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Creating a Design with Graphical Menu Layout

Graphics to Prepare Before Setting Up Design

If you’ve selected Graphical Menu Layouts as your Base Design here are some graphics you should prepare before continuing:

Logo

Most logos should be created at 700 pixels wide (at 72 dpi). Most important is to save the logo as a .png file so that it is transparent.

Home Background

Creating a custom home background is optional. Grandstand does offer some standard options.

Solid Fill Color

Under Fonts & Colors -> Home ->Home Page Solid Color you can select one of your identified colors as the background and leave it at that.

Stock Backgrounds

In Grandstand, there are a number of stock backgrounds already loaded for you to choose from. Simply select the background and save. No custom design required!

Custom Background Graphic

If you use your own graphic please keep these in mind:

  1.  A full-page photo will not stretch well on all phone devices. The newer iPhones and similar Android devices are much taller than the old iPhone lineup and will distort your photo. If wanting to use a photo, it is recommended to use one at the bottom or top and fade it to a solid color. See the example at the right.
  2. The best background images are patterns that repeat. If using a repeating background please create the image at 1242 x 2208 and save it at around 900 x 1600 (at 72 dpi). Most backgrounds can be saved as .jpgs instead of .pngs which should cut down on the file size if saved at a lower quality. Because the app will not open until the background image is loaded it is important this file size be as small as possible. Consider using a free service like tinypng.com to reduce the size of your png or jpg graphic as much as possible.

Link Images

These are the most important part of the Graphical Menu Layout as these are the graphics that will be the links. Unlike icons, most link images will include the name of the menu item. Size can vary from full width (900 pixels wide at 72 dpi) to 1/3 width (300 pixels wide at 72 dpi). These must load before the app will open so file size is important to pay attention to. In addition, these will stretch to fill all available horizontal space. There is no limit to how many you can have on a page as it will scroll. Save as .png if needing transparency or .jpg if not. Below are some examples of graphic link images that can be used.

Illinois 4-H Design

Riverside County Fair Design

Erie Fairgrounds Design

Setup Design Elements (App Layout)

Once you have your design elements you are ready to combine them into a design. If you switch to a different Base Design at any point you will not lose your progress on setting up Graphical Menu Layouts. Please note that the preview area does not accurately reflect how it will look on all devices:

  • Logo Image: Upload and choose from the list.
  • Logo Height Adjustment: You may need to experiment to find the right fit for your logo height. Always assume that someone will use your app on a wider and narrower device than you have.
  • Link Images Width: Choose from 1 to 3 images across. Most Graphical Menu Layouts use either 1 or 2 across (see examples on the right)
  • Hide Icon Text: Check if including the name in the link image graphically (suggested)
  • Home Background: Upload and choose from the list. Stretching and anchoring are covered in Step 1 above.
  • Search Icon & Side Menu Icon: Required. Use pre-existing graphics or upload your own square .png graphics (250x250 at 72 dpi).
  • Percent of Home Screen Used Per Section: Because the height of the Graphical Menu design is locked you can allocate the size of each of the 2 areas that make up the layout

Update to the App

When you are ready to go or just want to test out your progress hit the ‘Update To App’ button in the top right of the Home - Layout & Design page. Although the app will refresh itself every two minutes you can speed up the process by exiting the app and coming back into it.

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