Apr 2 2013

The Best Hidden Features In Sketch Part 2

This is a follow-up post to The Best Hidden Features In Sketch. After 5 months, I still find myself learning new design techniques in Sketch. It’s a very mature design tool now thanks to their constant updates. Some of their features are really useful, yet not obvious and probably underutilized. With this article, I’m hoping to reveal more of these hidden features and show how to use them.

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Smart Guides and Dimensions

Smart guides are my favorite thing. Layers and Folders would snap and align beautifully to edges. Sketch made this feature even better by allowing you to see all the spacing and guides when you select a layer and hold Alt while moving your cursor to different areas. Like this, you can quickly see all the spacing between each design element. It’s a tool that normally needed xScope, but it’s completely built-in in Sketch.

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Round to Nearest Pixel Edge

In my previous blog posts, I have been a strong advocate for rounding fractional numbers for Pixel Perfection results. Well, Dominik showed me this neat feature in Sketch that specifically helps you round the x and y positions. While selecting a layer that’s positioned in fractional numbers, you can go Edit / Round to Nearest Pixel Edge. I use this so frequently that I added to my Mac’s Keyboard Shortcuts.

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Set Style as Default

One of my biggest complaints about any design application is how the default properties always need editing. In Photoshop, the default drop shadow and global angle are never ideal. In Sketch, you also have this default color and grey border that comes with every shape you create.

Thankfully, you can set a different default style. To do this, simply create that layer with the perfect style and go to Edit / Set Style As Default.

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Add Slice For Selection

This is a feature very similar to New Layer Based Slice in Photoshop except you can select multiple layers and create slices based on their dimensions. Combined with Sketch’s powerful export options, this truly is an excellent tool to quickly create and export assets. I also added this option to my Keyboard Shortcuts.

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Masking and Alpha Masking

Sketch has a very unique way to mask layers. Any layer can serve as a mask for all the same-level layers, folders and sub-folders. This is very powerful, so keep an eye on what you’re masking because you will be scratching your head as to why some elements are hidden. You must isolate masks in their own folders. Once you get comfortable, you may find it more efficient than adding a Layer Mask in Photoshop since you can easily edit the layer that’s masking.

Oh and you can also use an Alpha Mask. It’s tricky:

1) Create new rectangle layer.

2) Go to Edit / Use As Mask.

3) Go to Edit / Mask Mode / Alpha Mask.

4) On the layer’s Inspector, go to Fill, set Gradient and edit the alpha.

Download the .sketch file to see an example (Thanks to Sam | Sneek for his Wireframe):

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Text on Path

I personally haven’t used this much, but I was impressed at how it worked. By simply creating a path or any shape and setting the subsequent text layer to Edit / Text on Path, the text will magically follow the shape of the path. It’s a bit tricky to use, so make sure to drag around your text layer to find the sweet spot. Download the .sketch file for example:

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Find Layer

If you named your layers, you may find the Find Layer feature very useful. It’s somewhat hidden because you can’t access it through a visible UI. Instead, you have to use Command + F and the Page drop down menu will change into a search bar.

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Final Thought

If you find useful features that are well hidden in Sketch, please feel free to share them in the comments or by sending me a Tweet. Happy Sketching!

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103 responses to “The Best Hidden Features In Sketch Part 2”

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  3. @dnman13 says:

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  6. Awesome post! :)
    I find many new features everyday day in Sketch, but you are featuring the best.

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  9. @cole_peters says:

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  14. David says:

    Great post as per usual. I just wanted to tell you that I really appreciate your posts, and reading them has become somewhat of highlight of my days. Keep it up!

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  18. Mario Uher says:

    Great post as usual, though I think I found a typo ;)

    In the **Masking and Alpha Masking** section, point 2 should be **Edit / Use as Mask**.

  19. @yottoy says:

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  21. Shahnawaz says:

    Hey,

    I must compliment you on the nice effort that you put in educating us on the usage of Sketch. Honestly I purchased sketch only after reading your posts and find it to be awesome.

    What bugs me are the Bugs in Sketch (have posted some on the app website) but I think Sketch is a great app and I would love to see it grow. Internally I have given instruction to my team to build proficiency on Sketch, Gimp and Pixelmator, so that we as an Organization reduce our dependency on expensive bloated design applications.

    And I must thank you for the wonderful posts about Sketch that enlightens us about the capacity of the application. Also must compliment you on your design skills I just love the colors, approach, and perspective that you bring in your designs.

    You are an encouragement to all of us

    Thanks again and keep it up.

