The canvas

How to navigate the different modes in "the canvas".

Morten Aamodt avatar
Written by Morten Aamodt
Updated over a week ago

There are 3 different modes in the canvas (if you exclude brand settings), which is Presets, Library, and Editor. This article will help you get acquainted and give you tips on how to perfect your workflow in Brandpad.

Presets

The presets is the "backend" of your guideline. This is where you define your brand, which also makes it the place where you can do small tweaks—fast, to create big changes. There's three different categories within presets; Typography, Buttons, and Color Palette

  • Typography. You add fonts via brand settings, and modify they're appearance via the typography presets. Want to use different colors on the same font style? No problem. Set a default, and override it on the canvas to make it pop in whatever color you'd like. 

  • Color Palette. You can add as many colors as you like (or need). And remember, you can always change the name of the color, to reflect your brands identity. You can always alter the hex code after the fact, so don't worry about small hue changes in the later stages of your brand identity project—one click, one paste, and everything is up to date!

TIP: Start your project by adding a font to your project. Although the default font is nice (helvetica), nothing's nicer than making it your own right away.

Canvas

I'll start off with the oh-so-dated "this is where the magic happens". The canvas is where you utilize your brand presets to create a custom brand guideline, any way you feel like doing it. No two brands are alike, and this is reflected on how this is set up. Start with a blank canvas, or try one of our templates, there's no limitations on what you'd like to create. 

  • Rows. The uppermost level to your guideline design is made up of rows. There are currently 5 different basic rows, which differs in numbers of columns it contains, and the size of those columns.

  • Blocks. This is where you add and choose which content you want to be presented in the row of your choice. Mix between text, images, etc. to reflect the brand's identity, and remember, you can always add more blocks (up to 3) in one column!

  • Modifier. This is the right sidebar which opens up while in editor mode. Change your blocks' padding, alignment, orientation, background color, and more to produce that quick and easy custom feel for your brand guideline.

TIP: Try out the Color Palette block, it's a fast way to produce a color palette which often times can be a tedious task when working with pdf's.

Library

The library is where you upload and manage all your brand identity's assets. Filter by type, or rename assets to remove those pesky logo_version2-FINAL labels. You can also replace assets, in cases where you have made small changes to a certain while, and don't want to have to reupload and replace the asset manually throughout the guideline where the old one was in use.

TIP: Start by uploading the brand identity logo and a zip-file that you'd like to assign to a button so you get a feel on how you'd like to build the brand guideline experience.

If you have questions or need help, contact us through the in-app chat in the system or by email.

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