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2.3 Pages in Gravit

Pages bring artboard-like functionality to Gravit, as well as the ability to create PowerPoint-style presentations. In this lesson we’ll cover how to work with pages in each of these ways.

2.3 Pages in Gravit

Hey, welcome back to Gravit Designer Quickstart. In this lesson, we're gonna be going through how the pages system works in Gravit. So the pages system does a couple of primary things. One, it acts like art boards in other design software. And two, it allows you to create presentations. So we're gonna go through how you can work with the pages system and the different controls that you need to interact with it. So we're gonna begin with just an empty infinite canvas. So just hit Create here, and you can see straight away, up here in the pages panel here, we have Page 1. By default, when you create a new design, you have just one page and everything that you create on this default canvas is gonna be associated with this first page here. You can actually make multiple pages, so they then work a little bit like having separate documents but all together in the same design. So this is really useful for things like designing a website where you need to know how it's gonna look at different width. So for example, we might change the page size up here and we might just go with a normal size website. So I'm just gonna click this button here, so we can see this whole canvas. So there's where we could map out how a website design might look at a normal size. But now what if I wanna take my design and I wanna see how it looks on an iPad or on another tablet for example. To do that, I can make another page, which I would by clicking this button, here, Create New Page. And that's automatically selected the second page first one it created it. And it created the page at the same size as the first page that we already had going. But we can change that size, so up here, we might go down and choose iPad 3/4/Air/Mini. And now, we have a different size, so we look at Page 1. I'm gonna press Ctrl + Alt + 0 to fit all. Here's our first document size. We see the dimensions for our normal website layout. If we go back to Page 2, now there's the dimensions for our tablet. So when you're working like this, one of the things you might like to do is rename the pages. So you can do that just by double-clicking on the page name. We'll change this one to Website Normal, and then we'll change this one to Tablet Vertical. And sometimes you're going to want to see all of your pages at once. To do that, you can just hit this little switch here which will put us into multi-page mode. We're going to fit everything on the page again. Now, here are our two pages with the different sizes. You can also see, now up in the top left here, we have each of the names that we got into our pages, so website normal here and tablet vertical here. Now this is a side note, if you are working at say 100%, when you're working with multiple pages like this and you wanna pan around to see everything. You just need to hold down space, and then that will activate the panning tool. And from there, you can pan around and see all of your work. All right, now I'm just gonna go back to single page mode for now, and I'm gonna select website normal. So that takes us into our website normal, Canvas. And now I'm just gonna add a shape onto this page. So I'm just a gonna grab the square tool up here, we'll go into more details about these tools a little later. And I'll just write what might be a header. I'm just gonna align it with the edges here. You can also do it by going up to the top. I'm putting in the dimensions and the location that we want to have manually. And now you'll notice that when I created that rectangle, it appeared here in the layers panel. But if we switch to the other page that we have going, there's nothing in the layers panel here. So you need to select the page that you wanna work on before you start adding shapes and then they'll be directly associated with that page. So once again, it is like multiple documents inside a single document. So I already showed you how to create a new page with this button here but what if you want to duplicate a page. So I'm just gonna get rid of that shape for now. You'll noticed that there's no ability to right click on either of this items to get a context menu or anything like that. And there's no duplicate button here. And the reason is if you wanna duplicate a page, you have to be in multipage mode. So we're just gonna turn that on. Once you're in multi-page mode, all you need to do to duplicate a page is to select it by either clicking on the name of the page at the top left here. Or by directly clicking on the page you want to select in the pages panel. I'm just gonna fit all, so we can see all of our current pages. Now there are two ways that you can duplicate the page. You can either use the keyboard shortcut, which is Ctrl+D or Command+D, depending on. What operating system you're using, or you can hold down the Alt key and then you can drag the page to a new position. Now the tricky part of working with the system right now is that sometimes when you do hit Ctrl + D and duplicate a page, it can be unpredictable where the page ends up. Sometimes it might be stacked right on top of an existing page, and it might not be obvious where it is to begin with. So we're just gonna duplicate our website normal page. So unfortunately here you could see, it's put itself right over the top of our other page. So what we can do is click and drag it, so this also can be a little bit tricky. What you wanna do is try to position your mouse until you see a little square at the bottom right of the cursor. Then you could drag it and drop it somewhere else. Again, it's a little bit unpredictable, so this has gone off to the left here. So, I'm sure this is something that's going to be developed as the Gravit team works further on this [INAUDIBLE]. But you might just have to fiddle around with it to get your pages in the layout that you want them in the multi-page mode. So now I'm gonna show you a really cool feature that comes along with this Pages system