Table of Contents

  1. What is the "My Designs" tab?

  2. Creating new items for your catalog

    1. Print

    2. Product

    3. Proof Sheet

    4. Collection

  3. Organizing your catalog with categories

  4. Creating new options for your catalog

    1. Image Options

    2. Product Options

    3. Order Options

  5. Creating background sets for your catalog

  6. FAQ

    1. Updating an existing design

    2. Creating an ID card template


What is the "My Designs" tab?

Think of My Designs as your studio catalog with Blueprint, where you can build and manage unique designs combined with subject data from your jobs.

This is where you can design and manage various things such as:

  • Items

    • Print Templates (ID Cards, Memory Mates, Personalized Designs, etc.)

    • Products (non-print items like frames, photo session fees, etc.)

    • Proof Sheets

    • Collections (collecting a range of images to use for specialty items like wedding albums)

  • Options

    • Image Options
      (ex. Retouching, Blemish Removal, Brace Removal)

    • Product Options
      (ex. Print Types (Metal, Canvas, Paper)

    • Order Options
      (ex. Boutique Packaging, Shipping Options, Order Acknowledgements)

  • Background Sets (for use with Green Screen workflows)

Click on the My Designs tile on the homepage to get started:


Creating new items for your catalog

The My Designs tab is split into two panels: Catalog View and Product Editor:

Use the Catalog View to navigate your catalog as well as create/select products.

Use the Product Editor to edit new or existing items in your catalog.

When creating items for your catalog, you can customize the item's attributes. Attributes set in the My Designs tab (specifically - but not limited to - Name, Display Image, and Price) will be used as "defaults" when the product is added to a price sheet. You can modify those defaults by editing the product on your price sheet.

Creating a new print product

Why you'd want a print product:

  • A print product requires at least 1 image before the order can be fulfillment.

  • A print product can be a custom template using subject data and external assets.

  • Product and Image options can be purchased with print products.

1. In My Designs, click on Add Product and select Print:

2. You can customize the following properties of your new print product, such as:

  • Display Image

  • Name

  • Size* (width + height)

  • Price

  • SKU (for PLIC Lab/Riplynx Fulfillment)

  • Billing Code

  • Description

  • Print Rotation

    • Used for designing ID cards in landscape and printing in portrait.

*required before you can sync

Click Design in the top-right corner to access the print designer tool:

This tool will let you design a "template" for your print product that can combine external assets with subject data + images when ordered. Check out some of the short videos at the bottom of this article to learn more about designing templates.

Using the print designer tool

Click on Design to start designing the product you've selected from your catalog.

The print designer is a photoshop-esque tool that can combine data from different sources into a single rendered image for a partnered lab to fulfill:

  • Subject Data

  • Subject Images

  • Group Images

  • Job Data

  • Studio Supplied Data

  • Customer Collected Data

  • External studio assets (background and foreground designs, logos, etc.)

There are four different layers you can utilize when making your design. Starting from the top-most layer:

  • Text

  • Foreground

  • Image

  • Background

Click on the green plus button to add as many nodes to that layer as needed to create the perfect design. You can manipulate the node on the canvas in the middle to size and place it exactly as needed.

You can edit the attributes of each node on the right-side of the screen. Each type of node has a unique set of customizable attributes for you to make rich print designs.

Be sure to click the Sync button when you're finished creating your design to save your changes. The final product will automatically render as a single image sent out for fulfillment pulling in your dynamically set Subject Data when ordered.

Creating a new product

Why you'd want a product:

  • A product does not use/require an image for fulfillment:

    • Great for selling non-image related products like Frames

    • Great for selling non-tangible items like Photo Session Fees

  • Product options can be purchased with products.

1. In My Designs, click on Add Product and select Product:

2. You can customize a product's attributes just like you can with a print product:

  • Display Image

  • Name

  • Size* (width + height)

  • Price

  • SKU (for PLIC Lab/Riplynx Fulfillment)

  • Billing Code

  • Description

There's no design or print rotation options for products because no image is used.

Creating a new proof sheet

Why you'd want a proof sheet:

  • An image grid allows you to apply many images, aligned in a grid, onto a sheet.

    • A proof sheet requires 1 image grid node on the final product.

  • A proof sheet can use a single template per page or a separate cover template.

1. In My Designs, click on Add Product and select Proof Sheet:

2. You can customize a product's attributes just like you can with a print product:

  • Display Image

  • Name

  • Pages*

    • Size (width + height)

    • Template (single or separate cover template)

  • Price

  • SKU (for PLIC Lab/Riplynx Fulfillment)

  • Billing Code

  • Description

*required before you can sync

3. After setting a desired size and template setup, click Design in the top-right corner to build your proof sheet:

A proof sheet has unique access to the Image Grid layer. Along with your typical sizing and positioning tools, you'll see options to:

  • Set the number of columns and rows in an image grid.

  • Set the number percentage of spacing for your rows and columns.

  • Allow the inclusion of group images into the proof sheet.

  • Allow the inclusion of image filenames in the grid (with additional text formatting)

❗A proof sheet must have an image grid on the design before you can sync❗

Creating a new collection product

Why you'd want a collection:

  • A collection product requires a customer to select a range of images.

