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October 22, 2018 Carefree Crafting 1 comment

Craft Manager is available as a macOS application that lives in your Mac menu bar and helps keep your Craft tools up to date. Used in conjunction with Craft Sync on your Mac, Craft Manager lets you publish prototypes directly from within Sketch or Photoshop, and it gives you quick access to your team’s prototypes right from your desktop.

Craft Manager itself is not available for Windows; however, you can still install the Craft Sync tool on Windows for use with Photoshop. For more information, check out this article: Installing Craft Sync for Windows

Installing Craft

To begin using Craft on your Mac:

  1. Download the free Craft plugin.
  2. Double-click the file you downloaded.
  3. In your Downloads folder, double-click the Craft Manager icon ().
  4. A new window will appear asking if you’d like to move Craft Manager to the Applications folder. Make your selection, and Craft Manager will install in the appropriate folder.
  5. In the Mac menu bar, click the Craft icon ().
  6. Click the Tools tab.
  7. Next to Sketch or Photoshop, click Install.

Updating Craft

When an update is available for Craft, a blue dot indicator will appear on the Craft icon () in the Mac menu bar. Click the Craft icon and, in the top-right corner of the modal, you will notice a blue Update button. To update Craft, click the button.

You will then be asked if you want to Turn on auto-update. If so, check the box before clicking Update. If Sketch is running, Craft will require you to restart Sketch.

Toggling automatic updates

You have the option to automatically update all Craft tools in the background each time a new version is released. To turn this settings option on or off:

  1. In the Mac menu bar, click the Craft Manager icon ().
  2. In the upper-right corner of the Craft Manager modal, click the settings icon (), and then click Preferences.
  3. Under the Settings heading, select or deselect the Automatically update Craft checkbox.

Checking for updates and version numbers

To check your Craft Manager version number as well as check for updates on macOS:

  1. In the Mac menu bar, click the Craft Manager icon ().

    If it is not in the menu bar, open Finder, navigate to your Applications folder, and open Craft Manager.

  2. In the upper-right corner of the Craft Manager modal, click the settings icon (), and then click Preferences.
  3. At the bottom of the modal, see the version number, and then click Check for updates.

To check the version numbers of individual Craft tools:

  1. In the Mac menu bar, click the Craft Manager icon ().
  2. In the upper-left corner of the Craft Manager modal, ensure that you have the Tools tab open.
  3. While hovering over the name of each tool, you will see the version number you currently have installed. Alternatively, press and hold the Option key to see all version numbers at once.

To learn more about checking your versions of Craft Manager and the associated tools, check out this article: Checking for Craft updates & version numbers

Using Craft

Craft by InVision works with these applications:

  • The two most recent major versions of Photoshop
  • The last two most recent major non-beta versions of Sketch

    For the best experience, we recommend downloading the newest non-beta version of Sketch.

We recommend using Craft Manager with the 2 most recent major versions of macOS: Mojave (10.14) and High Sierra (10.13).

Authenticating via Craft Manager

Craft Manager handles InVision authentication, which is used to view and publish documents to a team of your choice. Sign in to your InVision account via the Preferences menu in the Craft Manager dialog.

Signing in to your InVision account via Craft Manager

The sign-in steps vary slightly based on whether you use your email and password only, you use your team's InVision subdomain (e.g.,, or you belong to an Enterprise that uses SSO (single sign on).

Sign in with your email and password

To sign in to your account in Craft Manager:

  1. In the Mac menu bar, click the Craft icon ().
  2. At the top left of the modal, click the Prototypes tab, and then click Sign In.

    Step 2 may be unnecessary in some cases. If Craft Manager opens with the Email Address field visible, skip to step 3.

  3. Enter your email address and click Next.
  4. Enter your password and click Sign In.

    If your InVision email is not tied to multiple teams, skip step 5.

  5. Next to the team you want to launch, click Select.

Clicking a prototype in the list that appears after signing in will open it in InVision Cloud. To publish changes to a prototype, return to Sketch or Photoshop and use the Craft Sync tool.

