Power Clip vs. simple placeholder

14/08/2008

There are two ways to give users the option to upload their own images into your web-to-print template: an Image placeholder and a Power clip.

A sample CDR file can be downloaded from your Sample Stationery catalog (go to Summary page).

Fit vs. Fill

web-to-print, images, PowerClip, image placeholder/

Using a simple Image Placeholder in your template will cause the system to fit the uploaded image inside the image placeholder. This means that if the uploaded image is not the same proportion as the image placeholder or is smaller in size, there will be gaps around it.

/

/

Note: Uploaded images are downsized and downsampled to fit that image placeholder. Images are never upsized or upsampled (inflated) when you’re using a simple placeholder.

web-to-print, images, PowerClip, image placeholder/

Putting your image placeholder inside a Power Clip will cause the system to fill the image placeholder with the uploaded image. This means that if the uploaded image is not the same proportion as the image placeholder or is smaller in size, it is automatically stretched and cropped to fill the placeholder without gaps.

Excessive cropping and stretching

Since placing an image placeholder inside a power clip means that the entire placeholder must be filled with the uploaded image, excessive croping and/or stretching of the image may occur when the image placeholder and the uploaded image have very different proportions.

Web-to-print software processing

web-to-print, images, PowerClip, image placeholder/

If the image placeholder inside the Power Clip is shaped as a vertical rectangle and the user uploads a landscape shaped image, the image will be cropped too much.

/

/

/

/

/

/

/

web-to-print, images, PowerClip, image placeholder/

To avoid this we recommend you try to anticipate the type of images the user might upload in the specific placeholder and try to shape the power clip container as close to the placeholder’s shape as possible.

/

See also: