Multiple Text Areas

iStamp can print up to eight text areas on a single product in one pass. Each text area can be formatted and positioned independently. Follow the steps below to create multiple text areas. In this example, we'll stamp three text areas on the case of a book: two horizontally on the front cover, and one vertically on the spine. Note that this requires that TWO fonts be installed on the printwheel: a horizontal and a vertical font.

Before we begin, first prepare the machine for stamping by setting Thickness and Depth, and Load your product. In this case we'll be using a book case.

1. Select the From Corner option in the Print Position box.
2. Select the lower right corner in the Corner Position box.
3. Set the Corner Position.
4. Type a name into the text editor for this first text area.
5. Select a font for the first text area. In this case we'll pick font 1: a 24 point horizontal font.
6. Set the Print Reference point for the first text area. In this case we'll stamp the name in the lower right corner of the cover, so we'll use the bottom/right print reference point.
7. Set the Print Position for the first text area. We'll position the text area 20mm in, and 20mm up from the lower right corner of the cover.
8. Click the plus button to add a second text area. Just below the text editor you'll see another tab appear, labelled "2". Note that the text editor window is now light blue to indicate that this is NOT the primary text area.
9. Type a title into the text editor for this second text area.
10. Select a font for the second text area. We'll use the same 24 point horizontal as in the first text area.
11. Set the print reference point for the second text area. In this case we'll stamp the title high on the center of the cover, so we'll use the center/center print reference point.
12. Set the print position for the second text area. We'll position the text area 105mm in, and 200mm up from the lower right corner of the cover.
13. Click the plus button to add a third text area. Just below the text editor you'll see yet another tab appear, this one labelled "3". Note that the text editor window is still light blue.
14. Type the title into the text editor again for this third text area. To avoid mistakes, you can use the Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V keyboard shortcuts to copy and past the title from the second text area. To do this, click on tab for the second text area, highlight the text, and while holding down the Ctrl key, type the letter "C". Now click the tab for the third text area and While holding down the Ctrl key, type the letter "V".
15. Select a font for the third text area. We'll use an 18 point vertical font for this one. Note that the font MUST actually be installed vertically on the print-wheel. For more information on this subject, see the page on Print-Wheel Basics.
16. Set the print Reference point for the third text area. In this case let's stamp starting 20mm down from the top of the spine, so we'll use the center/left print reference point.
17. Set the print position for the third text area. Here we have to do a little math: we still have to measure from the lower right corner, and our cover is 280mm tall, so to start 20mm down from the top of the spine, we have to start 260mm up from the bottom of the cover. Also, we want to stamp in the center of the spine. Our cover is 210mm wide. The hinge between the cover and spine is 8mm wide. The spine on this particular cover is 24mm wide. So to put the text area in the middle of the spine we need the cover width plus the hinge width plus half of the spine width, or 210 + 8 + 1/2(24) = 230mm. The print position point for the third text area is 230mm in, and 260mm up from the lower right corner of the cover.

Now we're done setting up our three text areas. Let's check these settings.

18. Click Move check box next to the trace button, then click on each text area's tab in turn. as you move between tabs, the machine will point the laser at each text area's print position point. Click see the extents of each text area, click the Trace button.