Artwork Tips

Need help with your design? We've got you covered. Click one of our help topics below, and you're on your way to becoming the master designer! Go you!

Uploading your artwork: 

1. Once you have launched the design tool, click the image icon on the left side of the screen.

2. A new window will appear. Click the blue plus sign to browse your computer files.

3. After selecting your file, it will appear in the window. Click the newly uploaded image to select it and hit "Insert" in the bottom right corner.

 

Remove your background: 

1. After you’ve uploaded your image in the design tool, click the pencil icon above the image to launch the Image Editor.

 

2. Once you’re in the Image Editor, select Background from the bottom left.

3. There are a few options along the bottom

a. Choose background – this is the color you want behind your image. When you remove color from the image, this background color will show up in its place.

b. Tolerance – adjusts how strongly colors may differ from the selected color.

c. Contiguous – check this box to make the enclosed area where you click transparent. Uncheck the box to remove a clicked color on the whole image.  

4. Once you’ve made your selections, click the area you want to remove. Below, the user clicked on the green mountains to remove the color from that area and show white in the background in its place.

 

5. If you’re not happy with the change, or make a mistake, simply click the Undo button in the bottom right of the page.

6. Once you are happy with your changes, click Apply in the bottom right of the page. 

 

    Crop your image:

    1. After you’ve uploaded your image in the design tool, click the pencil icon above the image to launch the Image Editor.

     

    2. After opening the image editor, select the “CROP” option at the bottom of the window.

     

    3. Click and drag the corners of the box to make your selection. The area shown inside of the box will be all that remains after cropping. When you have made your selection, hit “APPLY” in the bottom right corner.

     

    4. If you are unhappy with your crop, you can hit “REVERT” to undo the change. If you are satisfied with the change, hit the “SAVE” button.

     

    5. Your crop is now complete.

     

     

    Send images forward or backward:

    1. After uploading images and adding text layers to a template, you will sometimes need to reorder the layers to ensure that all of the elements show up properly. You can view your layer order to the right of the art tool.

     

    2. If you notice a layer that is not showing properly, you may need to move it to the top.

     

    3. In the layer menu, you will notice a symbol containing 8 small dots to the left of each layer. Click and drag the symbol up and down to reorder the layers.

     

    4. Once you have moved the hidden layer to the top of the list, it should show up immediately within the designer.

     

     

    Add a QR code or barcode:

    1. Select the QR code icon to the left of the design tool.

     

    2. A menu will pop out and allow you to select either a barcode or a QR code.

     

    3. If you select barcode (for QR code, see step 5) you will get a pop out like to the image below. You will then need to select the type of barcode you would like to create and enter the corresponding code you wish to connect. After doing so, you can hit “INSERT” to add the barcode to your artwork.

     

    4. After inserting the barcode, you will now have a scalable image that you can position however you like within the artwork (you can edit the barcode information by hitting the pencil icon in the window above the barcode).

     

    5. To insert a QR code, select the option in the pop-out menu.

     

    6. You will then see a QR code display window that offers 3 choices for adding different information to the code. Below you will find a breakdown of each option and a photo example of each instance (you can scan the codes with your phone’s camera to see how each of them reacts).

    • Card: This option allows you to enter business card information. It will trigger a new contact in the viewer’s phone.

     

    • URL: This option is for linking directly to a website. Simply add the web address and viewers will be prompted to view the page.

     

    • Phone: This option is for making it easier to connect. You can add the phone number you want to be reached and the viewer will receive a prompt to call that line directly. After entering the relevant information, just hit “Insert” to add it to your art file.

     

    7. After inserting the QR code, you will now have a scalable image that you can position however you like within the artwork (you can edit the code information by hitting the pencil icon in the window above the code).

    Designing a holiday box:

    1. From the product details page, simply select your background pattern (and other relevant options), then hit the “DESIGN NOW” button.

    2. Due to the large file size of the background, please allow a moment for it to fully load into the designer. You may see a blank canvas for a brief moment (see images below).

    3. Within the template, we’ve created a gift tag for you to personalize with your “to” and “from” information. You can move, rotate, and resize the tag to your liking. If you want to remove the tag all together, you can easily do so within the layer itself, or by clicking on the gift tag and hitting the trash can icon.

    4. Once you have your design the way you want it, hit “REVIEW DESIGN” to view your proof, or “SAVE ARTWORK” if you want to come back later and finish your design.