New Feature: Custom Patterns

A new feature for Custom Patterns has been released in the current version of the MyStyle Customizer (desktop only right now). With this new feature, the user is able to create very unique pattern based designs using premade pattern assets for patterns like Chevron, Polka Dots, Floral, and many more. These patterns add a whole new dimension to the aesthetics users can achieve very quickly thru our app, and includes some very popular current trends that match up with monograms or uploaded photos and other features in the app.

Designing a Custom Chevron Pattern with MyStyle (screen shot)

New Custom Patterns

With the controls shown above, found in the Backgrounds step of the MyStyle customizer, the user can now try different pattern designs very easily, and apply any color to the pattern. The current library includes pattern assets for Chevron, Polka Dot, Stripes, Optical Illusions, and much more. The patterns themselves have transparent negative space once loaded by the app, giving the user the ability to also choose solid colors and fades for the background to show through the pattern. This creates some very interesting design aesthetics, especially with interesting background gradients or images combined with the pattern assets. Our proprietary process allows the patterns to maintain excellent anti-aliasing for smooth curves and lines at just about any size or rotation.

Custom Libraries for Custom Patterns

The library of pattern assets available will grow over time, and exclusive pattern libraries per-site are also supported if clients want to provide their own collection of pattern assets just for their own site(s). To provide pattern assets to us, you simply need to provide black and white versions of your pattern around 3000px in size, and we can take it and integrate it from there either in our main library or as a private asset for your MyStyle enabled site.

Fly Discs Announces Custom Ultimate Frisbee Discs

Custom Ultimate Frisbee - Design Your OwnMyStyle site FlyDiscs.com recently announced that they now have custom Ultimate Frisbee discs available for customization. This is a new addition to the site’s already popular disc golf selection, and opens up the custom printed disc service to an additional sport – ultimate frisbee.

Customize Ultimate Discs Online

The new ultimate frisbee customizer is the best in the industry – for one, because it may be the only online ultimate disc design app on the web. Even if there are others out there somewhere, this is the same great design app seen used in the rest of the FlyDiscs.com site for all of their custom discs.

Upload Images, Choose Colors, Add Custom Text, and more

Custom Ultimate Frisbee DiscIf you’re not familiar with FlyDiscs, they allow users to design their own custom printed discs online in a matter of minutes. The design tool is very easy and intuitive to use, allowing users to create their designs with different options for uploaded images, backgrounds, foregrounds, text, color fades, and more of the great MyStyle app features.

Ultimate frisbees are a bit more friendly to a wider audience as they are larger, and an ideal choice for a disc to play catch or a round of ultimate with. This is a great addition to the fly discs catalog and one that has already had a huge response and great reviews. We look forward to ordering one of our own with our logo on it!

Read More About the New Custom Ultimate Frisbees »

Custom-Car-Wraps.com Launches Custom Magnets!

Custom Car Magnet ExampleMyStyle website Custom-Car-Wraps.com, a leader in the industry for customers to create mockups of vehicle wraps quickly and easily online, has introduced new products including custom magnets. This is a big shift for the company whose previous focus was entirely wraps and searching out wrap shops from their directory.

A Very Affordable Alternative

This new product offering from CCW is really a perfect fit for the business owner or marketer who is exploring vehicle advertising, but doesn’t want to shell out the $1000 to $10,000 that a full vehicle warp is well known to cost. Instead, a custom printed magnet like the ones they are offering now brings a whole new price point that just about anyone can afford, $50 or even less for a smaller size. If you’ve been wanting to do a vehicle wrap or ad and a wrap has just been out of your budget, then a custom magnet is a perfect solution for you.

Custom Magnets Are Reusable

Another great advantage of using magnetic signage for vehicle advertising is that they are completely removable, reusable, and easily applied to any metal surface like a car door without needing any installation help. It’s a true DIY product. With a magnet, you’re able to use it with any vehicle you want, whenever you want, saving a lot of money. Going to work – slap it on. Going on a date? Take it off! Any self-employed service or business owner can really appreciate that flexibility to have a branded vehicle advertisement exactly when you want it.

