Formatting portrait pages (overview)

Modified on Thu, 07 May 2020 at 11:48 AM

The following article is a general overview of portrait page customization. To learn more about customization features in detail, click on the links in this article.

When your portrait panel pages are first created, they appear in a default formatting. Editors-in-Chief and Editors with permission may customize portrait pages. To open a portrait page section in the Editor, hover over one of the pages, then click Edit.    

Once the page is opened in the editor, click on the Portraits tab on the left-side menu, then Check Out your book. 

All formatting changes that may cause the number of pages to increase or decrease require you to check your book out because it may affect the number and position of pages in your book. Portrait pages may be decorated without checking the book out.

Important: in order to edit your portrait pages, the entire section must not be in any stage of proofing (waiting for approval to approved). Bulk reject the entire portrait section to enable editing on one or more pages of your portrait section.

Change the formatting of your portrait pages in the Portraits tab - your grid formatting, label style, colors, knockout frames, page title, feature frame, spacing & margin options... customize your page as much as you like.

The Portrait editor is divided into three sections - Layout, Visual and Knockout.

  • Layout changes the grid, label and title position and options.
  • Visual allows you to apply styling attributes (frame border, fonts, colors, etc.),
  • Knockout lets you manually reconfigure your grid to create spaces on your page.

Layout options

Layout options change the basic configuration of your page.  If your portrait panel section is comprised of more than one page, then you may apply layout changes to all pages or a single page.  

Select Apply to this page only in the Layout settings to only change the selected page.  

Select Apply to section to make changes to every portrait page in the section.

Options are sorted into four sections - Design, Labels, Margins and Advanced. 

Click on the > next to each section to display the available options.

Each drawer will expand to show the options to apply to your general grid design, your labels, margins and other advanced customization.

Design options affect the grid's over-all appearance, including the style of portrait layout, the number of columns & rows, and title options.

Label options focus only on content and placement of labels. (Styling (font, color, size) is handled under Visual options, see below.)

Side labels enable you to choose if the labels run on the edge or gutter side of the page. A video tutorial is available for this feature.

Margins inset your panel group.

Advanced enables changes to the spacing between rows and columns.

After making any change to your portrait options, be sure to click on the Update Layout button at the bottom. You may need to scroll down to get to it if you have a larger section or multiple sections opened.

Visual options

Visual options change the style properties by clicking on parts of your portrait grid to access editors, such as the border editor, fill, shadow, frame shape, image effects, and text options. 

Changes may be applied to individual frames using the à la carte option:

to the current page in your portrait section:

or to every page in the portrait section:

Labels, page titles, portrait images & their frames may all be customized.


Make space in your grid by turning off portrait frames using knockouts. Turn Knockout mode on, then click on a portrait you wish to "knock out" of the way.

Once you've created your knocked-out area, you can add photos, decorations or custom text to your page to fill it.


Learn more about knockouts.

After reviewing portrait design in detail, take a look at the Design and Workflow Tips videos to learn how to build an array of portrait page styles.

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