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Document Settings

Top Menu Bar

Document settings and frame position settings are located on the ruler icon in the top features panel. If no frame is selected, the tab shows the document settings. If a frame is selected, the tab shows the position settings for the frame which are described in the Position chapter.

Page Size

Multi-Line-Text

Either select a given preset of various European standards or enter a custom page size.

The Unit drop-down menu enables the user to select the standard unit used in the document (inches, centimeters, millimeters or pixels).

Background Color

Background Color

This color will be used as the background of each page in the document. This also defines if the document is opaque or if it is transparent (choose [None]). HSL color manipulation is also available.

Paste Board Settings

paste Board Settings

The Paste Board is the visible area around the document.
On the Buyer Side this defines the complete visible product and the document size will define the personalizable area within it. The Paste Board can be used to show more of the final product around the printable area. A good example for this type of Paste Board usage can be seen in our T-Shirt sample document.

Left, Right, Top, Bottom - Sets the additional space the Paste Board will have around the document.
Space Between - Sets the vertical distance between the Paste Boards of the pages when scrolling.
Show Frames - Defines the opacity of the Paste Board. A value of 0 means the Paste Board is opaque - everything outside the page will not be visible. A value of 100 means everything outside the page will be fully visible. This is useful if one like to show the product outside the page or would like to place user interface elements outside the page. Click here to learn more about Buyer Side user interface elements.
Page Zoom to Paste Board - This icon will set the default visible area to the Paste Board instead of the document.
Zoom Padding - With Zoom Padding one can fine adjust how much space is arround the zoomed page, e.g. to ensure that grippers are still clikable even if the frame is at an edge. This option is only available if Page Zoom to Pasteboard is disabled. Buyer Side Page Border - This enables or disables the black border around the page.
Paste Bord Color - Sets the color of the Paste Board.

Baseline Grid

Baseline Grid

The Baseline Grid defines a horizontal grid for Multi Line texts. If Use Baseline Grid is enabled, the grid will make the vertical position of each text line snap to the closest available grid line.

Layout Snippet Placement

When layout snippets are inserted into a document they will by default get centered and resized until they fit the document completly. You can change the focal point for insertion as well as the fitmode much like for an image. This setting defines the layout snippet placement across the complete document.

Repeat Layout Snippet Modes

Buyer Overlay Color

Buyer Overlay Color
The Buyer Overlay frame shows a Buyer which frames can be changed by clicking on it.

Buyer Overlay Color Example

It will be shown in the Buyer Side when the Buyer hovers over a page. On mobile it is always shown.

To disable or enable this mark up, either set a color or set the color to transparent: Color None

Show Bleed

Bleed Settings

In printing, bleed is print that goes beyond the edge of where the sheet will be trimmed. In other words, the bleed is the area to be trimmed off. The bleed is the part on the side of a document that gives the printer a small amount of space while trimming to account for movement of the paper and design inconsistencies.

The Bleed setting serves two purposes. First of all, it defines a bleed snap-line outside the document where frames can snap to. Secondly, it will define a “Bleed Box” for the output PDF.

Bleed is defined with Inside and Outside as with facing page scenarios, one would need to define the bleed differently towards the outside and the spine.

Outside means the bleed to the left of the spread. (Both pages combined)
Inside means bleed toward the spine of the spread. (Single page)
Top - Defines the bleed to the top of the page or spread.
Bottom - Defines the bleed to the bottom of a page or spread.

Additionally, one can enable Show Save Zone which will create an additional snap-line with the same distance as the bleed but for the inside of the document. This defines the zone where no frame should be placed as they might get cut off.

This is how the two snap-lines for Show Bleed and Show Save Zone will look to the Buyer.
Bleed example

Show Margin

Margin Settings

Show Margins will enable snap-lines to define type areas in a document. This is often used in book creation or wherever else one would like to have a defined type area.
Like bleed, these snap-lines are defined with Top, Bottom, Inside and Outside to account for facing page documents.

Here is the view of a Facing Page document with the above margin settings:

Margin Settings

Document Offsets

Whenever you allow to the change document size of the edited document and you would like to have a differently sized production document you can use the document offsets to adjust this. e.g. As a use case consider a canvas document which will need a differently sized canvas compared to the selected size because of frame wrapping. So just define 8cm Size offset for with and height and every selected size for your output document will be enlarged by these values giving you 4cm on all corners to wrap the canvas around the frame.

Margin Settings

Clip Frames Underneath

This allows to clip all frames below a shape or single line text within one layer. This is quite a powerful feature especially if used in conjunction with variable single line text. Additionally one can select if the clipping should happen in production mode as well.

Clip Frames

Clipping is always local to the layer the clipping element is in and happens only below the clipping element. Clipping elements are marked as Clip-Path in the layer view.

Clip Layers

See this example where we clipped a complete Layout with a round shape.

Clip Example

If a clip path element is made invisible by a style, the clipping effect disappears as well.

A good example on how to use Clip Frames Underneath is our Photo Tiles** example document.