Help:Faceting Designs

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This page will guide you through the required actions to post a design on the Gemology Project.


Step 1: Create an account & log in

To post designs to the Gemology Project, you need to first create an account. You can do this by filling in a request through the contact page. Your request will be processed as quickly as possible, but please allow us some time to do so. Normally, you should be able to access your account within 48 hours. You will receive an e-mail containing your user name and password from one of the administrators.

Once you have received your log-in details, you can proceed to the log in page. A link to this page is provided in the top right of your screen (Internet Explorer 8.0 requires the compatibility mode to be enabled). After you log in, you will have access to the "Edit Page" function, which is necessary to begin posting designs.


Step 2: Installing necessary programs

Programs required:

These programs will be used to prepare your design. GemCAD is required to create the design itself. PrimoPDF or Nitro Reader are required to "print" your design as a .PDF file. Adobe Photoshop or the website are used to convert that .PDF file into a .JPG file. GemRay is used to create a simulated rendering of your design, while digital cameras are used to take pictures of your test cuts.

All of this will be explained in Step 3. Before proceeding to Step 3, please ensure that all required programs are installed and correctly functioning. Please note that this tutorial assumes that you are already skilled at using GemCAD, and have already created a design you wish to post.


Step 3: Step-by-step preparation of your design

Part A: Convert the .GEM file into a .PDF

Using PrimoPDF (See images below instructions.)

  1. Open your design in GemCAD.
  2. Click 'File' and then 'Print'.
  3. Select 'PrimoPDF' as your printer, and click 'OK'.
  4. After a few seconds, PrimoPDF will pop up.
  5. You should now see something similar to the first screen shown below these instructions.
  6. At the red arrow, click on the '...' button.
  7. Now, select a file destination where your new .PDF file will be created, and click 'OK'.
  8. At the blue arrow, click 'Create PDF'.
  9. You now have the design in .PDF format, in a folder of your choice.


Designhelp.jpg



Using Nitro Reader (See images below instructions.)

  1. Open your design in GemCAD.
  2. Click 'File' and then 'Print'.
  3. Select 'Nitro PDF Creator' as your printer, and click 'OK'.
  4. After a few seconds, Nitro PDF Creator will pop up. It may be hidden behind the GemCAD window.
  5. Browse to the folder in which you would like to save your .PDF file.
  6. Enter your desired filename and click 'OK'.
  7. You now have the design in .PDF format, in a folder of your choice.


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Part B: Turning the .PDF file into a .JPG file of reduced size

Using Adobe Photoshop

  1. Open the .PDF file in Adobe Photoshop.
  2. Click on 'Image'.
  3. Click on 'Image Size'.
  4. Reduce the image size to 800 pixels in width.
  5. Save the file as a .JPG in your designated folder.
  6. Note: if the file is over 150kb in size, repeat this process, adjusting the quality to 9 or 8.
  7. You have now created an uploadable image.


Using PDF 2 JPG, followed by Microsoft Office Picture Manager (Windows 7 only) (See images below instructions)

  1. Go to PDF 2 JPG.
  2. Use the first image for reference.
  3. At the blue arrrow, click on the down arrow and then click on 'Excellent - 300dpi'.
  4. At the red arrow, click 'Browse...', then browse to the .PDF file you wish to convert, then click 'Open'.
  5. At the green arrow, click the 'Convert PDF to JPG' button.
  6. Use the second image for reference.
  7. At the red arrow, click 'Download', and save the file to your desired destination.
  8. You have now saved your .JPG file, but still need to reduce its size.
  9. Find the .JPG file you have just created, by using the built-in Windows search.
  10. Use the third image for reference.
  11. Right-click on the .JPG file, select 'Open With', and choose 'Microsoft Office Picture Manager'.
  12. Use the fourth image for reference.
  13. Go to 'Picture' in the top task bar, and select 'Resize...'.
  14. Use the fifth image for reference.
  15. Under 'Custom width x height', at the red arrow, enter the values given.
  16. Click 'OK', then save the file. Your .JPG file is now done.


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Part C: Create a rendering

Saving your rendering made with GemRay (assumes knowledge of GemRay)

  1. Select your diagram in GemRay, and set your RI and dispersion values to match your desired material.
  2. Use the first image for reference.
  3. At the red arrow, set your amount to 0, and click the rendering button.
  4. Use the second image for reference.
  5. At the blue arrow, make sure this value is sent to ‘RND’.
  6. At the red arrow, click here, browse to your desired file destination, and save your rendering.