Sign in with your team's domain

If you belong to an Enterprise or other team account, use these steps to sign in:

  1. In the Mac menu bar, click the Craft icon ().
  2. At the top left of the modal, click the Prototypes tab, and then click Sign In.

    Step 2 may be unnecessary in some cases. If Craft Manager opens with the Email Address field visible, skip to step 3.

  3. Below the Email Address field, click Know your team domain.
  4. In the Team Domain field, enter your team's unique domain—e.g.,
  5. Enter your email address and password, and click Sign In.

Clicking a prototype in the list that appears after signing in will open it in InVision Cloud. To publish changes to a prototype, return to Sketch or Photoshop and use the Craft Sync tool.

Sign in with SSO

If your Enterprise or other team has implemented SSO, use these steps to sign in:

  1. In the Mac menu bar, click the Craft icon ().
  2. At the top left of the modal, click the Prototypes tab, and then click Sign In.

    Step 2 may be unnecessary in some cases. If Craft Manager opens with the Email Address field visible, skip to step 3.

  3. Below the Email Address field, click Know your team domain.
  4. In the Team Domain field, enter your team's unique domain—e.g.,
  5. In the SSO dialog that opens, click Sign In Using SSO.

    Depending on your SSO provider as well as which InVision Cloud version you're on, this button may say Sign in with [Your SSO Provider].

  6. Enter the username and password you use for your organization's SSO, and click Sign In.

Clicking a prototype in the list that appears after signing in will open it in InVision Cloud. To publish changes to a prototype, return to Sketch or Photoshop and use the Craft Sync tool.

Prototypes are shown for the team you are currently signed in to, and are sorted by when they were last updated. Clicking on a prototype in that list will take you to InVision where you can preview the prototype or make changes.

View prototypes for one of your other teams by first switching teams within Craft Manager.


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InVision just announced a free UI design plugin named Craft. It’s completely free for both Sketch and Photoshop made to accelerate your workflow.

Craft offers time-saving content building features for screen designers. It can auto-populate realistic data like usernames, dates, cities, even content pulled from real websites online.

This is the first of many upcoming projects to be released under InVision Labs, a recently-announced incubator by InVision made for producing design tools & resources.

Once installed, Craft adds its own panel with tabbed options for easy access. This can be hidden or dragged around just like any other panel.

The two biggest features of Craft are populating data and duplicating data.

You can auto-populate a series of user profiles with avatar photos and realistic-looking data. But you can also automate this process to fill up a list of user profiles, like on a friends list or search page design.

Duplicated content is rendered with pixel-perfect precision and can include any element(s) you wish.

Take a peek at the Craft landing page to learn more about these features. Remember this plugin is(and will remain) completely free for life.

In fact this appears to be InVision’s goal with their launch of InVision Labs:

LABS is an in-house incubator working on tools and products designed to support product designers and streamline the screen design process. More products like Craft will be coming from the LABS team soon.

Products like these, offered freely to the design community, empower designers and their organizations. That’s what we’re all about.

InVision is determined to release many more tools just like Craft in the coming months and years. But in the meantime you can download Craft for free and see how it fits into your UI design workflow.

And if you still feel lost this promo video should clear things up.


Author: Jaime Morrison

Jaime is a jr. designer interested in mobile UI/UX research and frontend web development with JavaScript frameworks. He covers general news and useful resources in the web design space.

Craft by Invision Labs. Late last week we saw the experimental Invision Labs release their first string of products / tools to the wider design.

Have you ever been in a remote meeting to discuss changes to a design when—halfway through—you realize that several members on your team are working from older, outdated versions of your style guide? The title font is different, the buttons are the wrong color, and the latest design swapped out a basket icon for a shopping cart. The conversation gets derailed and, rather than discussing the new sign-in flow, you’re burning precious minutes trying to guide people to the right file: app_screens_final-Final-FINAL-noreally-v4.sketch.

We can't go on living like this.

