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Sorry for taking so long to respond. A couple of things:
Layers are coming. Very likely in the next few months. So, hang in there with that.
About brushes from Market... It's an extra step, but In order to use Market brushes in Sketch, they must first be formatted/saved to use in Sketch. Do you use Adobe Capture CC? Market brushes can be imported into Capture CC and saved to use in either Sketch, Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC.
Thank you so much for your reply. I do use adobe CC capture, but I'm wondering if there's a tutorial on how to do what you state to get it into the sketch program? My problem is that when I import the brush to adobe CC capture, it doesn't take into account any of the parameters already set by the user. So esentially it just takes the preview image of the brush and then has me import all the settings like jitter, spacing etc so it really seems like a huge waste of time. Any help is appreciated!!
As well, if I have .tpl brush files for photoshop on my computer, can I import them to sketch somehow?
Super excited to hear about the layers! Thanks again.
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Making custom brushes portable to the drawing apps is being/has been discussed by the mobile team but there currently is no way to use Photoshop brushes in Sketch.
And, that's also true for the brushes from Market. Unfortunately the way you've done it, using a preview image of the brush and re-creating it for use in the app, is the only way to do it. It can seem like a lot of work.... especially for a brush that, in essence, already exists.
I know none of that helps your work but hopefully it will save you some time trying to figure out how to make the app do something it can't.
I really appreciate you clearing it up for me! Like you said, might not be the answer I wanted to hear but you certainly saved me some headache.
I see myself developing a lot of my artwork directly on the iPad pro, so I think having features like port-able brushes would be fantastic Really excited to see layers coming down the pipe though.
You're welcome Hannah,
Keep a lookout for the Sketch update with layers. I'm thinking it will probably be around mid-year but it could very well be sooner.