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Create layer group and use it in ShopBase’s personalized products

When creating or updating preview image and print file for ShopBase's personalized products, you can combine layers into different groups so that:

Layers should be neatly organized and easily manageable.
You can create products with multiple design versions for your customers to choose from (For example, personalized products that allow your customers to select the number of characters on the product).

In this article, we will show you how to create layer group in just a few easy steps.

In this article

A. How to create a layer group
B. Use layer group to create personalized products with multiple design versions

A. How to create a layer group

In the Layers section of the Preview image and Print file editor window, click the Group icon to create a new layer group.

Click on the Drag icon and drag the layers you want to include in this group.

You can perform the following action to a layer group:

Change a layer group name: Double-click on the name.
Reorder a layer group: Click and hold your cursor on the layer group you want to reorder, then drag it to your desired position.
Hide/unhide a layer group from your artwork: Click on the eye icon.
Duplicate, ungroup, and delete a layer group: Click on the more icon and select the respective button.

B. Use layer group to create personalized products with multiple design versions

An artwork for your personalized products can have multiple design versions. By creating different design versions of your artwork, you can offer a more diverse selection to your customers when shopping on your store.

For example, you can create a personalized product that allows your customers to select the number of pets (1, 2, or 3). To do so, you need to create 3 design versions: One version with 1 pet, one with 2 pets, and one with 3 pets.

Step by Step Tutorial

Step 1: Prepare your design

Create layer groups for each design version of your artwork. For example, for the pet personalized product above, you need to create 3 layer groups of 3 design versions.

Any layer that is shared between different design versions does not need to be grouped.

You can utilize the Duplicate button to quickly create layer groups.
To show or hide a group layer, use the eye icon. This allows you to see how the layers of a group are displayed on the design.

Step 2: Create custom options to customize layer groups

This will help your customers select which design version they want for their product.

To customize a group, in the editor window, click the < button in Custom Options section.

When there are more than 2 layer groups, the Customize groups button will become available. Click this button and set up the conditions to customize your group.

Display option as: Select the type of custom option for your group. You can select among Droplist, Radio, and Picture choice. Please see the gifs below on how these types will look like on your storefront.
Label: Enter the name of the custom option.
Values: By default, the names of your groups will be displayed here. You can rename these values as you see fit. You can reorder them as well by clicking on the icon and dragging them to the desired position.

Droplist type

Button type

Picture choice type

Step 4: Create custom options for other layers

You can create custom options for each artwork layer. Please refer to the instructions at:

Set up preview for ShopBase products
Create print file for your ShopBase products

You can create custom options for a layer in or out of a group as you see fit.
Custom options can be reordered, but keep in mind that custom options for layers in a group must be placed under the custom options used to customize that layer group.
If there are layers that serve the same purpose in different layer groups, you can give them the same name, or select all of them as the target layers when creating custom options so that the custom option can be applied.

Overview of ShopBase personalization
Set up preview for ShopBase products
Create print file for your ShopBase products

Updated on: 22/08/2022

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