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Showcase: Instructions to personalize Star Map on Canvas (CustomCat)


These are the primary contents covered in this article:
Required Resources
Showcase: Setting Personalization for Star Map on Canvas


Artwork: "When We First Met" canvas design file:
- Format .png, dimensions: 5400 × 7800 pixels.
- Learn More about Artwork HERE.

A heart-shaped Mask file (it should match the heart-shaped transparent area in the design file):
- Format .svg.
- Learn More about Mask HERE.

Product Type file specifics the Safe Area for Canvas:
- Format .png, dimensions: 1500 × 1500 pixels.
- Learn More about Product Type HERE.

Mockup file of Canvas:
- Format .png, dimensions: 4000 × 4000 pixels.

Font "Chalkboard" file:
- Format .ttf
- Learn More about Fonts HERE.

Create 1 product Portrait Canvas on WooCommerce. Then, App Dastomize will automatically sync the product from WooCommerce.


In this article, Dastomize will show you how to personalize Star Map for CustomCat's Canvas from scratch, the result will be like the demo product link below:

STEP 1: Sync properties of Attributes and Categories. (Optional)

Go to menu Integrations > Online Stores. Then click the store's three-dot icon to select Actions > Edit.
On the Edit Store page, go to Tab Attributes and Tab Category. Then click the Sync button to synchronize all attributes and categories.
You should take the step of resynchronizing Attributes and Categories, to ensure that Dastomize App has fully received your store's information.

STEP 2: Import the product into Dastomize.

Normally, Dastomize will sync the products from WooCommerce to the App automatically.
If you don't see the product displayed in the All Products menu, just click the Refresh button icon. Or you can import the product with its product ID number.

STEP 3: Select Product Type in the Design Define page.

You must first create and choose a Product Type so that later, when you create a Background Mockup with that product type, App Dastomize can recognize the product and sync your design to the mockup.

We have 2 ways to create a product type: Create in the menu Product > Product Types or create it directly while in the Define Design page. Please review the details HERE.
On the Define Design page, select the appropriate product type (Canvas Portrait). The length and width of the design will be automatically applied according to the selected product type.

The square area inside the red line: You can arrange the important details of the design inside this safe zone, to make sure your design will be printed in the right place on each product.

STEP 5: Add and adjust the Artwork/Text/Mask/Clipart/Frame elements (if any) to the design.

5.1: Add artwork and select the Set Full Screen Image option.

5.2: Add a heart-shaped mask to the design.

Then resize the mask to fit the transparent area in the design. You can easily adjust the mask by clicking and dragging the blue dots in the 4 corners.

5.3: Rearrange the order of the Mask layer and choose a Mask type.

You can see in this design that the personalized star map area must be inside the white outline. (Mask should not overlap the white border as shown in the first image below).
So let's drag and drop the layer icon "Star Mask" to the correct position which is under the Artwork layer in the Layers section, in order to send the Mask to the back. We will get the result as shown in the image on the right:

In the Layers section, click on the "Mask-Heart" layer's icon to open its Layers Options section. Then set the Mask Type to Star Map.

5.4: Adjust the Child Text Layer: Location

5.4.1: Turn on the eye icon to show the Location child layer. Then, move the Location text box to the correct position.
5.4.2: Select Type: Short Text.
5.4.3: In the Label section:
- Enter a name for the Label as "Location".
- Enter "AUSTIN, TEXAS" in the text field.
5.4.4: In the Font section:
- Choose a font size of 60.
- Choose the Font: Chalkboard.
- In this design, the text is already in white by default, so we don't need to choose the text color again.
- Select the "Middle Alignment" button.

5.5: Adjust the Child Text Layer: Date & Time.

5.5.1: Turn on the eye icon to show the Date & Time child layer. Then, move the Date & Time text box to the correct position.
5.5.2: Select Date & Time Format as "06/09/2022".
5.5.3: Select Type: Short Text.
5.5.4: In the Label section:
- Enter a name for the Label as "Date & Time".
- Enter "06/09/2022" in the text field.
5.5.5: In the Font section:
- Choose a font size of 40.
- Choose the Font: Chalkboard.
- In this design, the text is already in white by default, so we don't need to choose the font color again.
- Select the "Middle Alignment" button.

5.6: Add Texts to the design (Names of the couple).

