How to Erase the Background of Dynamics & Playing Techniques in Dorico Pro 2

🎬  This article is a transcription of one of the excellent tutorial videos posted to the official Dorico YouTube channel. It may be used as a companion study guide for the video tutorial, or as a stand-alone how-to.

Presented here in written form with the kind permission of its creator, Anthony Hughes, this tutorial is titled “Erase Background of Dynamics and Playing Techniques in Dorico Pro 2″…

Hello, I’m Anthony Hughes, and in this video I’d like to show you how to erase the background of dynamics, playing techniques and text items, here in Dorico 2, the advanced music notation software from Steinberg.

Erase the background of dynamics, playing techniques and text

Sometimes when writing music you can end up in situations where space is getting a little tight and in order to achieve the desired position of a music item, it collides with staff lines or barlines.

In Dorico 2, when you select a dynamic, playing technique or text item, you can switch to Engrave mode and open the Properties panel, where you’ll find a new property to Erase background.


This works over all [dynamics, playing techniques or text] objects, so you can position items where you need them. Depending on the nature of the item you are working with, you may wish to modify how much of the background around the item is erased.

You can do this by enabling the Erasure padding properties and setting the left, right, top or bottom values accordingly.

Properties : adjust bottom enclosure padding


Engraving Options

The default padding values can be set in Engraving Options, and are found on the Dynamics…

Engraving options- dynamics

Playing Techniques…

Engraving options – playing techniques

and Text…

Engraving options – text

pages respectively.

… I’m Anthony Hughes, thanks for watching.

I very much hope you’ve found this video transcription to be helpful. If you have, please subscribe to OF NOTE and follow me on for ongoing music notation news and info. And don’t forget to subscribe to the Dorico YouTube channel to see many more videos like this one. ~robert puff

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