Creating custom layouts

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps for saving layouts you create as custom templates in Descript. Sharing these layouts with your team can create cohesive video projects and speed up your workflows.

There are two ways to save the layouts you create:

  • Save a scene as a layout: This is the more straightforward way of saving layouts. As you create content, you'll likely arrange a scene layout that you want to use multiple times or in other projects. You can save the layout directly from your project.
  • Start with a new template: This method is great if you have a set of layouts in mind that you want to create and organize together, or if you want to adjust layouts in an existing template. For example, if you want to create layouts with branding features for your intro, ending, and a scene layout for two speakers, you can create a new template and arrange your various scenes from there.
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Save a Scene as a Layout

Saving a scene as a layout

  1. Once you've created your perfect scene layout, you can save it to a template:
    • Right-click on the scene thumbnail and choose Save to template...
    • Open the Scene panel and select ... > Save to template...
  2. Choose Add to template to save the layout to an existing template, or choose Create new template. For new templates, you'll need to name the template and set the access settings.

That's it! You can now apply your layout to any scene in your project.

Starting with a New Template

1. Create a New Template

Create a new template project

  1. From the Drive view, open the Template Logo.png Templates tab and select + New template in the top right corner.
  2. Name your template in the app bar at the top of the editor screen. This will help when you need to find and use the template later on.

2. Arrange Your Scenes

Creating a template works just like working on a project in Descript. What you add to the individual template scenes depends on how you want to leverage templates throughout projects. Here are a few common use cases where templates can help speed up your workflow:

  • Designing customized audiograms or social media clips.
  • Setting up video layouts for interviews with multiple speakers or related recordings.
  • Crafting a unique style for captions.
  • Arranging presentation layouts.
  • Making a complete series of scenes for a particular project or production.

3. Publish Your Template

Once you're done creating your template, you'll need to publish it in order to use your template scenes in projects and/or share with others. You can always come back and edit the template project if you need to make updates to it.

Publishing a new template

  1. Select Publish Template in the top right corner.
  2. Name each layout and set each layout's thumbnails.
  3. Select Publish Template in the bottom right corner of the publish template panel.

Now, you can use your template in your projects.

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