With the Crowdin plugin for Sketch, you can use texts from Crowdin in your designs to save time for both designers and developers. These could include original or translated texts. If necessary, you can add new ones (e.g., dialog titles, button labels) and send them to translators in Crowdin.
You can send either texts from a selected page or selected artboard for translation.
Crowdin plugin for Sketch can also be installed with Sketch Runner.
Before you can start sending translations to Crowdin and upload them back to Sketch, follow these steps:
To generate a new token in Crowdin, follow these steps:
To select the project you’d like to work with, click the Select Project drop-down menu in Settings, and select a project from the list. Later on, you can use the same drop-down menu to switch to another project if needed. Additionally, you can select the specific branch your content will be uploaded to.
Use the Strings tab when localizing UI and working on dynamic pages with your development and marketing teams. In this tab, you can add source strings from Crowdin to your designs in Sketch in a click. After the texts are used in the designs, you can automatically upload tagged screenshots for translators’ reference back to Crowdin.
You can add the strings that are already used in the designs or create and add completely new strings.
To add the same strings into multiple files in Crowdin, alternately select the needed files from the File drop-down menu.
If some artboards contain hidden elements that should not be added to Crowdin, clear the Push hidden elements option.
Added strings will be transferred to your Crowdin project and also will be displayed in the list of the Strings tab. You can edit or delete the strings from the same list anytime. The respective changes will also be applied to the strings in your Crowdin project.
To simplify adding strings from Sketch to the Crowdin project, you can set up the desired key naming pattern for the source string identifiers in the plugin settings. The Crowdin plugin for Sketch will suggest the string identifiers for new strings based on the selected pattern. While adding new source strings, you can always edit the suggested identifier to the preferred look.
To select the key naming pattern, follow these steps:
To learn more, read the article Screenshots.
Preview translations from Crowdin for the strings used in the designs in Sketch. You can preview translations in the new frames or the original ones. When previewing translations in the new frames, you can populate them with the actual translations or with string keys for further use by developers.
To preview strings populated with translations, follow these steps:
To preview strings populated with key names, follow these steps:
Use the Translation tab to localize static pages, like brochures and banners. In this tab, you can send texts with context for translators to Crowdin and upload translated copies back to Sketch.
You can send text for translation either from selected or all artboards from a Sketch file. Translators will work with those texts in the list view and use designs as an additional context for even higher translation quality.
In Crowdin, a root folder Sketch plugin will be created. This folder will contain HTML files for each artboard the selected Sketch page contains. If needed, you can disable content segmentation in the plugin Settings so the long texts will not be split into sentences.
Pulling Translations Back to Sketch
When the source files are uploaded to your Crowdin project, you can invite contributors to translate and proofread them.
Read more about translation strategies.
You can synchronize texts between Sketch and Crowdin projects whenever you want to test the translated copy inside Sketch or generate multilingual assets.
To upload translated copies to Sketch, follow these steps:
After uploading translations to Sketch, the modified file will contain a separate artboard with translations for each target language. The newly uploaded translated versions won’t override the ones you uploaded previously. You can always delete the translated copies you no longer need.
If you’d like the newly uploaded translated versions to override the previously uploaded ones, open the plugin Settings and select Override existing translations.