Figma Plugin

Preview Translated Figma Designs with Pseudo Translations

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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