Use Free Pictures at Pixabay to Create For Zazzle
Pixabay is an online site that offers high quality photos and clipart images that can be used as you please - even to sell in your Zazzle store.
Sometimes finding free, high quality and useful, public domain images to use on Zazzle products is difficult. I was accustomed to using my own photography only to sell at my Zazzle stores, but after a while, I found that I needed things I just didn't have.
It is easier to diversify when a variety of photography and graphic images are available to use for free! I am thrilled to have found Pixabay and I use the beautiful, high quality photography in many ways.
I mostly use Pixabay as my source for models (adults and children) to use as photo place holders on Zazzle's products, but there are other ways to turn Pixabay images into cash in your pocket.
(Surfer silhouette: Pixabay)
Find Interesting Images and Put Them to Work For You
Pixabay is a good place to start if you have creative block.
Truthfully I am never at a loss for what to create for my Zazzle stores, but if you ever need some inspiration, just browse the pictures at Pixabay.
For instance I came across a group of photos by Nightowl that were taken someplace resembling an old west ghost town. I used a few of them to make business cards for home renovations and they have sold quite well.
Renovations Business Cards
This image is perfect for construction companies.
Free Public Domain Images
Convert the images to a larger size for use at Zazzle.
Find many free, public domain images on Pixabay. The number of beautiful scenic photography increases each time I visit the site. More and more pictures of people are added often, which can be used as photo templates at Zazzle. Graphics for holidays, frames and backgrounds, textures, and png images can also be found. If you have something to offer and share, sign up and be a contributor.
I appreciate having a free place to find wonderful, good quality images. It's why I wrote this page, to let my fellow Zazzlers know of a new place to search for what they need.
Each photo or graphic has a number of sizes for download. I choose the large image size and then covert it to 300 dpi size, which is a minimum size requirement for adding to products.
** Make sure you only use the free images, as they include links to other professional images that must be purchased - unless you want to pay for your images.
"Free" Doesn't Mean Every Picture Can Be Used To Sell
Be careful when deciding which images you put up for sale.
Please remember that just because Pixabay says it's okay to use any photos for any purpose, there are guidelines to follow when selling any photos.
For instance, you shouldn't overstep the boundaries of legally using photos and some things such as vehicles, certain buildings, statues, bridges and other structures which may have copyrights which don't allow the general public to use them to make money.
Be careful when you are looking at any photos which contain items that were made by, or belong to, someone else. I don't know all the rules concerning this, so if you are in doubt, do some research, ask the photographer, or forget about using the picture and move on to another.
Sunflowers and Blue Sky
The Prairie Sunflower design line in my Country Wedding store at Zazzle was created by combing two images found at Pixabay. The beautiful blue sky area of one photo was used as the background for sunny sunflowers.
If you love sunflowers, there are a lot to choose from, and they are free to use! Here I decided to isolate the flowers so they could be added to many items with or without the sky background. In doing this, I can create any type of paper or gift with matching designs.
I have made a tutorial page about how to isolate an image. Click the link below to see how I do it.
Prairie Sunflower Notebook
Learn How To Isolate Images
People / Models Used as Photo Holders
Real people make the photo holder product more interesting.
Pixabay's public domain images include some great shots of people (models) which can be used as photo holders for your photo template products at Zazzle.
A photo card, custom mug, personalized Christmas ornament or anything you post for sale that has the option to add a personal picture will need a "photo holder" that will allow the customer to easily switch the example photo with one of their own.
Adding an interesting picture will make the item more appealing and will get more attention than an empty or boring holder. Subsequently it may be purchased more often.
Find Ms. Thumbs Up at PublicDomainPictures at Pixabay.
Beautiful and Interesting Photos Make the Best Templates
Graduation announcements are one place to add a photo template.
I needed musical instruments to create ornaments for my Holiday Store, so of course I searched Pixabay. I found a collection made by Nemo and have added them to some products recently. First I customized them in the graphics program to give them the look I wanted and added a new background.
I try to use my own personal image whenever I can, but I don't always have what I need. When it comes to personalized Christmas ornaments, adding some sort of a theme makes them easy to categorize for customers to find. With instruments pictured on one side and custom text and / or a photo on the reverse, ceramic ornaments make wonderful family keepsakes.
Personalized Christmas Ornaments for Musicians
Baby Photo Announcement
Add a newborn's photo to this magnet.
Pictures of Babies and Children
Many items look wonderful with cute pictures of kids.
Baby pictures and photos of children can be used on birth announcements, holiday photo cards, coffee mugs, Christmas ornaments, and just about any product, as place holders in the template area. It took me a while to understand how to make a photo template, but now I use them quite often.
People love to have the option of creating something personal. Basically, I offer the design, and they make it their own with photos and custom text.
Pictures of Happy Couples
When creating for my wedding stores I use a lot of photo holders. To show my products in a realistic way, pictures of happy couples are used as templates. These photos will be replaced by the customers own photos, but give them an idea of how nice the end product will be.
At first Pixabay did not have a wide selection, but it's getting better and better. Generous contributors are constantly adding pictures of couples, as well as singles, and people of all ages. Instead of a blank space, a loving couple can bring interest to a wedding announcement, like the one here.
Happily Married Couple Photo Holder
The customer will replace this photo with their own.
How to set up a free Zazzle online store.
I've written a page to help you get one up and running.
The Flower Selection is Amazing
The cherry blossoms used to make this card came from a Pixabay image.
Pixabay has a wonderful selection of floral photography. It's not surprising, as many photographers can't ignore one of the most beautiful parts of nature. Pictures are uploaded to the site from all over the world, so the variety is large. I used a photo of pretty pink plumeria flowers to isolate the blooms and create the Christmas tree skirt shown here. I'm thankful to the Pixabay site, not only for the wide variety of images, but for the wonderful quality as well.
Pink Plumeria Flowers
Tree skirt for the holidays.
Find Free Photos, Vector Images, and Graphics
Generous and very talented photographers are constantly uploading quality photos to Pixabay so all you need is a little imagination to turn them into products in your store. But you can also find artistic graphics and vector images, free to use.
Personally, I don't think it would be right to just take someones picture and sell it, but there is no rule that says you can't. It's just my way of thinking, and Zazzle frowns on it. It's easy to take any image and change it or incorporate it to create something completely unique.
If you want to be a Pixabay contributor, sign up and upload your work. Be aware that the Admin is picky, and your uploads must be of high quality. Click the link below and find out more.
Read More About Pixabay
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