Export graphics from Sibelius in seconds

by Daniel Spreadbury on April 20, 2010 · 10 comments

in Tips

Sibelius makes it super fast and easy to export graphics from your scores, so that you can add snippets of music notation to documents created in other applications like word processors and desktop publishing software. This is useful for e.g. adding music examples to essays, worksheets or tests.

It’s as simple as one, two, three:

  1. Select the bars you want to export and type Alt+G, or choose Edit > Select > Select Graphics
  2. Copy to the clipboard by typing Ctrl+C (Windows) or Command-C (Mac), or choose Edit > Copy.
  3. Switch to the destination application and type Ctrl+V (Windows) or Command-V (Mac), or choose Edit > Paste.

That’s all there is to it. Depending on the program you’re pasting into, you may find that choosing Edit > Paste Special allows you more options (Sibelius copies onto the clipboard in a handful of formats, and Paste Special often allows you to choose which format to paste). There are a few extra things you might like to know, such as:

  • You can click and drag to make the graphics selection any size.
  • You can change the resolution of the exported graphic using the options on the Other page of Preferences. You can also choose whether or not the graphic should be exported in monochrome, which uses less memory but may look more jagged in the destination program.
  • You can also export the selected area in a different format, such as EPS or PNG, via the File > Export > Graphics dialog: simply choose the Graphic selection option at the top of the dialog and specify the desired format using the list on the left.

To what uses have you put Sibelius’s graphic export features? Leave your favourite tips in the comments.

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