My Sketch Cheatsheet

Here’s a list of useful (Mac-based) Sketch tips for my reference and yours.

Commands Quick Reference #

Task Command Notes
Add an artboard a or Insert > Artboard
Adjust text size by decimal increments Hold Option while adjust size via right-hand panel
Centre screen on current element Command+2
Insert text element t
Zoom in on current element to 100% of screen size Command+0
Zoom out, centred on artboard Escape then Command+2 then Command+0

Key Concepts #

Starting with an Artboard #

The initial canvas is infinite so we need a fixed frame (representing a device screen) on which to work.


  1. Add an artboard.
  2. From the top-right choose preset dimensions (e.g. Desktop) or create custom.
  3. Rename your layer to something appropriate for the overall task, e.g. News Article.
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