Sketch is one of the most popular user interface and UX tools out there – and crucial for many designers’ work. We’ve rounded up the best paid and free Sketch courses, so you can get on with learning without fuss.
Sketch – now Sketch 3 – is a powerful design tool for Mac entirely focused on user interface design, which is quickly becoming a favourite of design agencies and studios. Its focus on user interface means that, for some user interface designers, Sketch is much more intuitive and easy-to-use than Photoshop.
Sketch can be used to create amazing digital designs, whether for mobile or computer, and – as new resources and plugins are almost constantly produced – is a great way to keep up with the industry and stay current. And it’s just not me jabbering on about its greatness: NetAwards voted it App of the Year 2015.
It can be tricky to know where to start learning Sketch though. Sketch is popular, but it’s not as established (or expensive…) as Photoshop, which has a lifetime’s worth of official and – largely – unofficial reading material. So we’ve scoured the web to help you tackle one of the most popular UX design tools around.
Whether you’re a confident old-timer or a timid beginner, want to sharpen already existing skills or create totally new ones, are happy to spend loads of money or will spare not even a handful of change, we’ve got the tutorial, course or website best for you to learn Sketch.
If you want to learn how to apply your newly found Sketch knowledge with the user in mind, check out the 11 best UX design courses.
Paid online Sketch courses: Lynda.com
Lynda.com is a popular website, brimming with videos and courses to learn skills across business, software, technology and the creative industries. Learn Sketch: The Basics, which is aimed at designers of all skill levels, is a great place to start if you want to learn Sketch and covers everything from logos to wireframes, logos to mockups.
Paid online Sketch courses: Treehouse
Treehouse is a leading online learning platform for technology. Unsurprisingly, then, its Sketch Basics course is one of the best – probably partly because it was created with the help of the official Sketch team. Though it focuses on the basics, it touches on the more advanced features of Sketch too – so perfect for old-hands who want a reminder and beginners who want to stretch themselves.
Subscriptions start at around £17.50/$25 per month. There is also a 7-day free trial.
Paid online Sketch courses: Udemy
With over 40,000 courses and over a million students, Udemy is a pay-per-course website you’ve probably heard of. It has courses on pretty much anything, including plenty on Sketch.
The best Sketch courses it offers include Mobile App Design In Sketch 3: UX and UI Design From Scratch, which – at the time of writing – 17,000 students have enrolled on, and give consistently great reviews, naming the course as a wonderful introduction to Sketch 3. You can enrol for £25/around $36.10.
Another brilliant course is Sketch 3 from A to Z: Become an App Designer, which is another great course aimed at beginners. You can enrol for £31/around $45.
Udemy is a pay-per-course site.
Paid online Sketch courses: Pluralsight
Pluralsight is sleek, smooth and has a smaller selection of high-quality courses that isn’t overwhelming in quantity. Introduction to Sketch by freelance illustrator Jay Boucher is a really easy way to learn the basics of Sketch, as it uses a real, concrete example, which you can follow along with. As well as video, students can use hands-on exercises as they follow the tutorial.
Subscriptions start at £17.50/around $24.92 per month. There is also a 10-day free trial.
Paid online Sketch courses: TutsPlus
TutsPlus is a cheaper alternative to the giant, online learning houses we’ve seen so far. In terms of the sheer number of materials on offer, with over 20,750 videos, tutorials or inspirational content, TutsPlus has few rivals beyond Udemy. With the cheapness, though, comes not as tip-top customer support – and none of the assignments or tests seen in other online courses.
You can check out all the TutsPlus Sketch tutorials, but our favourite is Sketch App for Beginners: Envato at Pause Fest. Though it's only one hour long, sometimes less is more (as UX designers should know), and it serves as a really great overview to the Mac app. Practical UI Design with Sketch is also a great way to cover workflow and UI. Though it’s fast-paced, you can pause and reweind.
Subscriptions start at £10.50/$15 per month. There is also a 14-day free trial.
Paid online Sketch courses: Sketchcasts
Easy and not too time-consuming, Sketchcasts are a series of weekly video tutorials on web and mobile design, new plugins and more in-depth topics such as colours – and it's all to do with Sketch. It really is a gem. But a cheap gem – even better. Subscriptions even come with a private Slack Team so you can chat, ask all the questions you want and make some pretty great contacts.
Subscriptions are £5.50/$8 per month.
Free online sketch courses: LearnSketch.com
Learn Sketch has dedicated its whole existence, including its name, to helping you learn Sketch. For free. And it really is worth checking ou, whether you want to manage tons of layers, bring boring icons to life, or simply find out what the hell Sketch is. Though it’s tutorials come in the form of suspicious-looking YouTube tutorials (we’ve seen those overly long, painfully slow, pointless videos too), don't be put off: LearnSketch tutorials come from Sketch professionals and are endorsed by Bohemian Coding.
You’re not going to become a Sketch master through LearnSketch.com, but it’s a great way to get to grips with the areas you find tricky, get some freebies and be privy to some cool tricks and tips. Its resources are also constantly growing, so it’s worth checking back for more goodies every now and then.
Free online Sketch courses: Sketch App Sources
Sketch App Sources has masses of Sketch tutorials and tips, plugins and articles. Stand out examples include 10 Sketch Tips, which is a quick read that uses visuals really well to explain its ideas, and Get Started in 5 Minutes. Literally 5 minutes. The tutorial wastes no time at all. Sketch App Sources isn’t where you want to learn the entirety of Sketch, but it’s a great place to check for quick tips or if you have a specific problem.
Free online Sketch courses: Sketch
Yup, Sketch is a great place to learn Sketch - from short video tutorials and articles, to downloads and community sport. It also includes a list of longer third-party courses, such as Creating Graphics with Sketch: Learn by Video and Level Up Tuts.