Sketch Vs. Photoshop

Let us preface this article with a couple of things. Firstly, when delineating the differences of Sketch Vs. Photoshop, how you use each application plays a huge role in figuring out which one would be best for you. We work a lot with web design, UI, and UX, which is why we’ve made the switch to Sketch for design purposes. However, in the realm of photo editing, Photoshop is where it’s at, without question. The second point we’d like to throw out there is that this article will exemplify some of the over-arching concepts between the two apps, like overall speed or tool variation, without getting into the trenches as far as specific feature comparison goes. Let’s check it out.

“Without being bogged down by excess tools, Sketch is able to deliver a quick solution for designers, while still packing a punch.”

Build Your Own Toolbox

While Sketch is by no means a “bare bones” app, it does come with way less out of the box (or download) than photoshop does. One of the cooler features that deserves some highlighting is the fact that you can pretty much build out Sketch’s toolbox the way that you would use it. Constructing your own toolbox is done through plugins, most of which you can find for free. While photoshop comes with a wide array of different tools and features, Sketch allows you to pull in power from plugins; possibly the best part is that these plugins range from adding broad features, like injecting filler content from Unsplash, to specific tools like adding segmented circles for graphs or diagrams.


We’re most definitely not bashing Photoshop, as it has its place, but that place isn’t quite as much in the realm of web design as it is in photo editing. While, like we stated before, Photoshop does come with any and all of the tools you’d ever need for photo editing and even design, a lot of it is unnecessary for what UI/UX or web designers actually need. All of the features, tools, and menus can be a bit of a burden, both for the designer and for their operating system. Enter Sketch: lightweight, both in terms of function and file size, with files rarely exceeding a few MB. Without being bogged down by excess tools or file sizes, Sketch is able to deliver a quick solution for designers, while still packing a punch. The cost of Sketch is also a lot lighter coming in at a one-time fee of $99, while Adobe asks for a monthly subscription that varies depending on what applications you use.

Web Design vs. Photo Editing

It’s clear which app would be best used for web design, and which would be best used for photo manipulation. Adobe has caught up a bit by adding features to Photoshop like allowing for multiple art boards, which we previously saw mainly in Illustrator. Sketch, however, has pulled ahead in terms of being the better tool for web and UI/UX design by introducing handy features like starting a document directly from a device template with preloaded art boards and elements. Having both vector based design and the organizational elements of layers is a game-changer, allowing for object manipulation while also keeping things neat.

A Time and a Place

Like we’ve said before, Photoshop is an incredibly powerful tool that we use in conjunction with Sketch, but definitely not as a tool for web design. With Sketch’s flexibility and customization, it’s snappy response time, cost, and overall web focused features and layout, it’s a necessity for us. If you haven’t already, check it out! As always thanks for reading and keeping up with us. Follow us on FacebookInstagramTwitterLinkedinDribbble, and now Behance for some of our best practices, free wallpapers, resources and spec work.