Adding Text

To add text into your template click the ‘Text’  icon from the ‘Tool selection Area’.

Move the text box into your template design area by clicking in the centre of the box and dragging to the desired location.

To increase or decrease the size of the text box click and hold on a corner with a blue square and drag

To edit text, ensure the text box is selected on your Icing Artist desktop, as seen below in the blue box. This will open the ‘Object Properties’ area and allow you to enter your own text and customise it.

Wrap Text Tool

The wrap text tool allows you to configure your text to wrap around the ‘Outside’ or ‘Inside’ of a circle, when designing round templates.

The direction of the wrap can be assigned on the template to either ‘Top, Bottom, Left or Right’.

The rotate function  allows you to input a particular number in degrees to arrange your wrapped text more accurately.

wrap-text-area

Create a Custom Template

After logging in select ‘Create New Project’.

Select Template Type – Custom

Then enter:

SIZE PRESETS – enter the ‘width’ and ‘height’ of the actual icing (printable area) that is on the edible icing sheet you are using. This assumes you are feeding in the clear plastic strip as the bottom of the icing sheet.

If you feed the icing sheet into the printer with the clear strip as the top of the page, then the entire plastic backing sheet size must be entered and the plastic strip taken into account when you enter border measurements.

TYPE – select the shape to print on the template and then type in the number of shapes required across and down the page.

Your desktop  will then look like this:

The ‘Template Preview’ area provides a summary of what you entered previously.

Click on the Template Properties’ tab, then click on the pencil next to the ‘Template Configuration’ heading to enter the remaining measurements for your custom template.

Page/Margins:

W: H         Circle diameter, or the Width and Height of the shape selected

L:   R          Left Margin Right Margin

T:   B          Top Margin Bottom Margin

V:   H         Vertical & Horizontal distance between shapes

Ensure you click on the tick to apply/save  the changes.

NOTE:  The total sum of the Page/Margins dimensions entered  must = the dimensions  entered in SIZE PRESETS or the template will not fit onto the page.

An error message will be displayed if this is not the case and the dimensions can be changed.

Now you can start adding images and use the functions in the Tool Selection Area to complete your template.

 

 

Images

Importing Images – ‘Gallery’

Click on ‘Gallery’ tab, and select an image that suits your design from our built-in image library.

Double click on the image so it appears in your Icing Artist desktop then  drag the image to suit your shape.

Importing Images – ‘My Images’

Click on ‘My Images’ tab,

Select ‘Upload Image’ and import the desired image from your computer in  either .JPG or .PNG format.

Double click on the image so it appears in your Icing Artist desktop then  drag the image to suit your shape.

When importing images the total image size in a single  template should be limited to 10 – 12 MB , so for example if you are creating a template with 12 rounds and each round is a different image, each image can only be 1MB.

Deleting ‘My Images’ 

Click on the small ‘bin’ icon located in the top right corner of the image thumbnail. Once clicked, your image will be removed permanently.

Editing Images

Click on the  ‘Object Properties’ menu to edit your image properties.

Preview a Template

Preview

To see what your design will look like when printed or exported/saved, go to the Main Template Menu and click ‘Preview’ button.

Export

Generating a Preview is the first step in the export process.

From here you can select the file type you wish to export to; PDF, SVG, PNG.

Once the file type is selected  it will automatically start a download to your computer where your project will be able to be located in your ‘Downloads’ folder.

From here you can choose where you wish to save the file and then open the and print at your convenience.

Logging into your Account

To start using Icing Artist, click the ‘Login’ link to expand the login area.

Enter your  Username and Password  to access your account.

login screen 2Forgotten your password? No problem, just click on ‘Forgot Password?’  and an email will be sent allowing you to select a new one.

Check your junk or spam folder if you do not receive the email.

The Icing Artist Desktop

Icing Artist is designed to be used without any graphic design experience at all!

The desktop consists of 6 main areas.

The Image Library

Contains the Icing Artist ‘Gallery’, our built-in image library and also ‘My Images’ which allows users to import images into a personal library, in  both .JPG and .PNG format.

Gallery:

My Images:

When importing images the total image size in a single  template should be limited to 10 – 12 MB , so for example if you are creating a template with 12 rounds and each round is a different image, each image can only be 1MB.

The Main Menu

This menu is designed for simplicity.

untitled template‘ is an input area allowing you to name your current template.

‘Preview’ from here  you can preview, save and share your template.

‘Help’ takes you to the Icing Artist help documentation.

Tool Selection Menu

This menu contains the tools necessary to design your edible masterpiece. It features the ‘Text’ tool, ‘Shapes’ selection tool, the ‘QR Code’ tool, Zoom tools and Undo and Redo functions.

Template Properties Tab 

Preview Area – displays a simple (no image) representation of the template you are working on.

Template Configuration Area –  displays all the template configuration details entered when a new template is created.  When working on a template, this area allows you to change the template’s measurements, shape, row or column count in real time as you’re working.

Object Properties Tab

Displays all the properties of the image that you have imported into your template and allows changes to be made.

Main Template Area

This is the work area where your template is designed. Double clicking on an image from the Library will transfer it to this area where you can use any of the tools from the Tool Selection Menu to design your template.