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Create Canto Brand Templates in Adobe InDesign


To create Canto Brand Template files in InDesign you need to install the PrintUI extension first:

Please contact your Canto Account Manager to receive the necessary PrintUI credentials.


After the installation is complete, you need to log in once.

  1. Open InDesign.
  2. Go to Window > Extensions and activate PrintUI Management.
  3. Click on the little menu icon within the PrintUI Management extension in InDesign and select Enter Login Credentials.
  4. Enter the PrintUI Email and Password, you have received from your Canto account manager or implementation specialist and click on Login.

How to set up templates

When you have your template open, be sure to navigate to the Setup tab > click on Initialize Template to convert an InDesign document for use for Brand Templates

When the template is initialized, a Background Layer is created. 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. 

  • Locked Layers: Objects can be edited (replaced, resized, moved, and rotated) inside the frame, but the frame itself can not be moved or resized.
  • Background layer: Nothing in this layer can be edited.

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. 

Text Fields

Customizable text areas can be set with constraints to prevent users from entering invalid data or stray from guideline requirements. Under the PrintUI Frame Options, a user may control the font size of text by checking the Fill Text Frame and set a min and max font size or allow specific text to be entered such as phone numbers, email addresses, dates, or URLs.



When setting up fonts you will need to be aware that the software only supports Windows compatible TrueType fonts and OpenType fonts. Fonts that are not supported include Postscript fonts, Mac .dfont files, and .ttc fonts. You may also upload fonts that are not installed in your InDesign program by going to the Uploaded Fonts tab and upload your own for Brand Template use. 

Note: Adobe OTF fonts may not necessarily work the with software. Google TTF fonts will work with the software. 

After creating the template, Preflight the document using the management panel. The Preflight feature acts as a check-list for users to identify what issues may need to be corrected and how to correct these errors. Once the document is error-free, upload the file to Canto from within InDesign.

If you have any questions on the setup of Brand Templates, you can reach out to your account manager for more information. 

How to delete templates

Depending on your plan with Canto, you may have a limit on how many Brand Templates you have associated with your account. To free up space you will need to first delete created templates from the plug-in via Adobe InDesign

In PrintUI Management window, navigate down to Templates > select the template you would like to delete > click on Remove Template.

Please note, that the InDesign file will still reside in your Canto library. The Brand Template feature will be disabled. You may choose to keep the file in your Canto library or you may manually delete the asset.  

If you were to delete the Brand Template in your Canto library first without removing the template in the PrintUI plug-in the template will still be synchronized back to Canto from the PrintUI.

Video: Brand templates in InDesign

This video demonstrates the creation of a Brand Template in InDesign in more detail:

Contact Support for even more detailed tips on how to create Canto Brand Templates in InDesign.

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