Create an Image with the Smart Media Editor

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You can create custom graphics right from your Digital Asset Manager with the Smart Media Editor. To get started, click Files in your Faithlife Group sidebar.

Open files from group sidebar

Click Create to create a Smart Media digital asset for your group.

Create a digital media asset

Note: You can also use any existing image as a starting point for Smart Media. View the assets details, locate the Smart Media panel, and click Create Smart Media. For instance, quickly add a QR Code to an existing asset from within your Digital Asset Manager. Learn more about working with your Digital Asset Manager.

Editor Overview

The Smart Media Editor has three basic sections.

Create Smart Media Layout

  1. Toolbar: switch between Smart Media tools to build your image.
  2. Editor Pane: Customize the tool or add content.
  3. Preview Pane: See your asset in real-time.

Use the Toolbar to select tools. Add content in the Editor Pane, and move and arrange items in the Preview Pane.

When selecting elements in the Preview Pane, additional tooling shows depending on the element type. For instance, when selecting text, the Editor Pane shows text styling and position options and an additional toolbar shows above the preview enabling grouping, alignment options, deleting the text box, and more.

Edit text boxes

The Smart Media editor keeps a history of your changes, which you can access with the undo Undo icon or redo Redo icon buttons.

When finished with your image, click Save to add the file to your Digital Asset Manager.

In the future, you can edit Smart Media from the asset’s details page.

Edit smart media

Editor Tools

Each tool in the Smart Media editor helps you build out a final image that is professional and customized to your needs.


Use the Artboard important details about your image, like a title, description, size, and more.

Artboard tool

  • Title: set the title of your final asset.
  • Description: pre-populate the "Description" field of your asset with descriptive sentence.
  • Tags: add custom tags to help you find this asset later in your Digital Asset Manager.
  • Size: set the artboard size for your image (you can lock the ratio with the lock Unlock icon icon)
  • Background Color: add a solid background color using one of the predefined options or any RGB, HEX, or HSL value. The checkerboard pattern indicates a transparent background.
  • Filters: once you add content to your image, you can add a global filter to the final asset using one of the presets in the filter panel.


To start with a template, use the Template tool. Search for a key term for your image and select a preset to apply it.

add an image template

Note: Templates can contain multiple elements: text, images, QR codes, etc. You can add additional elements or remove existing elements if needed, as the template makes each added element editable.


To add text boxes or text graphics, use the Text tool. Click any option to insert it into your image. The headline, subhead, and body text options provide a scaled text system encourage good design.

add text elements

Click on any text element to show a variety of editing options.

Edit text boxes

  • Content: set the content of your text box.
  • Text: adjust typography, including the font, text size, leading, and more.
  • Layout: decide how your text should interact with its text box, including how it should wrap and align.
  • Position: adjust the position and size of the text box on the screen (includes options for rotating and skewing the text). You can also move the text box manually in the preview pane.
  • Opacity: set the text box’s transparency
  • Drop shadow: add a custom drop shadow with control over the color, blur, opacity, and more.
  • Stroke: add a custom outline stroke to the text with control over its color and width.
  • Warp: choose a preset warp with control over the shape and character of the warp effect.
  • Text on a Circle: wrap the text in a circle with control over the size, text direction, and text position.


Add shapes or illustrations from the Elements tool.

add shapes or illustrations

Note: Most illustrations can be customized. Select the illustration to change the illustration’s color, position, and more.


Add Faithlife stock photos and illustrations to your image.

Add an image


Add a background image to your Smart Media.

Add background image


Adjust the visibility and order of each layer in your Smart Media. The order of the layers determines how the layers stack. The higher the layer, the more it moves to the foreground.

Layers in your smart media

  • Move layer: move a layer up or down in the stack with the up Caret Up 1Px icon or down Caret 1Px icon arrows.
  • Lock layers: to temporarily prevent selecting or editing a layer, click the Unlock icon icon (to enable interaction, click the Lock icon icon to unlock the layer).
  • Show/hide layer: to hide a layer, click the Show icon icon (to show the layer again, click the Hide icon icon).

QR Codes

For printable media, consider adding a scannable QR code to your design.

Add QR Codes

You can customize the look of the code and choose a variety of QR types like URL, WiFi, and more.

Customize QR Code

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