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2.7 Working with text

Discover how to add text within your designs, format it perfectly and convert it into vector shapes for endless possibilities. Learn how to manage fonts in your document — and what to do when sharing them to your Workspace.

Some UI in this video is outdated — no worries, this doesn’t affect how things work. We’ll share an updated version soon!

Key learnings

  • To insert text, click Insert on the toolbar and choose Text — or press T on your keyboard.

  • You’ll find the most common text properties in the Inspector. However, head to the Text menu to find more advanced options like kerning, ligatures, and baseline shifting.

  • You can embed individual fonts (as long as you have the distribution rights) in document files to avoid font issues when sharing documents with collaborators.

  • Don’t know how to install a font in your computer? No worries, this Apple support article covers everything you need to know.

Lesson files

  • How do you duplicate a document?

    To duplicate a document to your Workspace, click on Dots Cloud in the top bar and choose Duplicate to My Drafts. Have fun!

Mentor

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Joseph Todaro

Head of Video at Sketch

Joseph is our Head of Video at Sketch. He brings over a decade of product, design, and education experience. Before joining Sketch, he was a Senior Product Designer at InVision and was also responsible for the design education courses for InVision Studio and DSM.

While designing in-flight entertainment software at Fuse IFX, he migrated his team to Sketch – a tool that would go on to change the way he works. Eventually, he founded LearnSketch.com as a side project to share his knowledge and passion for the tool.

Joseph currently teaches UI and UX design at the Laguna College of Art and Design. He continues to share resources with the design community through projects like LearnSketch.com, Shapefest.com, LUTHOUSE.com and RandomUI.com.

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