Quick Product Create (QPC) is a tool that will allow you to upload a single design onto a variety of products at once, through three very simple steps. QPC can be a very powerful tool that will help you create suites of designs in no time and it especially proves useful for the Designer looking to create a variety of branded products showcasing a logo.
To cue the QPC pop-up wizard, click the Quick Create link found under the Products tab of your store’s main dashboard:
1. Choose Your Template Set:
To get started, you'll first need to choose your template set, either the one Zazzle provides or one of your own. Zazzle’s default template set has been crafted for Designer looking to promote their businesses with a logo and such, but how you design on it is completely up to you!
So what exactly is a template set? A template set is essentially a store category that contains one or more ‘templated’ products. The template set will provide the QPC tool with the selection of products that you wish to include in the quick create process, as well as the design area dimensions that you have designated for each of those products.
2. Choose your Image:
Be mindful of your image size and resolution when choosing an image. Since you’ll be uploading to a variety of products of different shapes and sizes, you’ll want to be sure to use a hi-res image to prevent any blurring or pixelation during the print process. (Read Image Size & Resolution for best practices)
3. Choose Fit/Fill Options:
The dimensions of each product’s design area will vary from product to product. This section will allow you determine how your design will be overlaid into that space.
Fit will resize the image to fit within the given design-area dimensions, thus ensuring that none of your image is cropped. However, if your image dimensions don’t perfectly match that of the design area, expect to see some empty space on the sides.
Fill will resize the image just enough to fill the entire design area, leaving no empty design space whatsoever. However, if your image dimension does not perfectly match with that of the design area, expect some cropping of your images.
Creating Your Own Templates
If you prefer not to use the default template set, you can create your own! QPC template sets are based on Zazzle’s ‘template’ feature, so if you haven’t done so already, we would highly recommend that you learn how to create a product template before continuing. (Read here)
Creating a QPC-ready Product:
To create a product for your template set, you’ll first need to upload an image as a placeholder. This placeholder image will let the QPC tool know where, and at what dimension, to overlay your final image onto the product. Here’s an example of a placeholder image on a classic mug:
Notice how we aligned the image to the right of the design area in order to have the image aligned comfortably next to the handle of the mug. We also nested the image within the “Safe” guideline, which will ensure that any images uploaded will not be cropped during print.
Next, you’ll want to ‘template’ the placeholder. To do this, select the image, click the MORE button on the lower toolbar, and tick the ‘Make this a template object’ option:
Once checked, you will now have the ability to name your template field, as well as determine what you’ll like your default fit/fill option to be. Since we’ll be using this product strictly as a QPC template (and hidden from the public), we simply named it ‘placeholder_image.’ (We recommend that you be more strategic with your label naming when templatizing a product meant for the marketplace.)
Once you’re satisfied with your placeholder image placement, go ahead and continue with the usual SELL IT flow as you would with any other product. Just be mindful of the Product Visibility section on the Post Product for Sale page. If you’re creating this product as strictly a QPC template, we recommend that you keep the product ‘hidden.’
Once you’ve created all the products you want included in your QPC template set, you’ll need to group them together. To do so, you’ll need to collect the templated products into a store category.
Creating a Store Category
To create a new store category, you’ll first need to make your way back to the Products tab of your store’s main dashboard. Click the All Categories link found on the left-hand navigation tree.
Click Add new category under the Store Categories title and a dialog box will appear which will allow you to name the Category, assign an icon, and toggle the visibility. (For categories containing QPC template sets, we recommend toggling the visibility to ‘Hide’)
Creating Your Template Set
The last step is to import all the products created into your newly-formed store category. To do so, simply navigate back to your main Products tab within your store’s dashboard and select all the products you would like included in your template set.
Under the Actions dropdown in the upper toolbar, you’ll find an option to: Set store category
Congratulations, you have just created your very own QPC template set.