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How to create an engraved LED standee design using Paint Tool SAI

Posted on October 22 2018

This tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about creating your own custom engraved LED standee designs using PaintTool SAI.

1. Download our templates

To start submitting your engraved LED standee designs you’ll need to download our design templates.

Download our PaintTool SAI template >> here << and open your chosen size.

 

 

 Custom Engraved Acrylic LED Standee

The template comes with a working area where you will import or create your designs. Please make sure that your artwork fits INSIDE of the blue borders.

2. Understanding our layers

Opening the template, you will notice that there are 4 layers in your Layers palette.

zap custom engraved acrylic led lamp sai

IMPORTANT - Please don't rename existing layers or create additional layers as this will confuse our systems when processing your designs.

'Office Use Only' Layer This layer contains our logo, the blue borders which your design must sit inside and a brief description of the template size that you are using. This layer is locked and should not be used.

'Engraved Areas' Layer This layer is where you should place the engraved elements of your standee. The engraved elements of your designs will glow when the LED lamp base is turned on.

Please make sure your artwork fits neatly inside the blue borders.

'Cut Area' Layer Use this layer to show us where you would like your standee design to be cut. The cut edges of your designs, including any internal cuts, will glow when the LED lamp base is turned on.

We'll use the information on this layer to create a path, which will then be used to create a cut line for our laser cutters

Please make sure your artwork fits neatly inside the blue borders.

'Standee Foot Template' Layer The 'Standee Foot' is the section of the standee that inserts into the LED base and makes your design light up. Position the standee foot at the bottom of your design to show us where you would like this placing.

Custom LED Lamp Base

The dotted line represents the distance that the foot inserts into the base. Any details below the dotted line will not be visible.

Please make sure the 'Standee Foot Template' fits neatly inside the blue borders.

3. Creating your designs

Select your 'Engraved Areas' layer and draw any details that you would like engraving in black.

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  • All areas to be engraved MUST be pure black. (R:0 G:0 B:0)
  • No line widths thinner than 0.25mm. Any line widths thinner than 0.25mm will not be visible on your finished design.

4a. Creating your cut areas

Select your 'Cut Area' layer and create a black silhouette to show us where you would like your led cutting out.

We will vector trace this silhouette in Illustrator to create your cut line.

bespoke led lamp designs

4b. Adding the standee foot

Position the standee foot template at the bottom of your design. The standee foot is the section of standee that will be inserted into the LED lamp base, making your engraved design light up.

Custom Made LED Lamp Design

The solid red line represents the size and shape of the foot and the dotted line represents the distance that the foot will be inserted into the LED lamp base.

Please make sure that no elements on your 'Engraved Areas' and 'Cut Area' layers sit below this dotted line as this will prevent your standee from sitting correctly in the LED lamp base.

Please don't merge the foot template with your design.

5. Submission checklist

Congratulations, you've finished creating your engraved LED Standee design. All you have to do now is check the following before submission...

  • All engraved areas are black (R:0 G:0 B:0) and are situated on your 'Engraved Areas' layer
  • All engraved lines are AT LEAST 0.25mm thick.
  • Your cut area is a black silhouette and is located on your 'Cut Area' layer
  • No elements of your design sit below the dotted line of the foot template
  • The foot template has NOT been grouped or merged with the rest of your design.
  • All text has been converted to outlines.
  • Your template contains 1 design only. Additional designs will be sent separately.

6. Saving and submitting your designs

There are 3 different ways to save and submit your designs...

1. Submit your artwork immediately

If you have already created your designs, you can send them to us using the 'Upload Artwork' button, located on our product pages or by emailing them to ‘info@zapcreatives.com’.

Save all PaintTool SAI files in .Psd format. Here’s how…

Name each of your designs appropriately so that we know which designs you are referring to. Your file names should include 1. your name, 2. design number, 3. chosen product and 4. the date that you placed your order through our website. Here’s an example…

Select all of the designs that you would like to submit, right click and choose SEND TO > COMPRESSED (ZIPPED) FOLDER.



This will create a compressed folder containing all of your designs. Rename this folder so that it contains your name and the date that you placed your order on our website. Like this…

Please add all of your designs into one folder. So, if you purchased charms, stickers and pins, for example, just pop them all in the same, compressed folder and upload it using the 'Upload Artwork' button.

2. Submit your artwork later

If you have placed your order via our website but your designs aren’t quite ready yet, that’s ok. You have up to 2 weeks to submit your artwork to us, which allows you to take advantage of any special offers that we’re running. 

To submit your designs later, save them with 1. your name, 2. design number, 3. chosen product and 4. your order number. Then email them to ‘info@zapcreatives.com’. 

Save all PaintTool SAI files in .Psd format. Here’s how…

3. Placing a re-order

If you have placed an order in the past and would like to re-order those designs that’s great! We store your artwork for a maximum of 6 months, which saves you the hassle of having to resubmit your designs via email.

To place a re-order, simply place your order online, email us with your previous order number(s) and let us know that you are placing a re-order. 

You may only want to order 1 or 2 designs from your previous order(s). To do this simply quote your old file name(s) and let us know how you would like them producing and in what quantities. 

Here’s how to do it… 


Hi Zap!,

I’ve just placed an order #12345 on your website and would like to re-order the following designs from a previous order #12121. Please can I have…

10x [YOURNAME]-DESIGN1-CLEARCHARM-12121
20x [YOURNAME]-DESIGN2-WALNUTKEYRING-12121
10x [YOURNAME]-DESIGN3-ACRYLICPIN-12121

Thanks!

[YOUR NAME] 


If you have any questions about this tutorial or any other aspects of our website and manufacturing processes, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

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