How to Create Custom Layouts in Dorico | Setup Mode

🎬  This article is a transcription of one of the excellent video tutorials posted to the official Dorico YouTube channel.

Presented here in written form with the kind permission of its creator, Anthony Hughes, this tutorial is titled “How to Create Custom Layouts in Dorico”…

Hi, I’m Anthony Hughes. I will be showing you how to create custom layouts in Steinberg’s new music notation software, Dorico.

Layouts are incredibly flexible and powerful, while at the same time being extremely easy to use.

I’m just starting a new project for a large ensemble of chorus and orchestra. I’ve added all my players and Dorico has helpfully created Layouts for me for both the Full Score and all instrumental parts.

Of course, when it comes to performing this work, I’m going to want to give my chorus a vocal score that includes all four choral parts and a piano reduction of the orchestral score for rehearsal purposes.

I’ve already created the player for the piano reduction,

but I don’t want it to appear in the Full Score. So, with the piano reduction player selected, I simply uncheck the checkbox on the Full Score layout and piano is no longer included.

Great, that’s step 1 done.

Next, I need to create the vocal score. To do this, I come down to the bottom of the Layouts panel and click this button to Add a Custom Score Layout.

Let’s double-click the card and rename it Vocal Score.


By default, Custom Scores do not include any players or flows, so you have complete flexibility over what they contain. Let’s start by including the Flow, and of course if you have more than one you may need to add them all.

Then in the Players panel simply check the Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass and not forgetting our Piano reduction.

Then let’s switch to the Vocal Score layout using the selector here on the toolbar and there you have it.

You’ll notice we have the four vocal parts and the piano reduction ready for me to get inspired and write a masterpiece.

I hope this has been helpful to you. Please subscribe to the Dorico Youtube channel to see more videos like this. I’m Anthony Hughes, thanks for watching.


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3 Replies to “How to Create Custom Layouts in Dorico | Setup Mode”

  1. Thanks for posting these, Robert. I like the bite-sized lesson delivered right to my inbox! It has definitely been keeping me on task with learning Dorico.

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