Intro to Custom Layouts

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    Chris Hamilton

    Great article. I will give this a try. 1 question -- if I supply custom layout, will the printed keys allow backlighting (will the text be translucent so that the backlight shines through the text on the keys as it does with the original keys?)

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    Weyman

    No, the keys will not allow backlighting to shine through the text. The keys for the Code keyboards are made differently than our UV printed keys.

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    Andrew Magerman

    HI guys, I've just fired up a new instance of ubuntu to get started with my custom layout. I'm confused, though, because I was expecting a layer where I could determine the colour of the keycaps. Have I missed something?

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    Paige

    Sorry for any confusion. The custom layout file is meant to contain only what you want printed on the keys. The keycap colors themselves are chosen through the online designer tool on the product page. 

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    Rand Soumynona

    Can you give the key caps writing on both the side (ninja style) and on top? For example a little pic on top of the key cap and then the actual letter on the side? Thank you!

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    Paige

    We are not currently equipped for side/front printing, sorry. Our maximum printable area is the entire key top.

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    Rand Soumynona

    Ok thank you! Also can you make an outline of a basic image on top of the key cap so RGB lighting can come through the outlined image? Thank you :)

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    Paige

    We do not have the capability at this time to make or customize backlight-compatible keys. It is something we're working on for the future.

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    Rand Soumynona

    Ok sounds good thank you!

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    Rand Soumynona

    Sorry one more question do you have translucent top key caps or translucent side key caps for sale that I could use? thank you for your time!

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    Paige

    Right now we do not carry any translucent keys of any kind, sorry.

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    Ben R

    Hi there, is there any way to put a key in a non-traditional row? I'm designing a layout that uses all the keys in a 104-key board but I want to have some of the keys in different rows. For example, I'm hoping to have PGDN in R2, PGUP in R3 and Del in R4.

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    Paige

    We can accommodate a bit of non traditional placement, please email us beforehand to work it out with our graphic designer and ensure what you want to do is possible within our printing setup.

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    Jeremy Villa

    "We also have a selection of existing artwork such as common used icons, shortcuts, and arrows that you can use." -- where do I find this existing artwork? Is it somewhere in the .svg template file?

    EDIT: Disregard, I found it. For those wondering, it's in the .svg file; simply make visible the "Stock Artwork" layer.

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    Mose Schmiedel

    Is it possible to have all Keys in R1 1x1 size, when providing a custom layout?

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    Paige

    We cannot easily make all keys R1 1x1, but please email us at info@wasdkeyboards.com and the graphic designer can work with you on the possibilities.

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    Dennis Dunn

    How does "custom case printing" work? Using the downloadable template, can I just include some art in the large empty region above the numpad similar to how its shown in this Instagram post?

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    Paige

    That's correct. Just use the template and you can add text/art to the 3 printable areas. To add the case printing to your order, just upload your template file from here: http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/products/printed-keycap-singles/custom-case-print.html

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    Andrés Morilla

    Hello! I found a desing I really like, but it seems it's an old template from this site. 3.3 to be precise, while the newest one is 4.0. It seems like the sizes are slightly different, can I get it printed? Do you allow older templates to be printed? Or do I need to somehow transform it into the new version.

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    Paige

    There are slight differences to accommodate our newer printing rig. Inkscape also updated to a new version. If you open the older file in the latest version of Inkscape, it will ask how you want to handle the older file. Select "Scale Elements". This should be enough for us to use the file, but we will contact you if there are any questions or issues.

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    Joel Prokopchuk

    How do I specify the keymapping?

    The unambiguous and printed symbols in an uploaded modified template are one thing, but since those are converted into paths, some symbols (like º and °) will be difficult or impossible to distinguish.

    Also, what about desired mappings that aren't printed onto the keys (like AltGr-E => €)?

    I'm assuming there is some kind of keymapping being done, due to the existence of the Media Keys and the Dip Switches.

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    Paige

    As long as you have all text and symbols converted to paths, they will print as your file shows on your end.

    The keyboard's output itself is determined by your OS language settings. The dip switches allow for additional or alternate functions such as the media keys, and mac mode. 

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    thomas pahler

    i just downloaded the template and i have 3 Questions:

    - are the "key grids" a safe area or can a design go Right to the Edge of the keys? are there tolerances that have to be respected? and if so, are These uniform (per set) or can they vary from key to key?

    - what is the Minimum width of a line that can be printed?

    - would it be possible to have all keys be row2 (flat) keycaps instead of the Default rows?

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    Paige

    The key grids are for alignment, but we can print to the edge of the key frames, which represent the edged of the key tops.

    We can print in 600+ dpi, we can go thinner than 1pt. 0.5pt is probably the thinnest we'd recommend.

    The larger keys are not available in any other row profiles other than their standard. 1x1 keys could be all row2, but we'd need you to email us with your layout and what you need so we can work out the best way to set it all up.

     

     

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