In the years since Sketch was first released, it has become one of the most widely used and revered apps among graphic designers, app creators, and UX professionals. They tend to agree that it’s also one of the easiest apps to use—that is, if you’re a seasoned pro.
But what if you’re not an expert just yet? You’ve got to start somewhere, right? Good news: We’ve curated seven great Sketch tutorials to help you get started.
7 Best Sketch Tutorials and Classes
If you’re like most design newbies, you’ve probably dipped your toes in the Photoshop pool at some point—and walked away overwhelmed by the learning curve. That’s why Christian Krammer put together this Sketch tutorial for beginners. As he notes the course description, Sketch is fast, lightweight, and easy to learn and costs just a fraction of Adobe’s products.
We’d call this essential reading (well, viewing) for anyone just getting started with Sketch. Krammer starts his course with an overview of the app. Once you get a lay of the land, you’ll learn how to build a profile card, add basic shapes, and build icons. Want to share them? Don’t worry, Krammer reviews how to export your work. Sound basic? That’s because it is—and that’s a good thing.
A profile card is a good start, but this Sketch tutorial for beginners takes things up a notch by exploring the wonderful world of designing and prototyping web experiences in the app. And as you’ll discover in this course, it is a wonderful world.
Led by UX designer Anna Avetisyan, you’ll explore the Sketch design interface before diving into the nitty-gritty of app design. Avetisyan takes students through app cover design, the elements of sign-up pages, and best practices for designing a final page. Once you’ve digested that, she’ll help you create a prototype. Pretty neat, right? We think so, too.
The first few courses on our list are great foundational tools. Once you’ve mastered the basics, jump into this exhaustive design bootcamp. The title is very accurate. You’ll learn some of the nuances of user interface design—and you’ll get to apply what you’ve learned by creating a wireframe in Sketch.
Arash Ahadzadeh leaned on his 10 years of experience as a graphic designer to build a comprehensive course. He starts by explaining the differences between UI and UX. From there, he covers tons of basics. Want to learn some general design principles? You got it. Eager to dive into iconography, color contrast, and layout? That’s in the course, too. Oh yeah, want to know how to do all of these things in Sketch? This course includes what Ahadzadeh calls “Sketch Academy.”
As a bonus, here’s a brief outline of all the tools you’ll explore: Photoshop by Adobe, Sketch, and InVision, just to name a few.
Once you’ve taken the first three courses on our list, we’d say that you have a basic understanding of Sketch, to say the least. But as easy as Sketch is to use, there are a lot of features—and here’s where you’ll learn about some of its finer details.
Led by an experienced product designer and frontend developer, this Sketch app tutorial gets into the weeds. After a quick foray into some of the basics, you’ll dive into some pretty advanced features, such as boolean operations, drawing vector shapes (not to be confused for 3D modeling, which you’d need a SketchUp tutorial for), and nested symbols. You’ll also learn about more than 20 plugins that will speed up your design workflows. Not sold? The course encourages classmates to collaborate on your final project.
If you’ve taken the first four courses on this list, you’re probably ready to start thinking more strategically about how you use Sketch. UX designers don’t agree on much, but they do agree that a style guide ensures a consistent brand experience across all of your digital assets.
Want to build your style guide in Sketch? This Sketch app tutorial is a good place to start.
Hosted by Skillshare’s own Rye B., you’ll learn how to use Sketch’s symbols, nested symbols, style overrides, and resize settings to build a library of components that you can find and use whenever you need them. According to Rye, this is a great resource for full-time app designers and freelancers who are looking to speed up their workflows to ensure a consistent experience.
Although Sketch is most commonly used by web designers and UI/UX professionals, it’s an insanely flexible application. Marketers often use it to create visually stunning landing pages that generate high-quality leads and make a meaningful impact on the business.
Daniel Korpai begins the course by showing students the elements of a landing page that motivates a user to fill out a form. From there, he explains how you can apply your knowledge of Sketch to build a landing page that’s responsive across desktop and mobile devices. Korpai explores how the right plugins, color palettes, and fonts can make a huge impact on your conversion rates. Plus, you’ll have a chance to build a landing page near the end of the course.
Speaking of responsive design, this Sketch tutorial gets into the nuances of building a responsive web application in the app. This is a business-critical skill for a variety of reasons, but here’s one to chew on: Since Google search rewards you for the amount of time a user spends on your page, responsive design has quickly become an important element of a strong SEO strategy.
Christina Barsan’s course begins with the basics of responsive web design. From there, Barsan explores topics including how to choose between a mobile or desktop-first approach, wireframing, laying out your design in Sketch, and coding your site. Barsan says this class is appropriate for anyone looking to use Sketch to make their websites more responsive—and that you’ll walk away with the knowledge you need to do just that.
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