How to Use the Background and Border Feature on Zazzle

by Ragtimelil

The background and border feature on Zazzle is tucked away and not easy to find unless you know where it is. I stumbled on it one day and love it. Here's how to use it.

Using the borders and background fill in Zazzle is a real timesaver. I could open a drawing program and measure how big my canvas needs to be and work from there, but sometimes I don’t realize I want a border and fill until I’ve got the image on the product. If I like the way it comes out, then I might take the time to make a permanent frame around my pictures.

The Discovery

backgroundI had just started on Zazzle by putting my photos and artwork directly onto the product. It doesn't look bad, but sometimes it just looked too plain. Then I discovered how to dress it up with a frame.

The Zazzle background and border function is not obvious at first glance. It’s hidden behind the edit tab. Not all products have the background function and even less have the border function, but for those that do, it's a great way to see your art with a colorful frame around it.

Background Color

I chose the mugs to show how this works since it has both features. I'll show later how to use the background in another way.

I experiment until I find a background that I like. It fills the space designated for artwork so the picture is on top of the color filled box. Once I find the color for the background, I move on to adding the border.



Frame Up

Next I click on the border function. Again I have a choice of colors. I picked out a green that would go with the leaves in the picture. There is a wonderful addition to this feature that is the slider at the bottom of the panel. This allows you to set the thickness of the border.

Shot 4




Now I have my background color and border, but you can see that the picture is over too far to one side and there is just a purple box on the other side of the mug.



Both Sides Now

Now I switch to the design view. I moved the picture of the flowers over to make an even border on three sides. I tend to leave a wider border in the middle of the mug. I added another image of the flowers and aligned them on the other side of the background.

Morning Glory Mug

 Once I'm happy with the arrangement, I post the item for sale.

Using the border and background feature makes a much more finished looking design.



                              Morning Glory Mug

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morning flower mug

Single Image

Another way to use the background feature is with products that will allow you to fill the entire  a solid cut out image. I happened to find this image of a crow. I could have made one by cutting out the background and filling in the image, but I already had this and it was ready to go.

Crow Plate

This plate does not have the border feature. I simply filled in the color and added the image of the crow. It's a quick way to make a colorful image. You can also add text the same way.

A Few More Tips

I use a free software program to remove the background from my photos for use at Zazzle and this picture tutorial will show you how.
Zazzle Bulk Image Uploader does precisely what it says on the packet. It's a quick way to add lots of pictures or designs, so that you can begin the process of making products.
Zazzle is a wonderful place to showcase your photography on a wide variety of products.
About Zazzle, how to open a Zazzle store, getting paid from Zazzle, promotional tools, referral and volume bonuses, Zazzle links and more.
Updated: 09/28/2012, Ragtimelil
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Ragtimelil on 04/02/2013

Thanks. Zazzle likes to hide their features. It made a real difference in my designs in the beginning. It's so easy to use when you know it's there.

HollieT on 04/02/2013

I didn't even know that this feature existed, Ragtimelil. Very helpful!

Ragtimelil on 02/06/2013

The only way I've found to do that is to open your product, customize it the way you want it and post it for sale again. Then you can go back and delete the old ones. If there is a better way, I'd like to know myself.

Kirsty on 02/06/2013

Great tips with fantastic detail, thank you so much. I am new to Zazzle, so need all the help I can get.

Is it possible to change the background and border on a product once it is already published? Because some of my first products (well most of them) could do with a little finesse.

Ragtimelil on 10/08/2012

You're welcome. I just discovered it by accident and thought others might like it too.

Mladen on 10/08/2012

I wasn't aware of this feature on Zazzle. I am relatively new user there, so every new advice is a huge help.
Thank you!

Ragtimelil on 10/08/2012

Yes it is, indeed. I just wanted to share.

Ragtimelil on 10/07/2012

Thanks. It's a neat trick that's too well hidden.

VictoriaLynn on 10/07/2012

Another great article on Zazzle. This may come in handy for me eventually. Enjoyed it!

Ragtimelil on 10/07/2012

I found it by accident too. Thought I'd try to save others from missing it.

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