    Shaz

  22. Stratosferik says:

    Very nice roundup on Sketch,
    Like many, your posts made me try out sketch, and I’m trying to use it as much as I can now. (except when workfiles have to be reused by others who don’t use sketch).

    Keep up the good work.

    A shortcut that I find really useful too:
    Copy & paste a layer style with cmd+alt+c cmd+alt+v

    Timesaver.

    E.

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  24. Hi Meng, great post as always and thanks for linking to my resource file!

    cheers

    Sam

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  30. Jarnof says:

    Man, I’ve read all of these sketch posts but haven’t yet really even tested the software, I think now it’s the time. Thanks!

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  33. Fabian says:

    I’m a bit late to the party also. Excellent blog, you made me want to give Sketch a test drive. Downloaded and pasting up my L plates as I type:)

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  37. @kuswanto says:

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  46. Sebastian says:

    As always, great post Meng,

    That alpha mask tip is great.

    Great knowledge sharing

    Cheers,
    Sebastian

  47. Devin says:

    Round to Nearest Pixel Edge is possibly my favourite tip so far. Thanks!

    Keep up the good work, your tuts have really helped transition away from Photoshop :D

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  57. @kartooner says:

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  58. Liza Bel says:

    Your blog is like the Sketch magic land for me. Not using Sketch as the main tool (still too attached to Fireworks) I have not enough time to investigate its capacities by myself, and your posts save my life and give ability to learn and progress. Thank you and please keep going.

    Take care

  59. JakesCreates says:

    I am a big lover of Fireworks but the news released by Adobe has made me question if it is going to be worth sticking with.

    Sketch looks like a great app and I have downloaded the trial version due to your posts. Does look really interesting.

    Does anyone have thoughts on why I should use this over Fireworks or should they work along side one another?

    Really interested to hear people thoughts.

    Keep up the good reviews/posts.

    Many thanks.

  60. JakesCreates says:

    Oh, just found this article which I think is going to answer my question about the benefits of Sketch over Fireworks : )

    http://blog.mengto.com/sketch-vs-fireworks/

  61. @sam_bowler says:

    @jegtnes There’s also a two part post on Sketch’s best hidden features, enjoy! http://t.co/DIbKvFVvav http://t.co/Lqp4TuFHRB

  62. @ian_mar says:

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  63. @jaythrash says:

    @jnjosh seen this? Sketch.app “dimensions” feature looks a lot like the TT “red lines” design documents. http://t.co/UkzN7uATFP

  64. James says:

    Thanks for another great post. I did have one question for you though. At the beginning of the post you mentioned Smart Guides and Dimensions but those were only for shifting elements around. I was curious how you ‘redline’ or ‘spec’ your Sketch designs for your developer. In Photoshop I use PNGExpress and in Fireworks I use Specctr. I haven’t been able to find an easy way to do it in Sketch and wanted to know if you had any suggestions. Thanks again for all the great post.

  65. Keegs says:

    Good post. Something about masks that you didn’t mention is that once you group your layers, the mask shape has to be the bottom most layer in the group. Also, you have to select just the mask layer for the “edit > use mask” command to work. If you select the whole group, that option isn’t available.

    It took me a while to figure that part out, since it’s the opposite of Illustrator (mask is the shape on top, and you need to have all objects selected).

  66. PK says:

    Thanks for all the Sketch write-ups! I’m a new designer who is trying to make Sketch my primary tool (vs. Photoshop) and your blog has been an invaluable resource.

    Keep these tutorials coming!

  67. Francesco says:

    great post and thanks for these features!

  68. Osandi says:

    Great post, Meng.

    Looking forward to the next one.

  69. Kaitlin says:

    Here’s a tip I just figured out. When using masks, hide the mask layer so you can click through the mask to whatever is below. Reveal the mask if you’d like to be able to click on it directly. Unlike photoshop, hiding the mask does not stop it from working.

  70. Alex McCabe says:

    I have been adding custom shortcuts, but it won’t let me add vertical and horizontal centre alignments. It’s frustrating me. Anybody have any ideas?

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  79. Sean says:

    Hi Meng how do you go about exporting a 1px horizontal rules at @1x?

  80. Nam says:

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  81. Have you discovered a new way to apply a shortcut to “round to the nearest pixel edge” since they removed a shortcut from the default?

  82. Mariam Dallo says:

    hi! waw what an amazing and rich article that you share with us. I guess it took you a very much time and patiente! Well i didn’t find when i go to “Edit / Set Style As Default” on sketch and adding slice for selection. Can you tell me how can i resolve my problem? Thanks a lot :)

  83. Lorenzo says:

    Great article! There is a way to move layers between opened .sketch file? If not, there is a way to do something like that?

    Thanks :)

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