Archive for November, 2008

Zazzle’s ProSeller program!

November 26, 2008

Check out the new ProSeller program which will recognize and reward our most successful sellers.

You have poured your time and effort into Zazzle and we would like to recognize your hard work and dedication with special benefits and privileges to help you grow your business larger, and faster.

The ProSeller program is free to anyone who meets and maintains the minimum monthly earnings average, demonstrates a commitment to their store, and upholds Zazzle marketplace compliance.

Visit to learn more about the program benefits and requirements!



November 26, 2008

I actually had a hard time thinking about what new feature to write about. I was going to talk about the already wildly popular Quick Product Create, but Patrick beat me to it on our regular blog. And who knows, maybe I’ll delve deeper into that on a later post.

So what I bring you today is an improvement to our embroidery offering…DST uploads and a colorizing user interface!



Ok, back up. What is a DST and what’s this colorizing thingy? Let me explain…

Embroidery requires images called “stitch files” that contain information about when to change thread colors and how to physically stitch a design. Our embroidery machines take these files and know how to sew it onto a product.

Up until now, we’ve used stitch files that contain all that information as well as what color threads to use. To convert a JPG or bitmap image to one of these stitch files, you need a professional conversion done (commonly known as “digitization”).

DST files are stitch files, but they are lacking one key piece of information we need: color data. Without knowing what color thread to use during a thread change, it’s rather difficult to make it look right. The good thing about DST files, however, is that they are a very common embroidery format with a large supporting community of embroidery experts all over that there Interweb 🙂

Red and yellow and pink and green…

We knew we wanted to support this common format, but we had to build a way for users to tell us what colors to use for each thread change in the file. Enter the colorizing UI (insert dramatic music here)!

When a user uploads a DST file, Zazzle chooses default colors for each thread change in the file…just so it contains something. The results are usually less than optimal. But by going to My Zazzle –> My Images and clicking on the image, there is a link to re-color the file:

Image details dialog

Clicking that link brings up the colorizing UI:

Colorizing UI

The colorizing dialog shows the original stitch file image with the default colors on the left, and a set of color swatches on the right. Each color swatch represents a thread change in the stitch file. It is not uncommon for a stitch file to have multiple thread changes using the same color as a previous thread change. In other words, it is possible to assign duplicate colors to different swatches.

Clicking on a swatch brings up a palette of possible colors. These colors represent the thread spools our machines have access to.


Keep in mind that each image can only have a total of 10 colors including black and white.

So at this point, all you have to do is click each swatch and choose the appropriate color. The image updates in real time. Here’s how this file looks after some tweaks…


Much better! When finished, just click “Create copy with these colors” to create a copy of this stitch file. Every time you modify the colors of a stitch file, a new file gets created in My Images. This way you can have multiple colorized versions of the same design!

This process is not limited to newly uploaded DST files. If you’ve already had some of your existing designs converted for embroidery, you can also re-color those as well without having to pay for a second conversion!

NEW – Quick Product Create

November 25, 2008

Creating multiple products for your friends and family, or to sell, just got a little easier thanks to Quick Product Create! Now you can take your design and create up to 100 products instantly with just three easy steps. Check out the Quick Product Create Tool and get started today creating your products.

Zazzle Quick Product Create

If you need a little more info on how to get started, check out the Quick Product Create help section.

**PSSSTT** This is a great way to get all your designs on other products just in time for the holiday season. If you don’t have lots of holiday cards and holiday postage yet, I would recommend getting some ready by say Wednesday or so? *WINK* *WINK*

Learn more about creating custom t-shirts, photo mugs and more from Zazzle.


Harlem Globetrotters now on Zazzle!

November 21, 2008

Check out the newest sports team to join Zazzle, the Harlem Globetrotters! Now there is one place to get all your Harlem Globetrotters t-shirts, Harlem Globetrotters posters, even Harlem Globetrotters skateboards and more! So show of your fan pride with the new Harlem Globetrotters Gallery on Zazzle!

harlem globetrotters tshirt harlem globetrotters skateboard harlem globetrotters mug

Learn more about Harlem Globetrotters mugs, Harlem Globetrotters mousepads and more at Zazzle.


