Designers, what are your thoughts about the new free digital downloads tool? 5 pages: 1 2 3 4 [5]
Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2019 7:50:01 AM
J32 Design wrote:
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
J32 Design wrote:
Scott wrote:
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I also noticed when trying to create a business card that there is no option for designing the back of the card. I even switched to a greeting card and noticed there was no option (far as I can tell) to have access to front and back of the design.
If you click into the Layers tab then you'll see the "Front" and "Back" print areas.


On my end only "front" is available in the "layers" tab, when creating a custom sized item or even when I just click on "start new design"


In FF/Win 10 I am seeing front and back in the layers tab starting from the template page and also starting from the "create new design" link. I wonder if it's a browser issue?


I am using the same setup. Firefox with Win10.




And I'm using Chrome latest ver. and do not see access to designing the back of a business card, only to preview the back.
Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2019 10:50:58 AM
^^ Please create a discussion thread in the Technical forum about this issue. It's entirely possible there's an easy explanation, but I'd rather not hijack this Feedback thread about it any further.
Posted: Tuesday, July 09, 2019 2:33:19 PM
Scott wrote:
^^ Please create a discussion thread in the Technical forum about this issue. It's entirely possible there's an easy explanation, but I'd rather not hijack this Feedback thread about it any further.


Done! https://forum.zazzle.com/technical/create_tool_back_side_not_available
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 6:41:22 PM
Okay, here is my latest thoughts and feedback on the create tool and specifically the social media digital content aspect.

I am starting to see the value it has for us designers in that we can create amazing looking promotional images to share on our websites, blogs, and social media outlets.

I can see myself using it a few times a week to create this kind of thing and when it comes to this use of it, we ourselves add the link backs to our Zazzle stores so that concern about no linkbacks becomes moot.

I still haven't changed how I feel about adding my own designs as templates for free downloads but for our personal promotions this is a great tool and much nicer to use than Stencil or Canva.


Example of a promo image I have tweeted, pinned and grammed.








Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2019 2:33:17 AM
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Using the social media templates is nice but it is a little annoying to upload a product image to add to the template, since the image is already on the zazzle server I just can't access them directly for the use in the template.



Using a human friendly link as text in the image is not an ideal solution but better than nothing.

Phone usage is common these days and adding a QR-Link to these images back to zazzle preferably with RF-ID when used by designers and affiliates, would give the tool more functionality and that backlink guarantee.

And yes, I can use a QR generator and add that link to my image folder and add it myself. But all these extra efforts and my photo editor becomes the more convenient tool. ヅ

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Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2019 7:18:38 AM
So, if I'm getting this right, this new design tool is essentially like Canva?
Posted: Saturday, July 13, 2019 7:32:55 AM
Terri wrote:
So, if I'm getting this right, this new design tool is essentially like Canva?


yep, seems to be a lot like it.

Adding: I am wondering at what point Zazzle adds the paid content.

I still don't think I want to upload any of my designs for digital downloads even if they are paid for... I need to do more research on the subject before I say never, but I am not keen on the idea at this point.
Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2019 5:33:02 AM
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vivendulies wrote:
Jerry Lambert wrote:

I'm not sure what the 'Zazzle Create' is all about, but I doubt that Zazzle will undercut its designers by allowing customers to download print quality product designs for their own use, especially for free.


It isn't that long ago, that I went through a similar change with another PoD, where the service started to compete with its own designer with two "unfair" advantages:

  1. Prize
  2. extensive Sales stats from their designer pool


Advertising their designs with "free" boldly next to the designer designs which naturally couldn't be offered free since designer can't hide their cost and revenue in an over all prize.





Just curious, was it Spreadshirt?
Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2019 1:13:39 PM
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I learned today that QR codes can look like this:


Modified this one from a code I got with the unitag QR code generator


They even still work looking like this:


Got myself an SVG and EPS from GOQR.me


Introducing a QR-Code-generator into the create area would be such a cool addition preferably one with an area in the center to add design elements and the more robust but with blending filters.

