Two or more text styles on a single text element and align them

Lets say we have a label that has a date (number), and a day of the week on the same line. They must have different styles, maybe color and/or font weight, but they should always align to whatever position we want, left/right, like a single line normally would. Is that currently possible on Watch Face Studio?

I’m limited to creating different text elements for each style of text, and it is not possible to make the proper alignment for them.

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Did you tried with the group.? Adding multiple components and group them.

I ran into an issue like this wanting to right align two different text styles; one being the day of the week, and the other being a non-zero prefixed date (1-31).

Since 1-9 are less characters than 10+ you’d end up with a larger gap between the two text elements of the number was below 10.
| TUE|| 9| vs | TUE||10|

A solution is to right align the day of the week, and left align the date
| TUE||9 |
But then if you’re wanting to keep it all aligned to one side that solution may not be good.

Another solution is to add an offset to the X position of the week day if the date is below 10.
That way when there is one less character the text element shifts over a bit in the desired direction.
in this example the offset is 43
([DAY_WEEK_S] < 10 ? 43 ? 0)
You’d have to adjust the offset size based on whatever font properties you have.

That’s my solution. But if there’s an easier way then I’d love to know!
It would be great to have multiple styles for one text element though even if it’s just colors and font weight.

Thanks for the answer. Grouping wouldn’t work in this case, the text is still limited to it’s own static boundaries. The software should take into consideration the dynamic content in the text element, the different styles and align them all together as if it was a simple, single line of text. I’ll exemplify on another reply.

Thanks for the reply. That seems to be a very hacky way to make it happen, and in any other circumstance would be a nightmare to make it work. It’s overengineering to fix something that shouldn’t need that much effort though. But I appreciate it.

Maybe a simple solution will be implemented in WFS at some point, hopefully.

Here’s a text element on Illustrator
Notice that a single text element, is able to hold more than one style of text, and it is all aligned together

EDIT: Friday*

Now, on WFS, the text has to be separate, and they are aligned by themselves, so if the text on either side grows or shrinks, the alignment would still be inadequate, and would still be wrong aligning to any position.

EDIT: Friday*

In html+css for example, I would do something like this:

<div class="primary-text">
    Friday <span class="secondary-text">June 16</span>

.primary-text {
    text-align: center;

.secondary-text {
    font-weight: bold;

Maybe this is something that will be addressed at some point by the devs. I don’t know what the actual UX for that would look like.

You can align Right and align Left so the length of the word or the language does not matter.

Watch Face Studio is not a design or word processing tool.

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Thanks for the reply. I have to disagree though. I appreciate WFS for it’s straight forward approach to designing watch faces, but people out there may rely on it to make a living selling their creative ideas. Sure, developers can skip WFS and go right to Android Studio, and they will have full control of their designs and access to a lot more API’s (and it is also a much more complex software). I don’t see WFS as a word processing tool, but that doesn’t mean it should ignore certain aspects that developers may need to make their ideas a reality.

In this particular case, the text element doesn’t even need to hold multiple text styles. An ‘auto sizing’ + ‘auto align’ (or even an ‘auto layout’) feature would suffice. For example, let’s say we have three text elements (with their own styles) forming a single line, and they have to align to the center as a single unit. For this to work, the text elements should resize based on content (currently they have static size and cut off any overflow), and the whole group should also auto align to whatever position we need it to, as the content of the text element changes. Figma has a pretty good example of this feature.

I’m saying all of this, because I care about this tool, which is amazing. Even though I’m already planning on moving my workflow to Android Studio. Anyway, I appreciate the discussion and the work WFS devs have put on this for the community.


i agree with you aligning text is really a pain its not good in watchface studio and when writing text like day month and year in single line

for example you want each to have different font then you need to add each text in seperate layer it doesnot look nice at times even with left aligning one and the other right aligning.

Agree, would be a nice feature.

How it could work.

  1. Every text element would have margin settings (left / right)
  2. when two or more text layers are select, new bind / attach / join option would appear (similar to masking) Joining from left to right 1st item left … last item right, so you can adjust positions etc.)
  3. for attached group, there could be align option too.

But, I’m not sure if this is possible with Watch Face Format.

Every text element would have margin settings (left / right)

What ones don’t have this feature?

In any case Text Formatting is a current feature request, but no new features were added to the 1.4.x release. Those will be addressed now that a version for Wear 4 is finished.

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Hi Ron, there is align in a single text layer element.

Margin or padding is something different. for example left margin of 10px is 10px offset for text from the element left side.

Yes, I think it was requested before, just wanted to add my thoughts on this :smiley: