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Brand Templates

Restriction: Brand Templates require PrintUI credentials! To receive these credentials, contact your Canto account manager.

Canto supports InDesign Brand Templates. These can be uploaded from InDesign to Canto to allow specific users to edit or download these templates.

Designers can upload InDesign files to Canto and optionally allow other users to edit certain parts of these files while maintaining brand consistency. 

Create InDesign Templates

A Brand Template is created within InDesign. The designer may choose what is editable by those who receive the document. 

Layers, objects, and frames that are meant to be fixed, and not editable must be moved into the Background Layer.

Layers and objects where the content is meant to be editable but that are not supposed to be moved, resized, or rotated must be Locked.

Brand Templates do not support embedded images! Use local images, when creating your InDesign document that will later be used as a Brand Template in Canto. 

After creating the template, Preflight the document using the management panel. Once the document is error-free, upload the file to Canto from within InDesign.

A more detailed article on how to create a Brand Template in InDesign can be found here:

Edit InDesign Templates

Distributing Templates in Canto

Templates can be distributed from either a Portal or the main library. For the majority of use cases, we recommend distributing Brand Templates via Portals to reduce the risk of overriding the master template in the main library. It is necessary to understand what the workflow requires and then use the respective interface.



When editing the template in a portal, the user will not be able to save the template back to the portal since Portals are read-only. The user will be able to customize and download the new file either as an InDesign package, PDF, PNG or JPG.


Main Library

When editing the template in the Main Library, a contributor requires two permissions – Customize Template and Save to Main Library and Customize Template and Download. This would allow the Contributor to 1) customize the template and override the existing file in the Main Library and 2) customize the template and download the template, either as an InDesign package, PDF, PNG, or JPG. 

A more detailed article on how to edit a Brand Template as an end-user can be found here:


When you receive your PrintUI credentials, you can go into your PrintUI account to manage and delete any templates:

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