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[New design] Drag & Drop Editor - Part 3: How to use content blocks? (Text & Links, Image, Button, etc.)

The [New design] Drag & Drop Editor makes it easy to design professional-looking emails. It provides more options to customize your email and also ensures that your email looks perfect on any email client and device.

In this article, we will explain further how to use the content blocks in your emails and how to modify their settings.

We've divided the [New design] Drag & Drop Editor articles into the following parts:

Title and Text

Text formatting toolbar

Select the Text or Title content block from the designer to display the text formatting toolbar at the top of the block with the following options:

  • Styles (paragraph, headings, link, button)
  • Font
  • Size
  • Text color
  • Text formatting (Bold, italics, underlined, strikethrough, superscript, and subscript)

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Colors

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The colors you use in your template will now be saved in the color picker. You can always remove a saved color by selecting a text with this color, clicking the color picker, and then Remove color. It may take a few minutes to disappear.

💡 Good to know
We added your Brand colors to your templates!
We use the Brand Fetch API to get all available information on your brand and automatically populate logo, colors & social media if available to customize all the 4 base layout templates.

Remove format

You can easily remove the formatting of a selected text by clicking the Remove format icon:

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Watch the video to learn more about adding a link, background color or image and modifying text block settings:

Add a personalization 

Click 👤 to insert a personalization in your text, like the first name of your recipients for example.
For more information, see how to personalize your text using contact attributes.

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Insert links 

To insert a link on your text, select the text, click the Link icon and fill in the details in the Insert/edit link window. The Link title is the pop-up that appears when you hover over your link.

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You can select different types of links:

  • Absolute link (URL)
    This is the basic option for links, choose this one to add a URL.
  • View in browser
    The mirror link can be added to the header of your campaigns. It's a link that recipients can click if they have trouble viewing your email in their inbox and want to open your email as a web page. Having a mirror link in your campaigns is not mandatory.
    ➡️ For more information, see our
     dedicated article on mirror links.
  • Unsubscribe
    The unsubscribe link is automatically added to the footer of your campaigns. It's a link that recipients can click to open your Sendinblue unsubscribe page and stop receiving your emails. Having an unsubscribe link in your campaigns is mandatory as it is essential to your contacts and for the proper functioning of your campaigns.
    ➡️ For more information, see our
     dedicated article on unsubscription links.
  • Update your preferences
    Sendinblue offers an Update profile form to help you collect updated information about your subscribers, such as their details, preferences, and even which lists they want to be subscribed to. We recommend including a link to this form in the footer of all of your emails to help subscribers share their preferences with you. 
    ➡️ For more information, see our dedicated article on Update profile links.
    💡 Good to know
    This option will be added automatically when you select a form in Campaign > Advanced settings > Use a custom update profile form as explained here.
    If this option is greyed out, you need to activate this option in Campaigns > Advanced settings. If you're using a template, you need to manually add the link to the Update your preferences form.
  • Email Link (mailto)
    Add a link to an email address.
  • Click to call phone number
    Add a link to a phone number.
  • Anchor for relative links
    Create an anchor somewhere in your campaign and then use the relative link option to link to that anchor. 
  • Relative link (for anchors)
    Once you've created your anchor in your campaign, use this option to link to the anchor.
    For example, going back to a specific part of the newsletter at the top of the page.

To remove or update a link, place your cursor on the link, click the Link icon to show the Remove and Update buttons.

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Left panel settings

Same block, different formatting

Click on the Text block to display the left panel with additional settings similar to the ones available in the Design tab. 
For more information on how to use these settings, see Set the design style for your entire email.

With this new editor, you can choose different formatting within the same text block. For example, you can have a title followed by a paragraph and bullets. You can also have different colors within the same block. 

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Borders

You can also add borders to your Text block as well as your images using the Borders setting in the left panel. You can set different sizes and colors for each border or toggle the Apply on all sides button to apply a unique size and color for all borders. 

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Image

You can add an image from the Content tab by using the Image block. You will be able to add the image of your choice from your Content library by clicking on Replace or pasting the link to your image in the Insert image from URL field. You can resize or edit your image directly from the editor. 

To learn more, check our dedicated article Use folders to organize images in your Content Library.

There are additional settings in the left panel that are similar to the ones available in the Design tab. 
For more information on how to use these settings, see Set the design style for your entire email.

You can also add borders to your Image blocks using the Borders setting in the left panel. You can set different sizes and colors for each border or toggle the Apply on all sides button to apply a unique size and color for all borders.

