Hey there 👋 We heard you need some help setting up Placid + Zapier?
Here's a complete walkthrough to help you get your automation up and running. If you have any troubles you need extra help with, just ask. We’re always happy to help!
Create a template for your images
You can design templates for your share images with our drag and drop editor.
A template is a bit like cloze text: You define the basic layout, and decide which elements should be filled dynamically with content during your Zapier workflows later.
Design templates for the type of images you want to create in the Templates tab, and customize them to fit your project’s brand. We'd recommend to give meaningful layer names, and uncheck the option Element is dynamic in the layer settings if a layer shouldn't contain dynamic content.
Fill your layers with meaningful defaults, because these will be the fallbacks we use if there is no other content available.
Connect Placid's Zapier app
Login to Zapier and connect to the Placid Zapier app to use it in your workflows. Zapier will then prompt you to allow them to access your Placid account. You will need an API key from your Placid project to continue.
You get the token by either going to the API Token tab in your project, or by clicking the integrate button on a template.
Create a Zap
Now is the time to think about what you want to automate. Zapier connects to so many apps like Typeform, Slack, Dropbox, Twitter,.. The possibilities are endless!
What you'll need to set up a custom zap:
- Set up a trigger event to decide when your automation will be run (f.ex. when there's a new RSS item, or a new message is posted to a Slack channel,..)
- Configure Placid to take the data from the trigger event to generate your image
- Decide where the Zap should send your finished image (f.ex. post it to Twitter, send it to your Dropbox or Buffer,..)
As an example, we're going to automate tweeting a generated image whenever you publish a new Webflow post. You can also watch Armin build that Zap on video, if you prefer:
Select your Trigger Event
While setting up your trigger choose RSS as your app to have them grab your RSS feed. As your trigger event, choose New Item in Feed. This makes this workflow fire every time you publish a new post.
Then enter the feed URL from your Webflow page. You can find it in the settings of your collection – you might have to enable your RSS feed first, and define which elements it should contain. For this tutorial, we'll need the post title and the thumbnail.
Here's what the data looks like when you do a test run:
Configure the Placid Image Action
When you're done editing your trigger, add a new action to the workflow. Choose Placid as your app, and select the Create Image Action. Then, select your template.
You will see all of the dynamic fields of your template now. You can fill them with the data that Zapier gets from your RSS feed – the title and the thumbnail image that we configured to be included previously!
Setup your automated Twitter posts
If you configured the step to generate the image, we now want to add another that posts it to Twitter automatically.
Choose the Twitter app and the Create Tweet action for your next workflow step, and select the account it should be posted to. You can set up the skeleton of the message you want to tweet. We just went with "[Title of the blog post] 👉 [URL]". You can then attach the image Placid generated in the first step to the tweet.
The workflow can now automatically tweet new posts 😄
We always love to see what creative workflows our customers come up with. Don't hesitate to share with us ask for help if you are stuck!