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Exciting Updates to Zazzle Instant!

December 1, 2012

Zazzle Instant guru, Ben, is here to tell us all about some updated features: 

(But that’s not all — for the next two #Zaturdays, we’ll be unveiling some more awesome app features and surprises. Stay tuned.)

Hello! I’m Ben and I spend most of my time working on Zazzle Instant. In case you haven’t tried it, Zazzle Instant is an iPhone app that makes it easy to create products on the go. So next time you’re jumping 128,000 feet from a hot air balloon, you’ll be able to snap a shot and get that formidable view on a postcard right away. Here’s a look at some updated features that I’m excited about:

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I don’t space jump, but I do sit in this box.

1. Facebook photo integration

As a creative person, you know that your next inspiration for a masterpiece could come from anywhere. So we’d like to allow your designs to draw from as much creative material as possible, not just your phone’s camera roll. The next version of Zazzle Instant will (optionally) provide you access to your own Facebook photos when designing a product, so your next maddeningly trendy messenger bag can feature that photo you took four years ago of your roommate wearing seven hats.

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2. Easier image adjustment

The driving principle behind Zazzle Instant is to minimize the effort it takes for you to create products. To that end, one upcoming feature to watch for is the ability to adjust your image at any time while designing, rather than having to crop the image in advance. For those designs where you just wanted to use the whole image, this eliminates an unnecessary step. For those situations where you want to take extra care to crop the lurker out of your beach photo, this feature makes that adjustment nearly effortless.

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Pinch the product and the image follows your fingers.

3. Panorama posters

The next time iOS 6 leads you to Ulan Bator rather than Starbucks, your only solace will be to capture a panorama of the austere landscape. The updated version of Zazzle Instant can transform that into an austere poster.

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It was cold.

Zazzle Introduces Panoramic Photo Products!

October 18, 2012

We’ve all been there while taking a picture. You’re on vacation in the tropics and you’re trying to fit the palm tree and the entire double rainbow into the shot, and it…won’t. Or you’re out about town and you can’t get your kid and the complete street mural into an entire frame. Frustration ensues.

Apple had iPhone photographers everywhere overjoyed when they announced the panorama feature on the new iPhone 5. Zazzle has now taken this innovative feature and worked it into our offerings.

We’re excited to announce that you can now snap a beautiful panoramic picture and put it on mugs, posters (small and large) and triptych canvas wall art prints. Zazzle’s the first to offer the ability to create uncropped panoramic photoprint products from your iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S (if you’ve got iOS 6), all in one click from your desktop. This makes us extra-excited. Check out our piece in CNET, as well.

Looking forward to seeing your panoramic creations from our site!

New Seller Features – Re-Organized Product Page

April 6, 2012

This week we launched some long-requested features to help sellers manage their products. If you visit the Products tab in My Account, you’ll see some great new stuff:

  • You can now search your Public Products to find that one product you need to look at.
  • Simplified organization of the left-hand navigation
  • Clarified sorting options
  • Consolidated all actions into a consistent menu.

Here’s what it looks like. Be sure and check it out for yourself.

Early Holiday Treats

November 18, 2011

To prepare for this holiday season, we are going all out with a new look and stockings full of new features!

New Header & Homepage

We’ve improved our header and homepage with a cleaner, more touch-friendly interface for easier navigation. This makes it easier for you to locate your profile and account management tools, Wishlists, and cart.

Holiday Gift Center

Zazzle is the #1 place to find truly unique gifts for your friends and family – especially for the holidays. We’ve added some holiday flare to our Gift Center to brighten your holiday shopping adventures! Check it out by clicking here.

Wishlists

Keep track of the things you want and share them with your friends and family with Wishlists! You can easily add products to your Wishlist and create lists for everyone and every occasion and theme imaginable right from the “Add to Wishlist” button.

Public Lists

Help out other shoppers by making your best lists to “public”! This shares your list with the Zazzle community on our new public lists page. The most helpful, creative and inspiring lists will be featured here for everyone to see. Click here to see it now.

