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Change the Nasty Yellow Promo Bar on Your Zazzle Storefront

Yellow promo bar on Zazzle site

Existing yellow promo bar on Zazzle site

Thanks to info from Retropolis_Travel and Stalldoortees in the Zazzle forums, it’s easy to revise the appearance of the yellow promotion bar (also called the nasty yellow bar for its unfortunate hue) at the top of your Zazzle storefront.

UPDATE: Zazzle wrote in the forums that storekeepers are not to remove or change this bar! So, take your chances if you mess with it. I don’t know of anyone who had the store taken down for changing the color, but it could happen. Do this at your own risk! 🙂
Instead of your storefront header showing the yellow bar like the Paper Lake header above, it could show a gray bar like this:

PaperLake store taupe bar

PaperLake store taupe bar

or a light taupe-colored bar like this:

Paper lake store header with light taupe promo bar

Paper lake store header with light taupe promo bar

Am I stuck with the infamous Yellow Bar?

The yellow bar is there most days with ever-changing information and codes for sales. So – you and your customers WANT that bar, you probably just don’t want it in #FFFB9C yellow. You can try any light color that will coordinate with your store and still allow the black, blue and red text to be read. Truthfully, though, if it coordinates too well with your store, customers may not notice it.

IF you are comfortable going into the CSS coding of your store, you can do this easily. If you’re not comfortable, COPY everything there first or use a “Sandbox” store. If you mess it up, you could make your store ugly or, worse, inoperable.*

Replace with plain color bar

Note: edited 3/1 to show the CSS code as code. If you copied it as text previously, the dashes may have turned to a solid line, giving you a parse error.

Follow this sequence in the backend of your Zazzle store to get to the right section:

Store > Appearance > Edit Appearance > Beta Appearance tab > Style (CSS) section

You can place the code anywhere in the CSS, as long as it’s after the first line or before the last line. Try adding it at the top, right below the first line, which should read:

<z:csstemplate id=”csstemplate” live=”true” xmlns:z=”urn:zazzle:api”>

Note: Any code like this /*——text here——-*/ is simply commenting info to serve as a reminder of what’s supposed to be happening. (No, none of us remembers everything we think we will!)

/*-----------------------
| Change BG color of sale promo, adjust overflow, reset font to Arial
------------------------------*/
#headerPromoBar
{
background-color: #F3F5EA !important;
white-space: nowrap !important;
overflow:hidden !important;
font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif
}

Copy this bit of CSS code and paste it into your store’s CSS box. You can replace the background color #F3F5EA with your own choice of color. (The #F3F5EA is the color I used on my Beachwalker storefront; a light cream.) Then hit the orange validate and save button. If the code validates, you likely did everything right – go check out your revised store front! If not, make sure you didn’t drop the opening or closing curly bracket.

 Sample colors that work

Here’s a few colors I’ve used that you can try. For more information on picking a color from your store, try reading Colorzilla is a great tool for designers.

  • white #FFFFFF
  • cream #F3F5EA
  • light gray #D3D3D3
  • taupe #ACAFA8
  • light blue #D0DDEE

If just changing the color doesn’t do it for you, keep reading!

Replace with your own image

Some Zazzlers customize the promo bar by adding their own image, as UTeeZSF has done here:

UTeeZSF header with image replacing yellow bar

UTeeZSF header with image replacing yellow bar

To achieve this, you need to have your own image hosted online.  Drop that image URL into the code below to add a background image.

/*-------------------------------------------
| Change BG color of sale promo, adjust overflow, reset font to Arial
---------------------------------------------*/
#headerPromoBar
{
background-color: #DABA9A !important;
background-image:url(YOUR IMAGE URL) !important;
white-space: nowrap !important;
overflow:hidden !important;
font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif
}

That’s all there is to it! Easy, isn’t it? If you changed your promo bar, what color did you end up using?

*Use this code at your own risk. I may have incorporated a typo. You may incorporate a typo. Zazzle could have changed the code by the time you read this – trust me, THEY DO CHANGE THE CODE. Play it safe: try it out in a sandbox store or backup your original code!

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Video

Download your Zazzle product images 75x faster to more quickly create custom advertising

Do you create custom category folders to show off your Zazzle products? Or use your product images on Facebook, a blog or another social media site? Or to create Zazzle advertising banners for your site or blog? Or showcase your designs on your Zazzle store header?  To showcase your products effectively, you need to show them!

