updated on 27 April 2022 | reading time: 2 minutes


Working with files

Gravit Designer includes support for a wide range of file formats. You can open and edit raster images such as .jpeg, .png, and .heic, that are in use by four out of every five websites in the world.

Gravit gives you even more options for vector files. You can open and edit .pdf, .eps (PRO only), .svg and compressed .svg.

Apart from mainstream vector file types, Gravit Designer has a proprietary .gvdesign file format recommended for the full fidelity and best perfomance.

For more information about supported vector and bitmap file typs, please, read this article.

In this chapter you will learn about basics steps needed to start or finish your designs:

  1. How to launch a document. How to set a document size and units
  2. How to use Gravit free templates to streamline your design workflow
  3. How to save and open the files
  4. How to work with Gravit Cloud


The desktop version of Gravit Designer can save a hidden copy of the last saved version with .back extension, so you can revert to it in case something goes wrong. This is valid for native GVDesign files as well as exported assets (PNG, JPEG, SVG, PDF). The backup files as saved in the same destination as the original. This setting is disabled by default.

You can enable backup files in the settings dialog Edit>Settings…

How you can show hidden files:


  • Open the terminal app → type this command in the app:
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -boolean true; killall Finder

    Press Enter key to execute the commend.

  • Or when in the Finder, hit Command + Shift + .


  • Open the Windows Explorer
  • Click the view button in the left top of the explorer
  • Check the show hidden item checkbox;


  • Ubuntu: Open Files app; hit ctrl + h
  • Centos: Same as in windows

Chrome OS:

  • Open files app
  • Click three dots top right; choose “show hidden files“