Abobe XD vs adobe sketch

Adobe XD (Experience Design ) VS Adobe Sketch

We’ve been comparing Sketch App to Adobe Photoshop for a long time now, because frankly, Adobe hasn’t brought anything fresh to the table for serious user interface designers for quite some time.

Adobe Photoshop Sketch lets you create expressive drawings anywhere using natural drawing tools like pencils, pens, markers and watercolor brushes to get all the textures and blending effects you’d get on paper.

Because Sketch is part of Adobe Creative Cloud, you have access to everything it offers, including royalty-free assets in Creative Cloud Market and custom brushes in Creative Cloud Libraries. And in just one click you can send your sketches to Photoshop or Illustrator to take them further.

Say no to 'Sketch'

  1. Sketch has bugs and they aren’t planning on solving them anytime soon. Most of these bugs only happen part of the time, and you end up promising yourself that the next time you will go back to photoshop.
  2. Sketch has no intention (as far as I know) to get into photo editing capabilities. This means you have no way to even create a isometric mockup or any device mockup for that matter. So you have to use Photoshop or any PS alternative.


Why Sketch?

  1. Sketch is still better for our product’s UI design
  2. Adobe Photoshop Sketch is a perfect example of why artists and designers should give the iPad Pro some real thoughtful consideration. 
  3. Along with the Apple Pencil, the iPad Pro and Adobe Photoshop Sketch feel as though they were made for one another. 
  4. Sketch is going to be way more connected to data. code and development as I see it.

Until now, that is!

We first heard about Project Comet (now Adobe Experience Design CC or Adobe XD for short) months ago, and Windows OS users rejoiced at the opportunity of having a 'Sketch-like' user interface design app that wasn’t restricted to Mac OS X users.

If you adore Sketch – or if you love the concept of minimal UIs, highly-intuitive tools, multiple artboards, built-in iOS/Google Material interface kits, easy-to-remember keyboard shortcuts and lightning-fast export facilities – then Adobe Experience Design CC is certainly for you.
Adobe XD is still in “Preview” and it too is restricted to Mac OS X for the time being, but sometime in late-2016 I'm assured we'll see Adobe XD on Windows too. I would assume this is so that Adobe XD can try to win over the hearts and minds of Sketch users before releasing on Windows.
For now, Adobe XD is free to use via the Creative Cloud app.

Why Adobe XD ?

  1. Users unfamiliar with UX could start building as it doesn’t involve coding. For designers, however, XD lets you quickly design and prototype by using tools and workflows similar to those in other Adobe CC applications.
  2. XD is fully integrated with other Adobe’s products, so you can quickly copy assets from Photoshop or Illustrator and then paste them into Experience Design.
  3. Designing happens in real-time, and users can share their interactive prototypes (with animation) with the public.
  4. The interface is really clean and intuitive, which is a plus. It looks very much like Sketch, and that makes it significantly easier for Sketch users to migrate to XD.
  5. You will immediately notice that connecting screens is done much easier in XD than in InvisionApp, where you’re forced to choose them from long lists. You can also set parameters for each transition between screens to define its type, duration and dynamics.

Why a no to Adobe XD?

  1. Unless your job involves designing websites and apps, XD will have little use for most consumers. Too plain and limited tools for creating new graphics.
  2. Layers window is missing. So keep in mind that most of the software available in this category isn't designed for graphics geeks accustomed to complex programs.
  3. The current options of movie or web interactive are good, but we need to be able to export more real-feeling products for testing, ones that run on their destination platforms like apps instead of movies or in a browser.
  4. You will barely find any layer effects except Drop Shadow, which, again, is a minus if compared to Sketch.


For a first attempt, I’d say that Adobe XD is quite impressive and I’d urge you to at least try it out. If you’re a Windows OS user, unfortunately, you do have to wait a little longer for a specialist user interface design tool, however, when Adobe XD does arrive on Windows, it’ll be a complete commercial version with an abundance of feature enhancements and improvements.

For users of Sketch, I don’t see much incentive to switch at the moment. Adobe XD has many hurdles to leap before it becomes awesome enough to replace Sketch, but the fact that Adobe is touting interactive prototypes as a feature (in the first release!) is already enough reason to keep an eye on Adobe XD.

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