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Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 7:33:45 AM
Colorwash wrote:
At risk of repeating what many others have said, the move tool is desperately needed.

I learned the hard way to click out of font size before trying to move text using the arrow keys. What happens if you don't get out of there is that the up and down arrows change text size, not position.



Actually yes, I noticed that, too, and forgot to mention it.
Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 7:40:52 AM
Kevin wrote:
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:

The next is the lock item feature under more. I see make permanent and always visible but that is not the same as lock. I don't lock things all that often but I would like to have that option.

Are they hidden somewhere and I just didn't find them or missing in action?



Kind of "hidden", but its right here:



Place your mouse over the layer and it'll show up.



I was having the same issues with this as well and was getting frustrated at first because I do lock many of my images. After fooling around with it for a bit, I realized that the little lock next to the image is the lock/unlock button. If you press the little lock it will do the same thing as lock/unlock it.
Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 9:00:28 AM
I was working on a puzzle with the new tool. It's horizontal. But the design board remains vertical and doesn't shift to a horizontal position to match so it's easier for me to view and work with. This should be automatic.
As is, I have to rotate it and looking at a horizontal design still in a vertical position does not allow me to "see" it really well.
Though I like visibility of the size as better.

My own graphic design program has a little vertical image or a horizontal image that easily shifts with a click. You need this on your design board and I request that option.



Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 9:11:27 AM
WittyBetty wrote:
Colorwash wrote:
At risk of repeating what many others have said, the move tool is desperately needed.

I learned the hard way to click out of font size before trying to move text using the arrow keys. What happens if you don't get out of there is that the up and down arrows change text size, not position.



Actually yes, I noticed that, too, and forgot to mention it.

I've experienced this using the old tool, so maybe not a 'feature' of the new tool, just something that hasn't changed?
Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 9:34:40 AM
Fuzzy Felosarix wrote:
WittyBetty wrote:
Colorwash wrote:
At risk of repeating what many others have said, the move tool is desperately needed.

I learned the hard way to click out of font size before trying to move text using the arrow keys. What happens if you don't get out of there is that the up and down arrows change text size, not position.



Actually yes, I noticed that, too, and forgot to mention it.

I've experienced this using the old tool, so maybe not a 'feature' of the new tool, just something that hasn't changed?

In all the times I moved text after resizing, it never changed the size. Possibly because I used the move tool?
Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018 6:53:27 AM
Another day with the new designer and I'm still liking it better than the old one : )

Noticed a few more things/questions:

- When editing the font size (was working on a pet ID tag) - when trying to reduce the size of the font, it hit a point when the preview size stopped changing. I'm assuming this is because there are limitations in place to make sure the text is large enough to read once printed. HOWEVER, I was able to use the arrow keys/type in a smaller font size, and the number stayed in the box.
Previously, it would automatically bump back up to what I perceived as the minimum allowed font size - so it was a little more clear what was happening.
The "smaller than allowed" font size is staying visible in the indicator box. And the preview isn't changing.
I wonder if this could cause confusion either with a customer OR in the back-end if font sizes go along with the print files? I had to think an extra minute about it.
Could the font size bump back up to the minimum like before? Or could there be a popup warning about recommended font sizes?

- Would be AMAZING if we didn't have to click "show color picker" for fonts, backgrounds, and object/shape colors, and instead, it was automatically visible. I rarely use the pre-set color palette. So I click "show color picker" over and over and over and over....

- On the left LAYERS section - may be easier for people to find that the "sides" of an item are also included in that menu if it was more clearly indicated - like "LABELS AND SIDES" or something like that?

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018 8:31:33 AM
All this hard work improving the design tool--and yet still no "color matching dropper" to be able to match or coordinate colors between elements like text and shapes and the artwork.

A color matching dropper is a basic, basic feature in every photo shop and art program out there, even in Paint.

I consider it a must-have.



Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2018 1:20:53 PM
You've made finding the background color palette incredibility difficult to locate in the the new tool. I'd hate to be a customer trying to find it.

I was trying to make a customizable-color wrapping paper and just about couldn't find it. I nearly gave up and I'm a designer. I had to look at one of my card designs with a back color to finally figure it.

I'd hate to be a customer trying to figure it out.

Ridiculous.
Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2018 5:57:22 PM
Is there any indication within the designer that an item has more than one side able to be designed?

