Updates

A log of recent improvements and content additions to Sketch Master.

 

May 24, 2017

In preparation for the upcoming course SVG workflows in Sketch, I just released an article explaining all of the mysterious code at the top of SVG files.

This article clarifies what that code does and in which situations you can safely to delete it; a cheat sheet that I’ve always wished existed. Enjoy!

May 1, 2017

Introducing SVGito: Little Optimizations for SVGs

In preparation for the upcoming course on SVG workflows in Sketch, we’ve made a free web-app that provides several new optimizations for your SVG files. It’s called SVGito.

SVGito automates a few improvements to SVGs that you would normally have to do by manually editing the code—including an optimization for cleaning up Sketch’s extra inside/outside border markup, which I mentioned in this recent article.

Rather than wait until the course is finished, I’ve decided to release SVGito now. It’s publicly available and free to use. If you don’t quite understand what the heck an SVG optimizer is, you can start by reading this article about how to think about SVG. The course will dive even deeper.

Learn all about SVGito and its optimizations in today’s release article. Happy optimizing!

 

January 24, 2017

  • Today Sketch released version 42. The improvements and bug fixes are minor and do not impact the Sketch Master courses. The courses remain fully relevant and up to date.

November 23, 2016

  • Updated all cheat sheets to use Sketch 41’s new icons.
  • Numerous design and UX improvements when using the courses.
  • Easily mark sections as “completed” or “unwatched,” by clicking the checkbox in the list of course sections.
  • Sections are completed automatically when you have watched the majority of a video.
  • The course progress bar immediately updates as you complete a section.
  • The “Start Watching” button now provides smarter suggestions about what section to watch next.
New Sketch Master Course Video Completion

October 15, 2016

Introducing Cheat Sheets

I just released a major addition to the Sketch Master courses—cheat sheets. These are written notes about all the key points, tips, tricks, and keyboard shortcuts from each video.

They’re a perfect way to reference what you’ve learned—especially after you’ve watched a video and think to yourself, “what was that keyboard shortcut to bring up the Eyedropper from the color picker?”

And if you’re not familiar with the symbol for that key, just hover over it to see it’s name.

 
 

Cheat sheets are available today for all students, at no additional cost.
 

 

September 16, 2016

  • If you change the volume while watching a video, the website now remembers that volume and applies it when you watch another video.
  • After watching the majority of a video, that section in the course will be automatically marked “Complete” ☑️.

September 12, 2016

  • When viewing the courses, students now have a “Start Watching” button, allowing them to easily resume watching where they left off.

July 28, 2016

  • Updated both the Getting Started and UX courses to cover new minor features in Sketch version 39, including Scale origins, Replace With (replace any layer with a Symbol), and the “Fit” image fill option. Group & Symbol Resizing will be featured in an upcoming course.
  • Updated the Getting Started course and resources to cover Sketch 3.8’s huge improvements in the Sketch Mirror app.
  • Added additional keyboard shortcut overlays to various videos, to make it easier to see what shortcuts are being used.

June 10, 2016

  • Major improvements to the Pixel Density section in the UX course. The video is now packed with custom animations, and new resources have been added.

May 29, 2016

Coming Soon:

  • Revisions to the Getting Started course, recreating the functionality of Prepo (live device icon previews on a homescreen) by using Symbols and the new Sketch Mirror app.
  • Several minor changes based on Sketch’s recent version 41 update.
  • Note: Sketch 41 introduced new toolbar icons. This is a purely visual change, and the courses will be re-recorded in the coming months.