'Templating' refers to the process of configuring a 3d product to generate print ready artwork files so that they can be used in an eCommerce environment. Sample iT 3d models are not templated and offer a standard feature-set in terms of the product configuration - this was a standard setup option when Flash technology was in actively in use. Templated products utilise Personalise-iT functionality, which offers an enhanced tool-set for configuring products.
In some cases, users may want to template the 3d Products manually to both save on costs and to utilise the enhanced tool set that Personalise-iT functionality offers.
Step 1 - Basic Details
Log into CPP as normal.
Find the product in the Product Manager by using the Search facility. You can enter keywords, product ID or SKU.
Click 'Edit' to access the Basic Details section of that product.
From here it is possible to set the model as a Template, and switch the Product Type from Sample iT to Personalise iT. Click save (See Figure 1).
Step 2 - Updating the Print Area
All 3d Sample iT models will be configured with a Print Area by default. Personalise iT Products work in a slightly different way, which means that the Print Area needs to be updated.
From the product setup menu (down the left of the page) click on the Print Area menu, and Edit the existing Print Area. There are 3 rows of number values which relate to 3 different things:
Row 1 is the Edit Area - this is the location of the print area on the 3d product.
Row 2 is the Mask - this controls where the personalisation is visible.
Row 3 is the physical Print Area size in mm. This value isn't used in Sample iT, but in Personalise iT this is the size of the artwork file that the system will generate at 300dpi.
The Edit Area and Mask can be seen by expanding the Texture Preview menu - see figure 2. This may appear quite abstract on screen and will vary for every product. The Texture Preview displays the flattened 3d model as is used to map personalisation to.
Important Note: Row 2 - The mask will always be set correctly based on how the Sample-iT product was originally set up and approved, therefore this SHOULD NOT be changed.
The goal here is to replace the edit area values (Row 1) with the Mask values (Row 2). This will mean that both rows have the same number values and thus, the same Aspect Ratio (AR Value).
Row 3 will also need to have a matching AR (within 0.05 tolerance) based on the mm values specified.
Important Note: It is possible that Legacy Sample iT products will not have any specified print values (mm), or will have arbitrary values that are not accurate to the product. This means that at the time of configuration, the relevant information wasn't supplied (as it's not necessary in Sample iT product).
Depending on the intended use of the product, there are 2 ways to proceed if the AR does not match. The options are:
1. If you want the product to produce print ready Artwork files then the print values have to be set accordingly - all AR's must match or you will not be able to save any changes.
2. If you want to utilise the Personalise-iT functionality and will not be using the Print Artwork - you can enter small arbitrary numbers here just to get a matching AR (eg less than 100mm in width and height). If the artwork is not being used these values don't matter and smaller values will be less demanding on the system.
Figure 3 shows the updated Edit Area and the AR of all 3 rows now matching. Click save once this is the case.
Step 3 - Configuring the User Functionality
Once the Print Area is set, it is then possible to utilise the enhanced Personalise iT functionality to configure the product. This can be done by adding Image Areas (for image upload) and Text Areas (for text input).
All Image Areas and Text Areas must be set within the confines of the specified Print Area co-ordinates that you have set in step 2 (the top row of pixel values).
For speed, you can set the Image Area co-ordinates to match the Print Area co-ordinates in pixels. This then means that it is possible to upload an image to the full print area on the product. The Text Area should be set using only x any y values - these should be set in the middle of the available print area.
There are dedicated articles on adding Image Areas and Text Areas (and the settings within them) in our 2d Product Creation Resources. Please see the links below for more information.
At any stage during the configuration, you can run a Print Test (accessible via the Basic Details > Print Test menu) to review the product configuration and test the output files being generated.
Important Note: The CPP is a shared platform for 2d and 3d Products so many of the processes are very similar - therefore the 2d Product Creation Resources are a useful source of reference. If some features do not appear to work as you would expect it may be that those features are not compatible with 3d Products.