I supposed I should have intuited that I needed to click on layers to get there. Just seems easy to miss.
Posted: Monday, November 19, 2018 6:49:55 AM
Beause the background is hidden away and comes with the old swatches, I used the shape for the background color. That was a bad idea, because when I made a color variation I changed the color of the shape but not the background and now when you flip through the transfer listing the panel T-shirt reveals my oversight with the wrong background color at the shoulders.

I really hope the background will be more accessible in the very near future ... but probably I will have to wait until after Christmas ...
Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 1:02:11 PM
WittyBetty wrote:
Colorwash wrote:
At risk of repeating what many others have said, the move tool is desperately needed.

I learned the hard way to click out of font size before trying to move text using the arrow keys. What happens if you don't get out of there is that the up and down arrows change text size, not position.



Actually yes, I noticed that, too, and forgot to mention it.


I've noticed this, as well, however, I noticed it long before getting the new design tool, as it happened with the old design tool, also, at least for me it did, but then I was in the habit of using the keyboard arrows for moving images and text most of the time rather than the move tool.

Of all the things I would especially like to see changed in this new design tool is to have the design area bigger. It is bigger than it was, but it's still too small for designing ribbon and other products with similar narrow areas. There seems to be plenty of room to go larger on that.
Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 2:37:45 PM
B.Nickerson wrote:
You've made finding the background color palette incredibility difficult to locate in the the new tool. I'd hate to be a customer trying to find it.

I was trying to make a customizable-color wrapping paper and just about couldn't find it. I nearly gave up and I'm a designer. I had to look at one of my card designs with a back color to finally figure it.

I'd hate to be a customer trying to figure it out.

Ridiculous.


I agree with you 100%! While there are some good things about the new design tool, overall it seems way more cumbersome and that is to someone who has been designing since 2009. A customer surely would have even more difficulty and often probably would just give up. If you are shopping online you are often someone who is trying to SAVE time and trying to simplify your shopping experience. Don't know that this aspect of Zazzle is going to accomplish that for that particular shopper (s).
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 9:39:54 AM
I am having great difficulty working with the text curvature tool. I find it nearly impossible to work with. The slider does not work well for minute changes and neither is the incremental tool. We need smaller increments in that tool, please!
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:23:26 PM
The curvature tool appears to be working fine on my end! The increment arrows can be used to go up or down by 0.10. If you need to make a more minuscule change and are having trouble with the slider, you are able to manually enter the value into the field.

I hope this helps! Smile
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:28:08 PM
I have been loving the new tool since it appeared on my PC (I only had it on mobile at the beginning) but I must say, I am excited for what it is to come after watching the Zazzle chat!

https://forum.zazzle.com/news/zazzle_chat_the_ins_and_outs_of_the_new_design
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:28:51 PM
Hey Designers! We have a Zazzle chat about the new design tool that can be accessed here:

https://forum.zazzle.com/news/zazzle_chat_the_ins_and_outs_of_the_new_design

The video will help you understand some of the ins and outs of the new design tool! Grin
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:36:22 PM
Gina ┬ęgleem wrote:
I have been loving the new tool since it appeared on my PC (I only had it on mobile at the beginning) but I must say, I am excited for what it is to come after watching the Zazzle chat!

https://forum.zazzle.com/news/zazzle_chat_the_ins_and_outs_of_the_new_design


Glad to hear, Gina! We are very excited as well! Love
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 1:09:11 PM
The video helped me enormously in understanding the layout of the new design tool. It makes more sense now. I was wondering why there's so much empty space, and it turns out it's a promise for more things to come, things for which there will be room.

The promised eyedropper is nice, but for me, the upcoming zoom tool is the big one. What a boon it'll be!
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 1:12:22 PM
I want to add also that Monica cracked me up in the video! It was at the expense of Parker, but he took it well!

Laughing
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 1:36:11 PM
Things I like:

- Restoration of the ability to align a single object

- Addition of the ability to move objects forward or backward within a stack

- Having the latest images handy

- Things not being covered up by pop-up panels

- Addition of flip

- (Did we have rotation buttons before? Seems like I was always having to type in numbers before. So those are a plus.)

- The ability to scroll through the preview

- Client side acceleration is great for draggers, but...

- I would probably like the improvements in fonts, but...