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Adding an image via the Content library

  1. Select the image block and click Replace in the image settings which opens your content library.
  2. Locate the image that you would like to insert either from My files or Stock images.
    • My files: These are your own images that you upload. Click New upload to upload one or more images from your system. You can also create folders to organize your images and find them quickly. 
    • Stock images: These images are from Unsplash which are free to use.
  3. Select the image and click Insert in the top bar.
    Your image will be inserted in the image block

Adding an image from a URL

  1. Select the Image block. 
  2. In the image settings on the left, add the image URL in the Insert image from URL field.

Watch the video to learn more about adding multiple images in a row and modifying image block settings.

Resize an image

To resize an image, click the image you want to resize to select it and place your cursor in the bottom-right corner of the image. Once the double arrow appears, pull the corner until you find the perfect size. The size of your image is displayed in blue at the bottom-right corner of your image and is automatically updated while you resize the image.
You can also use the Width field from the left panel to resize your image.

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Edit an image

Our drag and drop editor includes a photo editor where you can crop your image, add filters, text, or text design. To access the photo editor, click your image and click the Edit button in the Image Settings.

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You can also edit a photo from the Content Library. Just select the image and click Edit.

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Button

Add buttons to create a call-to-action in your emails:

  1. Drag and drop the Button block into your campaign.
  2. Replace the Call to action text with a text that corresponds to the content to which you want to redirect your recipients. 
    You can personalize the text with contact attributes if you want. 
  3. Optional: Use the text formatting toolbar and the button settings in the left panel to personalize your button. 
  4. Click the Link icon to add a link to your button to redirect recipients to the page of your choice.

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Watch the video to learn more about modifying settings such as width, border radius, line size, background color for the button block.

Social

The Social block allows you to redirect your recipients to your social media pages when they click the icons.

  1. From the Content tab, drag and drop the Social block in your campaign.
  2. Leave the default Icons design settings or choose the Size, Style, Theme and Spacing you would like to give to your Social media icons.
  3. Paste the link to your social media pages in the respective Icons settings field.
    You can click A
    dd more to add social media icons and links if needed or click the bin icon to delete a social media icon and link from the block. 

If you have already added social media links in Campaigns > Settings > Google Analytics & Social Channels, the links will automatically be populated in the Icons settings fields.

💡 Good to know
We probably added your Brand social links to your templates!
We use the Brand Fetch API to get all available information on your brand and automatically populate logo, colors & social media if available to customize all the 4 base layout templates.

Watch the video to learn more about modifying the settings for social block.

HTML

The HTML block lets you add your own code. You can either type in or copy and paste your code. To see the preview of your code just leave the HTML block.

Divider

The divider block adds a horizontal line to separate blocks.

Watch the video to learn more about modifying settings such as thickness, color, shape, width, background color for the divider block.

Header and footer

Use the Header block to add your company logo.

The Footer block is essential because it gives your recipients more information on your company and allows them to unsubscribe or edit their preferences. It can be composed of:

  • Company information
    This line is composed of your company name and contact information. 
  • Social Media icons
    You can add links to your social media in the footer of your campaign. 
    For more information, see the section about the Social content block.
  • View in browser link
    This is also referred to as the Mirror Link. This is a link that recipients can click if they have trouble viewing your email on their email client and would like to view it in the browser version. Most of the email templates don't need this option if the templates are responsive but you can always add it if needed.
  • This email was sent to
    This line lets your recipients know that this email was intended for them. It also explains why they received this email. 
  • Unsubscribe link
    This link is mandatory as it allows your recipients to unsubscribe to your newsletter in compliance with GDPR.
  • Sendinblue logo
    This will appear in the footer of your emails by default.
    • If you have a free plan, the logo will always be displayed in your footer.
    • If you have a paid plan, you can remove the logo by hand from all templates: select the logo and click the bin icon. To avoid having to remove the logo by hand each time, you can create templates without the logo and reuse them. 
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Product

If you're using Shopify or Shopware plugins with our New Drag & Drop Editor, you'll see the Product content block.

  1. Drag and drop the Product content block to your newsletter.
  2. Select a product in the search bar.
  3. Click Insert.

You'll see the product image, product title, product description, and product price. The Product URL is automatically linked to the product image and button as long as your shop is published.
For more information, see our dedicated article on how to Insert a Product block in the Drag & Drop Editor (New).

⏩ What's next?

 

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