In designing templates for the Digital and Print Templates, where do the most significant challenges lie? Are there any possible workarounds for existing templates? To simplify the answer, we’ll split Sketch and InDesign, since the way you create templates will slightly differ depending on which one you’ll use.
Generally, the Frontify Templates solution is best suited for creating less complex templates with as little running text as possible. Why? Simply because when applying lengthy text snippets or complex imagery, you could run the risk of creating inconsistencies. Business cards, posters, or ads are better suited than flyers, brochures, or fact sheets. Text-heavy translation workflows can also prove tricky since text lengths can differ depending on the language.
Our Templates solution only modifies elements in the source document that have been changed. For example, if no changes are made to an element, the element in the original document remains untouched. This means that even if elements don’t look quite right while in editing mode, they still render correctly when downloaded – because, essentially, they haven’t changed.
Setting Up your Sketch File
The following are the key considerations when designing or converting Sketch documents for Digital Templates. Because our solution is constantly evolving, changes to the list may occur.
Sketch Version: We support Sketch 49+; support may change according to Sketch and its file format changes.
Artboard: A template must include at least one Artboard. Otherwise, nothing will render upon export. Each Artboard needs to have a unique name. Make sure that you don't use any slashes (/) in your Artboard name.
Fonts: Custom fonts can’t be bundled with Sketch files; they must be manually installed on the server. Please contact customer support to learn more. Still, it makes sense to embed the fonts in the Sketch templates. You can do this via "File" - "Document Settings" - "Fonts" - "Select all".
Images: Do not rotate, mirror, or transform images if the intent is to have them changed by the end-user. We keep transformations when replacing images, which would leave the user confused when replacements are suddenly transformed. Also, use JPEG or PNG images, as Sketch will automatically inline SVGs as shapes; they won’t be replaceable in your templates or publications.
Text: Split different text styles or elements (e.g., title and subtitle) into separate text fields. That way, they can be unlocked, edited, and styled independently. Because of differences in text rendering between the browser and Sketch, line breaks line might end up earlier or later in the text.
Text boxes: Our Digital Templates solution respects Sketch’s “Fix Size” control, so be sure to set the appropriate setting if you need vertical or horizontal auto-growing text boxes.
Text lists: Lists are currently not supported.
Masks: Masks are currently not supported.
Symbols: Symbols are not supported, so make sure to “detach” them before importing the template to your Template Library.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.