Recently I needed to place a graphic on the bottom of the first page of music in every part of my Sibelius file. I soon discovered that there is no official way of doing this.
Luckily, Jeremy Hughes came to the rescue, as he often does, with an ingenious “hack” solution. He has graciously allowed me to share his discovery, provided that I mention that this is unsupported and undocumented, so use at your own risk!
The full walkthrough is available in this brief video tutorial:
Upon learning of this solution, I couldn’t help but be reminded of discovering the “minus worlds” of Super Mario Bros. many years ago:
A rough transcript of the video follows.
Hi everyone it’s Philip at NYC Music Services, back with another tutorial.
This one’s for Sibelius and it will show you how to place a graphic so that it appears in the same position on the first page of all of the parts and the score. This is actually a bit of a hack and not officially documented or supported, but I have used it several times without incident so far.
This might be useful, say, if you have a logo that you would like to appear on the bottom of your music near the copyright notice, and not have it be affected by the layout of the music at all.
First, I’ll briefly review how to place a graphic in the usual way.
Select where you’d like the graphic to appear, then go to Notations > Graphic, and choose the graphic from your computer.
You can re-size and move it. Notice, though, that the graphic will only be attached to that instrument. If I cycle through different parts, the graphic only appears on the part to which it is attached, and no other part. There is no way in Sibelius to place a graphic as a system item, the way there is for symbols and text. Even if you import the graphic as a symbol, it will behave like a symbol and will ultimately be affected by your layout.
So I’m going to go ahead and delete that graphic. Here’s how to get it to appear on all the parts.
First, create a title page by going to Layout > Title Page. Don’t worry, you can delete the title page later, but we need it for these interim steps. Make sure that there is at least one piece of text on the title page.
Then, without anything selected, place the graphic on the title page, but in the position where you’d like it to appear on the first page of music.
Then, cut the graphic to delete it but so that it is copied to the clipboard.
Now, select any piece of text on the title page, and paste the graphic. Somewhat strangely, the graphic appears not on the title page, but on the first page of music, in the position where it was previously on the title page.
You can go ahead and delete the title page by selecting the icon in the upper left hand corner of the first page of music, and pressing delete on your keyboard.
You’ll notice that the behavior of the graphic is a little strange, and keep in mind that this is a hack, and probably technically a bug, so you might have to experiment a little to get it to work. You can do some normal things like hiding it in the score, or in a particular part, and I’ve noticed that if you re-size the graphic in one part, it does not seem to affect any other part.
Anyway, that’s how to place a graphic in Sibelius so that it appears in the same position on the first page of all of the parts and the score. I want to acknowledge and thank Jeremy Hughes who discovered this unusual hack. Perhaps there are more of them waiting to be discovered!
Thanks for watching.