Colour Picker

Custom colouring a shape with the Colour Picker:

Step 1: Import the image you wish to copy the colour of from either ‘Gallery’ or ‘My Images’:

Step 2: Create/select a shape on your design workspace and select it:

* For steps on how to add a shape refer to the help page (located in the ‘Main Menu’) and locate the title ‘Adding Shapes’.

Step 3: Once the shape is selected ‘Object Properties’ will open. From here select the ‘Colour Picker’ tool (circled):

Step 4: Select the desired colour you wish to replicate off your imported image with the ‘Colour Picker’. Your shape will then turn the colour selected.

Creating a background to match an imported image:

Step 1: complete steps 1-4 above.

Step 2: Resize the shape to fill the entire canvas:

* For steps on how to resize a shape refer to the help page (located in the ‘Main Menu’) and locate the title ‘Adding Shapes’.

 

*If the shape appears over your image select ‘Send to Back’ or ‘Send Backward’ from the ‘Object Properties’ tab:

Custom Colouring Text:

Step 1: Import the image you wish to copy the colour of from either ‘Gallery’ or ‘My Images’:

Step 2: Add text to your design workspace and select it:

* For steps on how to add text refer to the help page (located in the ‘Main Menu’) and locate the title ‘Adding Text’.

Step 3: Once the text is selected ‘Object Properties’ will open. From here select the ‘Colour Picker’ tool (circled):

Step 4: Select the desired colour you wish to replicate off your imported image with the ‘Colour Picker’. Your text will then turn the colour selected:

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

Create and Print an EIS Template

Note:

* Predefined templates are based on standard dimensions with some overlap of pre-cut shapes.

* Printing a test page is recommended.

* Template configuration settings may need to be tweaked as different printers, images, layout and even temperatures can cause slight variations in the printed result.

After logging in select ‘Create New Project’.

Then select the type of template you would like to use, in this case select “EIS Templates”.

Select an EIS Template and press “open template”.

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

Printing 2.5”, 6.3” and 8.0” Pre-Cut Rounds

* See “Printing EIS 1.5″ Pre-Cut Rounds” further down in this thread for steps on how to print the 1.5” icing sheet.

1. Once you have created and exported your image as a PDF in Icing Artist (refer to other help documents for instructions on how to use Icing Artist) open your PDF template in Chrome:

2. Click on the print icon in the top right hand corner, it will open a pop up like this:

* If you are using a different program like Adobe Acrobat or Preview on a Mac this pop up box could look different. Thus, find the relevant buttons within your selected program or use Chrome like this help document does to follow along easily.

3. Select the printer you wish to use from “Destination”:

4. Select “More settings”:

5. Then select “Print using system dialogue”:

6. You will see a pop up like this, select “Preferences”:

7. Next, copy the print settings from the image below:

Settings:

  • Additional Features: Borderless
  • Media Type: Card Stock
  • Quality: High
  • Printer Paper Size: A4 or A3 (depending on the size of your icing sheet):

* Your printer may not have the option to print with card stock, if so, select another option like “Matte Photo Paper” from “Media Type” that will still support the “Borderless” printing option.

8. Then select “Page Setup”:

9. In “Page Setup” in the “Page Layout” section select “Borderless”:

10. This message may pop up, if so, select “ok”:

11. Then drag the blue toggle all the way to the right and press “ok”:

12. Select “Apply”:

13. And finally press “Print”:

Printing EIS 1.5” Pre-Cut Round

1. Follow the help document “Printing EIS Icing sheets + 2.5”, 6.3” and 8.0” Pre-Cut Rounds” up to step 6.

2. Next, copy the print settings from the image below:

Settings:

  • Media Type: Plain Paper
  • Quality: High
  • Printer Paper Size: A4 or A3 (depending on the size of your icing sheet):

3. Then select “Page Setup”:

4. In “Page Setup” in the “Page Layout” section select “Normal Size” and press “ok”:

5. Select “Apply”:

6. And finally press “Print”:

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.