We are proud to announce that we now have 3D capability available on the MyStyle Customizer V5.1 or higher. This feature allows our users to fully view their custom products in a fully functional three dimensional model. Directly in our customizer software. Your users will be able to upload, design, and then preview their creations in fully functional 3D!
The first step is finding the product you want to customize and the selecting our customize option.
Add a Custom Design
After selecting customize you will move to our Customizer software where you, or your users, can choose to create a custom background within our software. Users can also upload their own images from the web or personal libraries.
Click For 3D Preview
Once the image or background has been uploaded and edited simply select the preview button and view your product in fully functional 3D!
While inside the 3D preview the user will have the added functionality of zooming in to have a closer inspection or rotating in any direction desired. The 3D preview feature adds a layer of immersion for the user and gives a better sense of what the final product will look like before it arrives. This feature will be available for our Premium Members here at Mystyle Platform!
To have the new software available, Standard and Managed licenses should contact us to have this enabled for their mystyle sites or customizers.
For common print workflows where the printer is not the order processor, the new feature in the MyStyle Renderer version 3.23.2 is perfect for you. Recently released, this new feature can really help speed things up for anyone with an order-processing and web-to-print workflow that requires sharing the print file with another person, team , or partner company: Render-to-Cloud!
Streamlining Common Web-to-Print Order Processing Workflows
A lot of MyStyle enabled clients and online stores have very similar fulfillment processes, that is, they always involve rendering a print file for production to make and send out the order(s) once the order is placed, to begin the on-demand production and fulfillment process. Often, the person processing the order is not the same as the person creating the print. In that case, the workflow would involved emailing or uploading the file to a dropbox, or an FTP, or something like that. Well, no more! Print files that are sent to someone at a production house or print department to do the print and/or dropship can now be sent without having to download or manually upload it to get a shareable URL or attachment. Instead, you can now just send the print direct to the MyStyle platform cloud storage, included at no extra charge with all licenses!
The render-to-cloud option is found in the print image toolbar right next to the normal print file download buttons.
It depends how large your image is, but it typically takes a few seconds on a broadband connection. Wait a couple seconds then…
Get Public Download Link to Share
Once the print image render reaches the cloud, a checkmark will show in place of the spinner, and a shareable public URL will be provided in the same window. The green button will copy the URL for quick sharing.
Instant Download Link The URL when, visited or clicked, will automatically download the print file to eliminate the Right-Click and Save-As type of steps for the production team receiving the URL.
This Is an Optional Feature for Sending to Out-of-House Production Teams
In-House Production Teams may not need this feature if doing rendering and printing in house. So, if you render and print your own images in the same place, you might not need this, as you can still download and print the images just as you always have.
A Couple Steps Less is Always More!
For anyone else sharing print file links regularly, though, this might be a great time to say goodbye to your premium dropbox accounts, save a little money if current online storage methods are not necessary anymore. Speed things up by eliminating a few steps!
The server for this website (not our API or plugins, just mystyleplatform.com) has been upgraded to a new Google Cloud data center.
Google AND Amazon Clouds…
We’re happy to be using Google Cloud, a leader in cloud computing, in addition to Amazon AWS for our API itself still. It’s interesting to see and compare both platforms, and we may switch entirely to one or the other in the future, but for now we like this duality and in either case, performance is great.
Clear Your Cache
This upgrade required some IP address changes, so please Clear Your Cache if you’re experiencing any weirdness on MyStylePlatform.com or the MyStyle Renderer.
Faster Site Services
Otherwise, enjoy what should be a faster service from now on.
MyStyle Platform’s new Renderer feature empowers clients to edit and fix their own print files. In just a few simple clicks, you can now edit and change text, emojis, etc.
Gone are the days of escalating renders just to switch out and edit text within your design! MyStyle Platform is happy to announce our newly released feature that lets you edit a design’s text directly within the renderer. Simply click, edit as desired, and save your print file!
How to Edit Text and Emoji’s the Renderer
Open the renderer and scroll down to the section “PRINT IMAGE(S)”
Right click on the text/emoji/”object” you wish to edit.
