5 Tips for Creating Great Products

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Zazzle has hundreds of customizable products and each calls for different design shapes and sizes. There are several things you can do to ensure that your designs fit properly on your products, and we’ve compiled a few tips in this week’s blog post on how to do exactly that. Take a look at a few of the design tool functions that can help you optimize your designs and leave a comment to add any others that you find useful!

#1 Make sure your design is not covered by the product shape.

Double check the placement of your design when you are adding it to your product(s) to see that it’s not covered by the shape of the product. You can use different functions like fit and fill and arrow key to manipulate your design to where you want it to be.   Check out our  Design for the Product blog post to see great examples of designs that fit well with products.



#2 Make sure your image fits within the safe print area.

Review your print safe areas by clicking on the “art view” icon located in the bottom left-hand corner of the design tool.  The design area will then be outlined by a red line. Any part of the image that does not fit into this area might be cut off when printed on the product, so always check to see that your image stays within the lines.


#3 Don’t leave unwanted white space on your product.

Leaving white space on a product might make the design look half-finished. Try using the “fill” function to or you can also add a background color to make the design look more complete.



#4 Review your design on all styles available for the product. 

Take a look at all of the styles options of the product that you are designing, and make certain that your image fits and looks good on all of them. For example, for a phone case, you can view the ‘Device Type’ under the ‘Style Options’ menu and see how your design fits for each one.


#5 Do not ignore the message about your image coming out blurry or pixelated.

No one wants their designs to come out blurry and that’s why we recommend using the highest resolution possible for your images and designs – preferably 300 dpi or higher. If you don’t have a high resolution image, then you can try to use the size image that you have, but don’t ignore the warning of your image size being too small because you wouldn’t want your design to come out pixelated or unclear for your customers.


Have your own suggestions for designing great products? Share your wisdom by leaving a comment below.

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4 thoughts on “5 Tips for Creating Great Products”

  1. These points need to be repeated, as new designers join Zazzle every day. I have seen products with designs that are below standard. For customers to see these hurts all designers. We need to keep all of Zazzle loaded with high quality designer products. Thanks for the reminders.

  2. Great article, Elizabeth!

    In trying to promote pet related calendars on my website, I was surprised how many designers are not creating either new covers with the upcoming year or using custom text and actually creating it as a template so customers may enter the year on the cover. So that’s my tip. It’s sad how many out of date calendars are out there.

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