Zazzle Likes

Like a product or a store? Now you can save it and share it with our new Zazzle Like button! Not only is this an easy way to bookmark cool or funny products, but it helps us know what you like so we can improve your shopping experience!

Recipients, Events and Occasions

To help you find that perfect gift, we’ve introduced more new search facets. You can now narrow down your search results by recipient or events and occasions.


NEW Zazzle Features!

September 2, 2009

Last night we added some great new features to the site!  You asked (and asked again), and we listened:  Store Category Sorting and Browsing has launched!

Store Category Sorting & Browsing

“Product Lines” are now called “Store Categories”, and you can now set the display order of your products.  Want your favorite T-shirt to appear first in your store or in your “Cool T-shirts” category?  Just drag-and-drop in your MyZazzle public products list to set the order.  Do you want icons for your Store Categories to appear on your Store homepage automatically?  Now you can upload custom icons for each of your categories and set your homepage to display them.  Your customers will be able to easily browse the categories in your store to find the products they want.

More information can be found here, and you can enable the feature in MyZazzle.  Just choose “Show Full Categories” under Homepage content (or the option of your choice), and don’t forget upload custom icons for your Store Categories on the Products tab.

Other New Seller Features

We also added StatCounter support to your Store basic info page, the ability to upload PDF and Adobe Illustrator file formats for use on products, and made improvements to the Payment Settings and Preview Next Payment pages.

What are you waiting for?  Dive into MyZazzle today and start sorting those products and uploading those icons!

If You Seek Britney

August 27, 2009

Britney Spears is not new to Zazzle, but she recently released some fresh products. Throughout the period of her current US tour which ends Sept. 27 in Vegas, fans can purchase products “As Worn by” Britney Spears on her current Circus Tour. The program offering include a Standard version of the tank, a high-end Rhinestone tank, and a Custom tank where fans can insert their own initial. All products have a special “Piece of Me” signature logo on the back. This offering is certainly an out of the box concept and a really cool use of the Zazzle platform.

Britney Spears Exclusive Tank Top

Next post will feature Zazzlers wearing the tanks!! More Britney Spears products soon to be released!

Behind the seams…

November 4, 2008

How to create embroidery on Zazzle
Yes, folks, embroidery will keep you in stitches. Sew I wanted to get right into it and show you just how seamless an experience it can be. I will show you the ups and downs and the ins and outs of the process.

These embroidery puns doin’ anything for ya?


Guide Us
First, I want to point you to an important document, the Embroidery Design Guide (PDF). This guide explains a lot of the details about creating successful embroidery products on Zazzle. Read it. Know it. Love it.

Also have a look at our embroidery information page. It contains important information regarding our process as well as links to pricing information.


Walkthrough
In this section, I will guide you through the process of creating an embroidered product from a standard JPG, GIF, or PNG image. It’s very similar to the normal print process, with a few key differences.


Step 1: Choose a product
The first step is simply to select what kind of product you would like to design: shirt, hat, or bag. Go to http://www.zazzle.com/custom/embroidery and choose one of the options:

Choose an embroidery product

Once you select a product, you will be taken to that product’s design tool. For this example, I chose Hooded Sweatshirt.


Step 2: Add an image
Once you are in the design tool a “Get Started” dialog appears where you can add an image or text. This is just like our print-on-demand design tool:

Let’s add an image. Click the Select Image link and you will see your image collection. Select an image, click Add Image, then click Make it now.

Now here’s one of those “key differences” I mentioned above. At this point, a new dialog will appear explaining to you that this particular image needs to be converted for embroidery.

This is an informational dialog only. It explains why we need to convert your image, how to choose an image that will convert well, and talks about the fee and time it takes to convert. In traditional embroidery, this conversion process is called “digitization”.

The conversion process is done by skilled technicians who know how best to interpret designs into stitches. It’s not an automated hit or miss process. It’s looked at by actual people using actual human eyeballs.

Once you finish reading the dialog, click Ok, add this image.

