Adobe Illustrator vs Sketch performance (

almost 9 years ago from Johan Ronsse, Interface designer at Mono

  • c kizerc kizer, almost 9 years ago (edited almost 9 years ago )

    Why don't you compare it to Adobe Fireworks instead? It's not an app that is designed to do what Illustrator does.

    Maybe try drawing complex iPhone UI in Adobe Illustrator and we'll talk.

    *Turn off show pixels in Sketch?

    I use Illustrator when I need to create art. I use Sketch when I have to create apps or software.

    11 points
    • Johan Ronsse, almost 9 years ago

      FYI Show pixels was off. A complex iPhone UI is exactly what this is - a lot of vectors.

      21 points
      • c kizerc kizer, almost 9 years ago

        It's easy to be vector when you throw away the pixels and work in points. I've used illustrator for 10+ years every single day. Sketch is way, way faster to get work done. I generally don't draw 600 circles on a screen. I do however curse the heavens trying to work with layered art that needs to include bitmaps in illustrator. I use illustrator when I need to create a vector icon to import into sketch.

        Sketch has a much better workflow for designing apps. I used to use illustrator. Speed of rending objects is important, but even if objects rendered 500x slower on sketch I still get my design done 10000x faster in Sketch because Illustrator doesn't support the workflow.

        11 points
      • Bruce Vang, almost 9 years ago

        I have no problems using UI8's WireframeKit Sketch files. It has a bunch of vectors and artboards as you can see below.

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        4 points
    • Account deleted almost 9 years ago

      I use Illustrator to art too, but I prefer Xcode when creating apps tough ;-)

      0 points
    • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, almost 9 years ago

      Why don't you compare it to Adobe Fireworks instead?

      Fireworks was discontinued in 2012.

      8 points
      • Brendan GramerBrendan Gramer, almost 9 years ago

        Believe it or not, people still use Fireworks. That is, until they discover Sketch, a better alternative.

        2 points
      • c kizerc kizer, almost 9 years ago

        Fireworks is the only product comparable to what Sketch does. Illustrator and sketch are comparing Apple to Oranges.

        2 points
        • Chris SlowikChris Slowik, almost 9 years ago

          To be fair, people compare them because some people do use Illustrator for UI design.

          5 points
          • Francesco BelvedereFrancesco Belvedere, 8 years ago

            Also Sketch and Illustrator are both vector based so it is a very logical comparison. Both programs have similar tools (pen, rectangle, rounded corner rectangle tools), and similar boolean operations as well.

            I am starting to use Sketch and I do love it. However, I have run into some really nasty bugs when doing Boolean ops and also it tends to get really slow and hangs on me.

            I love the way Sketch has multiple export options and the way it integrates with InVision.

            Needless to say I am not unlearning neither Photoshop nor Illustrator anytime soon but I will continue to increase my skillset in Sketch as well. Hope it keeps getting better.

            FB //

            1 point