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.

Adding Shapes

To add shapes into your template click the ‘Shapes’  icon from the ‘Tool selection Area’.

Move the shape 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 the shape, ensure the shape is selected on your Icing Artist desktop, as seen below in the blue box. This will open the ‘Object Properties’ area this is where you can edit elements like; shape type (rectangle, oval, triangle etc.), colour and more.

Adding a QR Code

To add a QR Code into your template click the ‘QR Code’  icon from the ‘Tool selection Area’.

Move the QR Code 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 the shape, ensure the shape is selected (as seen below with the blue box), you will see ‘Object Properties’ open, this is where you can edit elements like; the link, colour and more.

Printing a Template

After Preview and Export you are ready to print your template.

In printer properties set a ‘custom’ page size  if the icing sheet does not measure as a perfect A4 or A3

In printer properties check to see if your printer has a default border. Either select ‘borderless’ printing or take this into account when measuring the template.

In printer properties select ‘Actual’ page size.

If designing a template to match pre-cut icing sheets, ALWAYS print your template first on plain paper and then overlay it on the pre-cut icing sheet. Even though your measurements might be perfect, every printer feeds a little differently and your template may need to be adjusted slightly to suit your printer.

If designing a template to match pre-cut icing sheets, make the circle diameter a little larger than the actual pre-cut circle, so the image slightly spills over the edges.