Who is better in terms of creative freedom?
Well, that’s a loaded question first of all because they are both different, no matter how the same they seem.
Let’s get that straight.
I haven’t compared quality as yet, so this post is strictly about
- availability of resources
- creativity options
- user interaction
It’s not secret that Cafe Press is actually the most popular site for on-demand printing, but is it the best for creativity? In my opinion, no.
- Yes, you get more options on the types of items you can create on Cafe Press (their selections are endless), but that doesn’t mean anything if you can’t edit them as you wish inside of the product design.
1. Item Preview
This is great and it affords you the opportunity to get an idea of how your product will look once it’s been printed. However, you get one or two views (depending on product) and that’s about it. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either.
You can upload or remove your images at whim. That’s great, especially if you are undecided. This means that you choices are not set in stone and you have the chance to change your mind as many times as possible.
3. Design Options
This is the worst. No seriously, after using Zazzle (see below), this is the worst. You choose the size of your image and that’s about it. End.
Unlike Cafe Press, Zazzle is lesser known in comparison and I was lucky to find out about them on Twitter via @Koiyuki.
1. Item Preview
Zazzle is great for this because you get to see the front and the back of your design. Unlike Cafe Press, depending on your item, there are up to six different views per product.
2. Design Options and Imagining
This is where Zazzle out does Cafe Press by a long shot. Not only do you upload and can remove items, same as Cafe Press, but you can also
- change/magnify the size
- add extra text
- add extra images to the original
- lock or unlock your images depending on apparel
- save as a template
- fill entire area/fit to allotted area
- positioning on shirt
- change direction, more left? more right? more up? more down? it’s up to you
- further editing/selecting tools
To say this makes your life easy and the design process more enjoyable and user-friendly is an understatement.
Unlike Cafe Press, with Zazzle you don’t have to edit your images to match the product. Basically, make sure you have a large, high in pixel count, image throw it into Zazzle and edit to taste.
3. How will it look?
This is actually a very cool feature because you get your own choice of which model you would like to showcase your product (in terms of items like shirts, jackets etc.), which direction you want your product to face and also, you can see a close up of what your image looks like on the product.
4. Two Birds, One Stone
Basically, on Zazzle, when you create something you have the option of adding it directly to your cart or putting in your store for sale, right off the bat. In Cafe Press, there are two separate places that this is done. You need to go into your account or you need to create something to go directly in your basket.Â If there is another way to do it, I haven’t found it yet.
In my personal opinion, Zazzle.
However, that being said, I think it boils down to personal preference.
What I love about Cafe Press are all the options you have for all the cool different items you get to make. I mean where else can you customize an HD camera recorder? And as a consumer their products come out cheaper! Seriously!
At the same time, Zazzle allows for a great deal of creative freedoms which, to me, in the long run are more important for my tastes and what I want to do.
Personally, if someone created Cafe Zazzle, I’d be all over that!
Also, someone suggested Printfection to me, but I haven’t tried them at all yet. From what I understand, they’ll send you a test shirt with your custom design for $2.00 USD if you want to try their services.
COMING SOON ~> Quality: Zazzle v. Cafe Press
Sasha Muradali runs the â€˜Little Pink Bookâ€™ . She holds a B.S. in Public Relations and minor in Dance from the University of Florida (â€™07) and an M.A. in International Administration from the University of Miami(â€™08). She loves Twitter and all things social media, so you should find her @SashaHalima or get a copy of the â€˜Little Pink Bookâ€™ delivered to your Kindle.