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Step 4: Creating your authorship section in the Gemology Project (do this only once ever)

Now that you've prepared your design, it's time to get your name onto the Gemology Project as a registered design author! The following steps will create a subsection in the Gemology Project where you can post your designs as you write them.

(See text box and images below instructions)

  1. Use the first grey box for reference.
  2. Copy the text in the grey box below these instructions.
  3. Go to the Gemology Online Faceting Diagram page.
  4. Use the first image for reference.
  5. At the top bar, at the red arrow, click on the 'edit' button.
  6. Use the second image for reference.
  7. Scroll to the far bottom of this page, and find the author listed last, at the green arrow.
  8. Leave 3 line breaks after the last author (hit 'Enter' three times).
  9. Paste the text that you copied, at the blue brackets.
  10. At the purple circle, replace the phrase YOUR NAME HERE with your first and last name.
  11. At the very bottom of the page, at the red arrow hit the 'Save Page' button.
{|border=8 width=100%
|align="center" width="25%"|'''YOUR NAME HERE'''
|width="25%"|<center>[[File:Placeholder.jpg|center|thumb|link=|[[(Placeholder)]]]]</center>
|width="25%"|<center>[[File:Placeholder.jpg|center|thumb|link=|[[(Placeholder)]]]]</center>
|width="25%"|<center>[[File:Placeholder.jpg|center|thumb|link=|[[(Placeholder)]]]]</center>
|}


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Step 5: Creating a page for one of your designs

Now that we've created your authorship section, we can start adding individual designs. Unfortunately, you have to add designs one by one.

Part A: Adding your design to the design home page

(See text box and images below instructions)

  1. Use the first grey box for reference.
  2. Copy ALL OF the text in the first grey box below these instructions.
  3. Go to the Gemology Online Faceting Diagram page.
  4. Use the first image for reference.
  5. At the top bar, at the red arrow, click on the 'edit' button.
  6. Use the second image for reference
  7. Scroll to the far bottom of this page, and find where the purple circle has YOUR last name in it.
  8. Use the second image AND the second grey box for reference.
  9. At the blue bracket, you should see multiple lines of code that look like the content of the second grey box below.
  10. Find the topmost line in YOUR section that looks like this. (The yellow box.) Highlight this entire line.
  11. Now, paste the stuff you copied from the first grey box in this section, overwriting the old stuff you had just highlighted.
  12. Every place you see the phrase DESIGN NAME, replace that with the name of your design.
  13. Every place you see the phrase AUTHOR LAST NAME, replace that with your last name.
  14. Please make absolutely sure that you spell your design name the same every time.
  15. At the very bottom of the page, at the red arrow hit the 'Save Page' button.
  16. Clicking 'Save Page' will take you back to the Gemology Online Faceting Diagram page.


|width="25%"|<center>[[File:DESIGN NAME (render).JPG|center|thumb|link=AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME|[[AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME]]]]</center>
|width="25%"|<center>[[File:Placeholder.jpg|center|thumb|link=|[[(Placeholder)]]]]</center>


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Part B: Adding your rendering

Here, we're going to add a thumbnail to the main page, so that people can just glance through quickly and see a brief image of what these designs might look like when cut.

(See text box and images below instructions)

  1. Now that you're back at the Gemology Online Faceting Diagram page, find the thumbnail you just made.
  2. Use the first image for reference.
  3. At the yellow box, click on the link that says 'File:DESIGN NAME (render).JPG'.
  4. Use the second image for reference.
  5. At the red arrow, click 'Browse...', and find the rendering .JPG file you made with GemRay. Click 'OK'.
  6. At the yellow arrow, the phrase DESIGN_NAME should be automatically replaced with your design name.
  7. If it isn't, change it.
  8. Use the second image AND the first grey box for reference.
  9. Copy the contents of the first grey box, and paste it into the green box.
  10. Replace the phrase DESIGN NAME with your design name, and AUTHOR FULL NAME with your full name.
  11. Replace MONTH AND YEAR with the month and year you wrote the design. For example, November 2012.
  12. For DESCRIPTION OF DIAGRAM, describe the diagram. Is it a CAM, OMNI, or barion? What is its outline shape?
  13. For TYPE OF MATERIAL, what material did you write the design for? For example, pale aquamarine, or dark garnet, etc.
  14. At the blue arrow, click 'Upload file'.
  15. Clicking 'Upload file' will take you back to the Gemology Online Faceting Diagram page.