At this point, I’d like to mention that if you already own a stitch file in .OFM format, you can upload it and bypass all conversion costs. If you’ve had images digitized in the past for embroidery by a traditional embroidery company, you might have an .OFM file.


Step 3: Size your image
Now that the image is placed on the product, we can calculate the conversion fee. You will see that there is now a big yellow box under your image that tells you the cost of conversion at the current size.

In this example, the image is sized to 1.7″ x 2.1″ and it’s telling me that will cost $30 to convert. If I wanted to reduce that price, I could do a couple of things:

  1. Reduce the size of the image
  2. Simplify the image by removing fills and keeping outlines

The conversion fee is calculated by how many stitches it takes to create the image out of thread. The rate is $5 per 1000 stitches. The smaller the image, the less stitches it takes to create. Also, fewer blocks of solid color means less stitches required.

Keep in mind that once you convert an image at a particular size, you cannot change its size as an embroidery file.  You must convert it again if you want a different size embroidery design.  A handy tip is to convert images at the smallest size you can.  You can convert a smaller image once and use it on a greater number of products.  If you convert an image in a larger size, it will only fit on some products.  Hats, for example, have very small design areas and can only accept smaller images.


Step 4: Buy or post
Once you’re satisfied with the size and placement, you have the option to Add to cart or Post for sale. If you choose to add this product to your cart, you will see two line items in your cart…the product itself, and the conversion fee.

If you choose to post this for sale rather than purchase the product yourself, you will be presented with the normal Post for sale page first. Fill it out normally with the description, tags, title, etc. Click Continue when finished.

Now you will get a page reminding you about the conversion that is required.

This page gives details about the conversion fee as well as how long it takes to convert. You must click Continue to cart to add the conversion fee to your shopping cart.

Once it’s in your cart, simply checkout normally, and your image is sent off to be converted.


Step 5: Enjoy!
That’s it! Once the conversion is complete, you will receive an email with a link to your stitch file so you can see how it will stitch out. If you purchased the product, this is when the product begins its normal manufacturing process.

If you posted for sale, your product will appear in the marketplace when conversion is complete.


Free Text
What if you want to create an embroidered product, but don’t want to pay to convert an image? Use one of our over 100 embroidery fonts and create a text only product! No conversion required!

We have specialized monogram fonts, cool fonts, and traditional block and script fonts.

Bend it like Beckham
Another cool thing about using our built-in embroidery fonts is that you can automatically arch your text up or down, or re-orient to vertical or horizontal text, using a simple drop-down menu.

Templatizing the stitchy way
Did you know you can create templates from embroidery products? Any text object in an embroidered product can be made into a template placeholder. This is great for sports teams, family reunion shirts, etc.

For more information on how to create templates, see the post titled More than just embroidery…

Please form an evenly spaced single line…

March 3, 2008

One thing that has always frustrated me when designing a product on Zazzle has been the inability to place text and images precisely and accurately. For example, when adding two or more text objects, I usually want them to line up with each other. Until now, that was a manual trial and error process that usually ended up with a comment like, “Close enough!”

Well, we can now say goodbye to the eye strain, goodbye to slightly irregular designs, and goodbye to micro-mouse attempts at non-attainable perfection. Introducing the align dialog!

Align Dialog

Now, when you have multiple items selected in the design tool, you can bring up this dialog from the Edit menu and select what type of alignment you need! YAY! It is finally possible to accurately line up all your text or images!

Align left

How cool is that? What? You want more? Wow, you guys are picky. Fine. Hmmm, let’s see. What else do we have in our little bag of tricks?

How about Vertical & Horizontal Spacing!

What is that, you ask? Well, in very simple terms, it’s an algorithmic construct designed to eschew random or unequal voids in the midst of visually rendered binary objects. (duh!)

Ok, maybe it’s easier to show you an example:

Space evenly
Yes, from the Edit menu in the design tool, you can space selected objects evenly either horizontally, or vertically! Combined with the Align dialog, this gives you a great set of tools to start you on your way to precision-greatness, and save you from prematurely going bald by pulling out all of your hair. Word to your mother.

