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2d Product Creation | User Guide - Section 04: 2d Views

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Section 04: 2d Views

4.1 Overview

A 2D View represents the 2D Product visually on screen, and provides a base for the CPP functionality to be applied to. It is constructed of two components; a 2D View Background and a 2D View Mask (see Figure 1).

Figure 1.

BACKGROUND

The 2D View Background is the product preview image that will be displayed on-screen for customers to personalise. Generally, 2D View Backgrounds that are created in-house utilise ‘clean’, transparent product images (eg background imagery and colours removed etc). This allows any background colour (such as the website page) to be seen behind the 2D Product by default, and allows the option to add/replace a Custom Background Image on CPP at any point in the future, giving the flexibility to change the way the product is presented very easily. This is not a strict rule, but rather a general guideline - technically, a 2D View Background can be as complex and colourful as desired but it should always be considered in the context of the destination platform(s) that it will be viewed. In some cases, you may have some nice lifestyle shots of the products, in which case it makes sense to use them in the 2D View Background.

Information on Custom Background Images can be found in this article.

All 2D View Background images should be created using product images from an orthographic view ('face-on' from whichever side(s) feature the printable area(s)). This maximises the accuracy in the relationship between the on screen visual preview and the print output generated by the system.

Important Note: The CPP Colour Area feature works best with white / light grey coloured product imagery. Anything other than this may produce odd results, as the colours are applied as an ‘Overlay’ on top of the 2D View Background image. This should be considered before creating the 2D View.

 

MASK

The 2D Mask View defines what part of the 2D View Background image can display personalisation - it affects the on-screen preview only. It must be specified as a solid black area, on a transparent background. (see Figure 1)

All 2D View Background and 2D View Mask images should be square and scaled in pixels. For optimal performance, we generally recommend that they are created as 800x800 pixel images. The App will always scale to fit the size of the device that it is being viewed on; so 800x800 is sufficient in most cases.

There is no standard zoom facility based on the size of the 2d View Background images, so having them larger than 800x800 will have little impact. If the products or designs on them are especially complex with small details, a larger 2d View Background may be beneficial, although we generally advise not going any larger than 1500x1500 pixels as this can have implications on performance.

Important Note: The combined files sizes of the 2D View Background and the 2D View Mask cannot exceed 750kb. This is for performance reasons. If you are having difficulty creating files under this size limit, you can compress your PNG file using free online compression software such as tinypng.com

 

4.2 How to create a 2D View (general guideline)

2D View Background

  1. In your image editing software, create a New Document at 800 x 800 pixels (or desired size) at 72dpi
  2. Open the product imagery and Scale it to fit within the 800 x 800 pixel document
  3. Modify / enhance as you wish (eg remove background, apply filters etc...). Generally a simple Drop Shadow Effect can help to make the product to stand out.
  4. Centre the product image to the document
  5. Save the image in PNG format
  6. Upload the product image into the 2D View Background slot in the 2D View section of the CPP.

2D View Mask

  1. Add a solid black shape that covers the area on the product that you want to feature personalisation. Make sure you have a transparent background.
  2. Save the image in PNG format
  3. Upload the mask image into the 2D View Mask slot in the 2D View section of the CPP

Important Note: When a 2D View is created, the 2D View Background and 2D View Mask images cannot be replaced. Any changes will have to be uploaded as a new 2D View for the product. Any established relationships between the ‘old’ 2D View and configured Print Areas will be lost, and will therefore need to be re-established with the ‘new’ 2D View from within the Print Area configuration. Failure to do so will result in problems with functionality and/or failure to generate output in the Print Test facility.

 

4.3 Multiple 2D Views

Some products may offer personalisation to multiple sides / surfaces that may not be visible in a single 2D View. In these circumstances, it may be necessary to add more 2D Views of the product from different orientations. Additional 2D Views are created in the same way as outlined above. (Figure 2)

Important Note: When using 2D Views it is advised that the user checks to make sure that any configured Print Areas are assigned to them correctly - this is not an automated process.

 

Figure 2.

4.4 Updating 2d views

Currently to update a particular view it is necessary to delete that view and re-upload a new image file to replace it with. When a 2d view is deleted, any associations to that view via settings on the product are also lost, so it will be necessary to re-select the view for each particular setting and re-save.

The affected settings on the product include:

Print areas

Colour area masks

Colour area sync

 

4.5 VIDEO 03 

Demonstration of 2d View Creation

 

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