Creating an Inkbench template from an existing document

Step 1:
Working from your existing template’s source file (e.g., Adobe Illustrator, InDesign), export 2 JPG or PNG files. An example is included below.

The first file should be the source file exactly as it looks, including all layers and text.

The second should be the source file minus any layers that you will allow a user to edit in Inkbench—essentially a “backdrop” for the editable fields of the template. In the second example photo, the address lines are not present because those will be added in Inkbench as editable layers.

Step 2:
In Inkbench, create a new template as usual. Note that the size of the Inkbench template should be equal to the size of the source file.

Step 3:
Upload the two images you just created to Inkbench. You may want to upload these as private, so no users can see or use them anywhere else.

Step 4:
Place the first image – with all layers – on the canvas. Align it to the top left corner so it fits the canvas exactly and lock it in place.

Step 5:
Using Inkbench, reproduce the editable fields and place them over the background image. The background image should serve as a guide.

Once finished, add the second image file (the “backdrop”), move it to the back of the Canvas, and lock it in place.

Step 6:
Delete or hide the original reference image from the template.

Step 7:
Save your template. Then, you’re all set to distribute.

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