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Create a newsletter layout

If you are designing a newsletter from scratch or using a predefined template in the Campaign Editor, you usually start by designing an overall layout. From the Layouts tab, you can drag and drop different containers to create your layout and divide the blank workspace into different rows.

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A. Add a container

  1. In the editor’s left pane, click the Layouts tab.
  2. Drag and drop a container into the editing area. You can select and combine these types of containers to create your newsletter layout:
    • Full Width Container - one vertical slot which extends to the complete width of your design.
    • Half Width Container - one row divided into two equally sized vertical slots.
    • 1/3 - 2/3 Container - one row divided into two vertical slots, with the first having half the width of the second.
    • 2/3 - 1/3 Container - one row divided into two vertical slots, with the first having twice the width of the second.
    • 3 X 1/3 Container - one row divided into three equally sized vertical slots.
    • 4 X 1/4 Container - one row divided into four equally sized vertical slots.

B. Move, duplicate, or remove a container

  1.  In the editing area, hover your mouse over a container to display the Actions menu.
  2. Click one of the options on the Actions menu:
    • Move - moves the container to a different row in the editing area. You can move a container to rearrange the sequence of rows.
    • Settings - opens the right pane to display the Row settings.
    • Expand - expands the menu to show additional actions for containers.
    • Duplicate – creates another copy of the container including its items and settings.
    • Remove - deletes the container in your design.
    • Create Clone Block - saves a container design for future use. After saving, you can access this container in the Layouts tab. See clone blocks to learn more.

C. Edit the container settings

  1.  In the editing area, hover your mouse over a container to display the Actions menu.
  2. Click Settings to display the Row settings in the editor's right pane. You can set the following: 
    • Row padding: enter the height or use the up and down arrows to edit the row height from 0 to 2000.
    • Slot spacing: enter the spacing or use the up and down arrows to edit the distance between the container slots from 0 to 2000.
    • Row Color: select the row color. By default, this is set to Transparent.
    • Row Background Color (Wide): select the row background color. By default, this is set to Transparent.
    • Border Radius: enter the border radius or use the up and down arrows to edit the radius from 0 (rectangle) to 2000 (circle).
    • Add Background Image: click to browse and select the background image. The image is added to the container when successfully uploaded.
    • Background Image Repeat: select the option for background image repeat in the horizontal (x), vertical (y), both horizontal and vertical axes, or no repeat in the container.
    • Background Image Position: select the background image position to display the Initial, Top, Bottom, Right, Left, or Center section of the background image within the container.
    • Change Background Image: select a new background image to replace the current one.
    • Remove Background Image: click to delete the container’s background image.

D. Edit additional settings

  1. To select a container type other than the default Normal, click the Container Type drop-down list and select a type that you can use to set up a dynamic content block
  2. To display the container’s content to a specific audience, click Conditional visibility to expand the section and select a custom field to set who can view the content.
  3. To change the settings of the container slots, click the Slot drop-down menu. You can set the following:  
    • Background Color: select the slot background color. The default color is transparent.
    • Vertical Align: Select Top, Middle, or Bottom vertical alignment for items in the slot.
    • Border Radius: enter the border radius or use the up and down arrows to edit the radius from 0 (rectangle) to 2000 (circle).