Collaborating on a team—especially a remote team—presents unique challenges. Getting multiple designers, developers, managers, and stakeholders on the same page and looking at the same version of a Sketch file is a struggle. And if you want to make changes to one of the font styles in your designs, it’s a mess to make sure everyone updates simultaneously.

Craft by InVision LABS is a powerful suite of plugins for Sketch and Photoshop that streamline workflow and collaboration with design and development teams. Craft makes it easy to build and maintain a common library of assets and styles, annotate and mark up designs in real time, upload instantly to InVision, and sync updates on the cloud.

I. Install Craft for Sketch and Sync with Cloud

Let’s begin by installing Craft. While Craft is a powerful set of plugins available for both Adobe Photoshop and Sketch, we will be focusing on using it with Sketch in this piece. First, check to see that your version of Sketch is updated to the latest and installed in the Applications folder of the Finder. Then, go to to download the Craft Plugin Manager.

Craft is a suite of powerful plugins to streamline your team's workflow.

Open the file and follow the prompts to install the Craft Plugin Manager. Once successful, the Craft icon should appear among the quick-launch icons in your operating system header. Click on it and choose to install each plugin for the Sketch platform. Craft will check to ensure that your version of Sketch is up to date and give you the option to quickly restart the program once you’ve activated the desired plugins.

Craft Manger will appear in your computer's header.

One of the main appeals of Craft is that teams can sync shared styles and assets over popular cloud platforms such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box, ensuring that everyone is working with the same library.

You and your team will need to have accounts on InVisionApp. Set up sync by logging into the InVision site, navigating to your user profile, and opening the sync tab. There, you may select the preferred cloud platform used by your team to share files. Follow the prompts and grant permission for InVision to sync over your team’s cloud.

Now that you’ve installed and set up Craft with your shared cloud, you can begin establishing shared styles for your team.

Open a document in Sketch and see the new Craft panel that has appeared alongside the inspector panel. Here, you will find the installed plugins you activated in the Craft Manager: Sync, Library, Data, Duplicate, Freehand, and Stock. For the purpose of this piece on team collaboration, we are mostly concerned with Sync, Library, and Freehand.

Craft's plugins will appear in a panel next to the inspector.

II. Build a Library of Styles and Shared Assets for Your Team

One of my favorite things about Craft is its Library plugin, which allows you to generate a style guide from your design and share styles and assets with your team. When there are many team members working on their own files, making sure changes are updated simultaneously into everyone’s working environment can be a pain. Library makes this process seamless.

One-Click Style Guide

Creating a style guide is one of those necessary steps in the design and development process that many designers put off as long as possible. Depending on the complexity of your design, the number of object and text styles, and the rapidity of design changes, the task can be daunting. Craft’s one-click style guide feature generates text styles and colors from your document at the push of a button and even saves it in its own symbols page, eviscerating your excuses.

Begin by clicking on the Library plugin and navigate to the “Document” tab. There, you will see the option to generate a style guide page from the styles that exist in your document.

Generate a style guide in one click.

Voilà—Craft has generated a style guide for you in one simple action, added them to your document text styles and colors, and even created a page where they are all neatly organized to hand off to your developers! What a time to be alive!

Take a quick look to see if there’s anything you would like to re-label, and pat yourself on the back for saving hours of work creating a style guide the hard way. Any changes you or your team need to make can be pushed and instantly synced with your shared cloud.

Like magic, you have a neat, legible style guide and document styles that are shared on your cloud.

Library of Assets

As a designer, I am a huge proponent of maintaining a pattern library for reusable components in addition to a style guide to speed up the design process as well as minimize inconsistencies. The Craft Library plugin makes it so simple to add headers, footers, navigation menus, icons, buttons, and other symbols to a global asset library. Make a change to one, push it to your team, and everyone is working from the same set of symbols. For the pattern-minded, Craft is a revelation!

In the Library plugin panel, switch to “Shared,” where you will find the option to import a library or create a new one. After you’ve created at least one library, you will see a dropdown list of available categories as well as the ability to add your own. I suggest creating separate categories for icons and buttons, as well as one for headers/footers and one for reused assets such as a user avatar.

