Yes, the customization tool can work with actual fabric images but as of now the feature is not present in Stitch system.
To develop a tool with real fabric images, a person requires heavy Investment depending upon the product line and custom options to be provided.
Design/Development Process for Customization Tool with real shirt image (Including the option to view the custom shirt with selected Fabric):
A user will have to follow the below process to setup everything.
- Manufacture the shirts with different customization options. You will need to manufacture many shirts for each fabric depending upon the custom attributes/options. Please refer to the calculation below.
- Get the professional and high quality images clicked of each shirt manufactured.
- Get the Photoshop work done by the designers and cut the options into pieces.
- Placing the pieces into the customization tool to reflect it in product preview.
Mathematical Explanation for calculating required images for a single product (Single Fabric)
Number of Collar Options – 3
Number of Placket Options – 3
Number of Pocket Options– 2
Number of Pleat Options – 4
Number of Tuck Length – 3
Number of Cuffs – 3
Total number of images required = n! / (n-r)!
N= number of things to choose from
R= number of items to choose
Total images required = 3! / (3-1)! X 3! / (3-1)! X 2! / (2-1)! X 4! / (4-1)! X 3! / (3-1)! X 3! / (3-1)!
Images required = 648
This level of customization can be implemented in a website, but it requires a large amount of investment as compared to ready-to-use customizer tool in Stitch.
In case of Stitch,webmaster/seller just has to take care of customization, he is offering in a product. On the basis of customization options offered on a product, they will be displayed on front-end providing a generic view of customization attributes + options, which will reduce the cost of setting up multiple images of product for different attributes and options.