Things You May Not Know About Sketch Typography

Sketch may lack the typographical capabilities of the most widely used design tools, but with a few tips and tricks, you can use typography to make up for this shortcoming. In this post, we will demonstrate how to leverage typography to its fullest potential in Sketch.

As a designer, you are likely aware of the various tools available to help you work with typography. Of course, Adobe InDesign, Scribus, and Photoshop are the most widely used applications for this purpose. However, Sketch should not be underestimated; although it is an online design tool, it offers many features that make it suitable for type design.

It does not have to be that way; with the right knowledge and techniques, Sketch can be one of the most powerful tools available for creating stunning typographic designs. By becoming aware of certain intelligent approaches and methods, one can use Sketch to its full potential and create beautiful typographic works.

In this tutorial, we will explore a variety of quick and easy methods for rectifying minor typographical errors in Sketch. This is the third article in our Sketch Tips & Tricks series. If you would like to check out the other pieces in the series, please click the following link: “In Sketch, How Can You Make Nested Symbols?”.

Sketch Typography

If you are already familiar with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), you should feel confident navigating Sketch’s basic typography tools. These tools include the ability to select a typeface, alter the text, and adjust settings such as character spacing and line height.

Despite being well-known for its design capabilities, some of Sketch’s more subtle qualities may not be immediately apparent. To make the most of Sketch, it is beneficial to become familiar with a few additional techniques. Once you have achieved a certain level of mastery, you can use Sketch to create typographic designs that rival those created with InDesign. Here are some skills you should be aware of:

OpenType Characteristics:

Many typefaces offer alternative sets of characters that can be utilised to enhance legibility or for aesthetic reasons, such as a range of font weights. As you may be aware, with Photoshop, it is possible to switch to these alternative characters with a single click. On the other hand, the process is not quite as simple in Sketch.

If you are looking to view a full font family, there is one more step you need to take. To access additional type characteristics such as ligatures and various character sets, simply go to Menu, select Sketch, then View, and then Show Fonts. After that, select the Gear Icon, followed by Typography. It’s as easy as that!

A path with text:

Nowadays, it is relatively rare to see text placed on a route within web design; however, this style is still widely used in print and logo design. Fortunately, creating text along a route with Sketch is a straightforward process. To begin, use the Pen Tool to draw the route, then input the desired text nearby. Finally, select Text > Text on Path from the Sketch menu and you will have achieved the desired effect.

Baseline and Kerning:

Almost all typography features available in Adobe Photoshop can be accessed through the Character and Paragraph panels. While the same features are available in Sketch, they may be hidden from view. However, with the right knowledge, it is possible to quickly uncover them. To gain access to additional style options, such as Kerning, Ligature and Baseline, open the Sketch Menu and select Text. It’s really as straightforward as that.

Sketch Styles

When using Sketch, users can create typographic presets, commonly known as ‘styles’. This can be easily done using the style menu located to the right of the type parameters. Creating your own styles is a common and useful task, however, not everyone is aware that these styles, like symbols, can be catalogued. For further information on this process, please refer to the earlier essay linked here.

The process for creating a folder containing typographic styles can take a variety of forms. It is possible to use the name of the folder as the style name, or it can be more complex and involve multiple folders with specific names. For example, folder1 / folder2 / folder3 / style name are all valid options.

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