Depending on how you want to configure your personalizations the different assets you'll need to create your templates. Once you have a clear idea of the personalization that will be available in your product, it is important you have these assets at hand to be able to set everything properly on your template.
Below is a list of all the possible assets you'll need.
The basics: a background image
First, and most important of all, you will need a picture of your product to use as a background for the preview. This needs to be a picture of your product .
Important things to consider for the background picture are:
- It should have a clear view of the product to be able to showcase the personalization at its best.
- It should not have any personalization on it. If your product picture already has some personalization, it is very important you delete it before uploading it.
If you are using the production file feature: a production base file
If you'll be exporting the ready to print (or engrave) files from the designs, then you'll need your design file to use as a base for the export.
This file should contain all the information you need on your production file. For example:
- Size: It should have the measurements you'll need on your export files, including margins, bleed, etc.
- Base Designs: All design elements from the product that are not personalizable should be there. For example, if your design has some static decorations, they should be part of the base file.
- Cut lines, annotations and more: Make sure you add any extra stuff you need to have on your production files.
You can choose to upload a base EPS file or a base PNG file. Depending on your design, what will work better for you. Usually, if you'll be exporting in vector format, we recommend using the base EPS file. If you'll be exporting in image format then it is safe to go with base PNG file.
If you don't use a design file for your products (for example they are simple canvases where you print pictures), then all you need to have are the dimension of the file you'll be exporting.
If your product has text personalizations
If your products have text personalizations, you'll need to have all the font files (in .ttf or .otf format) of the fonts you want to make available for that text.
The same goes for color, if you want to have the text available in multiple colors, you'll need to know their values. You can set them up in Hex code, CMYK, or RGB.
To know the size and position of your text, you can use your usual design file as a reference!
If the product has color, material, pattern or any other variation
If your products offer any change in color, material, pattern, or any other variation of that sort, you are going to need the images for that variation.
These images should match the background of the preview. For example, if your background image is a black leather wallet, and you wish to offer it in blue and brown suede, then your blue and brown pictures should match perfectly the black one. So when the color changes, the wallet doesn't move around!
If the product has pre-defined art elements such as stamps, stickers, marks, emojis, charms, etc:
If your product has pre-defined art elements such as stamps, stickers, marks, emojis, charms, you'll need the images (PNG or JPG) or vectors (EPS) of those art elements.
If you'll be working with a big library of choices, it's important you have them organized in the order you want them to be selected by your customers.
If you offer stamps or icons in multiple colors, then you'll need to know their values. You can set them up in Hex code, CMYK, or RGB.
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