Starting a Layout with a Blank Canvas

Learn how to start your floor plan from scratch with a nice, clean blank canvas.

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Written by Christina Farrow
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Starting A Layout
When you're ready to create your first layout in a wedding or project in Aisle Planner, head on over to the Layout & Seating tab, where you'll be welcomed with a couple different options to get started:

If you want to start a layout from scratch, select the Start with a Blank Canvas option.  

If you have a floor plan from your venue that you'd like to upload and use as a backdrop to build a layout on, or if you would like to use a layout from your venue layout templates, select the Start By Uploading a Floor Plan option.  

If you don't need to create a layout for whatever reason, you also have the option to just use our simple seating tool, where you can create table lists and arrange and accommodate your guests with easy drag and drop seating. If this is the case, select the Start with Simple Seating option.  Learn more about our simple seating feature here.

Starting Your Layout with a Blank Canvas

If you've selected the option to start with a blank canvas, your canvas is already set to scale and you can begin designing your layout from scratch with the design tools provided. Learn more about our layout design tools here.

An important thing to note: If you've already created a seating list prior to creating this layout, you'll find the tables you've already created in the Your Tables Menu in your Library. Use these tables to drag and drop into place to keep your tables and seating assignments synced between your layout and table list. You can always update the table type and adjust chairs as needed.

Uploading Your Venue's Floor Plan After You've Already Created A Layout 

If you've already started your layout with a blank canvas, you can still upload your venue's floor plan at anytime. Just use the Draw menu located towards the top left of your screen to upload your floor plan by using the Add Image option (which you'll find at the bottom of the drop down menu), and then follow the prompts to Set the Scale. Once you've set the scale, any objects you've drawn will automatically adjust to scale to fit within your layout.  

Additional Tips: Once you've set the scale on your image, depending on your measurements and the size of your browser window, the background you just uploaded may zoom in, zoom out or move off of your screen. Use this keyboard shortcut to reset your view:  Command + Shift + 9

Arranging Your Uploaded Floor Plan Behind Existing Objects In Your Layout

Once you've uploaded the floor plan / image and set the scale, if you already have existing objects in your layout, you may need to arrange your layout behind those existing items so that they are visible on top of your layout.  You can do this by using the Arrangement Tool located towards the top left of your layout. Just click to select your layout, then click on the arrangement tool and choose the Send To Back option.

Using a Pre-Existing Layout from your Venue Library

Simply click on the Venues in the Properties/Library Panel on the right, find the venue template you would like to use either by scrolling down or entering search terms in the search bar, and then drag and drop your venue into place. 

Locking Your Venue's Floor Plan in Place

Once your venue's floor plan is scaled and set in place, we recommend locking it in place to minimize accidentally moving it around as you design your layout on top of it. To lock your uploaded floor plan, click to select your floor plan, and then lock it within the Shape menu. 

If you need to adjust or move your floor plan backdrop while it's locked, just double click to select it and move as needed.

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