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How to live without sketch & rock with Photoshop (yeah for windows PC)

by saif71 | Last Updated:
August 11, 2021 | 05:48 AM
How to live without sketch & rock with Photoshop (yeah for windows PC)

Let’s admit it first and freely. As a UI designer, I regularly work on Adobe Creative Cloud apps on Windows. Such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effect, etc. One day I discovered one of the greatest inventions for UI designers, Sketch. It makes the design process 10x faster. Like other designers, I was really excited about the sketch, but wait !!! What??? It’s available only on macOS. You gotta be kidding me :(

Okay, not everyone wants to use Mac. So what can we do ? since then, I have had the vision to live without sketch and rock with the power of Photoshop for windows. This is not easy; I have spent countless sleepless nights to find a proper alternative for “Sketch” for windows. But you know, no luck.

But I’ve found some awesome things that help me fight hard with the mighty Sketch. Let’s have a look at them.

UberData For Photoshop

I found it first from Anton Lyubushkin’s article. I was so excited about the plugin.

UberData can insert data from public JSON APIs, news RSS feeds, JSON files, text files and image folders. In the next versions, UberData will become smarter, learn how to work with CSV, Excel, Google Sheets, and maybe something useful.

Download and details can be found here.

Pexels Photoshop Plugin

Admit it; you always wanted to use beautiful dummy placeholder images in your designs. It might be for a slider, product list, or anything else. Here is Pexels Photoshop plugin gonna save your ass. Get it from here.

UberFaces plugin for Photoshop

UberData for Photoshop CC+. Design with real data in Photoshop. Use JSON, RSS, text lists and image collections. Insert images and text with one click into your document.

UberFaces is free. Download it from here. To install the plug-in, use the latest version of Adobe Extension Manager. You can find the details here, but you need to translate the article since the article is in Russian manually. :(

Craft Sync (for PS windows) by Invision Lab

Hey InVision lab, you know what, you’re the real culprit here. You guys just keep the best of #craft only for mac. In some cases only for sketch. Huh. For Prototyping , those who use Invision , You can use craft sync to directly upload your designs from Photoshop to your desired invison prototype.

Damn! just use Figma.

enter image description here I can’t stretch enough about Figma. It has everything you want for a designing software. It has a generous free plan and it runs on browser. Nothing to download if you don’t want anything.

Figma is the only platform that brings together powerful design features you already love and a more efficient workflow to boot. Here are a couple of the best parts of Figma.

Design for the web made easy

Figma was built for the future of web. That’s why you’ll see features you won’t find elsewhere.

Design responsively with Auto Layout

Spend more time iterating and less time moving things around.

Automate and augment your work with Plugins

Remove repetitive tasks, bring in data, and power custom workflows.

Create prototypes that feel like the real experience

Turn your static design files into an interactive experience—no coding required.

Do it all in one single tool

No more jumping between tools. Design, prototype, share, and collect feedback all in Figma.

About Author: 🎉 Salman Hossain Saif (internet username: Saif71).
Lead UX Engineer @ManagingLife LLC. Specialized in design systems, user flow, UX writing, and a certified accessibility specialist. Loves travel and creating meaningful content. Say hi @imsaif71

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