Design Your Own

Design a Custom Magnet Online with Custom-Car-Wraps.comAs with any MyStyle product, the Custom Magnets that are available now on Custom-Car-Wraps.com are easily designed online in minutes. Adding your own logo, some eye catching colors, some custom text or contact info and a web address, are all super easy and can be done by just about anyone without any need for photoshop or any design software knowledge. It’s easy, quick, and free to design and save as many as you want!

Learn More About Custom Car Magnets Here

New Feature: Editable 3D Canvas Wrap View for Design Your Own Canvas

Making Canvas Wraps Easier Than Ever with this Awesome New Feature: 3D Wrap Views

We’re happy to announce the availability of a new feature for Canvas Wraps Customizer (or any custom rectangular printed product where the graphic wraps around the squared edges). The 3D Wrap view helps users understand instantly where the “bleed” and “wrap” zones are instantly, without having to think about what a “bleed” is or read the help bubble trying to explain the concept. This makes accuracy of print images increase significantly, as many users previously were a bit confused about where their text should and shouldn’t go.

Customizing a Canvas Print in the 2D Full Template View Mode

3 Automatic View Modes In Customization

The feature consists of automatically switching between a 3D-Wrap View, a 2-D Full Template view including outer bleed/wrap areas, and the final Cropped Straight-On View. The first two, the 3D wrap view and the 2D Full Template view, switches back and forth automatically as the user works on their design. When they mouse over the canvas, they see the full view, to position their objects inside the red bleed/wrap guide line, keeping their text inside the “safe zone”. When they reach step 4 to complete their order, the outer areas of both views are cropped off and hidden to show the final product straight on, eliminating any question of what will be cut off around the edges vs on the front face of the canvas. This final straight on view sends thru as their main image, staying consistent with the traditional artwork view that is expected on art print and canvas sites.

Completed Custom Canvas - in 3D Wrap View Feature

DPI, Accuracy, Inches & Pixels

Our manufacturers’ specs are met to the inch and pixel with exact settings to ensure accuracy. Users can’t be bothered with understanding DPI, PPI, bleed in inches, or any of that. The information is there for them in a help bubble if they are curious, but really they want to know what they see on screen is what they get in the mail, and that’s exactly what our accuracy can ensure.

Try It Out at MakeCanvasPrints

Our Beta release is testing now on MakeCanvasPrints.com – perhaps the easiest custom canvas print design tool on the web today.  MCP enables happy customers who design their own canvas prints with photos, effects, and tons of cool custom text additions every single day:

Design a Custom Canvas Print

 

Latest MyStyle Site Has Launched – Fly Discs! Design Your Own Disc Golf Disc!

Custom Disc Golf Discs, Ultimate Frisbee Discs, and Frisbees!



Ever wanted a custom disc golf disc? Us too! So we went ahead and launched the latest super cool MyStyle Site: Fly Discs – Design Your Own Disc Golf Disc!

This is another one of our signature sites and we’re really proud of how well its turned out, (not to mention how cool our discs look!) We partnered with some of the top brands to make sure that every disc from our site is top quality and ready for course. This was one of first sites to go live with the mobile HTML5 customizer at the same time and we love the site design. A completely circular product makes for some interesting designs and we’ve already seen some great ones using everything from spirals to pepperoni pizzas. Definitely a great site to check if you’ve ever wanted a custom disc or ultimate disc and we’re confident this has to be one of the cooler brands in customization. FORE!



Missed the link? Click here to get custom disc golf discs from Fly Discs!

Mobile Customizer Is Launched! Design Your Own Products in HTML5!

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new product customizer for mobile web! We’re pushing the boundaries of HTML5 and web tech to bring mobile customization and mobile personalization to the MyStyle Platform. You’ll see our new mobile product design tool rolling out across many of our sites as we test the waters and launch new features. So far so good and the designs are looking great. If you want to see it in action head over to design your own skateboard on your phone at Whatever Skateboards or try it out by getting your phone pictures printed on canvas and MakeCanvasPrints.

Screenshots of Our Mobile Customizer

Want to take a peek at our mobile customizer? Here’s a few screenshots we snapped so you can take a look:

Whatever Skateboards Mobile Customizer
MakeCanvasPrints Mobile Customizer

So… What’s It Like? How Are The Designs?

