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.
You can create a new file from two places: Welcome screen and File menu.
The Welcome Screen is a pop-up panel you see every time you launch Gravit Designer.
You can hide it at startup by selecting the option (1) on the bottom right.
Start with the right canvas size
Gravit’s mission is to keep you focused on the creative part of the design process. That’s why Gravit Designer collected most popular print and screen sizes right in front of the Welcome Screen. You can easily start a project without using any other template or trying to set the values yourself.
Imagine you need to create a cover design for the Youtube channel. From the Welcome Screen, you can go straight to the Social Media category (3) and click on the small chevron icon to bring up a dropdown.
Select the YouTube Cover(1) option from the dropdown list to start a New Document with the 2560x1440px canvas.
You can choose from various predefined canvas/page sizes divided into five categories:
- Print is a collection of the standart print sizes (A0, A2, A3 etc.) and popular print project sizes (business card, flyer, postcard)
- Web/Desktop is a collection of traditional web design sizes.
- Social Media is a collection of the social media cover and banner sizes. Here you will find a size for literally every big social media platform, popular in the western world.
- Devices is a collection of popular mobile devices. Don’t know the IphoneX screen size? No problem. Open the Devices dropdown and pick it up from the abundant list.
- Print on Demand is a helpful list of sizes for those designer who are promoting and selling their designs on popular platforms such as Amazon Merch, Redbubble, Teepublic, and Cafepress.
Start with your own size
Need a custom size for the design? Head over to the panel on top of the New Design page of the Welcome Screen.
Type inside the Width(1) and Height(2) boxes, select the units(3) from the dropdown and click the Create! button(4) to start a new document.
Gravit Designer can use several units suitable for print as well as screen design.
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.
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
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:or in the Welcome Screen Open from computer (2) tab in the left sidebar.
To open files saved to the Gravit Cloud use:or in the Welcome Screen Open from Gravit Cloud(1) tab in the left sideba .
The convenient Open Recent (3) option lists recently edited project files. This includes files from both your local storage and from your cloud account.
To save your designs useor + .
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:
- (desktop version)
- (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.
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(desktop apps), or (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 toor by using the shortcut + + .
You can also reach cloud storage from the Welcome Screen.
To save your artworks use the file menu(1) or (2).
The last one has a handy shortcut+ and brings up the dialog box with the Save to cloud option.
Cloud Dialog Box
No matter you are saving to cloud or opening from it, the cloud dialog box is much the same.
It comprises of the three sections :
- Header section
- Content section
- Footer section
The header contains the Gravit Cloud’s logo(1), your account information(2) and close, maximize/minimize icons(3).
The content section contains three areas:
- Helper area where you can create a new folder, change the view or list your files into a specific order
- Folder area to select the folder
- File area with all of the files you store on the cloud or in the selected folder.
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 the footer.
When you select the file it brings up a few buttons to manage the file:
- Download to save the file on your device
You can reach the same options via dropdown(2) by clicking on the ellipsis icon(1) on the top-right of the thumbnail.
Starting from version 2.1 you can share designs you saved on the cloud. All you need to do is to copy and paste the link from a Sharing pop-up.
To open the sharing pop-up click the Share button on top right of the Gravit Designer document.
Click the Copy button to copy the link to the clipboard.
Now you can share the file by pasting the link on the social media, blog posts, forums messengers or in the e-mail.
You can click here to open the file and see how it works.
You can disable/enable sharing dialog box by toggling the slider on the top right of the sharing pop-up.
In the image below you can see the pop-up with disabled sharing dialog box.
The sharing options are important add up to control the permissions of the file you share.
By default, Allow to Save option (1) is selected, so users are able to save the vector and raster versions of the file on their computers.
Follow this link to see how it looks like.
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.
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:and . 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.