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Course Workbook

Sketch 42

Design the User Interface of Websites & Apps

Sketch 2x
eBook $25
Print $35
Print + eBook $40

Sketch is a Mac app that was built with the specific needs of a modern web designer (or app designer) in mind. Unlike some other image editing programs—which were originally created for print, photo retouching, or illustration—the entire focus of the Sketch app is on designing user interfaces.

Sketch uses Artboards, so you can efficiently design web layouts for mobile, tablet, and desktop (or screens for apps). It’s vector-based, so you can scale for a variety of screen sizes with ease, as well as export hi-res (Retina) graphics for the web or apps. You’ll find tools and features specifically relevant to User Interface (UI) design, native and adjustable grids, and a quick workflow for exporting your work.

Includes Downloadable Class Files (works on Mac)
ISBN: 978-1-941333-28-0

Setup & Introduction
Downloading the Class Files
About Sketch 42
Keyboard Shortcuts Guide
Section 1
Setting Up: Do This Before Other Exercises!
  • Setting up your class files
Creating New Files & Designing on a Grid System
  • Sketch templates, artboards, & pages
  • Creating a new file
  • Setting up a layout grid
  • Creating colored backgrounds for text
  • Importing text
Adjusting the Layout for Tablets & Mobile Phones
  • Designing with Bootstrap’s grid
  • Adapting the design for tablets
  • Adapting the design for mobile phones
Inserting & Masking Photos
  • Importing photos
  • Cropping a photo (masking)
  • Custom shaped masks
Inserting Vector Graphics, Fills, Shadows, & More
  • Importing & modifying vector graphics
  • Making grouped objects easily selectable
  • Layer opacity vs. fill opacity
  • Aligning & distributing layers
  • Reusing colors found in the design
  • Adding a drop shadow
Section 2
Shared Graphic Styles (Reusable Appearance)
  • Creating a shared graphic style
  • Attributes that are not part of a shared graphic style
  • Changing & renaming graphic styles
  • Making a style to darken full-width background photos
Text Styles (Reusable Appearance)
  • Creating text styles
  • Editing text styles
  • Renaming styles & organizing into folders
Symbols (Reusable Elements)
  • Creating & editing symbols
  • Customizing content inside a symbol
  • Resizing symbols
  • Renaming symbols
  • Detaching from a symbol
Exporting Assets: SVG & PNG
  • Exporting artboards
  • Exporting for web as SVG & PNG
  • Exporting into folders
Exporting Assets: 1x & 2x JPEG
  • Exporting as JPEG
  • Properly setting JPEG quality
Bonus Material
Exporting Assets for iOS Apps: PNG & PDF
  • Exporting as 1x, 2x, & 3x PNG
  • Exporting as 1x PDF
Turning a Design into a Clickable Prototype with InVision
  • Installing Craft
  • Creating an InVision prototype
  • Linking between artboards
  • Creating hotspot templates, overlays, & fixed headers
  • Updating the design
  • Sharing the prototype
Reference Material
Links to Useful Resources
Sketch Mirror: Viewing Work on iOS Devices
  • Using Sketch Mirror to view Sketch files on a phone or tablet while you work
Additional Image Optimization Tools
  • Further reducing the file size of PNG & JPEGs
  • Turning transparent PNG-24 files into PNG-8 with ImageAlpha
Web File Formats Quick Reference
  • Comparison of JPEG, GIF, PNG, SVG, & PDF
Common Device Sizes
  • 1x, 2x, & Bootstrap container sizes for iPhone, iPad, & desktop
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Examples of What You Learn

  • Sketch Templates, Artboards, & Pages
  • How to Insert Text, Images, & Graphic Elements
  • Masking Photos
  • Shared Graphic Styles (Reusable Appearance)
  • Text Styles (Reusable Appearance)
  • Symbols (Reusable Elements)
  • Exporting Assets: SVG, PNG, & JPEG
  • Exporting Assets for iOS Apps: PNG & PDF
  • And more...

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Our books are packed with step-by-step exercises that walk you through projects. You’ll learn by doing exercises, not reading long explanations commonly found in user manuals. The goal is to give you hands-on practice with the program, getting you started quickly with the things that are most important for real life work. Our books are not a replacement for the manual, but manuals aren’t how you learn an app!

eBook $25
Print $35
Print + eBook $40