updated on 14 May 2019 | reading time: 9 minutes

Basics

Working with files

Gravit Designer uses gvdesign file format for internal operations. It can contain multiple pages. It is highly recommended to use this file format for saving all edits and full fidelity.

New

You can create a new file from 2 places. Welcome screen and File menu.

In the New Design tab of the Welcome screen, you can choose from various predefined canvas/page sizes or choose your own custom document size.

Popular print and screen sizes are represented in several categories for you to kickstart your creations. We constantly update these presets in order to always have the latest and most used page and device sizes used in our industry.

On the “New Design” page, each choice has a drop-down menu with many alternative sizes.

For example, click the words “Facebook Cover” (1). You will see a menu of other preset sizes for different social media requirements.

If you click on the image above the words (2), a new project will be started using the currently displayed size.

Note: For your convenience print presets are created with physical units in mind (millimeters, inches), while the screen related presets are created in pixels.
  1. Print size – Standard print page sizes like to A4, Letter, etc.
  2. Desktop/Website sizes – Commonly used desktop screen resolutions like 1440×900 (Mac, WXGA+), 1920×1080 (Full HD), 1366×768 (Business laptops), etc..
  3. Social media related sizes – Sizes used in popular social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Dribble
  4. Mobile phone screens – Most popular and latest iOS and Android device screen dimensions
  5. Tablet screens – Most popular and latest tablet screen dimensions

To create a document with your own custom dimensions type width & height in the in the fields next to Create! Button. If you leave these fields blank Gravit Designer will make a new document with infinite dimensions (infinite canvas). You can change the document units here too.

You can always change the dimensions and units of the document later in the Inspector panel.

Documents in Gravit Designer can contain several pages of different sizes, but only one unit per document.

Document units

Gravit Designer can use several units suitable for print as well as screen design.

The general recommendation is: If you designing for a screen – use pixels (px). If you design print content, use real-world units e.g. millimeters (mm), centimeters (cm) or inches (in). Users who need to use a special typography unit such as point (pt) or pica (pc) will probably know what they’re doing. Learn more about points and picas here.

New from template

Gravit Designer provides many professionally designed templates in various categories to help you start fast. These design templates contain existing content and can be easily edited.

You can access them in New from Template tab (1) in welcome screen or from File > New Design from Template menu.

Click any category to see a range of different template choices (2). For example, click on Presentation. You will see a range of preset presentation slide templates.

Chose a preset template to modify (3), or use the Back button (4) to return to the list of categories.

You can use the Large preview switch (5) for a larger preview of the available templates.

 

Select one of the preset templates with a single click. You can then modify or replace (or delete) content to customize the project. This includes the text, colors, images, and effects.

Note: All the templates can be used for commercial purposes

 

 

 

Note:  You have to be online to see these templates.

 

Open

You can open files saved in your Gravit Cloud account as well as those saved on your local hard drive.

To open locally saved file use: File > Open file… or in the Welcome Screen “Open from computer” tab in the left sidebar (2).

To open files saved to the Gravit Cloud use: File > Open from the Cloud… or in the Welcome Screen “Open from Gravit Cloud” tab in the left sidebar (1).

Note:  You have to be online in order to save files in the Gravit Cloud.

The convenient “Open Recent(3) option lists recently edited project files. This includes files from both your local storage and from your cloud account.

Save

To save your designs use File > Save or  / CTRL + S.

If your file isn’t already saved, the desktop version of Gravit Designer will ask you where you want to save your file. On your hard drive or in the cloud. If you use Gravit Designer in the browser file will be saved directly in your Cloud storage.

 

 

  • If you save in the cloud, you can access your designs at any time from different devices (for example your Home and your Work computer).
  • If you choose to use your computer storage, Gravit Designer will prompt you to choose a local folder where the file will be saved. The file will be saved as “File Name.gvdesign”.

