- Access to a Fulfiller's Blank Product that has been configured correctly
- Prepared Artwork files for each page of the card
Step 1: Select the Blank Product and run the Virtual Product Routine
Log in to the Platform and go to Product ManagerSearch for the Blank product by Product ID or SKUSelect the Blank Product using the tick box and from the Bulk Action drop-down menu, select Create Virtual Products
From the Virtual Product Creation Menu, select Manual
Select a category in the Platform to place the new Virtual ProductIf you have multiple Product Categories in the Platform you can use the scroll bar, or search box to find the folder that you want to add the Virtual Products to.
Click Pick to make your selection
Add a Design Name and enter Branding Options (optional) and click on Create Virtual Products
On the following screen click on Multi-Edit to be immediately taken to the product to begin editing
Step 2: Product
Configuration - Adding the Artwork to the first print area
Click on 'Print Specification' and Click the pencil Edit icon under Actions for the first Print Area you wish to add Artwork toThe Print Areas should be either named or listed in a logical manner, if not please contact the Product's fulfiller for clarification.
On the print area page, open the Artwork roll-out menu
Click the Upload option to add your the artwork file of your design to the Virtual Product
The Preview will update to display the Artwork applied to the ProductYou can also click on the Print Test button (under Contextual actions) to instantly see the artwork as it would appear to the user in a live preview app)
Step 3: Product Configuration - Adding the Artwork to the other print areas
Simply repeat the process in Step 2 for all the other Print Areas of the product where you wish to add design artworkIn the case of our example this may be for Front and Inside / Left RightGenerally the back of the card is reserved for branding information and barcodes so it may not be possible to add Artwork here. In that scenario the Print Area may be set to Preview only preventing the uploading of artwork filesIf any part of the Print specification is unclear you should contact the Fulfiller directly for information on how to use the Blank they have configured.
Step 4: Product Configuration - Adding a Text Area for Name to the Front of the Card
From the Configuration Panel, select Functionality and then click on the Text Tab and click on the Create a Text Area button
This opens up the Text Area setup options. We want to set the following options:
Name - Give the text area a name to easily identify it (if more than one text area is available on the product this will be visible to the user)
Print Area - Choose the Print Area the text area will be linked to (This auto-updates the preview when selected and centers your text to the full Print Area)
This Interactive preview can then be used to position your Text Area against the productImportant note: The menu page previews are for guidance only, for accurate size and placement of text areas you should always use the Print Test feature.
Additional Control is then available via the roll-out menus:
OptionsUnder the Options rollout you can decide whether the text are is Single or Multi-line and also control user interactivity - eg whether the user can they move / rotate / resize text. It's also possible to set a placeholder if neededIn our example we will use a single line so that we can use the Auto-Fit feature, we will also disable Move, Resize and Rotate so that the text is fixed in place
FormattingUnder the formatting roll out you can decide on the exact look and behaviour of the text. You can also choose options available to the user in the app such as a range of Fonts, Sizes or ColoursIn our example we will add a yellow Fill and a red Stroke to our Name
ValidationThe validation rollout is used when you need to set Max Characters or an input rule such as ASCII only to prevent emojisIn our example we have set a 12 character limit for the name inputIf the text area is multi-line and additional validation option becomes available for Max Lines
Advanced OptionsThe advanced options rollout allow you to set boundary-cased features that operate based on user inputIn our example we will use the Auto-Fit feature which will dynamically resize text when the input reaches the width of the specified boundary
Enable Auto Fit
Click Show Boundary beneath the preview image
Interactively position the boundary box around the central position of your text to define the max width/height
Step 5: Product Configuration - Adding a second Text Area for to allow a message inside the card
From the Configuration Panel, select Functionality and then click on the Text Tab and click on the Create a Text Area buttonAssign it to Inside Back print area and click Save.
Open the Options rollout and enable Multi-line. Add a placeholder eg: 'Add your message' (don't worry about the size we will rectify that in the next step)
Open the Formatting rollout and change the default size to 14. Add a Font Set, Size Set and Colour Set to give the user customisation choices in the app of how their message will appear
Open the validation rollout and add a max number of lines and characters if needed.
Click Print Test to review your changes.You will notice that the Message text area appears above the Name message in the app (by default the behaviour is alphanumeric). To control the order, click on the Text tab and over on the right under the Actions header, use the up arrow to move message above Name, hit Save and then use the down arrow to move it back below Name and hit save again. This will store the positions of the text areas and use them in the app.
Step 6: Reviewing your product
Click the 'Print Test' button from the Contextual Actions menu. This will load the product in a test environment where you can see your design applied and review your Functionality
Click Generate Artwork to create print files in multiple formats to test the output
Continue to use Print Test to make any last tweaks or adjustments to the product as needed based on the resulting output files.
The finished product
Here's the finished product as seen in our standard ACP apphttps://g3d-app.com/s/app/acp3_2/en_GB/default.html#p=3800608&r=multi&_usePs=1&_pav=3