How to use Elements in the PDF Designer

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Elements are components you can add to your PDF that don't pull from data entered in your form. That includes static text, images, social sharing icons and links, page breaks, and Submission Numbers.

Text

With this Element you can add static text to your PDF document. Click on the Elements menu and then drag the Text element into a section or column on your PDF document.

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Once you drag it in the Settings options will come up for that particular Text element. To bring up the settings for this Text element anytime, simply click on it again in the workspace.

General - Change the Background Color, Style, and Alignment.
Web Link - Make your Text element "clickable!" Engage your audience by directing them to other content whether that be internal or external.
Other - Turn OFF the Global Settings so you can manipulate this specific Text element. You cannot edit the color if you have inserted a Web Link.

Tip - You can add multiple Text elements if you want different formatting. 

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Image

Add your logo, coupons, social icons or any other images to engage your audience. 

We allow you to upload a file or reference a file using a URL. Referencing a file with a URL only works if someone is viewing the PDF online. Most of our customers upload an image.

Web Link - Make your Image element "clickable"! Engage your audience by directing them to other content whether that be internal or external.
Other - Turn OFF the Global Settings so you can manipulate this specific Image element. 

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Tip - To resize an image on your PDF add more columns to your section. Then you can make the column with the image wider or narrower to make the image the size you want.

Social

Add in pre-set Social icons to engage your audience. Ask for reviews, follows, and likes so you can engage your audience when they are roaming around their social networks.

Check the box next to the social icon you want displayed on your PDF. You may check more than one! Enter the appropriate URL for your social pages.

General - Change the Alignment.
Other - Turn OFF the Global Settings so you can manipulate this specific Image element. 

Tip - If the social icon you want is not available, simply add it as an Image element instead.

Similar to the Image element, add columns and adjust the width of the columns to change the size of your social icons.

Page Break

Adding page breaks is a great way to get the content you want on a single page. For example, place a page break in front of a screen where you have a Loop/Table so it always starts over on a new page and you have the best chance of all items on one page.

Page breaks need to be dragged onto the PDF into a specific section. Everything below the section you place the page break in gets moved to another page. You can see below the break is being dragged onto the PDF.

The page break can easily be removed if you put it in the wrong place.

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Tip - You might move your page breaks around after doing a bunch of submissions out in the field to see where they end up falling. Since the PDF can hold any amount of data entered pages will break automatically to accommodate it.

Submission Numbering

If you this option is grayed out and unavailable to you, it means that you do not have this feature enabled for this particular GoCanvas form. Learn how to enable and use Submission Numbering.

All you need to do is drag the element where you want it on your PDF. Typically these show up in the upper right hand corner.

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I turned OFF the Global Settings for this element so I could manipulate it. I also turned off the field label so only only the number itself shows up in red. If you are used to using paper forms, this is where a unique number typically lives. But you can place it anywhere you want.

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