In the Customization Template page you can click on the "Rendering" button to change the Rendering Template for that product.
By default the system will render one production image for each view in the Customizations Template; the dimensions of the production images will be the same as the dimensions of the respective view in the Customizations Template. However, sometimes you want the production images to be of a different dimensions than the views in the Customization Template or you want to add images to the production images that you do not want customers to see, in those cases you can use a Rendering Template (Renderings tab).
In a Rendering Template you can tell the system how many production images you want and the content of each production image. The Rendering Template is divided by pages and the system will render one production image for each page. In each page you can import content from the customizations layers in the Customization Template.
As you can see, similar to a Customization Template, the Rendering Template page is split between a Design Area and a Settings Area. In the Design Area you see a graphical representation of the template, while in the Settings Area you have access to different settings that affect the Rendering Template.
In the Settings Area you can click on the "Pages" tab to see a list of the current pages in the Rendering Template. To add a page click on the "Add Page" button. To update an existing page click on its corresponding link in the pages list. Both should open the Page Settings panel for that page (see image below).
- Page Settings:
- Name: Pretty straightforward, you use this field to give the page a unique name.
- Page Size: The size of the page in pixels. In the Design Area you can identify the page by the light grey borders. In the image above the page dimensions area identified by the black arrows.
- Import Layer from Customization Template: You can use this button to import a layer from the Customization Template into the Rendering Template. Only the areas that you import will be rendered in the final image. One you import a Customization Template you can move around or rotate it inside the page but you cannot resize it. You can import the same layer twice, which makes it easy to duplicate a layer in the rendered image, for example: if the size of the layer is 5in x 7in an the size of the rendering page is equivalent to letter size (8in x 11.5in) you can render the same layer twice in the page.
- Add an Image: You can use this button to add an image to the rendered page. This is ideal to add images that you want in the rendered output but do not want to show in the customer's customization widget. For example: print instructions or print marks.
- Template Settings: If you click on the Template Settings tab you will open the panel where you can change several settings affecting the Rendering Template.
- Use Rendering Template: Use this to tell Secret Door whether you want to use a Rendering Template or not. Using a Rendering Template is not required and is not necessary at all in some products. Therefore this option is turned off by default. If you choose not to use a Rendering Template Secret Door will use the Views in the Customization Template to render the production images; we will render one page for each View.
- Master Product: You can use this option to tell Secret Door to apply another Rendering Template to the current product. This is ideal if you have several products that would render in the same way in the production images. It would be repetitious and tedious having to create the same Rendering Template over and over. Simply create a "Dummy" product, set the Rendering Template there and then use the "Master Product" option in each product that will apply the Rendering Template in the "Dummy" product.
- Save: Pretty straightforward - click on the "Save" button to make your changes permanent.