updated on 09 May 2022 | reading time: 2 minutes

Working with Images

Insert images

Import Images

It’s possible to add images to your file with Place image and Link image, features available on the toolbar.

You can also find them in the File menu. Head over to File > Import > Place image and File > Import > Link image.

Note: “Link Image” option is only available in the desktop version of Gravit Designer

Place Image

With Place image, you can import an image from your computer and insert it on the canvas. A copy of this image will be included as a part of the project, and this can result in larger file size.

Note: with Place image, you are inserting the independent copy of the original file.

Link image places an instance of the image with a link to the original one. The instance is subordinate to the source and would listen to all changes that are happened with the master file.

There are some benefits to this method:

  1. Smaller file size, because an image is not included as part of the document
  2. LIve link to the image source, making it responsive to the changes outside Gravit. For example, if you decide to modify the source into the Gimp, all changes would be reflected in your .gvdesign file

The linked image is displayed only when the source file is available, so don’t forget to include the source when sending the file to your client or peer.

Link image prompt

Note: the live link can be both good and hell, especially when you accidentally deleted the source image from your PC. The image below shows the link to the deleted or displaced original file.
Link deleted image


Insert via Clipboard

You can also paste an image from your clipboard with Paste ( / CTRL + V), Paste in place ( / CTRL + / SHIFT + V), Paste Inside Selection ( / CTRL + / SHIFT + / ALT + V) or Paste here (Context menu).

Paste file

Note: when you insert an image that has larger dimensions then the current canvas the image is shrunk to fit inside the canvas/page. You can reset it to its original dimensions by clicking on “Original size” button in Inspector panel.

Open Images

Use the Open File ( / CTRL + O) to open the image in the new document.

Open file


Note:among all raster formats, you can open .jpeg, .heic, and .png via Open file… command