Create a Merch Store on Facebook

November 15, 2007

Zazzle is a community marketplace and we care a great deal about making out contributors successful. Some features we currently offer for contributors include …

  • Powerful design tools to make it easier for you to create products and publish them to the world
  • Galleries so you can showcase the products you’ve created and boost your sales
  • Name your royalty level so you can earn more $$ when your products are sold

However, creating products on Zazzle is only the first step to becoming a great seller. Being active in the promotion and marketing of your products is equally important and we’re working hard to provide you with the tools you need to spread the word wherever you are on the web. The launch of our Merch Booth for MySpace last week was an example of this and we’re thrilled to announce the launch of the Merch Store application for Facebook.

merch_store_200x200.jpgThe Merch Store app lets you easily post your products onto Facebook to share them with your friends. In addition, you can easily spotlight other designers and showcase products from other Zazzle artists. Your friends can show their support by adding the app and showing your products on their profile. Whenever your products are purchased, you receive the normal royalty. In addition, you can enter your Zazzle username and password on the setting page in the app and receive a referral payment on any sales you generate if you are a part of the Zazzle Associates Program.

How to add the Merch Store on Facebook:

  1. Head over to Facebook and click the”Add to Profile” button in the upper right corner of the Merch Store app page.
  2. Once the application is installed, you will be on the app “settings” page. At the bottom of the page is the list of Zazzle artists whose products you’re displaying on your profile. Enter your Zazzle username to have your products display. You can add or remove Zazzle artists at any time.
  3. Enter your Zazzle username and password to receive your associate referral. That’s it! (Learn about the Associates Program)

Install the Merch Store App

You can view an example installation of the Merch Store App on the Zazzle profile page we recently created on Facebook.

facebook_200.jpgPromoting yourself on Facebook

  1. Share your products and store with friends in two-clicks from the “Make Money” tab in the application. When they add the application, your products will be displayed to their friends and they will have your merch store listed in their favorites! (Maximum of 20 invites to friends per day)
  2. share.jpgCreate a “posted” item for your friends to see. From the “Your Store” tab in the application, click the “Share” button (screenshot to the right) and type a fun comment like “Check out the Merch Store I made” or “I created these products! or “Here are some of my favorite artists” and click the “Post” button.
  3. Encourage your friends to join Facebook and install the application. The more visibility for the products you’ve created, the better!

-Josh Reeves

P.S. Zazzle now has a profile on Facebook. Show your support by becoming a fan and we’ll send you updates on new features.

Forums launch – let the conversations begin!

June 5, 2007

I am very excited and happy to share with all of you that forums are now live on Zazzle! It’s very important to us that we enable conversations of all types among users on the site. With the forums, you can ask and answer questions about a variety of topics while also learning more about Zazzle with other members of the community. We’ve believed in the importance of discussion on Zazzle for some time and features like gallery walls, products walls, contact contributor links, forward to a friend, etc. have all filled an important role. With the introduction of forums, there is now one more place on Zazzle to get feedback for your ideas, learn best practices/lessons from your fellow contributors and also promote your creations.

There are eight main categories in the forum and over 700 posts have already been made! We’ll be adding new categories over time to the forums so don’t forget to send us your suggestions or better yet, leave them as a post in the forum!

  1. Zazzle News – Announcements from the Zazzle team
  2. Feedback and Suggestions – tell us how we can make Zazzle better
  3. Create Products – Share tips and ask questions about designing and creating products
  4. Build your gallery – Tips and advice on creating and customizing your gallery
  5. Promote your stuff – Announce your gallery and products
  6. Show & Tell – Ideas to drive more traffic to your products and gallery
  7. Misc. – if it doesn’t fit in another forum, it belongs here
  8. Zazzle Sneak Peek – The latest and greatest Zazzle sneak peeks and beta software!

Before you participate, please be sure to read through the DOs and DON’Ts of the Zazzle Forum. Also, don’t forget to visit the Help Portal for answers to your questions and if any issues arise with regards to your order, please contact our Customer Support Team.

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