Download the templates at the bottom of the page for the item you want to make and open it in Photoshop.
Copy and paste your artwork onto the layer titled "BOTTOM IMAGE" (show me) If you are printing on CLEAR acrylic, you will look THROUGH the acrylic to see this image so you must FLIP the image so that it looks backwards on your screen. Do this by selecting your image with the selection tool, clicking the EDIT drop down at the top, click TRANSFORM then click FLIP HORIZONTAL. If you are printing on WHITE acrylic or WOOD you do NOT need to flip the image.
If your image has only 1 SIDE, skip this step and leave the "TOP IMAGE" layer BLANK. If your image has 2 SIDES, copy and paste the second side artwork onto the layer titled "TOP IMAGE." This image does NOT need to be flipped. it will print ON TOP of the acrylic.
Make sure the images are lined up! you can double check by turning down the opacity on the "top image" layer.
While a white layer is not necessary for printing on white acrylic, We recommend white layers for ALL double sided printing, as well as ALL clear acrylic printing, INCLUDING single sided. If you do NOT want a white layer, skip this step and leave the layer blank. To create the white layer, click on the "BOTTOM IMAGE" layer. Use the magic wand tool to select the background. If there are parts of the back ground that were not selected, hold shift and click them to add them to your selection. Click the SELECT drop down. Choose INVERSE. Now you should have only your image selected. Click on the layer titled "WHITE LAYER" use the paint bucket to fill your selection with BLACK (It will be white when it prints). You can hide the "TOP IMAGE" layer by clicking the eyeball next to the layer to make sure it worked right.
If you do NOT want a gloss coat, skip this step and leave the layer blank. If you DO want a gloss coat, you can repeat step 5 in the layer titled "GLOSS LAYER" or copy and paste the shape you made on the "WHITE LAYER" into the "GLOSS LAYER." Click the eye next to this layer to hide it while you are working.
To make a cut line shaped like your image, click on the "TOP IMAGE" layer. Use the magic wand tool to select the back ground. If you want holes cut out in your item (for example: if you draw a character with a hand on their hip and you want the space between their arm and body to have a hole cut out) you can hold shift and select the areas, you want cut out as well. Click the SELECT drop down and choose INVERSE. Now you should have your image selected.
Click on the "CUT LINE" layer. Click the SELECT drop down. Choose MODIFY. Choose EXPAND. Enter the number 20 and hit enter. If you want a larger area between your image and the cut line, you can enter a higher number. You can expand the selection as much as you like until it hits the edge of the image.
Click the SELECT drop down again. Choose MODIFY. Choose SMOOTH. Enter the number 5. If you want the line to be smoother, you can enter a higher number.
If you do not want the cut line to follow the image (for example: maybe you want your character to sit in a perfect circle instead of being cut out) you can draw your own shape with the selection tool. just make sure the edges are at least 20 pixels from your drawing.
Fill your desired shape BLACK on the "CUT LINE" layer (this shape will not be printed) by using the paint bucket tool. This will be your cut shape.
For magnets, and pins, skip this step.
For charms; Click the layer titled "CUT HOLE" Drag the circle to where you want the hole. The white inside circle will be cut out. the black ring will be part of your cut shape. You can place it anywhere you want. If you want multiple holes, you can copy and paste the ring. You MAY make the hole/ring BIGGER. You may NOT make it SMALLER. you MAY change its shape or add to the shape as long as it does not make the ring or hole any smaller.
For standees; Click the layer titled "Attachment." Click and drag the black shape to where you want it on your cut shape. This part is for the bottom of your standee image where it will snap into the base. If you want your image to sit higher away from the base, add more space between your cut shape and the peg. If you want your image sitting close to the base, position the peg just under the image. your image should NOT overlap the peg.
If your attachment peg and the black shape of your cut area have a seamless connection, you are finished with this step and can leave the layer titled "STANDEE FILL" blank. If your shapes have a gap or corners, click the layer "STANDEE FILL" and use the pen or shape builder to create a black shape to fill the gaps. This can use curved or straight lines. When you are finished, you should see a solid black shape of what your cut out will look like.
Click the layer titled STANDEE BASE. If you want a standard base with no alterations, leave it as is. If you want to print on the base, follow steps 2 and 5 again on layer "BASE IMAGE" and "BASE WHITE." If you want to change the shape of the base, you can draw the shape you want in black on layer "BASE SHAPE." You may NOT make the base smaller than it is and you may NOT change the size of the hole. The base and the standee both must fit on the page and may NOT overlap or touch, but you may move the base around the page to make room.
Save your file as a PSD in the format "FIRSTNAME_LASTNAME1, FIRSTNAME_LASTNAME2"
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