Once you’ve got your organization in place, select any symbol in your document, such as an icon, and then click the space in the panel to add it to your library.

Organize global assets like headers, icons, and buttons, and then push updates to your shared library.

As you and your team iterate on your design, you’ll probably make changes to these shared assets. Simply hit “push changes” when you’ve updated the assets and everyone linked on the team will receive an instant notification on the update with a prompt to “pull changes.”

Craft alerts you when library assets are updated, so every member can pull changes and stay in sync.

III. Use Sync and Freehand to Share Designs and Get Feedback

Instantly Sync Artboards to InVision

Gone are the days of endless cycles of emailed PDF documents—InVision makes it easy to create clickable prototypes and share them with your whole team. The standard workflow for InVision is to export image files from your design and upload them to a prototype on the site. The Sync plugin in the Craft suite eliminates most of these steps.

With Sync, you can add and update artboards directly to a prototype on your team’s account. Just navigate to the Sync feature in the Craft panel and select your screen’s destination. From here, you can even start a new prototype and share it with your team for comments.

Sync makes it ridiculously easy to keep your InVision prototypes up to date.

Share your prototypes through invitation or by sharing a link, and it’s delightfully simple for your teammates to click through your clickable prototype and add comments. Developers can explore the layout details with Inspection mode, saving you hours of spec work and the need to update files as the design changes.

Inspect mode makes it easy for teammates to see the styles in your designs and even grab CSS.

Invite Your Team to Comment, Annotate, and Draw on Your Designs

Craft addresses another pain point for remote collaborative teams that don’t have the luxury of meeting in the same room with a whiteboard. Using Freehand, designers can capture parts or all of their design document and instantly sync to a sharable project on InVision where everyone on the team can annotate, comment, and even draw.

In your document, navigate to the Freehand panel and choose to create a Freehand project from your document or selected artboards.

Create a Freehand space for free-form collaboration.

After the plugin generates a freehand space, you can share the link with anyone and begin collaborating. The tools are fairly straightforward, and Freehand tracks who says what, making it easy to work together seamlessly. As you update your designs, you can use the panel to update the freehand space instantly. Now, no one is confused about which of the fifteen icons, exactly, the boss is talking about.

It's almost like being there.

IV. Bonus Features for Your Own Workflow

While I was most excited about Craft’s potential for team collaboration, the suite comes with other plugins that are just as compelling for streamlining the individual design workflow.

Quickly Add Dummy Content from the Web

It only takes a few instances of “wait, what does that lorem ipsum text mean?” during meetings before you concede that you need to use real content in your final mockups. But who wants to have to scour the Internet for photos, headlines, posts, and other dummy content to drop into their designs and screen mockups? After the third or fourth name, it can be hard to make up fake users from your own imagination.

Data is a delightful plugin in the Craft suite that makes subbing in content a breeze. Select a shape in your design and navigate to the Data plugin where you can drop in photos from your own folders or instantly add random images from Unsplash from any category. You can even create your own custom queries to use again and again.

Instantly grab dummy content and drop it into your design without leaving Sketch.

Adding text such as headlines and body copy is just as easy—just select the desired text box and choose from the many categories under the Type tab. My team especially enjoys using headlines from the “Motivation” category as placeholder content.

Your life will have much more meaning with Craft.

Data also allows you to add content from any website, in case you need something less random. The process is essentially the same, and can have your designs chock-full of relevant, real data in no time.

Generate Evenly-Spaced Rows and Columns of Content

Another reason you need Craft in your life right now is that it makes duplicating objects and groups of objects into perfectly-ordered, evenly-spaced rows and columns in a snap. Forget the tedium of copy+paste. Just select an object or group, and then specify the number of columns and rows, as well as the spacing.

Specify the number of objects in each direction as well as the spacing.

I am especially charmed by the way it integrates with the Data plugin—duplicating dummy content generated by Data will give you newly-generated, fresh bits of content in each frame. Need a huge grid full of user photos? Done. Laying out a content list for an articles page with photos, headlines, and preview copy? No problem.

