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Configuring 3d Conversion Products for use with 2d to 3d Preview



This article describes the process of configuring a 3d conversion product to work with an existing 2d product.

This article assumes that the user has access to two identical products (1x 2d, 1x 3d) that have been configured with matching print areas to allow 3d conversion. (see Figure 1). 

3D Preview requires a specific config option to be enabled, and the config parameter to be added to the URL. After using smartlink builder to generate your URL, add the parameter &c=jvbxrmzzfjf4xyb before the # to see the 3d preview option in the App.

Important Note: If there is no ID entered in the '3d Conversion ID' field on the 2d product then no 3d conversion model is available.

Figure 1.

There are several aspects of the products which need to match identically for the conversion to work:

Print Areas

Should be named identically on both 2d and 3d products

Image Areas

Should be named identically on both 2d and 3d products

Should be positioned/scaled proportionally on the 3d print area to match the position/size on the 2d print area

Text Areas

Should be named identically on both 2d and 3d products

Should be set in the same position on the 3d print area to match the position on the 2d print area

Text size, justification and font options on the 3d text area should match that of the 2d text area

A text boundary should be enabled and the settings used should match those of the Print Area.  Note that both the 2d and the 3d product should have their text boundary enabled and set with matching settings to the print area on each product.

Important Note: Watch out for spaces, typos and capitalisation as these will all result in the conversion failing.


Let's say that there are three image areas on the 2d product (the height of the print area split into thirds) and we wanted to use this product with 3d conversion.

To configure the 3d product correctly, the image areas on the 3d product should be set to match the 2d product taking into account the difference between the pixel size of the 2d print area (519 x 777) and that of the 3d print area (272 x 407)

So for the first image area on the 3d product (see Figure 2) we simply need to divide the total height of the print area by three as all other values can remain the same giving us an image area of 272 x 136 pixels (vs 519 x 259 on the 2d product).

Figure 2.

This same process can be repeated for the other areas, ie: for the second image area on the 3d product we simply duplicate the first area and add 136 to the y position.

This technique can be followed if the print area is being divided horizontally or vertically into smaller image areas such as halves, thirds, quads and so on.

For more complex positional/scaling requirements that may involve masks or artwork we recommend that an image editor such as Photoshop is used to obtain the correct size/placement for the 3d product taking into account the relative pixel sizes of each print area.

Test the 2d template is being converted accurately using an app that supports the 3d preview feature.


Please note that some features available on 2d products may not necessarily be supported in 3d conversion. The 3d Preview feature is only supported in ACP2 and Mobile Apps.




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