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Though Sketchbook is not a writing or typography app, text is an integral part of visual communication. Sketchbook includes simple text features to support the addition and of titles, comments, and captions to any image.

Mac & Windows

Font support

Sketchbook Pro supports native and system fonts on Windows and MacOS. Sketchbook Pro also supports most downloadable font sets, including TrueType, OpenType or PostScript fonts. After installing new fonts to your hardware, restart Sketchbook Pro to view them in the font menu in the Text Editor.

Creating Editable Text Layers

Text can be added by tapping the Text icon in the toolbar.

Adding text creates Text Layers in your layer stack. Text Layers exclusively store text entries with font, style and color settings. Text Layers can be identified by a ‘T’ icon on the left side of the layer preview, which indicates that the text can be edited. Standard features such as Quick Transform, layer visibility, layer opacity and blend modes can be applied to Text Layers. 

To edit an existing Text Layer, tap on the Text Layer and select the South-East gesture to Edit Text Layer.

Note: Text Layers are only saved in Sketchbook Pro’s native TIFF format.  When Text Layers are saved in PSD format, the text will re-open as a rasterized layer.

Visibility and layer opacity of the Text Layer can be adjusted the same as other layers.

Brush strokes and other image features cannot be applied to a Text Layer until it is rasterized to a regular, paintable layer. The Rasterize Text Layer can be found by tapping on the Text Layer and applying the South gesture. Once a layer is rasterized, the text is baked and is no longer editable. 


Using the Text Editor 

  • Type or paste text into the body of the text editor. How text appears on canvas differs from how it appears in the editor. In the editor, text will automatically wrap to fit in the window, but only explicit Returns will will apply when the text is rendered to layer.
  • To change font, select the text and pick the desired font from the Font pulldown menu.
  • To change size, select the text and pick the size from the Size pulldown menu
  • To apply styles
    • On Windows, select the text and activate Bold, Italics, Underline or Underscore buttons
    • On Mac, use the Typeface pulldown menu (not all fonts will have all Typeface options)
  • To change colors, select the text, and tap on Color Chip to select colors 
    • On Windows, you will choose color using the system color tool
    • On Mac, you will select a color from the Sketchbook Color Editor‍ 
  • When done, tap OK
  • Position the text on the canvas using the puck and tap the ‘x’ icon when done

  • The Text layer will appear above the last active layer in the stack

Using text in Sketchbook for Android and iOS

Sketchbook uses the available system fonts on Android and iOS. It it not currently possible to add fonts to the mobile version of Sketchbook, but it is a feature we have planned in our roadmap.

The Text Tool allows applying text to any active layer.  

To add text, select the Text Tool from the toolbar. 


On mobile phones, it will be nested under the tools icon.


Before creating text, it is a good idea to make sure the area where text is to be placed is visible. 

The Text Tool presents a text toolbar for text entry, text settings and positioning. Tap on these tools to make all your edits, using two-finger gestures to move, scale and rotate.


  • Text editor - tap to enter and edit text
  • Font - tap to present and select available system fonts
  • Color - tap to open the Color Editor
  • Transform - tap to non-proportionally adjust or distort text
  • Nudge -  tap to present a puck to constrain vertical or horizontal moves freely or one pixel at a time.
  • Flip - flip text vertically or horizontally
  • Rotate - rotate text clockwise or counterclockwise.

When complete, tapping the checkmark will apply the final text to the active layer.