20 Essential Plugins for Sketch App

There are many things to love about Sketch, but one of its most loved features is that it makes it super-easy to create plugins, made possible by JSTalk, that will extend its functionality even further. And the great thing is that the ever-growing Sketch community is chock-full of plugins that you can freely download and use.

If you’re an experienced Sketch user, then the chances are you already use or know about these plugins, but if you’re new to Sketch, and not quite sure where to start, this post will have you up and running with the essential plugins in no time. And to help you even further, we’ve previously published a huge collection of UI kits and templates for Sketch that you can freely use as well.

Before you start downloading these plugins, you will need to install Sketch Toolbox, the plugin manager for Sketch that makes it super-simple to find, automatically download and install all of the below plugins, and many, many more.

CSSketch

CSSketch is a plugin that allows you to edit and quickly mockup your designs by attaching a stylesheet. Supports Less.

CSSketch

Blade

The Blade Plugin will automatically generate HTML from your designs.

Blade

Social Artboards

Social Artboards will add artboard presets of common social media image sizes.

Social Artboards sketch app

Sketch Data Studio

Sketch Data Studio is a time-saving plugin that will convert tables and charts by pulling data directly from a CSV file.

Sketch Data Studio

Day Player

Day Player will allow you to add placeholder images from some of the most popular services into any Sketch doc.

Day Player

Sketch Iconfont

Sketch Iconfont is a useful plugin that allows you to use icon fonts (like these) in your documents.

Sketch Iconfont

Export Assets

The Export Assets Sketch Plugin allows you to export assets for Android, iOS, Windows Phone in Sketch.

Pixel Perfecter

Pixel Perfecter will identify all pixel imperfect layers and show you a total count of them, allowing you to then fix them all at once.

Pixel Perfecter

Style Inventory

Style Inventory will give you an overview of all of the styles you have used and allows you to merge similiar ones together.

Style Inventory

Sharpen Images

Sharpen Images will easily add Unsharp Mask filters to image and shape layers with image fills in Sketch.

Sharpen Images

Generate GIF

Generate GIF is an awesome Sketch plugin that will generated animated GIFs from a sequence of artboards.

Dynamic Button

Dynamic Button allows you to create buttons with fixed paddings regardless of the number of text characters you use.

Lorem Ipsum

Lorem Ipsum is, as the name suggests, a plugin that will quickly create and add Lorem Ipsum generated text to your document.

Marvel Plugin

The Marvel Plugin will allow you to quickly create prototypes from your designs by sending your Sketch artboards directly to Marvel.app.

Marvel Plugin sketch

Icon Stamper

Icon Stamper is a super-simple, yet really useful, plugin that will quickly create multiple sizes of iOS icons.

Icon Stamper

Content Generator

Content Generator will create dummy data such as avatars, names, geo location data, and much more.

Content Generator

Sketch Palettes

Sketch Palettes allows you to quickly and easily save and load colors into the color picker.

Sketch Palettes

Measure

The Measure Sketch Plugin for getting your designs just perfect.

Measure Sketch Plugin

Sketch Commands

Sketch Commands is a port of some of the awesome Orange Commands originally for Adobe Fireworks to Sketch.app.

Finished!

If you’re looking for something, in particular, to make your Sketch experience that little bit easier, or looking for something that will save you a little bit of time, you should take at the unofficial Sketch Plugin Directory, there are hundreds of plugins, for almost everything, freely available.

And if you feel I’ve missed any plugin that you deem essential, do let me know in the comments below.

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Paul Andrew

Paul is the founder and editor of Speckyboy Design Magazine. He has many years experience within the web design industry and a passion for the latest web technologies and design trends. He lives in the small town of Inverness in the north of Scotland. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

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