking flowchart is a matter of linking texts together and selecting the preferred shape.

4. Saving Elements Made Easier

Photoshop may have introduced a “quick export to png” feature but saving the elements created is still comparatively cumbersome compared to Sketch. With Sketch, you’ll only need a couple of clicks to save the elements in various resolutions for different devices. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the elements on the desktop.

5. Non Destructive Tweaking

Some of our graphic designers are obsessed about being perfect. With Photoshop, changing the size of a circular shape means inserting a new radius and recreate the drawing. However, the process is made simpler with Sketch, as editing the value of the radius is all that is needed. Since opting for Sketch, our designers have no qualms in tweaking designs as they wished.

6. Symbols Are Better Than Smart Objects

At first glance, you’ll think that symbols in Sketch are similar to smart objects in Photoshop. But you’ll realize that they are not, after using this powerful feature across the artboards. Every symbol shares the same core characteristics. However, you can change the characteristics of each instance of elements. This provides a balance between uniformity and flexibility when you’re using Sketch.

Bottom Line

While we have fallen head over heel with Sketch, it is fair to note that Photoshop is still a great graphic design software in its rights. It’s the fact that Sketch is created for designers working with websites and mobiles apps that results in our team embracing it. Are you sticking with Photoshop? Or are you a new fan of Sketch? Share your thoughts with us.

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