After dropping in some dummy content from Data, make a whole list instantly.

Add Files Directly from iStock and Getty Images

Are you past the filler content stage and need a high-quality hero image for your mock? The latest addition to the Craft Suite is the Stock plugin, which allows you to link your design in Sketch directly to your account with iStock or Getty Images. Search for relevant images within the panel and add them into your design with one click. One less interruption to your design workflow!

Drop high-res stock images from your account into your design without having to open a web browser.


Design teams are always looking for ways to improve their collaborative workflow and keep everyone in sync. Sketch and InVision changed the landscape for interaction designers. Craft enhances the potential of these tools for your team, streamlining and connecting everyone’s process no matter the distance. With the Craft suite of plugins for Sketch, you can shave hours off your design work.

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Perfect your UIs with Craft - the free Photoshop plugin

Craft is a free plugin for Photoshop and Sketch that helps streamline your design workflow by automating tedious actions and pulling in more realistic sample data. Craft consists of the following tools:

  • Duplicate: Quickly copy and arrange a layer in no time at all.
  • Data: Bring real text, images, JSON, and live web content to your prototype, helping make your prototypes feel real without spending time making mock data within the app.
  • Sync: Send your designs into InVision instantly- no saving, exporting, dragging or dropping. Simply select your screens in Sketch or Photoshop (for macOS and Windows), choose the prototype you want to sync to, and easily import all of your screens into InVision.
  • DSM: Design System Manager (DSM) offers a unified way to design at scale by helping teams create, maintain, and evolve a powerful design system.
  • Freehand: Rapidly capture feedback throughout the product design process in a real-time, flexible, and collaborative way.
  • Prototype: Create interactive prototypes in Sketch via Craft Sync to build and share in minutes.
  • Stock: Powered by Getty Images, Stock makes it easier than ever to search, comp, and place premium, high-resolution imagery in your designs.

Craft Manager

Craft Manager is an app that lives the Mac menu bar. With this app, you can install new Craft tools, update existing tools, and manage settings.

Installing Craft

Craft is available for download from InVision. Once you’ve downloaded it, you can install it by doing the following:

  1. Double-click the file you downloaded to extract Craft Manager.
  2. Double-click Craft Manager icon in your Downloads folder.

    A new window appears asking if you’d like to move Craft Manager to the Applications folder.

  3. Make your selection, and Craft Manager will install into the appropriate folder.
  4. To open Craft Manager, click the Craft icon () in the Mac menu bar.
  5. Select either Photoshop or Sketch and click Install to install each tool.

After that, you should be ready to experience Craft.

For Windows, you’ll need to download the Craft Sync Windows Installer in order to use the Craft Sync tool.

Using Craft

For a quick overview of Craft, check out which describes the available tools.

We also have more dedicated resources for the Craft tools Duplicate, Data, Sync, DSM, Freehand, Prototype, Stock.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Craft completely free? What about future updates?

Yes! Craft is free and we plan to release future updates for free as well. To download, you just need to go to and submit your email address so we can provide you with a download link.

How do I get help with Craft? What if I find a bug?

We’re here to help. Contact us if you have questions or need help and we’d be glad to help with any questions you have.

How do I check for Craft updates?

To learn more about checking for updates in Craft, read this article: How do I check for Craft updates & version numbers?

What versions of Photoshop and Sketch do you support?

Craft supports the following:

  • The two most recent major versions of Photoshop
  • The two most recent non-beta versions of Sketch

For the best experience, we recommend downloading the newest non-beta version of Sketch.

Why can't I install Craft Manager?

If you try to install Craft Manager using the instructions above and you see the message, "Something went wrong. Visit Help Center" that means something in the install process failed, and you’ll need to manually install the manager using these instructions:

  1. Download Craft Manager directly.
  2. Delete from your Application folder.
  3. Drag and drop to your Application folder.
  4. Launch the Craft Manager app.

