Personalizing DSFdesign Studio Products

DSFdesign Studio products may include note cards, invitations, or promotional flyers that you can personalize in various ways. For example, you may be able to position and re-size text, images, and shapes; add new text, images, and shapes; edit and format text; enhance images; or select finishing options. What you can do depends on the product you selected.

Tips When finishing options can be selected for a product, the left side of the window includes a Finishing Options pane. When that pane is open, the Quick Help pane (with tips for getting started) is closed. Only one pane can be open at a time. To switch between the panes, click their names.  

You can save your work at any time by clicking Save Job at the top of the page. This allows you to return to the job later.

If the product is part of a kit, some fields will not apply and some information may already be filled in for you. You will also see a Finish button instead of Add to Cart.

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Provide Required Information

1.        In the Job Name field, enter a descriptive name for your product so you can identify it easily. (A job is just your personalized product. When an order includes several jobs, each is an item in the order.)

2.        In the Quantity field, specify the amount you are ordering. The quantity affects the price. (If the product is ordered in multiples, you are warned if the number you enter is not a valid multiple.)

3.        Ignore the Pages field; the number of pages for the product is pre-determined, and you cannot change it.

About the Preview

As you look at a product, its dimensions are shown on the left and top. If the product includes margins, they are identified by a purple line. The trim line (used for cutting the printed product) is identified by a green line. This green line is the boundary of the product.

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Although typically objects are kept within the margins, you are not prevented from moving objects beyond a trim margin up to the green trim line. Anything up to the green line will be included in the final printed product.

Some products may also include a grey border (called a bleed area by printers). In this case, the green trim line is on the inside edge of the border, and the scissors are there to remind you that the border will be cut off (at the trim line) after the product is printed.

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Although nothing prevents you from moving an object beyond the green trim line and into the grey border, anything in the border will be cut off. Sometimes that may not matter; you can decide.

Change the Preview

1.        By default, the product fits the screen. To zoom in or out, use the slider or click - or +.

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2.        To restore the product to its original size, click ds_fit_to_screen.png.

3.        If you zoom so that part of the product is not visible, click ds_pan_icon.png to switch to pan mode. You can then drag the entire product to display different areas without accidentally moving any objects that are part of the product. When you are panning, no editing is possible. To switch back to edit mode, click ds_edit_icon.png.

Tip Although you cannot edit the product while panning, you can add objects (images, text, or shapes) to the product. If the product already includes an image placeholder box, you can also drag an image from a gallery or the Photos pane to the placeholder box while in pan mode. As soon as you add an object while panning (or drag an image to a placeholder box), you are automatically switched back to edit mode.

4.        If the product has more than one page, use the arrows to move from page to page so you can personalize each page as necessary.

Note The preview does not include finishing options. For a summary of the selected finishing options, click Review My Job at the top of the window.

Personalize the Product

What you can personalize depends on the product. Here are some general guidelines:

         If the product includes a placeholder box for an image, do one of the following:

         If the Photos pane is displayed, and includes an image you want to use, drag the image to the placeholder box.

         If the Photos pane is displayed, click Add Photos to supply your own image and then drag the image to the placeholder box.

Note You can add images in JPG, PNG, PDF, EPS, or SVG format. The maximum size of an image file that you can add is 50 MB.  

         If an image gallery is displayed, and you like one of the images, drag it to the placeholder box.

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Note You cannot add a product to the cart if a placeholder box for an image is empty. Add an image or, if the product allows it, delete the placeholder.

         If the product prompts you for text, for example, Enter your name here or Enter your text here, double-click the prompt and replace it with your own text.

Note You cannot add a product to the cart if you leave a prompt for text. Replace the text or, if the product allows it, delete the prompt.

         If the product comes with text, click it to see if you can edit, format, move, re-size, rotate, or delete the text. (To change the text, double-click it.)

         If the product comes with an image, click it to see if you can move, re-size, rotate, or delete the image; double-click it to see if you can edit the image.

Note RGB images in JPG or PNG format can be fully edited as long as their resolution does not exceed 2,880 x 2,880 pixels; if the resolution is higher, you can just crop the images. CMYK images in JPG or PNG format can be cropped. You can also crop images that are in PDF, EPS, or SVG format. An image that was added from an image gallery cannot be edited.

         If the product comes with a rectangle or circle, click it to see if you can change the border or fill color, or move, re-size, rotate, or delete the rectangle or circle.

         If the product comes with a line, click it to see if you can change its color or width, or move, re-size, rotate, or delete the line.

Notes When a product comes with text, images, or shapes, what you can do to these objects depends on the product you selected.

Some objects can be grouped, and then all the objects in the group can be moved, rotated, or lined up at the same time.

         If a toolbar is displayed in the bottom left, use it to add your own objects: text, images, rectangles, lines, or circles. Depending on the product, not all the buttons may be available. For example, if the product does not allow images to be added, the button for adding images will not be displayed.

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Tips You can overlap objects and then move them to the back or front.

After you add an object, you can make copies of it. Right-click the object, select Copy Item, right-click again, and select Paste Item. You can then drag the copied object where you want it.

         If the product has more than one page, display each page and personalize it as necessary.

Select Finishing Options

Some products may include a choice of finishing options such as media, binding, or lamination. In this case, a Finishing Options pane is displayed on the left side of the window.

Tip If the Finishing Options pane is closed and the Quick Help pane is open, just click Finishing Options to open the pane.

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Finishing options are not part of the preview, but you can see a summary of your selections by clicking Review My Job at the top of the window.

1.        In the Finishing Options pane, click an option, for example, Media or Binding. (The options that are available to you depend on the product you selected.)

2.        Make further selections as necessary. For example, after clicking Media you need to select a type of paper.

Sometimes a finishing option is unavailable because it is incompatible with another option that you selected. For example, if you selected color printing, your media/paper choices may be limited to those that are compatible with color printing. Move the pointer over the ? next to the unavailable option to see an explanation for its unavailability. You can then change your selections if necessary.

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3.        For a summary of your selected options, click Review My Job at the top of the window. The Job Summary window opens with information about the options you selected.

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Add Product to Cart

1.        When the product looks the way you want, click Add to Cart.

Note If the product is part of a kit, a Finish button is displayed instead of Add to Cart. Click Finish to continue with the process of ordering the kit.

2.        If asked, click I Agree to indicate that you have proofed the product.

3.        Proceed with the checkout process when you are ready.

See also

         Supplying your own images

         Editing images

         Formatting text or shapes

         Colors in DSFdesign Studio products

         Changing the opacity of objects

         Moving, re-sizing, rotating, or deleting objects

         Grouping and ungrouping objects

         Moving objects to the back or front