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Get started with on-Canvas annotations in Sketch

  • You can now add comments as annotations right on the Canvas

  • As always, you can thread discussions, add emoji and use Markdown

  • Annotations are available right now in the web app

We’re super excited to bring annotations to your designs in the web app. Now, you can pin a comment directly to a point on the Canvas and strike up a conversation, right where it matters!

Read on to find out more about annotations, and how to start using them in your documents.

Say hello to annotations

With annotations, you can share feedback and discuss details in the context of your design. Better yet, you can create, comment and reply using annotations in the web app — with Mac app support coming very soon.

It’s all possible thanks to the Canvas view in the web app, which allows you to preview your entire Canvas exactly as you see it on the Mac app. As well as panning and zooming to see all your design elements, you can now also add and view annotations right on that Canvas.

Let’s dive in and find out how…

How to add annotations to your documents

You can add a new annotation to your document by pressing N or clicking the New comment button Add Annotation 24x24 in the web app’s toolbar, then clicking the point on the Canvas where you want your annotation to appear. Once you’ve left your comments, you can reply to add more detail or discuss with others right inside that same annotation, using @ mentions to call on the people you need. And of course, comments support emoji and basic Markdown to help you get your meaning across.

You can add an annotation anywhere on the Canvas, then tag people to get their attention.

Annotations replace Artboard-level comments in the web app. Any existing Artboard-level comments you have in your documents will appear as an annotation in the top-left corner of the Artboard they relate to.

If you add an annotation to a point on an Artboard, that annotation will stay attached to that Artboard — even if you or someone else moves that Artboard in the Mac app. Of course, you can move any annotation to another point on the Canvas whenever you want.

Want to see all the annotations on a specific page? You’ll find them in the Comments tab in the web app’s sidebar. Clicking on any comment in the list will take you right to the annotation on the Canvas, so you can instantly see it in context.

Annotations that you haven’t viewed yet — or ones that include unread replies — will appear as an orange pin on the Canvas. When you’ve viewed an annotation or its replies, the pin will turn grey.

You can see all the comments on your current page on the Canvas or in the sidebar on the right of the web app. Click one to jump right to it.

You can delete an annotation by opening it, clicking Dots Cloud and choosing Delete…. We’ll be adding the option to resolve comments very soon.

Want to link someone to a specific point in your document? Simply copy the link to an annotation. Sharing feedback via other platforms like Slack or Notion just got a whole lot easier.

When someone visits the link, they’ll be taken right to that annotation in the web app. Thanks to Canvas view, they’ll jump directly to focus on the annotation itself in context, whether it’s on an Artboard or just somewhere on the Canvas.

Annotation notifications

When you create an annotation, or contribute to the conversation in a thread, you’ll automatically follow it and receive notifications for any new replies. If you want to keep your notifications more manageable, simply unfollow an individual annotation — or the entire document. If you haven’t commented on a document but want to get notifications about new comments, you can do that too.

To turn notifications for the entire document on or off, hit the bell icon at the top of the Comment tab of the web app’s sidebar. You can also follow or unfollow a specific conversation by opening the relevant annotation and clicking Dots Cloud then choose Follow to start getting notifications. Click it again to unfollow that conversation.

You can follow and unfollow individual threads, or the entire document if you like.

You can see all the comments for every document you follow in the Updates section of the web app. Click one to jump right to it in your document.

There’s more to come

This is just the start for annotations. In the next few weeks we’ll release Mac app support for this feature, too. That’s right — soon, you’ll have the option to add, view and reply to comments right in the Mac app. Stay tuned for more!