Grin


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Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2019 1:45:32 PM
vivendulies wrote:
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I learned today that QR codes can look like this:


Modified this one from a code I got with the unitag QR code generator


They even still work looking like this:


Got myself an SVG and EPS from GOQR.me


Introducing a QR-Code-generator into the create area would be such a cool addition preferably one with an area in the center to add design elements and the more robust but with blending filters.

Grin


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Don't know if you saw my other post in the tips thread but I created mine for my Shellibeanz store. This is going to be a game changer for Instagram posts! It is a way for us to add a live link to our shop in every post!

Thanks again for sharing that link!

adding: I guess the only way the QR code would be viable on Instagram though is if they are browsing with a computer app. Kind of hard to scan the image if you are already looking at it on your phone...
Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2019 4:56:24 PM
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
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Don't know if you saw my other post in the tips thread but I created mine for my Shellibeanz store. This is going to be a game changer for Instagram posts! It is a way for us to add a live link to our shop in every post!

Thanks again for sharing that link!

adding: I guess the only way the QR code would be viable on Instagram though is if they are browsing with a computer app. Kind of hard to scan the image if you are already looking at it on your phone...


Saw it. Here I just want to stress again how useful it is. It is nifty as is already.

Yes, it is not perfect. What is?



It is a start and the more it is used, the more browser app developer and browser developer want to make use of it.


And when it comes to art thieves, it is another level of making sure, you, as the author, have proof. And for unregistered images, ... when they remove it, it gives you another law to strike infringers with. You can even hide a QR code in an image which will only be visibly if you add an RGB filter and enhance the image and then it is machine readable and gives you leverage.

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 8:24:16 AM
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
AfriCreations wrote:
As a long time published designer (even before the internet), my creations on Zazzle stem from my own original real handmade (crochet) work, which is what makes them unique. Its somewhat comparable to artists prints (where a person can buy the real thing or a print on selected products).

So the new create tool is not something I envision using or using much. There are other places online that have free (or low cost) digital images and tools for stuff that are not physical and don't require any shipping. I am not into doing memes, digital invites, digital greeting cards, etc. But in the age of technology I can see how some people may find this useful, even if the markets for such things are not new and may be somewhat already saturated.

I think sometimes designers underestimate what people can already do themselves and online and I can see why Zazzle would want to go this route.


I like the Social media posts idea but offering them a way to avoid buying products that we are trying to sell is the part that I don't understand.


I will be interested to see what impact this will have on the business card niche.

I can only hope that they are not planning on also adding cards, stationery, invitations etc...

I have been designing more and more paper products because they have been pushing them but now I am wondering if I need to go design more pillows and mugs...





Well...this certainly is not good news for me.
Most of my products are business cards.

I too need to redirect my focus.
I "was" going to design business cards today...
Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 8:33:02 AM
AnnaRosaEnergyArtist wrote:
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
AfriCreations wrote:
As a long time published designer (even before the internet), my creations on Zazzle stem from my own original real handmade (crochet) work, which is what makes them unique. Its somewhat comparable to artists prints (where a person can buy the real thing or a print on selected products).

So the new create tool is not something I envision using or using much. There are other places online that have free (or low cost) digital images and tools for stuff that are not physical and don't require any shipping. I am not into doing memes, digital invites, digital greeting cards, etc. But in the age of technology I can see how some people may find this useful, even if the markets for such things are not new and may be somewhat already saturated.

I think sometimes designers underestimate what people can already do themselves and online and I can see why Zazzle would want to go this route.


I like the Social media posts idea but offering them a way to avoid buying products that we are trying to sell is the part that I don't understand.


I will be interested to see what impact this will have on the business card niche.

I can only hope that they are not planning on also adding cards, stationery, invitations etc...

I have been designing more and more paper products because they have been pushing them but now I am wondering if I need to go design more pillows and mugs...





Well...this certainly is not good news for me.
Most of my products are business cards.

I too need to redirect my focus.
I "was" going to design business cards today...


Well so far I am still selling some business cards so I wouldn't stop designing them if I were you. It always a good idea to diversify your product line though so you have other things to carry you over during a lull.
Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 8:41:37 AM
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
AnnaRosaEnergyArtist wrote:
Shelli Fitzpatrick wrote:
AfriCreations wrote:
As a long time published designer (even before the internet), my creations on Zazzle stem from my own original real handmade (crochet) work, which is what makes them unique. Its somewhat comparable to artists prints (where a person can buy the real thing or a print on selected products).

