Since day one, our goal has always been to create the best tool for designers. And while a lot has changed in the industry since our first launch, our mission hasn’t.
Recently, we’ve been busy working on new features to give designers and the people around them better and faster ways to create their best work. But unless you’re using Sketch every day, you might’ve missed some of our big releases. So here’s a quick recap of some of the coolest things you might not know you could do in Sketch.
8 Sketch features you might’ve missed
Collaborate in real-time
Did you know you can work with fellow designers on the same document and at the same time? Real-time collaboration in Sketch is no pipe dream! You can work with as many people as you want at no extra cost 💅
Turn Color Variables into handoff-friendly Color Tokens
Color Tokens link design to development like never before. When you use them, any changes a designer makes to the Color Variable will immediately reflect in your live development projects too. All you need is to generate a handy link from the web app. But if you want to keep it old-school, you can also export Color Tokens from any document or Library with Color Variables in CSS or JSON formats.
Duplicate documents to My Drafts in a click
Sometimes you want to work together, and other times you want to go your own way. With Sketch, you can easily duplicate documents to your drafts in a click so you can edit to your heart’s content without affecting the original. Best part? It works with documents inside and outside your own Workspace — as long as you have a public link. And because we believe sharing is caring, duplicating documents works both ways. Want to share your idea with the world? Create a public link and spread the love.
Restricting access to projects
We’re all about privacy and making sure our product is working for you and not against you. Before, you could control access at a document level and keep any documents private within your Drafts section. But we’ve taken privacy a step further. Now, you can restrict access to whole projects and turn them into invite-only collaboration spaces. This is great for folks working with NDAs or for keeping cool new features under wraps before the release party.
Prototyping with Overlays
If an image is worth a thousand words, imagine what an effective prototype can go for. With Sketch, prototyping is easy peasy thanks to it having its own dedicated tab in the Inspector, as well as some built-in shortcuts for smooth linking. Recently, we also added support for Overlays, which are great for creating modals, pop-ups and more. They’re reusable and customizable down to an interaction level. No headaches, just fabulous prototyping!
Preview prototypes in our iPhone app
Once you get those prototypes looking crisp, you can test them in context — even on the go. Put your app designs to the test by previewing them directly on iPhone or send them to stakeholders to show off your progress. And you don’t have to limit yourself to just prototypes! You can preview any document on your phone as long as it’s part of your Workspace or you’ve got a link for it.
Turn Artboards into Templates
Productivity is about working smarter, not harder. With Sketch, you can turn any Artboard and its content into a Template to reuse across your documents. Think social media posts, presentation slides, navigation bars, and checklists. Literally anything and everything. And you can even include them in your Libraries for easy distribution. They’re fully editable and you can always fine-tune the original. What’s not to love?
Make the most of the little things
While these other features are all show-stoppers in their own right, sometimes it’s the little things that really make life — and Sketch — worthwhile. Check out this collection of quality-of-life improvements we’ve added in the past months. There’s more tucked into every release, so keep an eye out!
Want to stay up to date with the latest features? Check out our What’s New page, where you’ll find a handy timeline that you can filter per app!