Introducing the Designer's Toolbox - Sketch vs Adobe Photoshop

Designers rely on various software and services to bring their visions into reality. But which tools are worth your time and money? And, which ones aren’t?

Brendan Miller, one of our Cloud City Development designers and animators, kicks off The Designer’s Toolbox Series (#TheDesignersToolbox) with a comparison between Sketch and Adobe Photoshop.

First characteristic he looks at in the showdown? File size.

Why file size? Because it’s rare that designers don’t pass files back and forth between team members and clients. And, everyone wants to increase the raw and perceived speed of web experiences.

Watch Brendan’s side-by-side throwdown of Sketch and Adobe Photoshop to see which tool generates the smallest file size.

What tips do you have for keeping file size low for your graphics? Do you use Sketch over Adobe Photoshop?


Brendan, Cloud City Development Interface Designer, brings apps to life before coding has even begun. Drawing on a background in illustration and animation, he mocks up how a user will interact with an app, yielding intuitive user interface and delightful user experience. He works closely with developers and dives into HTML, CSS, and Git without hesitation. Got a question about a current trend? Brendan’s on top of it and enjoys putting new tools through their paces. Just ask him about Sketch versus Adobe Photoshop for UX/UI reviews. Brendan is an avid hockey fan, who religiously cheers on the Pittsburgh Penguins, and has begun a comic series that brings the legends to life.


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