'''"DESIGN NAME"'''

by AUTHOR FULL NAME (MONTH AND YEAR)

DESCRIPTION OF DIAGRAM, for TYPE OF MATERIAL


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Part C: Setting up the actual diagram page

In this section, we're going to set up the actual diagram page itself, as well as the ability to search for your page. There will be a bunch of lines of code that refer to the L/W ratio, RI, etc. Make sure to set these correctly, so that people can search for designs by those values!

(See text box and images below instructions)

  1. Now that you're back at the design home page, click on the thumbnail of the rendering you just uploaded.
  2. Use the first image for reference.
  3. You should have been taken to an editing page for your design.
  4. Use the first grey box for reference.
  5. Copy the contents of the first grey box, and post them into the editing page for your design. Yes, it's a LOT of crap.
  6. Replace AUTHOR LAST NAME with your last name, and DESIGN NAME with your design name.
  7. For the lines of code that begin with Category:RI, delete all lines that contain an RI that your design is windowed in.
  8. For example, if you wrote your design for sapphire, but it works in materials from spinel to rutile with no angle changes, remove the lines for 1.50-1.60 and 1.61-1.70.
  9. For the design shapes, remove all shapes that do not apply to your design. Multiple shapes may apply.
  10. For the L/W ratio, index gear, and number of facets, remove all lines of code that do not apply to your design.
  11. Now, click "Save Page", which will take you back to your design page. Use the second image for reference.


==AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME==

You can comment on this design by clicking on the discussion tab above.


Click on this link to download the GemCAD file: [[File:DESIGN NAME.gem]]

Click on this link to download the .pdf file: [[File:DESIGN NAME.pdf]]

[[File:DESIGN NAME (diagram).jpg|left|600px]]

[[Category:Designs by Author]]
[[Category:RI = 1.40 - 1.49]]
[[Category:RI = 1.50 - 1.60]]
[[Category:RI = 1.61 - 1.70]]
[[Category:RI = 1.71 - 1.80]]
[[Category:RI = 1.81 - 1.90]]
[[Category:RI = 1.91 - 2.00]]
[[Category:RI = 2.01 and up]] 
[[Category:Design Shape Round]]
[[Category:Design Shape Oval]]
[[Category:Design Shape Triangle]]
[[Category:Design Shape Trillion]]
[[Category:Design Shape Square]]
[[Category:Design Shape Cushion]]
[[Category:Design Shape Rectangle]]
[[Category:Design Shape Rhombus]]
[[Category:Design Shape Trapezoid]]
[[Category:Design Shape Pentagon]]
[[Category:Design Shape Hexagon]]
[[Category:Design Shape Octagon]]
[[Category:Design Shape Pear]]
[[Category:Design Shape Drop]]
[[Category:Design Shape Navette]]
[[Category:Design Shape Heart]]
[[Category:Design Shape Shield]]
[[Category:Design Shape Other]]  
[[Category:L/W = 1.000-1.099]]
[[Category:L/W = 1.100-1.199]]
[[Category:L/W = 1.200-1.299]]
[[Category:L/W = 1.300-1.399]]
[[Category:L/W = 1.400-1.499]]
[[Category:L/W = 1.500-1.599]]
[[Category:L/W = 1.600-1.699]]
[[Category:L/W = 1.700-1.799]]
[[Category:L/W = 1.800-1.899]]
[[Category:L/W = 1.900-1.999]]
[[Category:L/W = 2.000-2.999]]
[[Category:L/W = 3.000-4.999]]
[[Category:L/W = Variable]] 
[[category:Gear = 32]]
[[category:Gear = 64]]
[[category:Gear = 72]]
[[category:Gear = 77]]
[[category:Gear = 80]]
[[category:Gear = 96]]
[[category:Gear = 120]] 
[[category:1-49 Facets]]
[[Category:50-99 Facets]]
[[category:100-149 Facets]]
[[category:150-199 Facets]]
[[category:200-249 Facets]]
[[category:250-499 Facets]]
[[category:450-999 Facets]]


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Part D: Uploading your remaining files

Now we just need to put up the .GEM, .PDF, and .JPG files for the design itself!

(See text box and images below instructions)

  1. Use the first image for reference.
  2. Click on the link that the red arrow is pointing to.
  3. This takes us back to that standard upload page. Upload your .GEM file.
  4. In the section where you can type file comments, copy your comments from your rendering and paste them here.
  5. Click 'Upload file'. This will take us back to the previous page.
  6. Now, use the green arrow, and this time upload the .PDF file.
  7. Finally, use the blue circle, and this time upload the .JPG file (the diagram, NOT the render!).
  8. Your design page is now done! One more thing to do though...


