Locking templates

Learn how you can prevent anyone else from changing things in your designs.

Locking one or multiple objects from your template means preserving the original idea behind your design. Locked images and objects will retain their original position. Font style, size, and format will remain the same, with only you, the creator of the template, being able to change them.

Why is locking your work important? Let’s say you just completed a design and want to save it as a template. You know that positioning your elements in the right way is crucial for a crisp and appealing display. Or maybe as a business, it would make sense to maintain brand consistency throughout your design.

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How does advanced locking work?

Saving your template

Apply the enforced lock option to your saved templates

With our locking option, we offer you the control you need to freeze your template's design layout. With the example below in mind, let's take a look at how to do this:

How does advanced locking work?

The Advanced lock option allows you to lock certain elements like text boxes, photos, shapes, and more.

If you want to lock a certain element, simply select it and click on the locking button in the top right corner, as shown in the picture below. By doing this, you just froze your object. It cannot be moved, deleted, or edited.

Locking content in your Flipsnack's flipbooks

If your layout has more objects, don’t worry. You don’t have to lock each of them individually. In your layer section, just hold CTRL or CMD and simply click on each object you wish to select. After you’re done selecting your objects, simply click the lock button as shown above.

Locking certain elements in flipbooks can be really helpful for companies that want to maintain their brand guidelines throughout publications.

Saving your template

After you’re finished with your design and all the objects are properly locked, the last thing to do is to save your work.


Under File, in the top left corner, select Save as template.

After selecting Save as template, a pop-up will automatically appear, asking if you wish to have full control over your locked elements.

By choosing not to tick the option highlighted below, you let people accessing your template operate with changes in its design. They will be allowed to move the objects or delete them.

If you have locked elements in your saved templates, no one, apart from you, the creator of the template, will be able to make changes in this regard. So elements remaining locked means that they will stay in the same position and hold their original formatting.

Locking elements means they will maintain the position and size you intended. Learn more about locking certain elements in your flipbooks.

Locking basically means setting up a design structure you wish to maintain. If you want anyone using your template to associate this design with you and, more importantly, maintain brand consistency throughout, then make sure to check this option out.

Apply the enforced lock option to your saved templates

Check to see if you have these customizations options activated in the Feature management section, and then you’ll see the option of Enable enforced lock.


Back in the Design Studio, make sure you lock elements within your design before moving on to saving it as template. 

After selecting Save as template, a pop-up will automatically appear, where you can name your template, add a description and tick the Enforce locked elements box.


By choosing not to tick the option highlighted above, you let the people who create publications using your template make changes in its design. They will be allowed to move the objects or delete them.

If you tick this checkbox, no other teammates that will use the template won’t be able to unlock elements blocked within the design. Maintain the same position and original formatting of these locked elements while also protecting your brand rules.

Important: Make sure to tick Allow elements to be unlocked for you, as owner, if you decide to unlock certain elements later on, when using a template with enforced locked elements. Find this option in the Feature management section.


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