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Ask DN: For those that use Sketch and tried using Photoshop again, Have you noticed a difference in your work output?

almost 6 years ago from , I design stuff

Only reason I ask is because I've noticed when trying to execute ideas with Photoshop again it's effecting my productivity when it comes to time, but also feel like the design outcome is different based on the software I use.

18 comments

  • Dean HaydenDean Hayden, almost 6 years ago

    Having used Sketch solely for three months on one project I thought that I'd struggle going back to Photoshop. Didn't notice too much difference and the introduction of artboards and better export options negated the benefits of Sketch (in my opinion).

    My biggest issue with Sketch is the way it handles typography and going back to Photoshop made me realise how right Adobe have got it (not only in Photoshop but across their other applications).

    Design outcome has been the same for both but I can see how different tools could easily sway this.

    5 points
    • Mo Baghdadi, almost 6 years ago

      Have to agree with you there when it comes to typography, it's a nuisance in Sketch.

      4 points
    • Dan W, almost 6 years ago

      My biggest issue with Sketch is the way it handles typography and going back to Photoshop made me realise how right Adobe have got it

      Could you expand on this with some examples? Curious to hear what the main differences are for you.

      0 points
      • Erik Friberg, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

        The paragraph style and text style libraries in Photoshop are much more flexible and efficent. If you want to deviate from your already specified text styles in Sketch you better make sure you remove the text styling before or else you end up editing all associated texts. (Even if it's just for changing color)

        Sometimes undo won't even revert the change!

        And if you remembered to remove the linked text style; you now end up with an unlinked block of text that won't synchronize with the rest of the text blocks. This can be really cumbersome if you decide to change typeface halfway through... (a client changed their brand typeface once and wanted me to update all previous design mockups to reflect the change, I said it would take a lot of unnecessary time but they insisted... Let's just say it would have been much quicker in Photoshop)

        2 points
      • Dean HaydenDean Hayden, almost 6 years ago

        Text box with different fonts, sizes and line heights. Just doesn't work. Limited paragraph options (no indentation, no top or bottom margins); makes content areas a pain to design.

        1 point
    • Justin MaxwellJustin Maxwell, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

      Emmanuel continually reassures us (via twitter) that the next major update is going to solve this. I have my fingers crossed as well. Typography is the app's achilles heel.

      But for the record keep in mind that we (designers) were pissed at Adobe for years with their anti-aliasing of text in Photoshop. I remember rendering text in browser then copying/pasting it into pshop, creating layer fx shadows to simulate Mac OS X antialiasing, etc. So, it did take them a while to get it "right" too.

      2 points
      • Dean HaydenDean Hayden, almost 6 years ago

        Adobe have improved their font rendering, but it was never that terrible to begin with. A flat visual will never represent browser rendering. What Adobe got right was the ability to have multiple line heights, fonts, sizes and paragraph options.

        I hope Sketch sorts this out as trying to design the layout of content is just painful.

        0 points
  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, almost 6 years ago

    …the design outcome is different based on the software I use.

    I definitely agree with that statement. Limitations can be a gift or a curse. And, certain things are just not easy or possible in certain design tools, making it less likely they’ll be used. Design tool definitely dictates results, at least in part. Ditto for using pen and paper.

    4 points
  • Adam RasheedAdam Rasheed, almost 6 years ago

    Oh dear god yes. Been using Sketch since January. New client ( agency) I got exclusively uses Photoshop CS5. Takes me 10x longer to make PSDs, not even exaggerating.

    3 points
  • Erik Friberg, almost 6 years ago (edited almost 6 years ago )

    Yes I think so, we're about 12 visual designers at my work and you can see a difference in output depending on what program someone used. It's hard to put a finger on but it's all from the handling of images to structure and what types of effects where used. It's not much but sometimes enough to affect the end result.

    Neither is better. But it's funny how the programs subconsciously steer our designs. What's "minimalistic" in one program is not in the other.

    1 point
  • Jonathan SimcoeJonathan Simcoe, almost 6 years ago

    Are you finding Photoshop to be a positive or a drain?

    1 point
  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, almost 6 years ago

    There are subtle ways in which your design environment can influence the quality of your work. For me, the always too heavy fonts, the rudimentary grid system, the ugly-ass interface, the blunt time savers (such as the export all your graphics to pngs like it's 2008) the pace at which their 7 people team can introduce features, as well as the fact that it was never designed for UI designers, only later adapted, make Sketch feel like a toy, not a professional's tool.

    Also, PS is getting better, especially since I discovered how fast it can get if you disable guides. https://twitter.com/wearehyperion/status/673298762975084544

    0 points