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Prepare Digital Brand Template files

You can create the source files of Digital Brand Templates with Photoshop (.PSD) or Sketch (.SKETCH). Read more about the general rules of creating your template file and start making your own Digital Brand Templates.

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Pages and artboards

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Other elements

Filename and filesize

FAQ

Document dimensions

The dimensions of your template in Bynder are fixed and are based on the initial Photoshop file that you upload. You cannot change the dimensions in Bynder. If you need the same document in two different dimensions (e.g. 800x800 banner, and 600x600 banner), you can create two separate source files and upload them as two separate templates.

Color model

Make use of the RGB color profile for your Digital Brand Template files.

Note

We do not support CMYK files.

Pages and Artboards
  • Multiple artboards or multiple pages are supported in Digital Brand Templates, which means that your document can contain multiple artboards.

Artboards do not have to be used in Photoshop, since the uploader supports files with artboards as well as without.

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Layers

Give a unique name to your elements or layers in Photoshop, so that you can easily recognize them in Bynder. In Digital Brand Templates we make use of the same names.

Note

We do not support layer masks. Convert layer masks to smart objects.

Dynamic elements

There are three different kinds of dynamic elements you can have in a template:

Text frames

Make sure you keep the following requirements in mind when using text:

  • Place all text in text frames.

  • Elements placed inside text and image frames can only be dynamic as long as no other element is placed on top. If there are overlapping elements, end users will only be able to click and modify the element that is placed on top.

    Note

    The dimensions of the text frame are set in Photoshop and these cannot be changed in Bynder.

  • For text we support all horizontal alignments. We do not support skewed text or text that is vertically positioned.

  • Optical kerning is not supported. All text needs to be in metrics.

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You can only use one font/style per text frame. If you want to use two different text styles, make sure to create two separate text frames. For example one for the header text and one for the body text.

Bynder supports the following font formats:

  • .OTF

  • .TTF

The font files used in the Photoshop file need to be uploaded to Bynder separately. Check this article for instructions.

All text needs to be converted to paragraph text in Photoshop. To do this, right click on the text frame and choose Convert to Paragraph Text.

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Image frames

The size and dimensions of the image frame in your Brand Template are determined by the Photoshop file that you upload.

Note

You cannot change the dimensions of image frames in Bynder.

Effects

Effects are not supported in Digital Brand Templates. Make sure that there are no effects applied to your images. Images should not be flipped or rotated. Some effects may be replicated in the output file, but not template editor. Other effects will not work at all.

Artboard backgrounds

You can assign a background color to the template. If a background color is not set, the background in the generated output files will be white. When you upload a file with multiple artboards to Brand Templates, the system will automatically link the artboards with a matching background color.

Gradient colors are not supported. The opacity of the background color should always be set to 100%.

  1. Select the artboard for which you want to set the background color.

  2. Go to Window > Properties to open the properties window.

  3. Set your background color in the Artboard background color section.

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Shapes

In Photoshop files, shapes are supported and do not need to be flattened.

Other elements
  • Groups are supported.

  • Opacity is supported

  • Gradients are not supported and need to be merged into one layer before upload.

Filename and file size

Bynder automatically categorizes a template under the right channel by analyzing the filename. Include the name of the channel in your filename to automatically categorize it under the right channel, for example 'Instagram Story' or 'Adwords banner'.

The maximum file size of a template file you can upload is 100MB.

FAQ
  • Why do the text layers indicate Source Sans Pro, which is the wrong font?

    The right font file was not uploaded before uploading the template. Upload the right font first and reupload the template.

  • Why does my template not upload? Check the file size of your PSD file. The maximum allowed file size is 100MB.

  • Why I cannot change the text and images inside the template?

    Templates cannot be edited in the Template Editor. Only users who create a document based on the template can change the default text and images. If you want to make changes to the default text and images inside the template, modify the PSD file and reupload the template.

  • Why does my text jump to another line in the editor?

    Make sure that you make your text frames a bit bigger than the default text placed inside.

  • Why does the text overlay look weird for one-liners?

    Make sure that you set the correct line-height. Use auto for one-liners.

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Document dimensions

Pages and artboards

Layers

Dynamic elements

Shapes

Other elements

Filename and filesize

FAQ

Document dimensions

The dimensions of your template in Bynder are fixed and are based on the initial Sketch file that you upload. You cannot change the dimensions in Bynder. If you need the same document in two different dimensions (e.g. 800x800 banner, and 600x600 banner), you can create two separate source files and upload them as two separate templates.

