Ok, so.. This makes sense. The whole thing makes sense. It's cheaper, it's lighter, it's smaller, it's quicker. But on the other end, photoshop is, well, photoshop. We have years of experience in one piece of software, it works in a specific way, there's always some resilience to change here, you have to understand. And honestly, I never had much problems with PS crashing on me actually.
So things that worry me:
Learning curve in sketch. I opened it up once, tried to do a simple thing, felt like a 15 year old having sex for the first time. Nothing that time and usage won't help.
Interface all over. I hate it. I feel like I'm using Flash MX for design. I don't really like some of the things there, and I can't imagine myself using them for design daily.
compatibility. What about all the resources available for photoshop? All the psds, all the tutorials, all the actions, patterns, etc etc?
team work. Do you intend to teach all of your colleagues to use sketch? What about complex outsourcing projects where you're working with other designers? Refer also to compatibility.
All in all, I'm into Adobe still. I like pixelmator also and I'd like to give it a try, but I know that isn't nearly as powerful as Photoshop is. I remember when Adobe was growing in the industry, and I was beginning to work and learning the trade, and I was trying all kinds of softwares so that I could be helpful and resourceful with every one of them. But in the end I decided to go Adobe. And eventually things like Corel Draw, Paint Shop Pro, Quark Express, weren't so used anymore, and the Creative Suite became the norm.
Yes, it is expensive, but it also lives in a fairly expensive market. Pretty much all of us can pay a license of Photoshop in a single project.
I'm not a Photoshop Nazi, not by any chance, if any given designer can work its full potential with Sketch or Pixelmator, it's great, but I don't think that it makes sense, at least for me, to jump from Photoshop.
Tools are tools, just that.
Well said, I completely agree.
Thank you for saying everything I couldn't figure out how to say. The only things I would add is that my creative cloud license gives me a suite of software, not just photoshop and I know Adobe isn't going anywhere. Bohemian is still a small studio that can have a lot of things go wrong.
Sketch seems really great and all, but I am kind of getting tired about seeing post after post about tools.
Can't we talk about design without being concerned about what applications people are using? If you can make awesome stuff in Microsoft Paint, do it. If you love Fireworks or Photoshop or Adobe After Effects or Corel Draw or GIMP, just use it.
All that matters is the end result.
Partially true. However I find it really interesting what thrives people to do what they do and how they do it. So reading this post makes me wanna try Sketch for sure.
Yeah, but after a certain point, learning about people's tools becomes mindless evangelizing. We get it, Sketch is cool.
Opinion: The tools you use are not as important as what you make with them.
Well, I agree. I've switched to Sketch. But it crashes unexpectedly for me much more often than Photoshop ever did.
I've found that everything Bohemian (Sketch and Fontcase) crashes a lot
Really? Personally I've found it's been a lot more stable.
I've tried out sketch, it has some good features (some a bit lacking, namely the layer system). However, in team situations where you're swapping .psd's more often then not, you either have to convert everyone to sketch or spend more time translating comps to PS.
That said, a real game changer would be if Sketch adopted the option to export in .psd, then I could see it really catching on as a PS alternative. Though, I bet Adobe has that file type patented more then likely.
Overall, Sketch definitely has potential and features like in-app font rendering and multiple same-type layer styles definitely have me hoping Adobe pays attention and includes those in future builds.
I'd like to see Pixelmator + Sketch merge. To win this war they should stick together
I don't think they should merge, otherwise they would just become another photoshop. I think the big point behind sketch is for it to be focused and cater to a niche group really well.
Thanks for all the feedback and opinions.
I've written a follow up post, in support of PS - http://zanderbrade.com/posts/photoshop which clears up some of my thoughts and gives a bit more of a fair argument.
Oh, and Antonio P: +1, awesome comment.