But you may be doing what I’ve done in the past: taking various size screenshots of all the desired product images and then placing them into Photoshop (or other graphics software). The screenshots all have useful names like this does:

product image

Screen shot 2012-02-14 at 1.06.32 AM

Another – better – way is to download as many as 75 product images simultaneously where Zazzle assigns the product name to each image for you. What a time and trouble saver!

To see how this works and examples of instances where you would use the images, check out this video. And please excuse the wayward mouse pointer – I just got it and we’re getting used to each other!

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Zazzle announces rare price increase – on new Rickshaw bags

Stylized Bright Pink Heart Pattern rickshawmessengerbagCiting raw material cost increases, Zazzle.com announced a price increase in the forums today:

As of midnight last night, we increased the price of all Rickshaw products to keep in step with the dramatic rise in the cost of raw materials used to manufacture these cut and sew products. As everyone is aware, we do not do this often, but we are committed to this new and rapidly-expanding product line and felt the increase wouldn’t jeopardize their sales

The new base price of the bags is $85.95, so expect to see many of them priced over $100! So many of us Zazzlers fell in love with these bags and have been planning to buy our own, so this will hit us, too. It was particularly surprising as the bags have only been available since mid-January! I only remember one or two other Zazzle price increases in nearly four years of Zazzling, so this is a rare event as Eric mentioned in the forums.

Although cotton prices doubled in 2010 after natural disasters badly affected crops in Asia and Australia, prices fellback steeply since March of 2011 as production increased and demand fell per Commodity Online.

While cotton producers may shift into higher paying crops in 2012-13, thereby decreasing the global cotton production, the timing of this particular price increase was a little surprising.

Presumably then, it’s some other raw material. I hope so, because all the new products announced last night are made of cotton!

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New product launch on Zazzle! Pillows, kitchen towels, placemats and napkins!

A low key announcement by Zazzle.com late tonight has got the late-night designers firing up the coffee pots! Zazzle has released four new products in connection with a new partnership with American Mojo.

American MoJo products are produced by sustainably employed single moms in the USA and contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty for single moms and their children.

Introduced tonight are

  • square and lumbar cotton couch pillows
  • cotton kitchen towels
  • cotton dinner and cocktail napkins (in sets of 4 each)
  • cotton placemats

Here’s what the new products look like with coordinating dots & lines designs:

Kitchen Towels starting at $15.95

American Mojo custom kitchen towelPlacemats, starting at $19.95
American Mojo custom placematNapkins, dinner sets starting at $44.95 and cocktail sets starting at $34.95.
American Mojo custom dinner napkinAmerican Mojo custom cocktail napkin

Pillows, square starting at $59.95 and lumbar starting at $49.95

American Mojo custom square pillowAmerican Mojo custom lumbar pillow

Are these prices a bit high? Not so much when you consider that each is custom made in America and there are NO MINIMUM orders. And these prices, truthfully, are just the starting prices. Many designers will choose to set their prices much higher. But you will be able to get really custom home decor items that you not only don’t have to sew yourself, but with a custom design as well!

I would like to feel the weight and “hand” of these myself. Eventually!

Also worth noting, all items are printed edge to edge, giving you the most design flexibility and the pillows, which are a good size compared to others on the market, are printed on both sides.

Here’s my first pillow to show you that!

Front side:
Teddy Bear I Love You and Bear Hug throwpillow
Reverse side:
Teddy Bear I Love You and Bear Hug throwpillowNow I’m off to design a few more before going to bed!

If you want to try your hand at, click on any of the dots & lines images above to be taken to create pages (affiliate links).  Give it a shot! It’s fun and – you never know – you could be Zazzle-happy yourself in no time!

 

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Colorzilla is a great tool for designers

colorzilla tool imageColorzilla is a great little tool that sits up at the top of your browser window and lets you take color readings from any point in the browser window.

With this tool, you can easily pick a color out of your photograph or design image as you work on Zazzle (or any other POD) and use the result to give your text, border or background the best coloring. It makes a huge difference to your finished product!

Here’s a six step process of using Colorzilla to color some text using a candy jar.

