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How to edit text in SketchBook

When editing text in SketchBook, you start with entering the text editing mode. This will enable making edits to the actual text, such as adding a word or fixing the spelling of something. You can also change the font and color.

Each version of SketchBook has slightly different tools for editing text. Some are more robust than others. Don’t forget, if you are using a version that lacks some of the text functionality, you can always export your work and import it into a version with the functionality you need.

How to change the transparency of text

The opacity of a text layer can be changed using the layer’s Opacity slider. Click-drag the opacity slider to change the transparency of a text layer. Since how to do this differs depending on the version you’re using, see the sections below.

Example of making text more transparent

How to transform text

Once you’ve created text with the Text tool, you are in Transform mode. Depending on the version of SketchBook you’re using, text can be moved, scaled, rotated, flipped, even distorted. Since the tools available differ depending on the version you’re using, see the sections below.

Font size determines how much you can scale a font. A font size of 12 cannot be scaled up as much as one set to 24. A font of 12 cannot be scaled down as much as one set to 5. To scale a font any further, return to the Text window and increase/decrease the font size.

Editing text in SketchBook for Desktop

Once you’ve created your text, use the various text editing tools to make it just right.

For Mac users

In the toolbar, tap  Text icon. The Edit Text Layer window appears.

Use the Font button in the Edit Text Layer window to access the following text editing tools:

  • Collections – Manage the list of fonts that appear in Family. See only the fonts you want. Create custom font collections. Use default sets to load only fun fonts or ones with fixed width. Load only your favorite fonts or those recently used.
  • Family – Select a font from the list. If a font family is not listed, change the Collections option to All Fonts.
  • Typeface – Choose from CondensedCondensed ItalicBold CondensedBold Condensed Italictypefaces.
  • Size – Set the size of the text.

To set text color, click Color chip.

Changing the transparency of text

In the Layer Editor, tap-drag the slider (seen below) to increase or decrease layer opacity.

  • Drag up to decrease opacity, making the layer content solid.
  • Drag down to increase opacity, making the layer content more transparent.

Example of making text more transparent

Transforming text

  1. Tap the OK button in the Edit Text Layer dialog. Your text is centered in the canvas and you’re in Transform mode.
  2. Move is set as the default transform. Use the puck to select a different mode.

  • When rotating or scaling the text, SketchBook uses the center of the text as the pivot point.
  • When scaling text, font size is changed, resulting in no visual quality change.

Rasterizing a text layer

If you are using the free version, once you’ve exited the Edit Text Layer window, your text is automatically rasterized. You cannot return to the Edit Text Layer window to change the text, its color, or size. To change its size or orientation, use the Transform tools.

Keep in mind, changes to the size will affect the quality of the image, since you are scaling a rasterized image. This is why we recommend you do it once and do it right, if working in the free version.

Exclusive to the subscription version
Since your text it pixels and not rasterized, you can make changes to it without affecting the quality of the image. However, you can change text into paint, using Rasterize text, so you can manipulate it like a paint layer. Try using Distort.

Text that's been rasterized and distorted

  1. In the Layer Editor, tap-hold Radial marking menu to access the menu’s tools.
  2. Select Rasterize text (Rasterize Text Layer).

When text is rasterized, Edit Text Layer icon Edit Text can no longer be applied.

Editing an existing text layer

If you want to change the text, be it a spelling mistake, to change the font, font size, make something bold, italicized, or underlined, or to change the color, use the Edit Text Layer window.

1. In the Layer Editor, in the text layer you want to change, click Radial marking menu.

Text layer

2. Flick Edit Text Layer icon Edit Text. This opens the Edit Text Layer window for further editing.

Edit Text Layer dialogue

Editing text in SketchBook for Mobile

Though the design of your interface may differ depending on the version of SketchBook for Mobile you’re using, the functionality is the same. 

Do all your text edits while in the tool. The text created is a paint layer (like what happens to text in the desktop version, once you apply Rasterize Text Layer).

For SketchBook 4.0 or above

  1. Do one of the following:
    • For tablet users, in the toolbar, tap Text tools icon.
    • For handheld device users, in the toolbar, tap Tools icon in the mobile version of SketchBook, then Text tools icon.
  2. Do any of the following:
    • Tap Tap to enter text in SketchBook for Mobile then type the text you need.

      Creating text in SketchBook for Mobile
    • Tap Color Editor icon to set the color and tap-drag the sliders to change size and opacity.

      Setting text color in SketchBook for Mobile
    • Tap Select a font in sketchbook for Mobile to select the font.

      Selecting a font in SketchBook for Mobile
    • Tap Nudge icon to nudge the content one pixel at a time, by tapping an arrow or tap-drag from the middle to move in any direction or on an arrow to move in that direction.

      Nudging (moving) text in SketchBook for Mobile
    • Tap flip the text vertically to flip the text vertically.

      Mirroring text in SketchBook for Mobile
    • Tap flip the text horizontally to flip the text horizontally.

      Before and after flipped text in SketchBook for Mobile
    • Tap rotate the text counter-clockwise to rotate the text counter-clockwise or rotate the text clockwise to rotate the text clockwise.

      Rotating text clockwise or counter-clockwise in SketchBook for Mobile
  3. When finished, tap OK to accept the changes or x to decline.

For SketchBook 3.7.4 or below

Creating text in SketchBook 3.7.4 or below

  1. In the toolbar, tap Tools icon, then Text tools icon.
  2. Do any of the following:
    • Tap Color Editor icon to set the color and tap-drag the sliders to change size and opacity.
    • Tap Font icon to set the font and enter your text in the text field.
    • Choose any of the following tools to position your text:

      Due to the size of some devices, swiping left or right in these toolbars to access more options.

      • Tap Nudge icon to nudge the content one pixel at a time, by tapping an arrow or tap-drag from the middle to move in any direction or on an arrow to move in that direction.
      • Tap flip the text vertically to flip the text vertically.
      • Tap flip the text horizontally to flip the text horizontally.
      • Tap rotate the text counter-clockwise to rotate the text counter-clockwise.
      • Tap rotate the text clockwise to rotate the text clockwise.
  3. Tap OK to accept the changes or x to decline.

Changing the transparency of text

Layer menu in the handheld version of SketchBook version 4 and aboveThe version you’re running will determine the design of the editor you will see.

  1. Tap Layer icon in the handheld version of SketchBook version 4 and above to access the Layer Editor if not already displayed.
  2. Tap the text layer to access the Opacity slider.
  • Tap-drag it to the left to make the text transparent.
  • Tap-drag it to the right to make the text solid.

Editing text in SketchBook for Windows 10

SketchBook for Windows 10 doesn’t currently have a Text tool

Updated on May 2, 2018

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