Attention, designers! There’s a brand new Sketch design tool that you should know about. The Envato Elements Sketch plugin will help you create stunning prototypes of web and mobile apps in half the time.
Oh, and here’s another feature you’ll love: it’s completely free.
If you’re a web designer, we’re sure you have to create prototypes all the time. They’re a great way of showing a client what your web or mobile app will look like and how the user interface will work.
One of the best ways of creating prototypes is in Sketch, a popular Mac app that gives you a range of useful editing and collaboration tools.
But even with the Sketch app’s powerful basic functions, creating eye-catching prototypes from scratch every time can be a complex and time-consuming process. Wouldn’t it be great if there were some way to extend Sketch? A plugin, say, that could give you a massive head start by allowing you to do things like importing pre-built blocks and screens into your project?
The Envato Elements Sketch plugin is that solution.
It’s a free plugin that’s designed to speed up a designer’s workflow. Here’s how Aaron Rutley, Product Manager for the Envato Elements Sketch plugin, describes it:
“The plugin gives you access to a vast library of free and exclusive design assets that you can use to create amazing user interfaces in a fraction of the time.”
Using the plugin couldn’t be simpler. Just download it, install it in Sketch, and then you’ll see a huge range of templates, blocks and photos that you can browse and import into your project, without ever leaving the Sketch app.
Key Benefits of the Plugin
The plugin gives you access to a range of “UI kits” (more on that below). You can browse through them and then import just the blocks and screens you need.
So there’s no need to spend time browsing different sites, downloading assets, sorting through zip files, and adding everything to Sketch. There’s no need to spend time designing everything from scratch, when you can use these ready-made blocks as professional starting points.
With less time wasted on the grunt work, you can spend more time on the creative side of your project, so that you deliver the best possible designs.
All of that makes it a great boon for UI designers. As Aaron Rutley says:
“We’ve designed and developed this plugin with User Interface Designers in mind, people designing interfaces for websites and mobile applications for their clients.”
So give the plugin a try. You’ll be glad of the easier workflow, and your clients will appreciate the professional-looking end results!
Here’s the feedback from one early adopter:
“I just discovered your Elements plugin for Sketch – it is an amazing idea that can save me lots of time, thank you!”
This free plugin gives you access to a broad selection of UI kits, all within the Sketch app. All of the UI kits available via the plugin are free, they are suitable for a wide range of projects, and it’s fine to use them in personal or commercial projects!
Web UI Kits
Choose from a broad selection of page templates to help you quickly create the common pages you need for a website, such as “About Us”, “Contact Us”, landing pages, and so on.
Or choose individual blocks to import, such as headers, footers, or hero images.
You can still customise the designs to fit your own needs, of course. But the kits give you a huge advantage, letting you start from an elegant and functional design instead of a blank page.
Mobile UI Kits
Similarly, you can design mobile apps much more quickly by using the fabulous mobile UI kits available within the Envato Elements Sketch plugin.
Just import some of these creatively designed dashboards, menus, settings pages, login screens, and more. Then you can get to work on making them your own.
If you’re an Envato Elements subscriber, you can also import photos directly from the library of 790,000+ premium stock photos.
If you’re not a subscriber, don’t worry—you can still enjoy all the other benefits of the plugin, completely free of charge.
Other Envato Extensions
Rutley says that one of the goals of his team is to “help users get to done”—in other words, to help you complete your creative projects more quickly and easily than ever before, without having to switch between half a dozen different applications. The Sketch plugin is the perfect example of this philosophy:
“By bringing UI kits and photos directly into Sketch, we think designers can spend more time focusing on the design and less time dealing with asset downloads.”
Rutley can’t share exactly what’s coming next, but does promise that the team is “working on a few big ideas”, so watch this space for future launches.
Start Saving Time Today!
You can visit the plugin page to learn more about it, download it for free, and start using it.
This new Sketch design tool really is very simple to use, but if you need any help, you can find a walk-through of using it over on Envato Tuts+.
In reality, though, your most pressing problem will be deciding what to do with all that extra time you’ve saved.