So the new create tool is not something I envision using or using much. There are other places online that have free (or low cost) digital images and tools for stuff that are not physical and don't require any shipping. I am not into doing memes, digital invites, digital greeting cards, etc. But in the age of technology I can see how some people may find this useful, even if the markets for such things are not new and may be somewhat already saturated.

I think sometimes designers underestimate what people can already do themselves and online and I can see why Zazzle would want to go this route.

Thanks for the encouragement.

I guess it's time to shift gears.


I like the Social media posts idea but offering them a way to avoid buying products that we are trying to sell is the part that I don't understand.


I will be interested to see what impact this will have on the business card niche.

I can only hope that they are not planning on also adding cards, stationery, invitations etc...

I have been designing more and more paper products because they have been pushing them but now I am wondering if I need to go design more pillows and mugs...





Well...this certainly is not good news for me.
Most of my products are business cards.

I too need to redirect my focus.
I "was" going to design business cards today...


Well so far I am still selling some business cards so I wouldn't stop designing them if I were you. It always a good idea to diversify your product line though so you have other things to carry you over during a lull.
Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2019 10:36:42 AM
Finally, I got around to playing with the new Create tool and quickly saw that it isn't at all what I thought. Besides being nice for customers, it's a handy thing for creating ads for the various SM platforms. However, I was mistaken in thinking it would be good for creating products here on Zazzle. It isn't. I guess I got confused by some of the panic I saw concerning it.

Sometimes it's nice to find out I'm dead wrong. LOL
Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2019 11:00:06 AM
I haven't seen it. Where is it?
Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2019 11:03:12 AM
PunHouse wrote:
I haven't seen it. Where is it?


it is still in A/B testing so you must be part of the control group.

Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2019 11:08:43 AM
Colorwash wrote:
Finally, I got around to playing with the new Create tool and quickly saw that it isn't at all what I thought. Besides being nice for customers, it's a handy thing for creating ads for the various SM platforms. However, I was mistaken in thinking it would be good for creating products here on Zazzle. It isn't. I guess I got confused by some of the panic I saw concerning it.

Sometimes it's nice to find out I'm dead wrong. LOL


The purpose of this thread was not to create panic just to gather feedback.

What ever we think about it right now, it still isn't in it's final stage yet.

So far it seems to be less worrisome than I first thought, I haven't noticed much impact on my business card sales... which was my main concern.

And sales were already kind of slow before this rolled so hard to say if this had any impact there...
Posted: Monday, July 29, 2019 8:46:33 AM
I wonder if they're going to expand to all the products. If they do, that's what might cause the most designer impact. Then again, maybe not.
Posted: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 3:28:53 PM
Colorwash wrote:
I wonder if they're going to expand to all the products. If they do, that's what might cause the most designer impact. Then again, maybe not.

I just went to https://www.zazzle.com/create

If you go into that builder you will see a variety of products...not just business cards.
Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 10:45:46 AM
AnnaRosaEnergyArtist wrote:
Colorwash wrote:
I wonder if they're going to expand to all the products. If they do, that's what might cause the most designer impact. Then again, maybe not.

I just went to https://www.zazzle.com/create

If you go into that builder you will see a variety of products...not just business cards.

Yes, there are other products, but the number doesn't come near the number of products Zazzle carries. I'm sure this reflects the purpose of the tool.
Posted: Monday, August 12, 2019 11:31:40 AM
Let's get some kind of screen shot up in here. I'm lost.
Posted: Monday, August 12, 2019 1:34:47 PM
templeofswag wrote:
Let's get some kind of screen shot up in here. I'm lost.


on the front page in the upper right corner it says Create, click on that and you enter a special design tool where you can make digital content for social media...much like Canva or Stencil...

Try it and you will see what this thread is about.

There are a whole bunch of templates that are downloadable for free at high enough resolutions that you can also print them.

in addition to the business card templates I noticed recently they have added postcard and flyer templates and invitation templates...(didn't see that coming, she said with sarcasm)

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