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Using Image ID with remote layout

How to use Image IDs to allow low-resoution pictures to be placed in a layout and replaced with a high-res in production.

Using Remote Layout

Where: Channel | Image ID | Remote Layout tab

On this page you may configure Color Factory to create low-resolution copies of the images being processed and stamp them with the ID configured on the Image and Owner ID tab. (All images will be stamped with an Image ID – Owner ID is optional.) You may also choose the reverse process – to use Color Factory in order to find the high-resolution file associated with a low-resolution file that has been placed in the channel’s input folder and process the high-resolution image according to the information in the low-resolution copy.

By ticking Create Remote Layout Image you may choose a size and optionally a file name prefix for the low-resolution (layout) image. The high-res and low-res images are stamped with the same ID (technically speaking, the low-res image gets the prefix LO in the Image ID field in order to distinguish between the high-res and low-res images). Then choose a folder where the low-resolution layout image should be stored. The high-resolution image is stored in the output folder (or in a subfolder depending on AutoRouting options etc).


To go the other way and have Color Factory connect an edited, incoming low-resolution layout image with the high-resolution image in the archive, enable Search for Original image and choose the path to the Index Manager archive. Color Factory will then try to match the UID of the layout image file with the UID of a matching file in the archive. However, you have some options in case the UID is missing in either file:

Use Image Similarity Index instead of UID: This option will try to match the low-resolution image with its high-resolution counterpart in the archive based on the image similarity index created by Index Manager. This can be useful if either file is missing its UID. You can set the degree of similarity required using the drop-down list.

Use file name as ID if UID is missing: Choosing this option will have Color Factory search the archive for a file whose name matches that if the low-resolution file.

Allow UID without lowres marker: As described above, when Color Factory created remote layout image, the low-resolution copy is marked LO in the UID field to distinguish it from the master high resolution file. Ticking this option however, makes Color Factory accept non-low resolution files as the input file.


Finally, the Action field lets you choose how the matched high-resolution file should be processed:

Use found original as input image: Makes Color Factory use the high-resolution image as input file in the channel. It will be processed according to the channel’s settings and stored in its output folder.

Important: If your channel has been configured to process non-image files and the channel's Input File Formats feature has been set to copy the input file to the output using all features, the remote layout functionality does not come into play. If you want to use Remote layout to replace a non-image input file with an image file found in the search, the Input File formats handling of the non-image input file must be set to render a bitmap.
As a consequence, the Remote Layout feature cannot be used to replace a non-image file with another non-image file, for example one EPS with another EPS.

Copy found original to destination folder: Makes Color Factory copy the file to a destination folder of your choice, without processing in the channel.

Move found original to destination folder: Makes Color Factory move the file from the archive to a destination folder of your choice, without processing in the channel.

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