5.6.1: Add a Text box.
5.6.2: Select Type: Short Text.
5.6.3: In the Label section:
- Enter a name for the Label as "Name here".
- Enter "Annie & Robert" in the text field.
5.6.4: In the Font section:
- Choose a font size of 60.
- Choose the Font: Allura.
- In this design, the text is already in white by default, so we don't need to choose the font color again.
- Select the "Middle Alignment" button.

STEP 6: Preview & Save

Click the Save button to save all the changes you have made. Then, click the Preview button to check if all product's personalization settings are correct.

In the Preview interface, you can test the personalization features as a real customer (Except for the Add To Cart step).

STEP 7: Turn on the Personalize button and select the Preview Style Setting option.

After saving the customizing options in step 6, return to the Edit Product page. In the "PERSONALIZATION SETTINGS" box, please do the following:
Enable the Personalized option. (Allow this product to be personalized on the live store)
Select Preview Style Settings: Popup Preview from the drop-down menu.

STEP 8: Connect Fulfillment and Variant.

On the same Edit Product page, please do the following:
8.1: Connect CustomCat Fulfillment:
In the Connect Fulfillment section on the left, click the Connect Fulfillment button and select the CustomCat products tab.
Find "CANPO75 Portrait Canvas .75in Frame" in this collection.
Click to choose then hit Save Changes.

8.2: Match Product Variants:
In the Variants section, click the Auto Match Variants button to have App Dastomize automatically link the respective SKU and variant of CustomCat.
Or you can manually select a CustomCat variant in the "Select a variant to match" box.

When the matching is completed, we will see the system display the Variants Fulfillment column as shown below:

STEP 9: Background Mockup

After completing the above steps to personalize the Portrait Canvas, customers can already place orders on your live store. However, in order to make the product look more appealing, we will use Dastomize's Background Mockup feature.

To create a mockup as shown below, we need 2 elements:
Element 1: Product design templates.
Element 2: Create your own mockup or use one from Internet free resources.

After completing the preceding eight steps, we have element 1. The next step is to have element 2: the Portrait Canvas Mockup and then combine the two into a completed mockup.
If the seller has their own design team, they are free to create their own mockup.
The Mockup files are recommended to have the printing area unfilled (have a transparent printing area) to make the process of adding the personalized design more precise.
However, for small teams without designers, we can totally use Internet free Mockup resources.
Please keep in mind that Dastomize Mockup Studio currently only allows rendering angular mockups directly into the product. Slope/diagonal mockups will be available in future updates.
In this tutorial, we will use a free mockup file as below.

9.1 Create a new Mockup group in the Mockup Studio menu

9.1.1: Navigate to App Dastomize > Products > Mockup Studio. Then click the +Create new button.

9.1.2: Enter a name for the mockup product in the Name field and then choose the Product Type.

Note: In this step, you must first create the Product Type of the product. Learn how to create Product Types in: Create & Edit Product Types

9.1.3: Click Create to finish creating the Mockup group for this product.

9.2: Create Background Mockup

After creating the group, click it to start editing the Background Mockup.
In the Mockup creation interface, click the + Add Style button.

9.2.1: In the Style field, click the arrow to expand your Style selections. In this step, the App will retrieve data from WooCommerce > Products > Attributes, which you previously set in your WooCommerce Store.

9.2.2: (Optional based on different products' kinds) Similarly, in the Color section, click the drop-down and select the product's Color Attribute.

9.2.3: Click +Upload to upload the empty Mockup image prepared.

9.2.4: Select Effective to display the uploaded image on the screen.

9.2.5: (Optional) Click the Save button to avoid losing the image.

9.2.6: Click the Add Print Area option to add the print area to the Mockup; this print area will be used to display your personalized design.

After adding the print area, drag and drop the print area to fit the transparent area or the area where you want to show the personalized design.

9.2.7: Click Save to finish creating the Background Mockup.

9.3: Add Background Mockup to the product.

Navigate to menu Products > All Products > Find the product you want to add Background Mockup.
On the Product page, enable the Background Mockup option (Optional: turn on the Show Preview Image With Background Mockup option) as shown in the image to finish adding the newly created Mockup to the product.

Note: In order for the Background Mockup to function, this product must have the same matched Product Type as the one specified in the Background Mockup menu (so that App Dastomize can identify the product and adjust the design properly.)

When you enable this button, customers will be able to see the Background Mockup while personalizing their product on live store, rather than only seeing the design template.

Updated on: 10/10/2022

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