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Making a photograph tell a story

When you’re out and about and see a photo story in the clouds, what do you do? Make a photograph! What’s the best camera to use? You know  – the one you have with you, of course! I was out walking one day and liked the bank of clouds rising above the posts of the […]


Spring Cleaning my Zazzle Work Life

Where have I been? Just trying to get my life in order – particularly my online work, including my Zazzle stores and files! My Zazzle image folder was overflowing with nearly 10,000 images in it. I didn’t even know what I had uploaded anymore. I couldn’t stand being a hoarder anymore, so today I began […]

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Add a shadow to category icons on Zazzle

Someone recently “liked” my Woodswalker store on and asked how I had added shadows to the category icons. With so many “flat” designs these days, shadows and dimensional adds aren’t seen as much. I recently checked to see how Zazzle was adding shadows to product images and saw many product images with no shadows […]

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How well does a watermark protect your art?

I remember the first watermarks I encountered. They were on elegant stationery that revealed a subtle crest or other pattern in the paper. I thought that was an indicator of fine paper. Paper money and postage stamps were watermarked as well, but never caught my attention the same way. Watermarking has been around since 13th […]


Somehow I took the summer off!

Sometimes, the time just gets away from you! Now that September is well underway, I’ve come back to working on again. Of course, I was working on my Zazzle stores and another project I’ll tell you about later, but the best part was playing with a box! (I really did not spend my time […]


Zazzle Storebuilder Premium Plugin

The Zstore Helper Plugin – Premium Edition is no longer available for sale. If you already have a copy, it should still be working, but there won’t be any updates. Bill H (aka FishTsdotcom) had developed a premium version of Paul Robinson’s free Zstore Helper plugin and offered it for sale on his site. Bill […]

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Graphic Designer’s Road Map

Graphic designers – including Zazzle designers! – check out this handy infographic from They interviewed leading graphic designers to gather some useful how-to tips and resources and packaged them into this handsome graphic. Click to Enlarge ImageVia:Online Printing


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

One summer, I was the one feeding the turkeys every day and making sure the silly things were locked up at night. Truthfully, I was a little intimidated to have two turkeys run straight at me because they heard the rattle of corn in their feed bucket. Not everyone is anxious to have animals eating […]

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Do you focus like a racehorse?

Too many days go like this. . . I’m working on a new snowman design and adapting it for a variety of Zazzle products. Crap, there’s another new product it would work well on. Then an email pops up that looks interesting (see below). Or, I have to wait for Photoshop to process something complicated. […]