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How to use Text

Example of text in SketchBook

For many projects, text is an integral part of your design. SketchBook understands this, so there are an assortment of Text tool. Do we limit the number of pre-installed available fonts? No.

Use text for comments within an image, in panels for speech bubbles and captions, as commercial messaging, and more. With the Text tools, add text to any image you like, set the font, color, size, and placement.

Use Text icon Text to create simple RTF text objects. Set the font, size, style, and color. Select and position the text. Change its transparency. In the Layer Editor marking menu, use Edit Text Layer icon Edit Text Layer to modify them. Depending on the project you’re working on, you may need to create individual text files with alpha channels to use elsewhere. For this, check out How to create an alpha channel.

Using text in SketchBook for Desktop

SketchBook supports all system and native fonts normally associated with Windows and OS X, as well as most additional user installed fonts. Many personal and commercial use fonts can be purchased or freely downloaded (depending on the type of license) from the web. Typically, font sets are downloaded as zip files and will either be TrueType (.ttf), OpenType (.otf), or PostScript Type 1 (.ps1).

Installing fonts

For both Windows and OS X, simply double-click the font file and select Install to install the font.

Installing a font

Restart SketchBook and you should see the newly installed font listed in the Text tool font list.

Adding text

  1. To add text, in the toolbar, tap Text icon.

    Toolbar in the free version
    Toolbar in the SketchBook subscription version
  2. Start typing in the Edit Text Layer window.
  3. Use the in-line editing tools to make changes to the text.

    For OS X, the formatting options are found in the Font panel.


    Text window from SketchBook for Desktop labelled

    To change the font, select the text, tap the Font menu, select the font you want.

    Changing the font in SketchBook for Desktop

    To change text size, select the text, tap the Size menu, select the size you want.

    Changing font size in SketchBook for desktop

    To change text color, select the text, tap the Current Color to access more color, then tap the color you want.

    Changing the color of your text in SketchBook for Desktop
  4. Tap OK when finished. A new layer is created for the text in the Layer Editor.

    Text layer

In-line editing tools for Mac users

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

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.

Example of making text more transparent

Transforming text

Once text appears in the middle of the canvas, you are in Transform mode. 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.

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.

Rasterizing a text layer

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

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

Editing an existing text layer

  1. To edit an existing text layer, 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

Using text in SketchBook for Mobile

Selecting a font for the Text tool in SketchBook for MobileDo 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). Older versions of SketchBook will look slightly different; however, the tools work the same.

SketchBook v.4.0 or above (Pro)

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

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. Choose any of the following:

  • Tap Enter your text in this window and enter your text in the window that appears.
  • Tap Font icon for Text tool in SketchBook for Mobile to select a font.
  • Tap Color Editor icon to set the color.
  • Tap Distorting an image to stretch and distort the text, creating perspective.
  • Tap Nudge icon to nudge the content one pixel at a time, by tapping an arrow or dragging 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.

Hand-held device with SketchBook v.3.7.4 or below (Pro)

  1. Tap Tools icon, then Text tools icon.
  2. Tap Color Editor icon to set the color and tap-drag the sliders to change size and opacity.
  3. Tap Font icon to set the font and enter your text in the text field.
  4. Tap Close icon to close the Text window.
  5. 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.
  6. Tap OK to accept the changes or x to decline.

Using text in SketchBook for Windows 10

1. In the toolbar, tap Text tools icon.

Distort in the Text toolbar

2. Choose any of the following:

  • Tap Enter your text in this window and enter your text in the window that appears.
  • Tap Font icon for Text tool in SketchBook for Mobile to select a font.
  • Tap Color Editor icon to set the color.
  • Tap Distorting an image to stretch and distort the text, creating perspective. See Distorting text for more information.
  • Tap Nudge icon to nudge the content one pixel at a time, by tapping an arrow or dragging 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.
  • To change the font size, tap-drag with two fingers and expand or pinch them.
  • To freely rotate the text, tap-drag with two fingers and rotate.
  • To freely move and re-position content, tap-drag with one finger.

3. Tap OK to accept the changes.

Updated on May 9, 2018

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