Sketch has been a rising start as the go-to UI design application. I’ve used the app for a few years now, and I love it. Over the years, many great Sketch plugins came about.
Sketch is still a young application that doesn’t have everything for everyone. But it does allow for users to install some great plugins.
In this quick list, I’m going to share with you 19 great Sketch plugins that could make your workflow much easier. They cover extremely useful things like generating dummy data to small and tedious things like clearing a layer’s style with a single keyboard shortcut.
If you work with Marvel, the prototyping tool, a lot, you’ll find this plugin extremely useful. You no longer have to export and input your design manually.
You can export directly into Marvel from Sketch. Watch the little, animated video they have on their landing page. It looks straightforward. It looks like it will make the life of a Marvel user so much easier.
If you and your team prefer to share Sketch files among one another, this is a great plugin for you. Notebook plugin allows you to keep notes on your Sketch artboards. You can edit them all you wish. The downside of this plugin is it’s still very new.
A lot of things that should be automatic are not, yet. For instance, when you move an element elsewhere, the note annotation does not. You have to tell the plugin to do so. It can be a bit tedious but at least you get to have notes inside of sketch.
So many designers use so many different icon fonts. It can screw the Sketch file up if you don’t have a backup if a colleague opens a file without having all the assets like correct icon fonts.
With this plugin, you can easily convert your icon fonts into outlines. This will make everybody’s life easier. Especially for those designers often sharing files.
As its own name suggests, RenameIt lets you rename multiple Sketch layers at once. You can rename them to be the same thing like “Button.” You can rename them to be sequential to like in the image above. You can add to the existing names.
The tool is very handy in keeping your files easily organized. Additionally, you can search and replace layer names with RenameIt too.
If you work with Android designs in Sketch, you know how hard it is to export it for the developers. With this plugin, you can easily export everything you’d need at once.
It’s even simpler than Zeplin, which is later down the list. It comes with features specific to exporting Android which means it covers all the necessary bases for sizing.
The Efficiency plugin seems to be an all-in-one plugin that removes a lot of annoyances out of missing Sketch features. You can set an imported bitmap image as a shape background for easier resizing.
You can edit text styles such as leading, tracking or even line height. It truly has a lot to offer.
Symbols for Sketch is a plugin that lets you easily create icon fonts in Sketch. It comes with an easy to use template. All you have to do is design your icons and run Gulp in order to quickly convert your Sketch files into usable icon fonts.
It’s never a great idea to sacrifice accessibility for a cool looking color scheme. The worst is when the color looks okay on one screen but terrible on another.
To always be sure that the contact is good quality, use the Color Contrast Analyser plugin. It’s a great Sketch plugin that actually tells you if your contact is so bad, it’s failing the accessibility standards.
I’m surprised that there is no shortcut in Sketch for this by default. Especially because this is such a common problem. Accidentally filling in the wrong colours for a border or fill, or even playing around with colors, happens way too often.
With the Swap Fill Border plugin, you use a keyboard shortcut to, well, swap the fill and border colors with one another. It’s a really great Sketch plugin, if I may say so myself.
10. Clear Styles
Just like the name suggests, this great Sketch plugin allows you to clear styling from shapes and text elements. Better yet, it allows you to create a new default.
That’s in case you’re not a fan of the default Sketch styling. Personally, I am not so this plugin is fantastic in helping me make my design elements just the way I like them.
11. Sort Layers
The great thing about this Sketch plugin is its ability to sort the layers for you visually. Meaning, it will rearrange them on the artboard for you, not just in the layer’s panel.
The name is a little deceptive because it doesn’t explain the full extent of how great and useful this plugin actually is.
This is a plugin for those of you that work a lot with Android, or enjoy the Material Design color palette. The plugin allows you to pick a color from Material Design.
You’ll receive all of its different shades and tones displayed in your artboard. You can pick and choose whichever ones suit you best. Keep them around as a reference or add them to your palette. It’s a fantastic plugin!
13. Sketch Commands
As the name suggest, Sketch Commands is a library of different but small comments within Sketch. For instance, you can use a command to align elements, distribute them, add an offset effect, or utilize page guides.
There are plenty of these little helpful commands to choose from. You can add them as custom shortcuts within the app too. It’s great for those little interactions that you have to made manually.
Dealing with color palettes in Sketch is tedious. If you accidentally saved all the colors into the document’s palette you have to manually move them over.
It’s not easy to work with multiple different projects and, therefore, multiple different palettes in Sketch. The Palettes plugin lets you save and upload multiple palettes as you need them.
15. Find and Replace
This ‘find and replace’ plugin allows you to search all of your layers and texts in order to find whatever it is you’re looking for. Better yet, it allows you to replace the text as needed.
It’s a flexible plugin. You can search your whole document or page. You can also search within a specific array of content. Replace little thing like uncapitalized names. Or, for instance, replace bigger text section if your content changes.
The Content Generator is a fantastic plugin for quickly accessing dummy data. It creates names, images, locations, etc, all right there on the spot.
You can fill in numerous shapes like circles and rectangles with unique user photos. You can insert random numbers if you need them too. The plugin is customizable to accept your own, pre-made items.
17. Dynamic Button
This plugin in a godsend for quickly editing text elements, like buttons. If the width of the button depends on the width of its input text, it will become annoying to always change the width of the button.
This is especially so if the copy of the button keeps changing too. With Dynamic Button, you run the plugin to resize the size of the button in relation to its own copy.
Making sure everything is aligned properly is not easy in Sketch.
There are some native tooltips available to you. But, if you’re very anal and OCD about your spacing, use Measure. It allows you to figure out specific measurements, sizes, and spaces between items in relation to each other and the art board. It can be quite handy.
Last but not least, we have Zeplin. It’s part plugin, part its own app. It lets you export detailed files to share with your team, like developers. When exporting artboards, in Zeplin, you will have all sorts of style and alignment details. For instance, color, height width, and padding.
A developer can easily see the difference between and H2 and H3 if you take the time to define a quick style guide in Zeplin too. All in all, it’s a fantastic and useful tool for teams.
Which one of these plugins do you love the most? Is there another one that you can’t work without that is not currently on our list? I’m sure you’ll find a few of these great Sketch plugins extremely useful. Give them a try!