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Part E: Writing some comments

The last step is to write some comments that talk about how you designed this pattern (or how you arrived at this design), as well as comments about the light return/reflection pattern, and any special care that needs to be taken during the cutting process.

  1. From the design home page, click on the thumbnail for your design.
  2. On the design page, immediately to the left of the 'edit' tab, is the 'discussion' tab.
  3. Click that, and write three paragraphs.
  4. The first should be about how you wrote the design, especially the thought processes behind it. This helps newbies when they write their first designs.
  5. The second should describe the light return, reflection patterns, tilt windowing, etc. Please include the range of RIs that your pattern can be successfully cut in.
  6. The third should describe any particular issues with cutting. Do you frost facets? Are some facets absurdly fast cutting? Are there angles close to each other?


Step 6: Adding test cuts and more placeholders

Part A: Taking a picture of your cut stone (if you've done a test cut)

For a tutorial on this, please see the forums. If you have already taken a picture of your stone, please resize it to a square, centered on the stone, similar to the other pictures already uploaded.

Part B: Adding the test cut thumbnail

  1. Go to the faceting pattern home page, and click the 'edit' button.
  2. Scroll down to your section, and find the line of code that represents the design you have successfully test-cut.

If you HAVE a picture of the test-cut

  1. Your line of code for this design should look like the contents of the first grey box.
  2. After the last bit of that code, copy and paste the contents of the second grey box.
  3. Format as normal, and upload the thumbnail just like you did with the first thumbnail.
|width="25%"|<center>[[File:DESIGN NAME (render).JPG|center|thumb|link=AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME|[[AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME]]]]</center>
<center>[[File:DESIGN NAME (test cut).jpg|center|thumb|link=File:DESIGN NAME (test cut).jpg|[[Test Cut - Click to Enlarge]]]]</center>


If you DO NOT have a picture of the test-cut

  1. Your line of code for this design should look like the contents of the first grey box.
  2. After the last bit of that code, copy and paste the contents of the second grey box.
  3. This will let people know that you had a successful test cut, but have not yet added its picture.
|width="25%"|<center>[[File:DESIGN NAME (render).JPG|center|thumb|link=AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME|[[AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME]]]]</center>
<center>[[File:STILL WAITING.jpg|center|thumb|link=File:Epoch (test cut).jpg|[[Test Cut - Click to Enlarge]]]]</center>


Part C: Adding more placeholder space

If you fill up an entire row in the design page, congratulations! You'll need to add a new one now.

  1. Your last lines of code should look kinda like the first grey box.
  2. Now, copy and paste so that it now looks like the second grey box.
|-
|width="25%"|<center>[[File:DESIGN NAME (render).JPG|center|thumb|link=AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME|[[AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME]]]]</center>
|width="25%"|<center>[[File:DESIGN NAME (render).JPG|center|thumb|link=AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME|[[AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME]]]]</center>
|width="25%"|<center>[[File:DESIGN NAME (render).JPG|center|thumb|link=AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME|[[AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME]]]]</center>
|width="25%"|<center>[[File:DESIGN NAME (render).JPG|center|thumb|link=AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME|[[AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME]]]]</center>
|}
|-
|width="25%"|<center>[[File:DESIGN NAME (render).JPG|center|thumb|link=AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME|[[AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME]]]]</center>
|width="25%"|<center>[[File:DESIGN NAME (render).JPG|center|thumb|link=AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME|[[AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME]]]]</center>
|width="25%"|<center>[[File:DESIGN NAME (render).JPG|center|thumb|link=AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME|[[AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME]]]]</center>
|width="25%"|<center>[[File:DESIGN NAME (render).JPG|center|thumb|link=AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME|[[AUTHOR LAST NAME - DESIGN NAME]]]]</center>
|-
|width="25%"|<center>[[File:Placeholder.jpg|center|thumb|link=|[[(Placeholder)]]]]</center>
|width="25%"|<center>[[File:Placeholder.jpg|center|thumb|link=|[[(Placeholder)]]]]</center>
|width="25%"|<center>[[File:Placeholder.jpg|center|thumb|link=|[[(Placeholder)]]]]</center>
|width="25%"|<center>[[File:Placeholder.jpg|center|thumb|link=|[[(Placeholder)]]]]</center>
|}