This is it! It’s your year and you’re finally taking the leap to share your creativity, art and designs with the world with a shiny new Zazzle store. Congrats, and welcome! You have your account all set and your store name all picked out – but now you’re not sure what’s next. Not to worry! Here are some easy steps to help you get started on your journey as a Zazzle Designer.
1. Fill out your store & profile
Now that you’ve joined the Zazzle community, we want to know about you! Head over to the Settings tab in your store to describe your store and products. Using the Advanced Settings link here is how you can customize your storefront to show your favorite products or collections. Make your store an inviting place to stop and shop with an attractive banner, and be sure to fill out the About page for your Profile as well.
Bonus tip: Don’t forget to complete your payment settings! If this information isn’t fully filled out or correct we won’t be able to submit your earnings payments to you.
2. Brainstorm design ideas
Zazzle is the perfect place to be original. Our products are (sometimes literally) your blank canvases! Find your own originality and make the most of Zazzle by creating something totally new that only you could have created. Turn your gorgeous photo, funny phrase, beautiful pattern and more into a unique product that’s all you (until a customer adds their personal touch, of course). Make sure your design follows our Acceptable Content Guidelines and avoid any content owned by anyone else, including trademarks, characters or words under copyright, and names or likenesses of celebrities. If you don’t own it, we can’t produce it.
3. Pick your products.
We have over 1,00 different product lines for you to design on, and counting! Take a look at our Create page and you’ll see that Zazzle offers a whole lot more than t-shirts and invitations. Take a look around and see which products speak to you, and imagine your ideas on them. Certain types of designs work best on certain products. For example, a fun typography design might be perfect for a t-shirt or a tote bag, while a big square photo might look a bit out of place on those products. However, put that same photo on a postcard or mouse pad and it can find new life! There’s a lot to choose from, so take a moment to find the products that perfectly complement your designs.
4. Get familiar with designing and publishing.
Our design tool gives you all sorts of options for creating a unique product, and most of our products have designable areas that are unique in themselves, too! (Such as our fabric, cut-and-sew neckties, fuZe printing products, and pillowcases) However, you’ll find the same basic tools for adding and manipulating text and images to each product. Take some time to familiarize yourself with the various settings for moving and re-sizing your design elements, changing font styles, creating templates and more. You can find our Help section for design tool tips here. You’ll also want to get familiar with the information you can put on the publish page. This is where you title, tag, and describe your product as well as setting the royalty.
Bonus tip: Don’t forget to make sure your images are high-resolution! We recommend images at 100 – 300 dpi. We’ll be adding more in the future, but guide files for some products can be found here.
5. Show it off.
Now that you’ve created products, you need to show them off! We make it easy to share products, either via Collections or directly from the Share icons on the left of your product page. Let social media help you get the word out, via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and more. Even better, you can earn an extra referral if someone purchases your product via one of your shared links! Check out our Designer & Associate Handbook for even more tips on creating referral links, sharing your products, and even titling and tagging them properly.