 

Alternatively, you can use any of the following options under the File menu:

  • Save to Cloud as…
  • Save to system as… (desktop version)
  • Download to system… (web browser version)

The official (native) file format of Gravit Designer is “.gvdesign”. Using it will ensure that full fidelity of your design is retained. Gravit Designer is the only application that will read this format. This format is also useful for sharing your editable file with other users of Gravit Designer.

If you want to use another file format that is supported in Gravit Designer you must use Export function.

 

Note: SVG export has a checkbox for Preserve editing capabilities for SVG files. This will embed Gravit Designer information so the file can be reopened and edited in Gravit Designer without loss of features, the same as a .gvdesign file.

 

Note: You have to be online in order to use files saved in the Gravit Cloud.

 

Tip: Saving to multiple files (myproject01, myproject02, etc) during the project is a wise idea. This enables a backup copy in case a later version fails to save (hardware problems, battery failure or power outage, network outage, etc) and the ability to return to an earlier stage and make variations on a project.

 

Keep in mind that since version 3.5 Gravit Designer has a Version History which saves the last 20 iterations in the Gravit Cloud. This is an exclusive Gravit Designer PRO feature.

If you have not made any changes to your project since the last save, the Save icon will not be active.

If you have made changes but not saved, you will see an asterisk * beside the filename in the project tabs (1) at the top of the window. This indicates unsaved changes.

If you have not saved your project at all, the tab will show as Untitled (2).

To save the current project to a different location or to a different file name, use the File > Save to file… (desktop apps), or File > Save to Cloud… (web app)…

Working with files on Cloud

Gravit gives you massive cloud storage to access your design from any device.

You get the files stored on the cloud by going to File/Open from Cloud… or by using the shortcut / SHIFT + / CTRL +O.

Open from Cloud

You can also reach cloud storage from the Welcome Screen.

Welcome screen gravit cloud

To save your artworks use the file menu File/Save to Cloud.. (1) or File/Save (2).

save and save to cloud dialog boxes

The last one has a handy shortcut / CTRL + Sand brings up the dialog box with the Save to cloud option.

Save to cloud dialog box

Cloud Dialog Box

No matter you are saving to cloud or opening from it, the cloud dialog box is much the same.

Cloud's header
It comprises of the three sections :

  1. Header section
  2. Content section
  3. Footer section

Header Section

The header contains the Gravit Cloud’s logo(1), your account information(2) and close, maximize/minimize icons(3).

Cloudäs header

Content Section

The content section contains three areas:

  1. Helper area where you can create a new folder, change the view or list your files into a specific order
  2. Folder area to select the folder
  3. File area with all of the files you store on the cloud or in the selected folderContent section

The footer section is the one that differs depending on whether you are saving or retrieving the file.

If you are opening the file it contains nothing.

If you are saving the file a typical save file dialog(1) shows up on footer.

additional buttons on footer when file is selected

When you select the file it brings up a few buttons to manage the file:

  1. Copy
  2. Cut
  3. Delete
  4. Download to save the file on your deviceFooter section

You can reach the same options via dropdown(2) by clicking on the ellipsis icon(1) on the top-right of the thumbnail.

Drop-down menu

 

Note:  by default, the ellipsis icon is hidden. To bring it up hover over the file thumbnail
Bring up the ellipsis icon
The hidden drop-down has an option to rename the file. When selected, it allows you to adjust the file title directly without additional dialog panels.
Rename the file

Version History

You can access up to 20 past versions of your designs saved on the Gravit Cloud. Continue working from a different point, restore a critical element or see how your design evolved. It can be accessed from File > Show Version History.

A new version is created every time you save your file.

After accessing Show Version History, you are presented with a list of all available versions of the current design in the right panel. Clicking on a version shows it on the canvas for you to inspect — with a double-click you can edit it.

To give you an extra indication that you are previewing a particular version, the menu bar is replaced with two buttons: Edit this version and Close preview. Both functions (Preview and Restore) are also available from the context menu of each version in the list. Even when you have reverted to an older version, all future versions are still accessible in the list — also when saving after that.

This is an exclusive Gravit Designer PRO feature.