Preparing Font Files
For the print-ready export, you can only use fonts that you set in the "Google Webfonts" and "Fonts Directory" in Settings > Fonts tab, because the PDF renderer needs the fonts as TTF files in order to embed the fonts in the PDF.
If you are allowing styles like italic and bold in the product designer, you also need to upload the TTF files for bold (bold700) and italic (italic400) into your fonts directory when using custom fonts. So, if your regular font file in the fpd_fonts folder is Crimes.ttf, then you need to upload the styles for bold and italic in the fpd_fonts folder and name these files Crimes__italic.tff, Crimes__bold.ttf and Crimes__bolditalic.ttf.
If you upload TTF files please be aware to follow these exact naming conventions
- no spaces or special characters in the file name
- underscore translates to space within Fancy Product Designer
- double underscore (__) is the separator and must only be used as postfix to identify the styles, e.g. Crimes__italic.ttf
For Google Webfonts the plugin will automatically include the different variants of the selected fonts.
Currently, there is no known Google Web Font that works with the print-ready export. Custom fonts with Chinese characters can be found here.
Google Web Fonts offer a wide range of Cyrillic fonts that are supported by the print-ready export.
Setting up View & Layers
First of all, you need to define a format for the view. Therefore go to the Product Builder and click View Options in the upper-right corner. Scroll to the "PDF Output" section and here you can choose from predefined formats (A1, A2, ....) or enter a custom size in millimeter (mm). After clicking the "Save" button, a blue rectangle (printing box) will be added to the canvas.
This printing box can be scaled in the canvas to fit in the area that you want to export in the PDF.
If you do not define a format/printing box, the whole canvas will be exported in the PDF. To calculate the size in millimeter for the page, we use the canvas size in pixels and 300 DPI in the calculation (pixel / dpi * 25.4). We highly recommend choosing a format/printing box from the View Options.
If you want to exclude specific layers from export, you can easily do that by selecting the layer and enabling the option "Exclude in Export" in the General tab.
Exporting an order as PDF
Now when you receive an order, you can download the print-ready file via the Print-Ready Export tab.
Used Color Profiles
The images will be embedded with the color profile that is inside the image.
CYMK color profile is used when exporting to a print-ready JPEG.
RGB color profile is used when exporting to a print-ready PNG.