Printables to Products Guide

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Printables are a hot trend with bloggers and designers alike. Do you offer these free graphics on your blog or website that your readers can download and print for themselves? Great news! We’ve come up with an easy to use guide that shows you how you can place these images on a range of products. Not only can this be a new revenue stream for you, but it can also let your readers get the images they love from your blog on a variety of products.

In this week’s Designer Tips & Tricks we’ll walk you through a step by step tutorial and share some best practices for turning your favorite printables into profits.

First, let’s take a look at an example of what your product could look like:

Blank Product


Your Design


Your design on the product


Now, let’s see how you can create these products step by step. If you choose to create your products one at a time, it could be very time consuming, so we came up with a guide to show you how to use the Quick Create Tool,  which allows you to put a single design on multiple products at once.

How to use Quick Create to create products using your own custom template set.

 Step 1)  Sign into your account and click on “Products”.

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 Step 2) In the left navigation, click “Quick Create”.

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Step 3) Select the store that you would like these products to be added to.

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Step 4) Go to “Use your own templates”, and choose the template set that you would like to use to create your new products. A template set refers to a custom set of  products that you can use in Quick Create to be able to place your image/design on that set of products at the same time. Zazzle does offer default templates, but we recommend you create your own, since not all designs/images fit well with all products.  For example, I can create a “Home” template that includes pillows, serving trays, and kitchen towels, but excludes lamps and light switches because my design wouldn’t  fit well with the latter. Learn more about creating a template here.

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Step 5) Select the image/design that you would like to place on your products by clicking “select image”. You can choose to upload a new image, or you can choose an image from your library.

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 Step 6) Click “edit options” to change the color and styles of your product.  Click “customize” to edit your design. We recommend that you look through each product to make sure that your design placed correctly on each one.

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Once you have edited and customized your products, you are ready to submit them for approval. (Please remember that it can take up to 48 hours for the products to be approved and posted in your store.)

Now you are ready to turn your printables to beautiful products in six easy steps. We can’t wait to see your new products.

Elizabeth P.

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