How to Create Edible Image Word Templates Designed for Fast and Perfect Pre-designed PrintsFeb 15, 2021
Edible Images are a great starting point for any type of cake, cookie, or other sweet treat art.
I've used edible images as a the base of a larger scaled piped design. They're great! Print, peel, attach. And then you can pipe over it, draw on it, give it flair and flourish!
The only real challenge seems to be getting the perfect size prints made at your local resource.
And we would know, because we ARE the local resource.
Most of that challenge comes from miscommunication.
A client says one thing, we hear another, and everything is clear as mud. So, we print what we think we heard only to find out that's not the scale or size the customer wanted at all. (We damaged out over 110 images last year...and those were just the ones we remembered to correct before inventory.)
So...how do we make it crystal clear?
We make templates! (And a video on how to use them!)
Who could benefit from templates?:
Templates help automate the process, (and you know I'm all about automations and efficiency in business!) So who could benefit from pre-created templates?
- Retail printers of edible images.
- Home Bakers with a printer of their own.
- Clients who need their images to be precise to scale.
Steps to creating your own templates and the corresponding timestamps in the video:
- 0:00 Define your print margins, or the boundaries of your image.
- 1:45 To add gridlines for scaling, click Align and View Gridlines.
- 2:14 Change the size of your grid squares for easy scaling by clicking Align and Grid Settings. Now you'll have a perfect grid that you can use to easily measure your images across the entire page.
- 3:14 Use the Insert Pictures function to bring your images into the document.
- 3:44 Pull any image corner "circle" or "dot" to scale the image.
- 4:10 You can also crop images by moving the black bar to re-frame the image.
- 4:38 To move the image freely around the page, change it to any "text wrapping" position. Otherwise, the document thinks of your image as the first character of a sentence and will try to push it to the top left corner.
- 5:20 To fine tune the placement, turn off grid snapping by changing the grid size.
- 6:23 Create Circles or Shapes of perfect size for sandwich cookies, decorated cookies, cake monograms, or berries by using the Insert Shape function.
- 6:58 Turn the solid fill of your shape into a Picture Fill by right clicking and selecting Fill with Picture. (Remember - to prevent distortion, crop your images to a square before filling circles.)
- 7:30 Once you have the first shape filled, you can copy and paste by clicking the image and pressing ctrl+c and then ctrl+v (on windows. on mac that would be command key instead of control).
- 7:55 Move your shapes around to fill the page, changing the grid size as needed to add space.
- 8:20 Save your finished document onto a flash drive and take it to your favorite printer for fast and efficient printing!
Best Practices when using the templates:
- Stay within the margins. The margins are defined by each printer type and paper type. Our particular paper is legal size in dimensions, BUT it has a tear away margin section designed to separate from the central section of the paper. By staying in the margins, you ensure all the important pieces of your print are clear.
- Stay within the margins...part two! Some of the edible image sheets have exposed acetate backing. This used to be a regular frustration for us. Troubles began if someone's print expanded past the central area of icing sheet, and the ink cartridges passed across the acetate backing, and there was no icing sheet to absorb the color. The cartridge would release the dye on the acetate, leaving pools of color that then smeared all over the image as the ink cartridge made it way the other direction, ruining this image and several after.
- Crop your image to best fit within circles or pre-formed shapes. When using circles or shapes on templates, think of those shapes as "rounded squares". If you try to fill a square with a rectangular image, the word program will try to get as much of that rectangular image to fit inside the shape as possible, causing it to stretch, squish, or warp. So, first, crop your image to a square before inserting it to fill a circle.
- The Word Program has the ability to show "gridlines" that don't print with the image. These gridlines are super helpful to scaling your image to 1 inch or 1.5 inches or any specified width or height necessary for your project.
- Understand that you can only scale proportionally in one direction. There is a common misconception that we can stretch both the width and then the height of an image to match specific dimensions. This is not possible without distorting the image. If we increase or decrease one side, then the other sides move proportionally also.
Access to Our Templates:
Would you like easy templates for download? Yes? Here you go!
Need supplies and tools and ingredients? You'll find those items on our ecommerce store and sister brand, Art Is In Cakes!
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