Creating a New Catalog
To get started creating a catalog go to the Catalog section and select Add Catalog
Enter in the name of the catalog, keeping in mind the customers will see this name
After you create the new catalog you will need to set the permissions.
You will now scroll down to catalog permissions where you will see two options
This means anyone who has access to your lab through ImageQuix will have access to this catalog.
This also does mean that studios who are just getting started with the lab would have access to this catalog and could start placing orders before the Lab has had the ability to create an account for said customer.
This option allows you the ability to choose a catalog for specific studios.
Once you have selected studios marked you can then select edit permissions and a list of all the studios that are attached to the lab will then show up.
From there you can select the studios to who you would like to give access to this catalog.
Click on the + icon to select that studio then select the back arrow next to Edit Permissions to get back to the previous menu
Now Save and your new catalog permissions are assigned.
Creating Basic Prints
You'll see your catalog on the left side of the screen - along with the option to switch between Products, Options, and Backgrounds. Use the + Add Category button to add a new category folder to your catalog or + Add Product button to add a new product to your currently selected category folder.
Pro Tip: Create multiple categories to organize your creations by design type, like ID Cards, School, Sports, Memory Mates, etc.
After adding a new Print Product, you'll need to specify the size (Width and Length) before you can click the green Sync button to save it.
This will create a basic print with the image node created to fit the width and height entered. For example, if you enter 8x10 then the image node will be created automatically to fill that 8x10.
When building out a product for DP2 you will want to make sure you have the DP2 layout assigned to the product so DP2 reads the product correctly.
When you create a new print in the lab you will see an option to edit the layout file name. This is the layout file created in DP2 that you want to match in Blueprint. So for example an 8x10 may have a layout of 8x10.txt which is what you want to enter into this field.
There is also an option to build in a layout override. Based on specific instructions such as changing the color of the text this will override the default layout instructions.
Once you create your design and the layout is attached to the file you will see the ability to match the nodes to DP2.
So for example adding an image node will then pop up a box that will allow you to designate the node to match in DP2
For example in DP2 the image node could be 10001 then that is the number you would enter into the Node ID field.
This will be the same procedure for text nodes.
When building out prints for use with PLIC Lab you will want to make sure the SKU of the product is setup to match the Map # of the product in the Riplynx PUD.
For Labs that are not utilizing DP2 or PLIC Labs, if you want to create multi-node print products those would need to be created on the lab side then if a studio wants to use those products as single image selection items they would need to create a my design to direct to the lab print.
Creating the Multi-node Product (Lab side)
In Blueprint lab, go to Catalogs and open the Catalog you want to work on.
Now, you will want to go to Products and you can either choose to add a category or continue with the categories that are already there.
Next select 'Add Product' and choose to add a Print.
Now, enter your product information, remembering the width and height will be the size of the sheet, not the image nodes. So, in this example, we are creating 3-4x6s to print on an 8x10 sheet.
Select the + icon next to Images.
Set the size of the Image node.
Position the node then repeat to fill out the other image nodes.
The end product should look like this. If you want to set the background color you can also choose to change the background so instead of a transparent background the background can be whatever you set (in this case I set a white background).
Creating a single node Product (Studio side)
Now that you've created the Multi-Node print on the lab side we need to connect it to your price sheet. Before we can do this we will want to create a single node print that will then direct to the lab print
If you need instructions on creating designs out for the studio you can click on this link: https://iqplsupport.com/en/articles/3150481-creating-your-first-design
One thing to note when creating the design is you will be creating at the image print size. So for the example provided (3 -4x6) you would create the design on the studio side with a width of 4 and a height of 6.
Adding the design to the Price Sheet
Now that you have your designs created we need to add those to the price sheet. To do this go to My Products and select the studio design for that product.
Once that is added to the Price Sheet you will now want to go to the product menu and choose Fulfillment. You will now select your lab then select the created design
The end product will look something like this on the price sheet.
Many studios would like to offer combo prints to their customers. These would be sheets that contain multiple print sizes.
An example of this would be 1-5x7 & 4 Wallets. So instead of printing these on separate sheets, you can create the image nodes on a single sheet to match these prints.
The first thing when creating these sheets is to set the size of the sheet. This will be the full sheet size you are printing to, typically 8x10
Then when you go to design the sheet add the specific image nodes and position them to make sure they are on the sheet without any bleed over.
If a studio is creating my designs to connect to the combo print they should be setting that design to match the largest image node on the combo print.
So for this 1-5x7 & 4 Wallets example, the my design should be set to a 5x7 dimension.
Or if using Standard Prints you would use the 5x7 sheet
Options can be created to help the studios provide extra features or products to the customer without building a new print. There are 3 different options that can be created: Image, Product, and Order.
Image Options are options that will take place on the image files ordered. No matter how many products are ordered if they contain that image then the retouched image will wind up on those products.
To get started you will first need to create a category. This category will keep those options together. So for example if you create a retouching category you can then keep all your image options in that category.
To create a new category select Add Category then enter the category name
After the category is created you can then create the Image Options. You have 2 options you can create. A Toggle, which is a basic yes-no response or a Selection Option, where you can provide the customer options to choose from.
This option allows you to add a specific function from DP2 that will download on the cmd file to run through DP2
Download Original Image
This is useful if you are retouching Green Screen images. The studio uploads a knocked-out png image but when this option is selected the original green screen image comes through to the lab so retouching can be done and the image knocked out again for a cleaner PNG file.
Product options are options that can be added to prints to offer additional options to the customer. These options will not change anything on the order but will provide information to process the order.
The process of creating a product option is the same as Image Options. So you will create the category then create the option. The options you can create are toggle, selection, and text.
The one difference is the text option. The text option allows customers to add text to a product. But again this does not add to the product, if you are looking to add text specifically to the print then you are better off creating a text node in the design.
Order options are options that can be placed on the entire order. These options do not do anything in particular to the order but they can provide some more information to the lab regarding a specific order.
The main use case for this is to offer different shipping options to the studios (ie. Standard shipping, overnight shipping, etc).
The process of creating an order option is the same as Image Options and product options. So you will create the category then create the option. The options you can create are toggle, selection, and text.