Figma Plugin

Preview Translated Figma Designs with Pseudo Translations

Although the Smartling Figma plugin is visible in the Figma browser, it is currently only accessible via the Figma Desktop app.

Pseudo-translation is a way of performing translation without really translating. It replaces the source text with a repeated special character set from other languages. It's completely automated and it exists here to provide Figma designers a quick glance at what a translated version of their prototype will look like. Quickly identify strings that will not be translated, locate problematic buttons with run-off text, or simply test your font to determine how it's going to look and feel with a different set of characters.

Pseudo-translate your Prototype

  1. Launch Figma Desktop App
  2. Open a new or existing Figma prototype file.
  3. In the Figma menu (top left), click Plugins > Development > Smartling > Pseudotranslatemceclip0.png
  4. In the dialog that opens, select a language that represents the region you will be translating for. Each language set corresponds with a text expansion or contraction percentage. This allows you to decide how much expansion or contraction you'd like to see in your pseudo.mceclip3.png
  5. Click Apply Translations and take a look at your new Pseudo-translated page. A copy of your chosen page will be created with selected pseudo translations.


Text Expansion Ratios

  • Chinese, Japanese: reduces text size by 50%.
  • Korean: reduces text size by 30%.
  • Baseline: displays pseudo translations with no text expansion.
  • Most European Languages: increases text size by 15%.
  • French, Italian: increases text size by 30%.
  • Dutch, German: increases text size by 50%.


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