Here's what hurts:

- No directional tool. By way of explanation: I can't use a mouse (too shaky). I have a trackball because having something to grab onto that doesn't move keeps me more steady. Having to take my hand off it to use shortcut keys in order to move things is a non-starter. Clicking I can do; clicking and dragging, not so much; I end up dropping things where I don't want them and consequently grabbing and moving other things that I don't want to. Total frustration. I reached a point where it was easier for me to do my positioning of objects in the design tool on Zazzle - because it had a directional tool - something my graphics programs lack.

So CSA is kinda lost on me. Making templates (which require positioning) is also too difficult for me now. So, nice font improvements - but I can't really take advantage of them because of this.

- Separation of properties from layers. I wish they were on the same side, next to each other. I may not be mousing, but all the back and forth isn't exactly easy on the thumb, either.

In summary: Some very nice improvements, but still very much overshadowed by the removal of the directional tool for me. It might not have gotten much use, I guess? But those of us who need it, really need it!
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 1:42:22 PM
First off... I'm very happy that the shift key can be used again to select multiple layers. However, what is still missing is dragging the selected layers up or down, or using the 'forward' or 'backward' function combined with selecting multiple layers. The 'forward' and 'backward' functions gray out when choosing multiple layers. And one of the main purposes of choosing multiple layers is being able to move them up or down in the layer order.

Can this be put on the list of revamping previous extremely useful (old design tool) features, please?
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 1:43:12 PM
One last thing: I really wish the "Open Full Image Browser" button was below the Search Images box, since they both relate to trying to find things you know are already uploaded. So I'd like to see it swap positions with the Upload Images button.

Or, if it makes sense for customers to have the Upload Images button above the already uploaded images, then maybe move the search box below them, so that it's with the image browser.
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 1:44:32 PM
ArtAttic wrote:
First off... I'm very happy that the shift key can be used again to select multiple layers. However, what is still missing is dragging the selected layers up or down, or using the 'forward' or 'backward' function combined with selecting multiple layers. The 'forward' and 'backward' functions gray out when choosing multiple layers. And one of the main purposes of choosing multiple layers is being able to move them up or down in the layer order.

Can this be put on the list of revamping previous extremely useful (old design tool) features, please?

+1!
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 4:23:08 PM
At https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3tWKScAlbc&t=1158s the demo shows an example where two seperate text blocks are very close next to each other, if a customer desides to alter the text and picks a longer sentiment, the design breaks. However if we get a definition for where the text expands to

- up and down (default)
- upwards only
- downwards only

the design stays intact. Smile



In general I start to adapt my process to the new design tool. Moving stuff with the mouse in conjunction with the guidelines helps keeping the layout in check.
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 4:46:12 PM
I'm unable to add a custom value to the line spacing (leading) of text.

Specifically, when I type in 0.9, it rounds up to 1.

The only way to reduce leading to text is to copy text that was used in one of my previously published designs.
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 5:18:44 PM
please give us the ability to select and crop multiple objects.

thanks!
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 5:26:32 PM
ArtAttic wrote:
First off... I'm very happy that the shift key can be used again to select multiple layers. However, what is still missing is dragging the selected layers up or down, or using the 'forward' or 'backward' function combined with selecting multiple layers. The 'forward' and 'backward' functions gray out when choosing multiple layers. And one of the main purposes of choosing multiple layers is being able to move them up or down in the layer order.

Can this be put on the list of revamping previous extremely useful (old design tool) features, please?
We should have this added to the site in early 2019.
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 5:47:14 PM
Scott wrote:
ArtAttic wrote:
First off... I'm very happy that the shift key can be used again to select multiple layers. However, what is still missing is dragging the selected layers up or down, or using the 'forward' or 'backward' function combined with selecting multiple layers. The 'forward' and 'backward' functions gray out when choosing multiple layers. And one of the main purposes of choosing multiple layers is being able to move them up or down in the layer order.

Can this be put on the list of revamping previous extremely useful (old design tool) features, please?
We should have this added to the site in early 2019.


Alrighty, thank you for responding Scott Smile
Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2018 7:30:35 PM
Jon wrote:
The curvature tool appears to be working fine on my end! The increment arrows can be used to go up or down by 0.10. If you need to make a more minuscule change and are having trouble with the slider, you are able to manually enter the value into the field.

I hope this helps! Smile


Thank you for the suggestion about manually adding the value into the field. I was not aware that we could do that.Roses
Posted: Friday, November 23, 2018 5:37:49 PM
I've gotten quite used to the new design tool and am liking it for the most part. I will have to watch the tips and tricks video when time permits.
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