A Guide To Using GoodNotes Templates and Stickers

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This guide is based on my own experience — specifically with GoodNotes 5 on an iPad Pro 11”. This means that I can’t provide an accurate and specific guide for other tablets and applications (like Noteability) at this time. If you have a specific question that isn’t covered here, please send me an email to hello@plannedbyjysla.com and I will do my best to help you!

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In this guide:

How to use digital stickers

How to import templates (Coming soon!)


Pre-Cropped Sticker Pages

With every order, I’ve included a pre-cropped sticker page for GoodNotes. This means that you can simply import the page/s into GoodNotes (like your own Sticker Book or folder) and copy and paste the stickers straight from the page.

The first thing you need to do is unzip the .zip file you have downloaded from Etsy on your computer (unless you have a third party app that can do this straight from the iPad!).

Then, there are 2 main ways to import the sticker page/s into GoodNotes:

  1. If you have an Apple computer, you can airdrop the .goodnotes file to your iPad which opens GoodNotes and the import window automatically.

  2. You can add the file to Google Drive (make sure it has synced). Open the Google Drive app on your iPad, navigate to the file and tap the 3 dots symbol. This will open up a window where you can select “Open in”. It may take a moment “Preparing to export” before a menu pops up where you can tap on “Copy to GoodNotes” which will open GoodNotes and the import window automatically.

Once you have added the sticker page to GoodNotes, in order to use a sticker, all you need to do is use the Lasso tool:

  • Tap on the Lasso tool in the menu bar

  • Draw a rough circle or box around the sticker you want (see image below for correct and incorrect ways of doing so)

  • Tap in the middle of your selection which will bring up an advanced menu

  • Tap on Copy

  • Go the page you want to use your sticker

  • Still using the Lasso tool, tap and hold down on the page until a menu pops up

  • Select Paste

This might look like a lot of steps, but it’s very simple and easy once you get the hang of it!

Bonus: You could copy and paste all of the stickers to your own sticker book if you have one!


Drag & Drop (or Copy & Paste)

My favourite way to use digital stickers with GoodNotes is using the drag & drop feature. This is a great way to add stickers directly to GoodNotes without cluttering up your Photos. This is only available in iOS 11 so make sure your iPad has at least iOS 11 installed in order to use this feature!

  1. Once you have downloaded your files, save them to either Google Drive, Dropbox or iCloud Drive

  2. Open GoodNotes and open the page you’d like to add stickers to

  3. Open Files in Split View and navigate to the folder containing the sticker files

  4. Then, simply hold down on the sticker you want to use and drag over to the GoodNotes app. Once you see a green icon with a “+”, you can let go and your sticker will be added! You can then resize and move your sticker.

Alternatively, if you don’t have iOS 11, you can Copy & Paste from Google Drive (this should work similarly with other cloud platforms like Dropbox):

  • Make sure that you have saved the files to Google Drive

  • Tap on the 3 dots symbol

  • Select “Send a copy”

  • Tap on Copy

  • Open GoodNotes, select the Lasso tool then tap and hold on the page until a menu pops up where you can select “Paste”

Import as image

An easier way (but messier in my opinion) to add digital stickers to GoodNotes to import the individual PNG files as an image.

  1. You will first need to save the PNG file to your Photos library. You can do this in 2 main ways:

    1. Download the image directly from Google Drive, Dropbox or iCloud Drive onto your iPad

    2. Airdrop the file from your computer to your iPad

  2. Then in GoodNotes, tap on the image icon. You can then add your sticker in 3 different ways:

    1. Tapping on it from the list of recent photos in the top left

    2. Tap on the image icon again to bring up your Photos library

    3. Tap anywhere on the page to bring up your Photos library

  3. Your sticker will then be added and you can resize or move your sticker!

Video walkthrough coming soon!


Coming soon.