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Creating a Batch or Production Template

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To create a batch template, you will need to create a background of your chosen size in your artwork editor. You should then add any markings that you require to the background before saving it as a png file at the required resolution of 300ppi.

 

 

 

Next you will need to plan how many placements you are going to make on the background and where each placement will be made, taking into account the background size, the print area size and the size of the margin between each placement.

For our example we will use a background with dimensions of 500mm x 500mm and a product that has print area dimensions of 152mm x 152mm. I have decided to leave a 10mm margin between the edge of the background and the start of the first placement. There will also be a 10mm gap between each placement. This will allow for 9 placements, in a 3 by 3 arrangement.

 

Having created the background and having decided how each of the placements will fit onto the background, we can now start to work out the x and y coordinates of each of the placements.

You should note that the upper left hand corner of the background represents position (0,0). You should also note that when rotating a print area on a background, you are rotating it by its centre point.

Therefore, when you set the x and y position of any print area to position (0,0), the centre of that print area is in the upper left hand corner of the background.

 

 

For a 3 by 3 arrangement all 9 position values can be found by making 6 calculations. One calculation for the centre point of each column and one calculation for the centre point of each row.

Each calculation is made using the print area dimensions and the margin size, both of which are specified in mm. A conversion can be made either using the scale image function on your artwork program or by using a Web based utility such as pixel calculator remembering to convert at the required 300ppi.

 

The x value for the centre of column 1 can be found by evaluating margin(mm) + (print area width(mm) * 0.5) converted to pixels.

The x value for the centre of column 2 can be found by evaluating (margin(mm) * 2) + (print area width(mm) * 1.5) converted to pixels.

The x value for the centre of column 3 can be found by evaluating (margin(mm) * 3) + (print area width(mm) * 2.5) converted to pixels.

The y values of the centre each row can be found in a similar way.

For example, the y value for the centre of row 1 can be found by evaluating margin(mm) + (print area height(mm) * 0.5) converted to pixels.

To evaluate the position of further columns or rows you can just keep adding 1 to each of the multipliers.

 

Values used in our example)

Print Area Width = 152mm

Print Area Height =152mm

Margin = 10mm

x Value for Column 1)

margin(mm) + (print area width(mm) * 0.5)

10mm + 76mm = 86mm

86mm = 1016px

x Value for Column 2)

(margin(mm) * 2) + (print area width(mm) * 1.5)

20mm + 228mm = 248mm

248mm = 2929px

x Value for Column 3)

(margin(mm) * 3) + (print area width(mm) * 2.5)

30mm + 380mm = 410mm

410mm = 4843px

y Value for Row 1)

margin(mm) + (print area height(mm) * 0.5)

10mm + 76mm = 86mm

86mm = 1016px

y Value for Row 2)

(margin(mm) * 2) + (print area height(mm) * 1.5)

20mm + 228mm = 248mm

248mm = 2929px

y Value for Row 3)

(margin(mm) * 3) + (print area height(mm) * 2.5)

30mm + 380mm = 410mm

410mm = 4843px

 

These values can be used to easily find the x and y position values of each of the 9 placements. The following image shows a diagram of the batch template with these values applied to the rows and columns and the x and y coordinates for each placement that is obtained from these.

 

We are now ready to create a batch template in Work Flow Manager. Log into Work Flow Manager and select Batch Templates on the left.

 

Click the New button to create a new batch template and give your batch template a relevant name such as the product or types of product that it will serve, or the machine that will be using the template.

In the SKU field you should enter the SKU of the product to be associated with the batch template, as it appears in the Product Management section of Work Flow Manager. You are able to enter more than one product SKU here by separating each SKU with a comma.

Select a fulfiller from the drop down menu. This should be the company who will have access to this batch template. From the multi-select list, select the countries whose orders will be batched with this batch template. In the Background section, use the Choose File button to upload the background that you created earlier.

In the positions section, use the Add button to add a new row and enter the x and y position values that we obtained earlier for the upper left placement. Repeat the process for each of the nine placements (or however many you have).

On each row in the positions section, you have the option to rotate the placement on the background by entering a degree of rotation in the rotation column. The scale field allows you to scale an image up or down. For example, entering a value of 0.5 reduces the artwork to 50% of its original size.

In the Companies Section towards the bottom, tick the box or boxes next to the relevant company or companies whose orders will be batched out by this template.

 

 

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