updated on 17 July 2019 | reading time: 10 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 Document

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.

Welcome screen in Gravit Designer

You can hide it at startup by selecting the option (1) on the bottom right.

Hide welcome screen

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.

Canvas size collection, welcome screen

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.

Social media category

Select the YouTube Cover(1) option from the dropdown list to start a New Document with the 2560x1440px canvas.

Youtube Cover

You can choose from various predefined canvas/page sizes divided into five categories:

Canvas collections

  1. Print is a collection of the standart print sizes (A0, A2, A3 etc.) and popular print project sizes (business card, flyer, postcard)
    Print collection
  2. Web/Desktop is a collection of traditional web design sizes.
    Website/Desktop collection
  3. 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.
    Social media collection
  4. 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.
    Devices collection
  5. 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.
    Print on demand collection

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.

Custom size panel

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.

Custom size panel elements

Document units

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

select the units on the welcome screen

 

Tip: if you designing for a screen – use pixels (px). If you design a 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 (2) tab in the left sidebar.

other options welcome screen

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

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 folder.Content 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 the footer.

Footer section

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 deviceadditional buttons on footer when file is selected

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

Sharing Files

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.

Sharing pop-up

To open the sharing pop-up click the Share button on top right of the Gravit Designer document.

Share button

Click the Copy button to copy the link to the clipboard.

Copy button

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.

Note: the sharing link is unique and not directly modifiable.You can not place the cursor and type inside the link field, although you have some sharing option to adjust and change the output file. To learn more, please, read the next chapter “sharing options”.

You can disable/enable sharing dialog box by toggling the slider on the top right of the sharing pop-up.

Toggle sharing options

In the image below you can see the pop-up with disabled sharing dialog box.

Disabled dialog box

Sharing Options

The sharing options are important add up to control the permissions of the file you share.

Sharing options

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.

Sharing Option closeup

Diselect this option to prevent users from saving the shared file. Follow this link with save feature disabled. Notice, that Download option from the File menu is not available.

download option is disabled

The Allow to Inspect option(2) permits users to modify the file. Disable this option to make Gravit document very lean – with no sidebars and toolbar.

Lean document

Follow this link to see how it looks like.

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.