Placing content

Placing content allows you to include images and Affinity (Designer, Photo, etc.), Photoshop, Illustrator, Freehand or PDF documents into your current document without the need to open each file in turn.

Content placed in this way can be replaced using the options on the context toolbar.

Once you've added embedded documents onto your page, you can edit each document without leaving your current document.

About placing content

Once you've opened your image/document, you can place content.

Some useful tips when placing content include:

For further information on placing specific file types, please refer to the following table:

Content type Comments
Affinity Designer files with multiple artboards You'll be provided with an Artboard option on the document's context toolbar so you can choose which artboard is displayed.
Affinity documents, PDFs and PSD files The file will be listed in the Layers panel as either an Embedded document or Linked document depending on the Image Placement Policy set during initial Document Setup.
PDFs, SVGs, PSD and EPS files If these are placed as embedded documents, you can edit them within Affinity. If edits are made, these files will be converted to Affinity documents and the original data will not be retained; you will not be able to write the embedded file out to its native file format and make it linked. Other features such as using PDF Passthrough will also then be lost. Please note that the Resource Manager will always display the original file's source filename and location should you need to refer back to it.
Affinity documents, PDFs, SVGs, PSD and EPS files If these are placed as linked documents, you will not be able to edit them directly within Affinity. However, any edits made to the files will be picked up by Affinity and will be reported as Modified in the Resource Manager. You can then use the Resource Manager's Update button to update the files to match the external changes that were made.
Multi-page Affinity documents or PDFs You can choose which page or spread you want to display by using Spread on the context toolbar. For PDF, only one page can ever be displayed, although you can simulate a spread by duplicating the placed object and choosing a different page to view.
Placed PDFs These offer a PDF Passthrough option on the context toolbar, which defaults to Passthrough for exact reproduction within your own PDFs. If that's not possible, the Interpret option is selected. A bitmap preview of the PDF’s contents is displayed while editing your document in Affinity Photo.

Once added to your page, you have the option to replace the content, retaining its position, as well as edit placed content.

Place Image Tool To place content:
  1. From the File menu, select Place.
  2. In the pop-up dialog, navigate to and select a file, and click Open.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Click to place the file at its default, displayed size.
    • Drag on the page to set the size and position of the content.
  4. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the file onto the page to place it. The current image placement policy (embedded or linked) will be honored.
To scale a placed image/document by DPI, percentage scale or to original size:
  1. Select the image or document.
  2. From the context toolbar, select the Image/document Info section and choose an Image DPI or Scale percentage value from the pop-up menu. Alternatively, click Original Size to scale to 100% (native dimensions) and reset aspect ratio.
    Image scaling
To return squashed content to its original aspect ratio:
To place multiple files:
  1. From the File menu, select Place.
  2. In the pop-up dialog, -select the files you wish to place, and click Open.
  3. The Place Images panel will appear, displaying the files you selected for placement. The files can be placed consecutively from here each time you click on the page or picture frames you would like to place them in until the panel no longer holds any files, starting with the topmost file in the panel. Alternatively, you can click on a file within the panel and then click on the page or picture frame to place that specific file.
To edit an embedded document:
To add an image to a layer (via Finder):
  • Drag an image from Finder to your page. The image will be added to the project as a new layer.
To add an image to a layer (via Explorer):
  • Drag an image from Explorer to your page. The image will be added to the project as a new layer.
To replace content:
  1. Select placed content.
  2. From the context toolbar, select Replace image or Replace Document depending on what you've placed.