Adding Dynamic color to templates

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13 Jul, 2011 12:48 PM

On our sports templates we use the school colors on the team 8x10, trader cards, bag tags, pennants, sport tickets, memory mates, etc. How can we add these areas of color on these templates so they will automatically change for each school and how can we designate these in the roster data?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Tommi Jonasson on 13 Jul, 2011 01:25 PM

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    You can use labeled images in your layout that correspond with a graphics field. For example,

    On your layout, have a labeled image coded @color1, and another @color2.

    In details mode, you will want fields made named color1 and color2 (designated as graphics fields, and most suitably used as folder or file fields)

    Click those fields to populate with a colored bitmap file of your choosing.

    This is a semi-manual process, but as a file field you can set it and forget it. As far as I know, this can not be done utilizing roster data, however you may consider master tnj's for each color combination to bypass the need to set the colors.

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Tommi Jonasson on 13 Jul, 2011 02:22 PM

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    Re: "So this does not let me set an RGB value for a school and the graphic change
    to that color automatically?"

    You set that by populating the graphics field with the bitmap file which has that value. I don't know how else that could be done. If all your layouts have the same "@color1" labeled image holder, you set it once for the job and its done.

  3. 3 Posted by adscdma on 13 Jul, 2011 02:37 PM

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    Almost every account has a different color so that means I would need a
    different template for each school (approx 150 schools). Right?

    Alan Shoffner
    CD iMaging
    Carolina Photography

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Tommi Jonasson on 13 Jul, 2011 03:06 PM

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    One template with a labeled image holder(s) that relates to a graphic field(s).
    Set your graphic field to the color(s) you need when you create the job.

    Test it out, you'll see what I mean.

  5. 5 Posted by adscdma on 13 Jul, 2011 03:13 PM

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    So I would go into Template Designer and update the colors?

    Alan Shoffner
    CD iMaging
    Carolina Photography

  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by Mark Renken on 13 Jul, 2011 04:09 PM

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    Hi Alan,

    You can control the color through text in details mode. No need to update the template. You would place a fill box to direct an object to a field that you want color in. Use the dialog fields in the fill box to specify a field that the color values will be found in. You can name this field anything like, such as color1 and would usually be a file field as Tomas pointed out. In that field you would put the rgb values in this format: c r g b. once the values are filled in that color should appear in all the boxes specified as color1.

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Dino Apolito on 13 Jul, 2011 06:18 PM

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    I've come in late on this but I too was thinking using the Add Fill tool was the way to go

  8. 8 Posted by adscdma on 13 Jul, 2011 06:45 PM

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    Would there be any possibility of getting on line with you this afternoon to
    go through the process of creating a template with color like this and
    adding the fields in the data?

    Alan Shoffner
    CD iMaging
    Carolina Photography

  9. Support Staff 9 Posted by Tommi Jonasson on 13 Jul, 2011 07:05 PM

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    VERY VERY COOL! I didn't know about the fill method.... always learning.

    Hope you Timestone guys don't mind that I will be doing my best to jump on every topic I see.... I love that you gave us a forum, and my experience is that the more replies, the more people use the forum. The more people use the forum, the stronger a tool it becomes.

  10. Support Staff 10 Posted by Dino Apolito on 14 Jul, 2011 12:09 AM

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    Agree with you 100% Tomas.

    Our customer base is a very valuable and under utilized resource. Many, many times you guys will have better answers than us.

    We haven't announced the forum to the world yet, at the moment only the people coming to training know about it (unless people stumble on it).

    We'll talk about it a bit in NY then I will announce it globally after that.

    See you soon

  11. 11 Posted by adscdma on 14 Jul, 2011 02:14 AM

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    I'm sorry, but I still do not have an idea of all you are talking about. I found the Add Fill tool, but do not know all there is to how to use it especially in this situation. Is there anything on the KB that will guide me?

  12. Support Staff 12 Posted by Dino Apolito on 14 Jul, 2011 02:26 AM

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    Try as Mark suggested. Add a Fill Object to your template. In the window there is an area between two ^ symbols. Enter the name of your field that has the dynamic color information.

    For example make a file (job) field called COLOR and in it put in C 255 255 0. Then on the template enter the fieldname COLOR between the ^ symbols.
    Change the values in your field to get a different color.

    If you want a transition between two colors you can do that also by having two fields and entering values appropriately

  13. 13 Posted by adscdma on 14 Jul, 2011 02:35 AM

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    Will try in the morning. Thanks.

  14. 14 Posted by adscdma on 14 Jul, 2011 05:54 PM

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    We understand most what you have contributed. What we still need to know is how to place the Add Fill graphic. I am attaching several images that have a "green" glow around the images and then on the end of the pennants. How can we create this and place the Add Fill graphic in the template? If we place it where we think it needs to be on top of the background layer it will cover the image hole. Are there any suggestions in relation to this?

  15. Support Staff 15 Posted by Mark Renken on 14 Jul, 2011 06:04 PM

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    Hi Alan,

    I'm in a plane so I can't see the graphics however I tried to answer your question below.

    It is a separate tool that lives near the add graphic. If you hover the mouse over it add fill should show up.

    If you want a green glow you may want to try object effects.


    Mark Renken
    Timestone Software
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  16. 16 Posted by adscdma on 14 Jul, 2011 06:19 PM

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    The glow in Object Effects applies to the outside of the edge of an image or the inside of the edge of the image if I understand it right. To have it show up at the right place I am back into the same thing of creating an Add Fill object and placing it at the right place. I would like to have more than just a glow. It has been requested that the school color/colors be more visible, so I looking at adding more than is showing here.

  17. Support Staff 17 Posted by Dino Apolito on 14 Jul, 2011 06:30 PM

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    I'm going to suggest an alternative. Using the third image as an example - the team picture - consider doing this...

    You want to use just one template for the team picture and want to change the colour of the border around it. Lets say you need three different colours -red, green and blue.

    Make your graphics in photoshop as you want them and save them in your graphics path. Lets say you've called them redframe.jpg, greenframe.jpeg and blueframe.jpeg.

    Create a File (job) field (lets call it FrameColour) and in it enter the name of the frame you need for that job - lets say it is redframe.

    On your template use the generic Add Labeled Image object and place the object where you want it. Use a label of @FrameColour.jpg. Put your team image hole on top of it, slightly smaller than you labeled graphic.

    This will pull in the redframe,jpg graphic for this job. For future jobs you just have to change the value of the field to blueframe or greenframe as needed.

    Note because you had the .jpg extension in the label (@FrameColour.jpg) you don't even need to have it in the field value.

    Note also you can do this at a subject level as well for the ultimate customization. Just make an equivalent subject field instead of job field.

  18. Mark Renken closed this discussion on 27 Jul, 2011 05:32 PM.

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