and that is the system of Master Pages. So commonly in a multiple page design say for a magazine or for a website, there might be a lot of background elements that you reuse. And it would be nice to have the ability for all of those backgrounds and elements to update automatically across several different instances that use those background elements. That's what you can do with the master pages system. So I'm just gonna rename this page that we just created to website home. And we're going to treat this page as though this is going to become the homepage design for our website. Now a website normal page, we're gonna use this to create some backgrounds that we can have then appear on multiple pages. So go back into see your page modes, it'll just be a little easier to see. We're just gonna grab the rectangle tool and just put in a very basic header. We'll put in a body. And we'll just put in a photo. Obviously this is just a rush job just to show you how all this works. And we'll just add in some color, so we can see what we're doing, just any old color is fine. This is gonna be very garish, but you'll get the picture of what we're doing. All right, so there is our horrible 1995 website background. Now, if we go back to our website homepage that we created before. You can see there's nothing in our layers panel unlike our normal page which has our three rectangles here. But what we can do is go over to this master drop down on the right here and choose Website normal to act as the master page for our current page. There you go, now it brings in our header body and footer backgrounds. So I can go ahead and create something over the top of here. Welcome to our page. And that's not gonna have any influence on these background areas. If we go back to the normal page, we've still got our backgrounds. And now if we want to update these backgrounds, we can go ahead and do something like choosing a new color. If we go back to our website home, you can see that our change has come true and affects this page too through the master pages system. So that can be a great way to save time when you're designing multiple pages that are gonna have common elements across the board. Now there's one more really cool thing that I wanna show you about the pages system. And that is they also have the ability to act as presentations, like you would create with PowerPoint for example. What you can do is have each one of these pages act as a page in a presentation. All you need to do is hit this little play button and it's gonna go into presentation mode. Now just a word of warning, if you have gone with the crime web application. Then because of the way these type of applications are set up, you might not be able to use this presentation mode in this version of Gravit. So for example here, if I hit this little play button up here that starts the presentation, you'll just see this little black flicker. That's just because this application doesn't have the privileges to go into full screen. So what you might need to do instead if you do want to create presentations is just work directly inside your browser with Gravit or use a desktop version. So I'm just gonna switch over to the desktop version to show you through presentations now. All right, so here we are with the desktop version. And what I'm gonna do to show you the presentations is use one of the in-built templates. So we're gonna go New from Template, we're gonna go into the Presentations category. And then we can just choose any one of these templates I;m just gonna choose this one here that say cloud security. Now if I hit this play button on the top right here, you can see that the content that was on that first page has gone full screen just like you'd get when working with Powerpoint or Keynote for example. So I'm just going to hit Escape to go back in to Gravit. So I've got a first page here to work with, and if we wanna create a second page, we just do what we went through before with creating multiple art boards with the pages system. So you go into multi-page mode, you select your page, you hit Ctrl + D. And then down here, now you've got your second page. And once again, you might need to just drag them around again. Unfortunately, it's pretty awkward at the moment but if you just keep working with it, eventually you will get things into a position where things are nice and neatly laid out. So let's just rename this to page 2. We go back into single page mode and let's just change something like let's just say cloud stuff. Now whichever page you have selected, that's where your presentation is gonna start, so I'm gonna put this onto page 1 and I'm going to start the presentation again. Now I'm in the presentation. If I wanna go to the next slide, all I need to do is press the right arrow on the keyboard. And to go back to the previous slide, hit the left arrow. And exit the presentation altogether, just press escape. And you probably noticed that there's something that looked a little bit funky about the presentation there. And that was that there was a great, big, black gap around the outside of the presentation. And that is because, I'm just gonna move all of these things out of the way. You can see this is the size of the canvas behind all of our items here. At the moment, there's a known issue where if you have parts of your design retreating outside your canvas, like these parts of this photograph here. Then a border is gonna be created around the outside of your design depending on how much overlap you have here. The developers know that this bug is here and they are working on a fix right now. But in the mean time, there is a relatively simple fix for this, and involves working with the layers panel and I'm gonna take you through what that solution is in the next lesson. And we're gonna through that in the next lesson because the next lesson is gonna be all about the layers system in Gravit. So we will be going through not only how to put together a work around for this current issue with presentations. But also all the other aspects of working with Gravit's layer system as well. So I will see you in the next lesson.

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