You may need to add safety or cut lines and bleed area to your product. In Zakeke, you can do it by using a transparent PNG file. This is a short guide on how to do it.
How to add safety/cut lines and bleed area
First of all, you need to create a customizable product by following the standard process to create a customizable product.
Once you have successfully created the customizable product, you have to:
- Create a transparent PNG with safety lines and bleed area with the same dimensions and shape of your product by a graphics software;
In your Zakeke back-office, go to Images and Clipart Galleries section and upload it. Don't need to pay attention to which category you upload it, you'll delete it soon after the configuration of the product and won't be visible to your customers.
Go to Pre-designed template section, select the customizable product on which you want to apply the bleed area and click on Add new template:
Give a name to the new pre-designed template (such as "Bleed area");
Set the rules on how your product can be customized (texts, images, ....);
Click on the symbol to open the images gallery, search for the image you uploaded at step 2 and select it; resize it to fit the print area of your product.
Disable all options in the "element settings" so that your customers cannot replace, move, rotate, resize, delete or duplicate the image; Make sure to enable "Always on top" and "Printable" options.
Save it. Your product now has safety lines and bleed area.
Go back to Images and Clipart Galleries section and delete the PNG image that you uploaded at step 2 so that your customers won't find it in your galleries.
Let's say you offer your customers a canvas for personalization:
You have to configure it in your Zakeke back-office to make it customizable. It will appear like this in the Zakeke customizer:
To show print lines on the canvas, you need to create a transparent PNG with safety lines and the same dimensions/shape of the canvas. In this example, we made print lines as red dotted lines (the rest of the PNG is transparent):
Create a pre-designed template on the product making sure to enable the following options:
- Always on top
- Printable (enable this only if you need the safety lines to be included in the print file otherwise leave it unchecked).
This is what the canvas will appear now in the Zakeke customizer:
And this is when customers add texts or images, they do not cover the print lines:
And this is the final output (it won't include the bleed lines if you set it as not printable as explained above):