STEP 1:

Start with default color text and chosen image on product, here a candy jar.
jar with default color text

STEP 2:

Switch to design view and use the magnify glass to see a close-up of the design.

candy jar
STEP 3:

Click on the Colorzilla eye-dropper and touch the point to a desired color within your design.

circles

STEP 4:

Click the drop down arrow on the Colorzilla tool and choose the Hex color without the pound sign. That will copy the number for you.

choose option

Step 5:

Open the text color box. Paste the new color number that you just copied over the old one and hit return to lock it in.

jar with default color texthex color

Step 6:

Check out the new color on your text in the product view. Good? OK, you’re done! It is a big improvement!

finished candy jar

With Colorzilla, giving your products a finishing professional touch is a lot easier! It’s available as a free add-on for Firefox or Chrome. Or you can go to Colorzilla to download it.

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Zazzle Product Review: Postage Stamps

Zazzle postage stampsIf you’re like me, you don’t buy postage stamps as often as you once did. The electric bills, the car payments, the rent are paid online now so we don’t write checks and send those in the mail much anymore. What we do still mail is more of the fun and celebratory stuff in life: birthday cards, baby announcements, bridal shower invitations, graduation announcements, wedding invitations, thank you cards and Christmas cards.

Ordinary post office stamps were fine for all those bills, but now we want to sometimes splurge for special occasions and get unique or custom postage!

At Zazzle.com, the postage stamps are:

• Real U.S. postage
• 100% satisfaction guaranteed
• 3 sizes for all mailings
• Produced in as few as 48 hours
• Vibrant printing & color
• FREE customization

People sometimes wonder: is it legal to design my own stamps or use really awesome designs like what I find on Zazzle.com? Yes, it is! The U.S. post office has guidelines about what is allowable, but they are pretty generous. Keep in mind that nakedness, bad words and religion are the main no-nos. And you cannot violate intellectual property laws or personal privacy either.

After several years of designing stamps on Zazzle, I finally purchased some myself recently. Just before the latest rate hike, unfortunately! Drats. I ordered sheets of both the small and the medium stamps: Pinecone on a Snowy Branch Painting and Heart of Shells on the Beach.

   Zazzle pinecone postage stamps  Zazzle Heart on the Beach stamps

Packaging

packagingVery well done! The sheets arrived in a cardboard envelope with a cardboard folder inside so they were in perfect condition. Mine were dropped off by UPS at the door, so no worries about the envelope getting bent fitting it into a mailbox.

Product

I was astonished at how GLOSSY and how BIG the stamps are!

Unlike post office stamps which have a very matte finish, these stamps are high gloss. If you think of glossy photos, that’s a good comparison. The colors print really well and true to the image on the screen. (Note: I have a calibrated monitor, so your results may differ!)

Zazzle and US postage stamps Zazzle and US postage stamps On the images above, standard U.S. postage stamps from the post office are laid over the Zazzle custom postage stamps so you can see the size and gloss differences.

I have to tell you that I must never have looked at the actual sizes of the in the past, only relative sizes and proportions, because I never realized these custom stamps are almost twice the size of standard post office stamps. The small stamps – which feature a square image – are almost 2 inches tall!
Heart of Shells on the Beach Postage Stamp stampPine Cone on a Snowy Branch Painting stamp

Postage Stamp Sizes

Small: 1.8″ x 1.3″ (image: 1.1″ x 1.1″).
Aspect ratio: 1 x 1.
Landscape or Portrait orientation.
20 stamps per sheet.
Choose from thirteen postage denominations.
Medium: 2.1″ x 1.3″ (image: 1.4″ x 1.1″).
Aspect ratio: 3 x 4.
Landscape or Portrait orientation.
20 stamps per sheet.
Choose from thirteen postage denominations.
Large: 2.5″ x 1.5″ (image: 1.7″ x 1.2″).
Aspect ratio: 5 x 7.
Landscape or Portrait orientation.
20 stamps per sheet.
Choose from thirteen postage denominations.

Price

These particular stamps are currently, by size: $21.80 / $23.10 / $24.40. Prices vary by the rates of the different kinds of postage, starting with 32¢ postcard stamps and going up to $5.15 priority stamps. (Note: prices may change as the Post Office raises rates, or Zazzle revises prices or a particular designer does.)

You do pay a premium for the customization, artistry and short print runs!

Recommendation

Would I recommend Zazzle postage stamps? Absolutely! The ability to create or order very small runs of stamps is awesome. And the printing is wonderful. If you have a special occasion coming up, custom stamps will really set off your cards or letters.

I would suggest that you choose the small stamps for postcards, however. You can see in the matching postage stamp and postcard image that a bigger stamp would overwhelm the postcard!
stamped postcard
Many designers create sets of wedding or party invitations with coordinating postage. If you are looking for custom stamps, check out the options below.

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