Use of power clip

14/08/2008

User uploaded images can be cropped, downsized or even upsized to fill a specific area in your web-to-print template which can be any shape or Artistic text.

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

Example

A business card design needs to have consistent size of photos so that whatever the size of the uploaded image is, it always takes up the same amount of space in the web-to-print template and may be cropped, downsized or even upsized (stretched) to do so.

This is achieved by placing the image placeholder inside a power clip container.

How to place an image inside a power clip

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Use the rectangle tool to draw a shape with the same dimensions as the image placeholder.

That will be the power clip container.

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Select the image placeholder, go to Effects/Power Clip/Place Inside Container and click on top of the newly created shape.

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The image is now inside a power clip.

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Web-to-print software processing

  • When the user uploads an image that is larger than the power clip, the image is automatically downsized to fit the powerclip.
  • When the user uploads an image that is smaller than the power clip, the image is automatically upsized (stretched) to fit the powerclip.
  • When the user uploads an image that has different proportions than the power clip, the image is automatically cropped to fill the power clip without gaps.

Excessive cropping

The proportions of the PowerClip container in relation to the proportions of uploaded images may produce excessive cropping. Learn more how to avoid this problem here.

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