Greetings from a Digital Art Expressions Las Vegas,
A Design without a story, well it's just a design. A design with a
story, that's art.™ Bill Campitelle © 2013-14".
Expressions is a 100% Women Owned Business
Greetings from Digital Art
Expressions, Las Vegas Nevada.
Here it is short direct to what
you are trying to create the instructions below are direct for
if you have time to read all that is there.
From Zazzle instructions:
Image size and resolution
To ensure your images are the correct
size and resolution, we recommend starting with one of the Zazzle Guide
Files. These guide files are the correct size and resolution required
for great results. Higher resolutions will have even better results.
The general resolution requirements (in pixels per inch) are:
150ppi for apparel, aprons, bags, hats, mouse pads, and ties.
200ppi for mugs, drink ware, calendars, cards, key chains, magnets,
postcards, and all stickers.
300ppi for custom postage
150 ppi for
photo enlargements/prints, and posters
If you have pre-existing
artwork, see by product type.
To fill the full area on any
product, we recommend that you use images that are equal to or larger
than the recommended sizes.
In the Design Tool, a resolution warning
will appear for any images sized larger than the resolution of the image
allows. Zazzle end instructions.
they could have just said up-load your photo if it won't fit we let you
You can use
Zazzle Custom Guide Files
if you are inclined to drive yourself crazy, I did, only to find out
much later that if all the designs
images were 10"X10" @ 300ppi
they would fit almost all of Zazzle products and could be made smaller
Here is what you need to know most folks
will take a photo with a phone or photo if your phone or camera is not
set to at least 150 ppi don't bother to up-load because your image will
look like a postage stamp. Your photos and images are best @ 300ppi, and
will fit 95% off Zazzle products.
Do what I do below
here are some hints
Hint 1: On enhancing TEXT. If the text on an image
does not appear to stand out enough repeat the same text at slightly
different color, gray for example, place the text behind the original to
act as shadow.
Hint 2: On T-shirts you will find a
design front and back.
Hint 3: My design images are 300ppi so they can be
reduced to pocket size if you want and the others can be removed.
Hint 4: Some images when up-loaded may appear to be out of focus, that is
because when an images is uploaded to Zazzle the images are reduced to
thumbnail size. All of our design images are "high resolution" to
provide the best quality, for example "July-4-Independence" images, as an example
are 7997x5512 ,300 PPI each. Tools used to create images. Corel Draw X7
and Corel Paint Shop Photo Pro X6
Hint 5: Our designs' for logo,
party or event! They are created Vector in Corel Draw X-6-7. Then converted to Hi-res PNG,
then up-loaded @ 300pp. So if you want to reduce the image. No
Hint 6: Design size for Zazzle apparel 10"x10", 10"x"14,
My design images are 10"x10" that leave you more room to add text or image.
The JPEG Format
JPEG format, with its support for 16.7 million colors, is primarily
intended for photographic images. The internal compression algorithm of
the JPEG format, unlike the GIF format, actually throws out information.
Depending on what settings you use, the thrown out data may or may not
be visible to the eye. Once you lower the quality of an image, and save
it, the extra data cannot be regained so be sure to save the original.
GIF files support a maximum of 256 colors,
which makes them practical for almost all graphics except photographs.
The most common method of reducing the size of GIF files is to reduce
the number of colors on the palette. It is important to note that GIF
already uses the LZW compression scheme internally to make images as
small as possible without losing any data.
The PNG format
The newest, file format that's widely supported by the Web is PNG
(pronounced Ping). PNG was developed to surpass the limitations of GIFs,
and as a means by which developers can avoid having to worry about the
patent licenses associated with other formats. PNG was designed to offer
the main features of the GIF format, including streaming and progressive
file formats. It also provides greater depth of color, catering to
images up to 24 bit in color.
What is a Vector Design?
All logo designs were created in Vector format. Vector
graphics are based on vectors (mathematical expressions, also called
paths, or strokes) which lead through locations called control points.
Each of these points has a definite position on the x and y axes of the
work plan. Each point, as well, is a variety of database, including the
location of the point in the work space and the direction of the vector
(which is what defines the direction of the track). Each track can be
assigned a color, a shape, a thickness and also a fill. This does not
affect the size of the files in a substantial way because all
information resides in the structure; it describes how the vector was
drawn. (bitmap, JPG) graphics, or called Raster images are based on
pixels and so when scaled there is a loss of clarity, while vector-based
graphics can be scaled by any amount without degrading quality.