  • Perfect for confirming images to use for:

    • All or Multi-Image self-fulfilled digital downloads

    • Specialty products like wedding/event albums

1. In My Designs, click on Add Product and select Collection:

2. You can customize a product's attributes just like you can with a print product:

  • Display Image

  • Name

  • Edit number of images

    • Range (Minimum - Maximum)

    • Include All Images

  • Price

  • SKU (for PLIC Lab/Riplynx Fulfillment)

  • Billing Code

  • Description


Organizing your catalog with categories

As your catalog grows, it's important to keep your products and services organized to make building price sheets easier. Create categories (and nested categories) to make using your catalog to build price sheets a breeze!

Use the + Add Category button to add a new category folder to your catalog:

You can also right-click to rename or delete categories:

Considerate planning on how to organize your catalog can go a long way in making price sheet building easier!


Creating new options for your catalog

Options allow you to expand on (and potentially upsell) with additional offerings tied to the specific product or image added to a customer's cart. You can create Image, Product, and Order options.

Here are a few popular examples of how studios can use options:

  • An image option for customers to select their level of retouching.

  • An image option for customers to toggle on (opt-in) for glass glare removal.

  • A product option for customers to select their preferred style of picture frame.

  • A product option for customers to enter in personalized text for their purchase.

  • An order option for customers to select different levels of shipping.

  • An order option for customers to toggle on (opt-in) for allowing use of images for general marketing purposes.

To create an option, open the My Designs tab and click on the Options toggle:

Regardless of which kind of option you create, you'll need at least 1 option category before you can create an option.

Creating a new Image Option

In My Designs, click on Options > Image Options. You'll need to create a new category or open an existing one before you can create a new image option. Once inside a category, you can create a new image option:

There are 2 types of image options available:

  • Toggle Option

    • A simple "Yes/No" where the customer has to opt-in for the service.

  • Selection Option

    • A drop-down list of choices where the customer has to opt-in for the service.

    • A decline option is automatically created. No need to make one yourself.

    • Great for offering a tiered service

      • Example: Retouching - Basic, Advanced, Supreme

    • Each choice in a selection can have its own attributes, such as:

      • Display Image

      • Name

      • Price

      • SKU (for PLIC Labs/Riplynx)

      • Reference Number

      • Description

Each image option type also has a setting for Download Original Image for Fulfillment:

This is useful for creating image options specific for Green Screen price sheets. When a customer orders a knocked-out PNG image, the original Green Screen JPG image is provided to the image servicer to complete the retouching. The retouched image is then knocked-out again - resulting in a higher quality image.

Creating a new Product Option

In My Designs, click on Options > Product Options. You'll need to create a new category or open an existing one before you can create a new product option. Once inside a category, you can create a new product option:

There are 3 types of product options available:

  • Toggle Option

    • A simple "Yes/No" where the customer has to opt-in for the service.

  • Selection Option

    • A drop-down list of choices where the customer has to opt-in for the service.

    • A decline option is automatically created. No need to make one yourself.

    • Great for offering a tiered service

      • Example: Retouching - Basic, Advanced, Supreme

    • Each choice in a selection can have its own attributes, such as:

      • Display Image

      • Name

      • Price

      • SKU (for PLIC Labs/Riplynx)

      • Reference Number

      • Description

  • Text Option

    • A simple text box customers can key in requested information

    • Good for capturing text from customers for personalization services

      • NOTE: A text option does not change anything on order - rather the order now includes additional information on how to process and fulfill it.

      • It's recommended to create a print product with a text node rendered onto the design to automatically personalize prints for fulfillment.

Creating a new Order Option

In My Designs, click on Options > Order Options. You'll need to create a new category or open an existing one before you can create a new order option. Once inside a category, you can create a new order option:

There are 2 types of image options available:

  • Toggle Option

    • A simple "Yes/No" where the customer has to opt-in for the service.

  • Selection Option

    • A drop-down list of choices where the customer has to opt-in for the service.

    • A decline option is automatically created. No need to make one yourself.

    • Great for offering a tiered service

      • Example: Retouching - Basic, Advanced, Supreme

    • Each choice in a selection can have its own attributes, such as:

      • Display Image

      • Name

      • Price

      • SKU (for PLIC Labs/Riplynx)

      • Reference Number

      • Description


Creating background sets for your catalog

Background sets are a set of images to use as backgrounds for transparent PNG images in the online shop. Studios will break up backgrounds into different sets based on things like:

  • Season

  • Sport

  • Standard (free)

  • Abstract

  • Premium

  • Location-specific

You can attach a custom name and price to a background set to help the customer differentiate the sets and potentially upcharge on fancier or location-specific designs.

To create a background set, open My Designs and click on Backgrounds. You'll need to create a new category or open an existing one before you can create a new background set. Once inside a category, you can create a new background set:

Click on Add Images to add new images to use as a potential background for orders. You can also drag-n-drop them directly into the app:

It's recommended that your background images:

  • DO NOT have any special characters like & (dashes and underscores are OK).

  • Have a lowercase .jpg extension.

  • Are not larger than 3200px on the longest side.

Need background images? Try contacting your preferred lab for digital copies.


FAQs

Here's a collection of common questions the ImageQuix Product Support Team sees frequently regarding using the tool. Have specific questions you're not seeing here?

Try chatting with us (using the chat in the bottom-right) or by scheduling time with a Product Support Specialist: https://calendly.com/iq-support/blueprint

Updating an existing design

Updating a print product's design that is already attached to a price sheet will cause all instances of that print product on your price sheets to update automatically to reflect any new changes. That said, changes to existing designs are limited if the design has already been added to a price sheet:

To get around this, you'll need to duplicate the print product first, then edit/update the copy. When finished, you'll need to update all applicable price sheets to make sure they're using the new, updated print template:

Creating an ID card template

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