NEW Barbie Shoes and Hot Wheels Shoes!

November 19, 2008

Check out the new Barbie shoes, Hot Wheels shoes and Polly Pocket shoes on Zazzle! Just in time for the holidays, we’ve added shoes from Mattel that you can of course customize. Now you can get a shoe with your favorite Barbie Princess and add your own name to be a part of the party! Check out the shoes now in the Barbie gallery, Hot Wheels gallery, and Polly Pocket gallery. See my favorites below.

hot wheels shoes barbie shoes polly pocket shoes

Learn more about Barbie t-shirts, Hot Wheels t-shirts, and Barbie bags at Zazzle.


Union 8: Strength in Numbers

November 19, 2008


This week marks the soft launch of Zazzle’s first cooperative selling group, Union Eight.  Led by the infamous Sheryl Graham, the group is comprised of successful POD sellers with a range of talents, including graphic design, marketing, engineering and management.

Union Eight’s goal is to hit the market through a variety of niches – check it out at their website!

The group has one main Union Eight store and each seller has their own hubstore, featuring portals to their niche stores.  Curious buyers experience a kind of department store shopping experience, strolling from vegetarian gifts to custom shoes in just a few clicks.

It’s bold, it’s experimental, and it’s just in time for the holidays.

Good luck and congratulations to Union 8 for all their time, effort and boundless enthusiasm for selling on Zazzle!

Zazzle now FULLY integrated with PayPal

November 18, 2008

Zazzle has integrated PayPal completely into the site! This means that you can now make all your custom product purchases on Zazzle using PayPal (and get your earnings transferred to PayPal, but that feature has been around for awhile). This little addition is sure to make holiday shopping on Zazzle a little easier and of course, 5.37% more fun!

PSSTT if you really want to save some money this holiday season, I recommend taking advantage of this week’s PayPal Launch Sale, 10% off site-wide (and you don’t have to use PayPal to check out, although I know you want to 🙂 ). Sale ends Thursday so you might want to get an early start on your holiday shopping now. Start shopping Zazzle Holiday Gifts Center!


Union Eight – The First Zazzle Co-op

November 17, 2008

Today a collection of Zazzle contributors (eight to be exact) started a very interesting cooperative called Union Eight. Using their talents in different areas, these members have banded together to maximize their exposure and potentially increase the sales of their Zazzle products. This is a great idea! With each member playing to his or her strengths, there is no telling what this group will accomplish. Check out the Union Eight gallery on Zazzle to see all the members of the organization.

Union 8 Sticker

If you want to start your own cooperative to become a collaboratin’ contributor then get the conversation started in the Zazzle Forums!


Mr. T Joins Zazzle!

November 13, 2008

Quit your jibba jabba and check out the new Mr. T gallery on Zazzle! Mr. T has launched a huge collection of Mr T. shirts (T-shirts hehehe), Mr. T mugs (they go well with tea), Mr. T posters and more from his popular graphic novel. Don’t be a fool; check out some of my favorite designs below!

Mr. T Shirt Mr. T posters Mr. T Mousepad

I pity the fool!


Welcome UK Zazzlers!

November 12, 2008

Last night (well, early morning if you’re on the other side of the Atlantic) Zazzle launched, our first international offering! Now our UK customers and contributors can create, sell, shop and more, in a version of Zazzle that is optimized for them (think pounds instead of dollars and more culturally relevant content). Check out! Below are some UK products in honor of the UK launch.

UK skateboard the who button I love the UK t-shirt

Also, if you a designer from the UK, there is a Zazzle UK launch contest going on around designs for Check it out, enter and you could win up to 2500 pounds sterling!

Learn more about Zazzle UK products like cards, t-shirts, holiday gifts, custom t-shirts, business cards, and Christmas cards.


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