Pages and Artboards
  • Multiple artboards or multiple pages are supported in Digital Brand Templates, which means that your document can contain multiple artboards.

  • Remove all hidden layers in Sketch. They are not supported as they can show up in the created template and affect its usability.

    sketch-artboard_settings.png

    Tip

    Include the name of the channel in your filename to automatically categorize it under the right channel, for example Instagram Story or Adwords banner.

Layers

Give a unique name to your elements or layers in Sketch, so that you can easily recognize them in Bynder. In Digital Brand Templates we make use of the same names.

Dynamic elements

There are three different kinds of dynamic elements you can have in a template:

  • Text frames

  • Image frames

  • Artboard backgrounds

Text frames

Make sure to place all text in text frames.

Elements placed inside text and image frames can only be dynamic as long as no other element is placed on top. If there are overlapping elements, end users will only be able to click and modify the element that is placed on top.

For text we support all horizontal and vertical alignments. We do not support skewed text or text that is vertically positioned.

Note

The dimensions of the text frame are set in Sketch or Photoshop and these cannot be changed in Bynder.

You can only use one font/style per text frame. If you want to use two different text styles, make sure to create two separate text frames. For example one for the header text and one for the body text.

Bynder supports the following font formats:

.OTF

.TTF

The font files used in the Sketch file need to be uploaded to Bynder separately. Check this section for instructions.

The format of the text frame should be Fixed. This allows you to specify the dimensions of the text frame instead of them being set automatically based on the placeholder text.

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Image frames

The size and dimensions of the image frame in your Brand Template are determined by the Sketch file that you upload.

Note

You cannot change the dimensions of image frames in Bynder.

Flattening objects to bitmap

Grouping a shape and an image (creating a mask) is not supported. Flatten the grouped object into a bitmap, if you have applied a mask to an image in Sketch.

In Sketch, select the object you wish to flatten and go to Layer > Flatten selection to bitmap.

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Color fills

You can apply color fills to the image. Color fills will work even if the image is changed in the template, though you will not be able to adjust the color fills themselves from how they were set up in the original file.

Select the image you want to add the effect to. In the style section, go to Fills and click + to add a color fill.

In the example below, a transparent black overlay is added to the image layer.

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Effects

Effects are not supported in Digital Brand Templates. Make sure that there are no effects applied to your images. Images should not be flipped or rotated. Some effects may be replicated in the output file, but not template editor. Other effects will not work at all.

Artboard backgrounds

You can assign a background color to the template. If a background color is not set, the background in the generated output files will be white. When you upload a file with multiple artboards to Brand Templates, the system will automatically link the artboards with a matching background color.

Gradient colors are not supported. The opacity of the background color should always be set to 100%.

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Note

The background color is not turned on automatically. Tick the checkbox background color in the right panel and set your background color.

Shapes

We only support flat images (bitmaps) and text layers in Sketch files. All other element types will be ignored by the system. Make sure to flatten any other type of element into bitmaps instead.

Note

The shape of the resulting flat image will always be rectangular.The shape of the resulting flat image will always be rectangular.

Tip

If you flatten a non-rectangular shape, parts of the background color may be included in the image as well. To avoid this, pull the shape outside the canvas, flatten it there and move it back onto the background.

Other elements
  • Groups are not supported.

  • Gradients are not supported and need to be merged into one layer before upload.

  • Opacity is supported

Filename and file size

Bynder automatically categorizes a template under the right channel by analyzing the filename. Include the name of the channel in your filename to automatically categorize it under the right channel, for example 'Instagram Story' or 'Adwords banner'.

The maximum file size of a template file you can upload is 100MB.

FAQ
  • Why do the text layers indicate Source Sans Pro, which is the wrong font?

    The right font file was not uploaded before uploading the template. #UUID-a2af7a6f-fe4c-26bf-a418-3374aca21bc4Upload the right font first and reupload the template.

  • Why does my template not upload? Check the file size of your PSD file. The maximum allowed file size is 100MB.

  • Why I cannot change the text and images inside the template?

    Templates cannot be edited in the Template Editor. Only users who create a document based on the template can change the default text and images. If you want to make changes to the default text and images inside the template, modify the PSD file and reupload the template.

  • Why are some images and/or logos not showing?

    These layers are probably shapes in your Sketch document. Make sure to flatten them to bitmap.

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