Since I have received many questions on my last Zazzle post relating to my Zazzle sales, I thought you might be interested in knowing how I make some of my designs. Today I will be sharing how I made a few of my product lines using my phone and taking pictures of things in my house. Just using regular household items. For example, I recently made a design which I hope to have sell well around Halloween time. It features magic potion bottles and brightly colored Halloween apothecary tonic bottles.
How I made this design
First, I had an empty bottle of pure maple syrup that I was ready to throw into the recycling bin. But instead of throwing it out, I cleaned it out and peeled the label off it. Then filled it with water and added a few drops of green food coloring. Then grabbed my iPhone 4 and snapped a picture of it. Then I used the Camera+ app on my phone to edit it with the “Clarity” feature. Now I had a picture that looked like the picture to the right.
Then I opened up my GIMP software on my computer (which is free), and used the Path Tool to cut out the bottle and delete the background. Now I had just the bottle with no background. I saved the bottle as a .png image so I could use it over and over again. Then I opened up a new design and made a 3600×3600 working area at 300 dpi. I opened that bottle I created as a new layer. Then I duplicated that layer over and over again, resizing the bottles and arranging them on the design. Using the rectangle select tool I selected just the liquid portion of different bottles (one by one) and recolored the liquid with the colorize tool. So now I had a bunch of different bottles, in different sizes, and different colors. Once I recolored and resized a bottle, I stuck one of these cool Halloween apothecary stickers on it as a new layer, then merged it down onto the bottle once I had it where I wanted it. After that was all said and done I added a layer underneath, which would be the background. I had some rustic barn wood designs, so I used those. But I easily could have snapped a picture with my iPhone of something wood around my house and used that.
Once I was all done, I had a cool 3600 x 3600 original design that started out from a clear glass bottle! I then uploaded that design with my custom made templates in Quick Create, and now I had all these Magic Potion Halloween Apothecary Medicine Man Gifts up for sale in my store.
Granted, it took me a long time to do all of that! I think that was the only new design that I published that day! But I love the finished product and can’t wait for them to start selling! Where do you get your inspiration for your designs? Leave a comment below! Thanks ~ and happy selling to all!
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