Installation of Craft Manager might also be failing if you don't have admin rights on the machine you’re using to install Craft. If you don’t have admin rights, please work with your IT team to get the correct permissions or to have Craft Manager installed.

What operating systems are supported by Craft Manager?

We recommend using Craft Manager with the 2 most recent major versions of macOS: Mojave (10.14) and High Sierra (10.13).

Is Windows still supported by Craft?

Going forward, with the exception of Craft Sync, the rest of the Craft tools will only be available for macOS. You’re welcome to continue using the current version of the other Craft tools for as long as you’d like, but no further updates to the Windows version will be released and it may stop working with future updates to Photoshop.

Why won’t Craft automatically install for Sketch in macOS?

There are a few reasons why the Craft installation might fail. Check out Why am I seeing "Something went wrong!" when installing Craft? for more information on this issue.

Why won’t Craft automatically install for Photoshop in macOS?

If you encounter an error saying “Auto-install failed” for Photoshop in macOS, you’ll need to manually install the plugin. This is generally necessary if there’s a permissions issue preventing the installer from installing to the plugin folder for Photoshop.

To install manually on macOS:

  1. Download the Craft tools for Photoshop.
  2. Unzip then file folders should appear.
  3. Select and copy the following folders:
    • In Finder, click the Go option in the top mac menu bar and click Go to Folder.
    • In the window that appears, paste  and click OK.
    • Paste the folders from step 3 into the “extensions” folder.
    • From the downloaded folder, copy .
    • Navigate to Applications > Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 (or your current version) > Plug-ins > Generator.
    • Paste the folder copied from step 7.

    Once you’ve done that, you should be good to go.

    I’ve tried manually installing Craft but it still won’t work! What can I do?

    Craft has been tested with Photoshop CC 2018 and Sketch 50.x, but you should make sure that you’ve fully updated Photoshop or Sketch if you’re running into trouble. If it’s still not working, contact Support and we’d be glad to help.

    Where do I find the Craft tools in Photoshop?

    If first using Craft in Photoshop, you may need to add the tool to your toolbar. To do that, go to Window > Extensions in the menu bar and then select the tool (Duplicate, Data, Sync) you want to use.

    Each of the three tools will appear individually. You will not see a plugin named "Craft" listed, but instead you will see the three individual tools.

    Why is Sketch crashing after I installed Craft?

    Craft shouldn't crash Sketch normally but there are a few reasons why it might happen. Please check out Why is Sketch crashing after I installed Craft? for more on why and how to fix it.

    How do I uninstall Craft?

    You can easily uninstall the Craft tools by:

    1. Click the Craft Manager icon () in the mac menu bar.
    2. Click the gear icon in the upper right corner.
    3. Click Preferences.
    4. Click Uninstall Craft to uninstall the tools.

    If you need to manually uninstall the Craft tools or want to uninstall the Craft Manager app, how you do so depends on which component you’re trying to uninstall:

    Craft Manager

    To fully uninstall the Craft Manager app after uninstalling the tools:

    1. Open your Applications folder, right-click Craft Manager, and click Move to Trash.

      If it can't be moved to the Trash because it's running, proceed to step 2. If you were able to move the Craft Manager application to your Trash, skip to step 7.

    2. Open the Activity Monitor app in macOS.
    3. In the upper right corner, search for "CraftManager" and click on the app that's listed. CraftManager is the companion app for Craft that helps install and update the Craft tools.
    4. Click the stop sign icon in the upper left corner.
    5. Click Quit to close Craft Manager.
    6. You should then be able to delete the Craft Manager application successfully.
    7. Once deleted, empty your trash to ensure the app is permanently deleted.


    1. Go to .
    2. Delete Panels.sketchplugin.
    3. Go to .
    4. Delete the Panels folder.

    Photoshop on macOS

    1. Go to .
    2. Delete the folders that have Craft tool names, such as .

    What happens when I quit Craft Manager?

    If you quit Craft Manager, your tools won’t show up automatically after you open Sketch. You can restore the Craft panel by going to Plugins > Toggle Craft from your Sketch menu bar.

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