From the pulldown options, select “edit object”
4. The “Text Lines” edit box will open. The text you selected and wish to edit will be in the text slot “Text line#1”
5. Highlight the text within the “Text line#1” & edit as desired
This is a very old, very small, very annoying issue with resolution of JPEG and PNG files that every designer and printer is familiar with, and we’ve finally beat it. Especially when it comes to JPG, if it wasn’t made with Photoshop, even though it was the right pixel size, it just wouldn’t open up at the DPI that it was created for (ie 300), and Photoshop defaults to whatever it wants (usually 72 or 96). Well, we’re happy to say in 3.19.0+ we broke through and were able to add a new feature under the hood that automatically fixes this and makes rewrites the file data so that it will open up at the intended DPI in almost any software – Photoshop, Print Software – etc. Ring the bells. We did it.
The Decades-Old JPG DPI Issue
You may know the situation well: the image is the right size in pixels, but it’s reading at the wrong DPI and so the “inches” measurement of the image is not correct. That is, until someone opens it up, and changes the DPI in Photoshop or print software manually to 300 or whatever it needs to be – most systems default DPI is typically 72 or 96 dpi, sometimes 100. But, most images are rendered for print at 300dpi (Pro Magazine-level print standard), so opening at 72 etc is annoying and can cause wasted time in the production workflow.
One Does Not Simply, Set the JPG DPI
The reason that 300dpi doesn’t open up in Photoshop or print software, though, is because the JPG file format doesn’t natively support resolution settings, so there’s traditionally almost no online resources for setting unsupported meta data. In HTML5 it doesn’t have any parameters to specify resolution, it’s purely pixel data. In the eyes of the raw JPG format, resolution is irrelevant, there is image data at a size of pixels, and the resolution can be whatever the screen (or software) wants it to be, which is subjective and relative to the system / software, so it doesn’t specify it natively. Additionally, the file code is not easily read or edited, so it’s not something that anything besides graphic design software can or would try to set. The problem is that Photoshop etc doesn’t have a setting to allow you to set the default image resolution, it detects it from your system (ie “72”) and just goes with that. That by itself, is also very annoying (re: Photoshop fix this please).
Interestingly enough, as we dissect the byte code for a JPEG we see that there are meta data points for resolution that do allow us to inject settings here that Photoshop will read, and they’re actually in Dots Per Meter, as if ANYONE would even use that when DPI is the standard! Imagine how old that must be. We digress.
The New Age Fix. Good News: We’ve Made It Automatic.
We’ve developed a way to set this DPI setting within JPG output in our MyStyle Renderer software. With 3.19.0+ every JPG comes with resolution meta data.
Whatever it says on page is the DPI, will be the DPI when re-opened in other software:
Drumroll… JPG Opens with Correct DPI!
JPG output files will open up at whatever DPI it says in the Renderer when viewed in Photoshop or Print Software, including both if that was the template’s original setting, and if you change the resolution manually after rendering it and then download the JPG.
150 dpi? Sure. 300? Of course. 632 dpi? Why not!
Bad News: There Is None.
This should alleviate one of the most annoying parts of printing with JPGs, and we’re so happy to advanced this aspect of the workflow for everyone who’s taking designs from web to print like our team does every day.
Goodbye, Extra Manual or Batch Processes!
Please note that if you have batch processes already made that set the DPI for your print files as a workaround for this, you can (or may need to) adjust or get rid of that now to streamline things a bit more knowing that the DPI is already set correctly.
If you utilize the MyStyle Print File Renderer with your production process, then at least one person on that team will appreciate this! We’ve released a new Dark Theme that can be chosen from the new minimized menu (three dots …). Once you choose this theme, it will fade the screen to dark greys instead of light greys.
Choose the Dark Theme from the menu and it will save your preference in your browser. Any time you use that browser it will automatically reload the theme. Click the same option again to turn it off and go back to the standard light theme. Now that I’ve been using it for about a month in beta I can’t even go back to the light theme at all! It’s soothing to use the theme.
I can also see why Adobe adopted a similar look in Photoshop as the dark neutral look allows for the print images themselves to really breathe and pop even in the darker ranges.
So, this can be a great eye saver (and battery saver) especially at night when darker UIs help reduce eye strain. And, it looks pretty cool, too. Have a look:
If you or your staff use the Print Renderer then enjoy the Dark Theme, your eyes will thank you!
If you don’t see it yet, clear your cache and refresh :)