Tip: Save any part of a page as a graphic


  1. Dorico 3.5 adds the ability to export any portion of your music as a graphics file. Known as Graphic Slices, you can draw out slices on any page in your layouts using the new tool found in Engrave mode.
  2. You can create as many slices as you need, on any page. The names you give your slices will be used as the filenames when you export the graphics.
  3. Use the handles on the slice to resize and reposition. You can also fine-tune using the Properties panel.
  4. Set options such as the graphic format, resolution and color settings. Choose where to save the graphics. When ready, press the Export button at the bottom of the panel to create the graphic files. You can either export all slices at once, or make a selection in the table and export only those.
  5. The graphic slices are saved in the project, meaning you reuse them at any point in the future.

Tip: Re-use a Master Page Set in other projects


  1. In Engrave mode, add a Master Page Set and give it a name.
  2. Make your new Master Page Set the Current set and double-click the page pairs to edit them. Create new page pairs if necessary.
  3. Create you layouts in the Master Page Editor for each page pair.
  4. You can also choose to style the Flow Heading.
  5. Export your new Master Page Set, then import it into any other Dorico project.

Tip: Notation tips for creating worksheets


  1. There is no requirement to use time signatures or meter, simply input your music without worrying about bars or barlines.
  2. Force accidentals to be shown or hidden.
  3. Hide stems to show only noteheads.
  4. Make music items larger, by any percentage.
  5. Use noteheads that display the pitch of the note.
  6. Remove Rests so they simply do not appear in your music.
  7. Hide Time Signatures – you may need to adjust note spacing (see below) in order to retain a space to write one in by hand.
  8. Delete barlines wherever necessary, without the need to rewrite lots of music.
  9. Use hidden Coda sections to create gaps between questions.
  10. Adjust Note Spacing to position music items exactly where you need them.
  11. Set the barline used at end of flow. Choose from single or double barlines, or even no barline at all.

Tip: Make a music worksheet


  1. Add a new flow of music for every question in your worksheet. Input the music you will use in your worksheet, however you can always add further questions later on if required.
  2. Use Project Info (found in the File menu) to give your worksheet a title (use the Title field in the Project tab) and to populate each Flow Headings with the text that will be comprise the questions.
  3. In Engrave mode, disclose the Flow Headings section and double-click the Flow Heading to edit it. Double-click the text to edit it and apply the required formatting. In this example I reduce the size of the text and align it to the left to look more like questions.
  4. Use Layout Options (Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+L) to allow multiple flows on the same page. In this example I have also reduced the Flow heading bottom margin to position it closer to the music.