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 20 most essential free 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.
Slinky is a powerful plugin that allows you to export your Sketch designs as HTML email templates.
The Compo Sketch plugin helps to make it much easier to work with interface components.
The Looper Sketch plugin that helps automate duplication of groups and layers.
Fluid for Sketch
Fluid is a free Sketch plugin for creating more constraint-based, responsive layouts.
Click-Thru Prototype is a Sketch plugin that creates a HTML click-through prototype of a website design so you can give your clients an idea what the website will look like.
CSSketch is a plugin that allows you to edit and quickly mockup your designs by attaching a stylesheet. Supports Less.
The Blade Plugin will automatically generate HTML from your designs.
Sketch Commands is a port of some of the awesome Orange Commands originally for Adobe Fireworks to Sketch.app.
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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