You can adjust the baseline position and the baseline and the offsets for dynamics and expressive text ("Vertical Entry Offset"
and "Baseline Offset
The Baseline Position
is the vertical offset from the middle of the staff lines.
The default values in Perfect layout are:
97 EVPU (Above Staff Baseline), -134 EVPU (Below Staff Baseline), 11 EVPU Baseline Offset, -66 EVPU Entry Offset.
These four values are written directly into the corresponding slots in Finale (see images 6 and 7).
If you deactivate this option, Perfect Layout will use the baseline/offset settings from your document.
Image 6: Expression baseline settings in Finale controlled via the four triangles
(Above: 97 EVPU / Below: -134 EVPU by default)
Image 7: The baseline/vertical entry offset values are written into the Dynamics/Expressive Text categories
This will update the placement and alignment of all existing expressions. Expressions from other categories will be corrected, so that they stay at the original position.
While the "Below Staff Baseline Position
" affects expressive text and dynamics expressions, the "Above Staff Baseline
" mainly affects tempo marks, rehearsal marks and tempo alterations.
For the Perfect Layout plugin the baseline always means the closest position to the staff line
. If there is a collision, the expression will be horizontally or vertically shifted, but never closer to the staff.
There is only one exception: dynamics are shifted slightly closer to the staff, if the "Shift Dyn. Expressions Up If Lowest Element is Staff Line" is selected in the "Express.