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Using Craft by InVision LABS

Craft is a suite of plugins for Photoshop and Sketch that help 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
  • LibraryGenerate a style guide inside of your Sketch file. It makes a new page with separate color palette, fonts, and text styles. Share and sync the entire library with your team.
  • 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.

Craft Manager

The Craft Manager is an OS X app in your toolbar panel. With this app, you get instant and easy access to all Craft plugins. You can turn them on/off, get latest updates, and install new plugins. And there’s no need to download any special installer files in the future or go to the LABS website for updates!

Installing Craft

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

  1. Double-click on the CraftInstaller.zip file you downloaded to extract CraftInstaller
  2. Double-click on the CraftInstaller icon
  3. Click Install Craft Manager to install the plugin manager for Craft
  4. Click on the Craft icon in the OS X menubar to open the plugin manager
  5. Select either Photoshop or Sketch and click Install to install each plugin

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 plugin.

Using Craft

For a quick overview of Craft, check out https://www.invisionapp.com/craft which describes the available plugins.

We also have more dedicated resources for the Duplicate plugin, the Library plugin, the Data plugin and the Sync plugin.

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 https://www.invisionapp.com/craft 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.

What versions of Photoshop and Sketch do you support?

Craft by InVision LABS supports:

  • PhotoshopCC 2015.1 and later 
  • The last two non-beta versions of Sketch (e.g. versions 39 and 40 as of October 2016)

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 the 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 Panels.app from your Application folder
  3. Drag and drop CraftManager.app 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 the Craft Manager?

Craft Manager works with OSX 10.11 (El Capitan) and macOS Sierra. Yosemite (OSX 10.10) is no longer supported. 

Is Windows still supported by Craft?

Going forward, with the exception of Craft Sync, the rest of the Craft suite of plugins will only be available for macOS. You’re welcome to continue using the current version of the other Craft plugins 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 OS X?

There are a few reasons why the plugin 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 OS X?

If you encounter an error saying “Auto-install failed” for Photoshop in OS X, 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 OS X:

  1. Download the Craft plugins for Photoshop.

  2. Unzip then file folders should appear.

  3. Select and copy the following folders:
    - com.invisionlabs.duplicate
    - com.invisionlabs.photos
    - com.invisionlabs.sync
    - com.invisionlabs.type

  4. In Finder, click on the Go option in the top OS X menubar and click Go to Folder...

  5. In the window that appears, paste ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CEP/extensions and click OK.

  6. Paste the folders from step three into the “extensions” folder.

  7. From the downloaded folder, copy com.invisionlabs.sync-generator

  8. Navigate to Applications > Adobe Photoshop CC 2017 (or your current version) > Plug-ins > Generator.

  9. 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 2014 and Sketch 3.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 plugins in Photoshop?

If first using Craft in Photoshop, you may need to add the plugin to your toolbar. To do that, go to Window > Extensions in the menubar and then select the plugin (Duplicate, Data, Library, Sync) you want to use. Note: Each of the three plugins will appear individually. You will not see a plugin named "Craft" listed but instead the three individual plugins.

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 plugins by:

  1. Click the Craft Manager icon in the OS X menu bar
  2. Click the gear icon in the upper right corner
  3. Click on Preferences
  4. Click Uninstall Craft to uninstall the plugins

If you need to manually uninstall the Craft plugins 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 plugins:

  • Open your Applications folder and right-click on CraftManager and click Move to Trash. If it can't be moved to the Trash because it's running:
    1. Open the Activity Monitor app in OS X

    2. 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 plugins.

    3. Click on the stop sign icon in the upper left corner

    4. Click Quit to close CraftManager

    5. You should then be able to delete the "CraftManager" application successfully
    6. Once deleted, empty your trash to ensure the app is permanently deleted

Sketch

  1. Go to ~/Library/Application Support/com.bohemiancoding.sketch3/Plugins
  2. Delete Panels.sketchplugin
  3. Go to ~/Library/Application Support/com.bohemiancoding.sketch3/
  4. Delete the Panels folder

Photoshop on Mac OS X

  1. Go to ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CEP/extensions
  2. Delete the folders that have Craft plugin names, such as:
    • com.invisionlabs.data

What happens when I quit the Craft Manager?

If you quit the Craft Manager, your plugins won’t show up automatically after you open Sketch. You can restore the Craft panel by pressing command+p.