Setting up safe print area guidelines

About safe print area guidelines

  • The layer of safe print area guidelines helps to ensure that the design file meets the highest print standards and will be sent to production correctly.
  • Usually, the safe print area guidelines define the safe print area where all important graphics should be placed: Safe print area guidelines in customizer
  • The layer should be imported in .svg or .pdf file format.
  • Uploaded guidelines will be visible in the Design editor only.
  • It is possible to make guidelines visible as a default (check out Preferences > Default > Guidelines).
  • If guidelines layer is uploaded and not set with constant visibility, the end user can turn it on and off manually by clicking on the Guidelines icon in the Design editor.

Guidelines setup

  1. Create a toolset with a 100% vector scale. We will use this toolset temporarily for the guidelines file upload. Creating a tooleset in Smart Customizer app Naming a tooleset in Smart Customizer app Setting up vector scale in toolesets
  2. Open your 2D or 3D product template.
  3. Assign newly created toolset for your product and click Save. Assigning tooleset in Smart Customizer app
  4. Click Open Guidelines Editor. Open safe print area guidelines
  5. Click the + icon. Upload safe print area guidelines
  6. Click on Shapes, then Insert graphics. Clicking on shapes in safe print area guidelines editor
  7. Before uploading your custom guidelines layer, make sure that the measurements of your guidelines artwork in a vector based software match the print area measurements in our app.
  8. Once uploaded, adjust layer orientation in the design editor.
  9. We recommend reducing the opacity to at least 80%, so the end user could see both the design and guidelines.
  10. Once done, click on Update & Save. Adjusting the placeholder in safe print area guidelines editor
  11. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and Save the changes. Saving-print-area-guidelines
  12. Once it is saved do not forget to test how it works in the design editor.