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Import images into Sketch

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Using Images in Sketch

In this lesson we work with images in Sketch. Imported images are just a layer in Sketch, and manipulating images is an intuitive process.

The BabySittr Prototype

We're going to work on an app prototype to find babysitters. The app will let a user:

  • Log in.

  • See a list of existing babysitter bookings (if any).

  • Search for available babysitters (after entering date, time and duration).

  • View the profiles of matched sitters.

  • Select an available sitter.

  • Allow the sitter to confirm and show the booking as pending until then.

  • Allow the parent to text or call the sitter.

Creating a splash screen

Let's begin working with images by creating a splash screen for our BabySittr app.

Here is a preview of what we will create. Why not pause this lesson now to see if you can create it yourself in Sketch? You can download the image of the baby here (although using an alternative image is fine also).

The BabySittr prototype: Splash screen
The Splash screen for our BabySittr prototype

Bringing Images into Sketch

To import an image into Sketch, you can either:

  • Copy and paste an image into Sketch

  • Drag the image into Sketch

  • Use the menu Insert > Image

Large images can be a larger size than our Sketch artboard. Click on the image and change its size using the Size properties in the Inspector. I have changed the height to 550 pixels. Because the lock icon is showing as locked, the width will change automatically to preserve the height/width ratio of the image.


Steps to create the Splash Screen

Here are the steps I have taken to create this image:

  1. Create an artboard for iPhone 8 (Insert Artboard > Apple Devices > iPhone 8).

    • Verify that the artboard is 375 pixels wide and 667 pixels high.

  2. Download the image and import (e.g. copy and paste) it into Sketch.

  3. Resize the image height to 667 pixels, and adjust the image position (drag the image) so that they baby is centered in the artboard.

  4. Add a text layer for the 'BabySittr' heading and set the following properties in the Inspector.

    • Typeface: Avenir

    • Size:  58 pixels

    • Weight: Book

    • Color: White

  5. Add a login button (a rectangle with radius of 10 pixels and a text layer with the text login centered in the rectangle).

    • Text properties (Typeface: Avenir, Weight: Heavy, Size: 17 pixels, Color: White)

    • Rectangle properties: Width: 134 pixels, Height: 36 pixels, Color: FE3B2C (hex), Opacity: 60%, Border color: 979797 (hex), Border thickness: 1 pixel.

  6. Add a text layer for 'Create Account' with properties: Typeface: Avenir, Weight: Heavy, Size: 17 pixels, Color: White.

Grouping Layers

A large Sketch project can have dozens or hundreds of layers! This makes editing somebody else's file (or even your own) a real nightmare unless the layers are organized properly.

The most important part of organizing your layers is to group them into sensible groups.

Let's create our first group. Select the two layers that comprise our login button :

  1. The text layer for 'Login'

  2. The rectangle behind this text layer

Select the text layer for 'login' and the rectangle
Select the text layer for 'login' and the rectangle

In the menu, click on Arrange > Group, and a group will be created. You can alternatively press CTRL and click and then choose 'Group Selection.'

A group with these two layers
A group with these two layers

There are several advantages to grouping layers in a sensible fashion:

  • You can show/hide the whole layer with one click.

  • You can drag or reposition the layer with one movement.

  • You can have fewer items showing in your Layer list and  can more easily locate a given element.

  • You can copy and paste a group. To create a second button, you could copy and paste the existing button and then change the text. In this way, the second button will have the same properties (e.g. size, color etc) as the first. 

Ordering Groups

We have mentioned already that the ordering of layers determines which layers are 'on top' of others and therefore which layers (if overlapping) are hidden by others.

We have also discussed opacity, which is the 'see-through-ness' of a layer. Try dragging the Login Button layer above the 'pexels-photo' layer, and it becomes brighter. The button is no longer 'seen through' the baby photo layer.

For layers that do not affect each other, I try to order them from those that appear at the top of the screen down to the bottom.

Nicely ordered layers and groups
Nicely ordered layers and groups

Additional Resources

The Sketch file for this lesson

The ultimate guide to iPhone resolutions

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Exemple de certificat de réussite