Using Ready-Made Layout Blocks

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Adding Ready-Made Layout Blocks

Mail Designer 365 offers you ready-made layout blocks to quickly build your designs. To see the selection available, click on the “Contents” button to open the content menu, then go to “Ready-Made” to access Mail Designer 365’s selection of ready-made layout blocks. From the available selection, you can choose from Headers, Sales, Call-To-Actions, Footers, and more.

To use a ready-made layout block, simply drag and drop a layout block into your design, and use the handle to position it alongside your other layout blocks. You can customize ready-made layout blocks in the same way as regular layout blocks.

If you made a mistake, click the “X” on the layout block handle to remove it from your design.

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Deleting saved custom layout blocks

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How to delete a saved custom layout block

If you have saved a custom-made layout block and you no longer need it, you can choose to delete the layout block from your content library. Make sure that you are on the “Contents” tab and that you have the layout block icon selected.

Click on “Ready-Made.”

Under the “My Instant Blocks” section, find the custom-made layout block that you want to delete. Right-click the layout block that you want to delete. A drop-down menu will appear.

Choose “Move to Trash.” This will delete your saved layout block.

 

 

 

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Saving custom made layout blocks

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Save your own custom layout blocks

With Mail Designer 365, you can save any one of your layout blocks. This is convenient when you want to keep reusing the same header, footer, or social media links in your email campaigns.

First, make sure that you are on the “Content” section. Click on the layout blocks icon.

Then, click on “Ready-Made.”

Drag and drop your layout block into the “My Instant Blocks” section.

 

 

 

 

 

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Adjusting the size of areas within a layout block

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Height and width

You can adjust the height and width of layout blocks. Also, you can adjust the sections within a layout block . Just drag the dividers to adjust the width of a section within a layout block.

In a text area, you can adjust the height by adding or deleting lines of text.

In an image area, drag the dividers to adjust the height of the area.

 

 

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Duplicating layout blocks

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If you are setting up multiple similar layout blocks, it may be easier to duplicate an existing layout block instead of choosing your font and color options again. There are 2 ways you can duplicate layout blocks.

Option 1: Edit > Duplicate

‣ Click the selection tab handle at the side of a layout block or click on the layout block itself. Next, choose “Edit” > “Duplicate” from the menu bar.

Note: This is what the “selection tab handle” or the “layout block handle” looks like once it has been selected:

Option 2: Using the layout handle

‣ Click on the layout handle on the left side of the layout block.

‣ Hold down the option key or the alt key on your keyboard and drag the layout block that you want to duplicate.

 

‣ Drop it into position to create a copy. Then edit your text and other options accordingly.

 

Option 3: Command⌘ D

‣ Select the layout block handle or the entire layout block (both method works).

‣ Once selected, press Command⌘ D on your keyboard. This will duplicate the selected layout block.

 

 

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Adding space in between layout blocks

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Space it out

You’ll notice that your new layout block is very close to the top of the next layout block. This makes the design look a bit cramped. To add a bit of space in between the two blocks, we’ll use dividers:

Go back to the Contents panel and drag the spacing layout block in between the two content layout blocks.

We need to add space in between these two layout blocks.

You can then fine-tune the size of the divider by dragging the line above or between it. It should look right with about 30 pixels between the two layout blocks.

“Spacing before” or “Spacing After”

You can use “Spacing before” or “Spacing After” to add space before or after layout blocks with text areas. You will find this by first selecting a text area. Then, on the right hand side of the window within the “Style” tab section, you will find “Spacing before” and “Spacing After” after where it says “Line Height.” Increase or decrease the pt to adjust the spacing before or after the selected layout block.

 

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Adding and removing layout blocks

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Adding layout blocks

Click the “Contents” button to open the Contents panel. This contains all the design elements you can add to your Mail Design. Go to “Layout Blocks”, choose one and drag it to your design. The other layout sections will slide out of the way so you can drop in the new layout block.

Drag a layout block into your design.

The other layout blocks will slide out of the way and you can drop the new layout block into place.

Removing layout blocks

Click the “x” icon on the layout block “handle” to delete a layout block.

 

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Graphics and Other Objects
HTML Export
Image Areas
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Layout Blocks
Optimizing your Template for Mobile
Plain Text
Preparing your Design for Sending
Preview your Design
Send via Mail Designer 365
Sharing your Designs
Tables
Teamwork
Text Styles
The Inbox View
Using Retina Images with your Design
Working with Links and Buttons
Working with Text

Text and image areas

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Working with text and image areas

Mail Designer 365 offers layout blocks that have text areas, image areas or both. A text area can only contain text, while an image area can contain images, photos, shapes, masks and styled text.

 

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Preview your Design
Send via Mail Designer 365
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Working with layout blocks

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Layout buttons

First, make sure you can see the layout by clicking the “Layout” button in the toolbar. Click the Layout button to show or hide the frames around the stationery’s layout blocks.

Layout block handles

You’ll notice a translucent tab attached to the left side of each block. Those are the layout block “handles.” Each individual layout block has one. You can rearrange a layout block by grabbing its handle and dragging the layout block into another position.

 

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Blend Modes
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Exporting a Design to Campaign Monitor
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Graphics and Other Objects
HTML Export
Image Areas
Images
Layout Blocks
Optimizing your Template for Mobile
Plain Text
Preparing your Design for Sending
Preview your Design
Send via Mail Designer 365
Sharing your Designs
Tables
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The Inbox View
Using Retina Images with your Design
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