We’ve tested this on multiple devices and the experience is great on both phones and tablets. We’re super happy with the performance on iPhone 5 and iPads in particular and the experience is the the current best in class. We’ll be adding more spice to our mobile customizer coming soon; new features are on their way! It is definitely exciting to see mobile tech and HTML5 break through previous performance and UX barriers to become a viable option for mobile customization apps and mobile personalization apps. The designs on the products coming out look great!

What Products Are Available?

Using our MyStyle API we’re able to provide nearly our entire product catalog from all manufacturers and printers to be designed on cell phones and other devices. That’s a staggering number of products that are live for people to design! We have to admit, its pretty fun to try the mobile customizer so give it a whirl and let us know what you think.

Bella Moulding Launch! Frames Customizer Is a Go!

We’re always launching new products and sites here at MyStyle but we recently launched with Bella Moulding, the leader in framing, using some tech we’re particularly proud of: a frames customizer! This is the first time we’ve ever seen a frames customizer being used in the wild and the Prima frames they’re used to make look awesome. Its no surprise that industry leader in framing and framing technology used MyStyle to power their customization solution. While the frames customizer is for Bella Moulding customers only here are a few screenshots to show off our cool work…

Brand New MyStyle Partner Site – Welcome MPS Prints!

Custom Metal, Glass, and Wood Prints!



Looking to get a custom metal, glass, or wood print? Look no further than the latest edition to our MyStyle partner sites: MPS Prints!

Built using the MyStyle Platform and using both MyStyle custom products and the MyStyle Site format MPS Prints is one of our newest and shiniest MyStyle sites. Currently our only site displaying two new personalized products available through the platform, glass prints and metal prints, MPS showcases some of the best features of the platform. We’re especially proud of the way the metal prints turn out; if you’re looking for a professional or long lasting personal gift we highly recommend taking a look at the metal prints on MPS Prints.


Missed the link above? Click here to get custom metal, glass, and wood prints from the new MPS Prints!

MyStyle & Coveroo – Launching the Perfect Match!

MyStyle & Coveroo

Coveroo has launched their customization integration with MyStyle! This is huge news for the platform as Coveroo is one of the largest names in customization and custom printing & fulfillment. They’ve also been a long term, top-tier partner with MyStyle for a number of projects and products including offering a wide assortment of cell phone cases for customization on a number of MyStyle sites including our flagship site Case Monkey! Check out Coveroo’s custom cell phone case integration under their “Create” link on Coveroo.com.


As a leader in the customization space we couldn’t be happier to be powering part of the Coveroo product customization process. One of the best parts of partnering with Coveroo is their ability to custom print on nearly any product for any manufacturer. This extends well outside of the cell phone cases they are best known for and includes a huge variety of products for many manufacturers. If you are a manufacturer looking to get in to customization but are trying to find the perfect printing and fulfillment partner Coveroo will be your best choice.


Click here to see Coveroo’s custom cell phone case MyStyle integration. Click Create!

New Feature For MyStyle Websites – Ratings!

Finally a way to find the best designs!

Happy Valentine’s Day! We happy to announce a new feature that we rolled out MyStyle Websites: ratings! Now designs can have a 5 star rating and you can view the very best designs as rated by users. This was an important feature for us because we see a lot of awesome designs come through our customizer and yet there wasn’t a great place to actually view all the best designs. Now that we’ve got ratings out you’ll start seeing a lot more featured content featuring our favorite designs.

Here’s some links…

Case Monkey – The best phone case designs
Whatever Skateboards – The best skateboard designs
Custom Car Wraps – The best car wrap designs
MakeCanvasPrints – The best canvas print designs
PlakThat – The best wood print designs

Greatest Skateboard Ever Was Made With MyStyle

Cats + Lasers FTW

One of the best parts of MyStyle is seeing the creative and incredible art and products that are made using using our platform. This skateboard is exactly one of those situations and we had to share it here on our MyStyle blog. Using the MyStyle platform running over at Whatever Skateboards to design their own skateboard one of our genius friends created this masterpiece which has to be seen to be believed…

Actual Printed Skateboard

Original Design on Website

YEP. Cat on a skateboard deck shooting laser beams from its eyes. Does it get any better than that? We submit that is does not and thusly why we dubbed this the great skateboard ever made. And it was made with MyStyle using the MyStyle Customizer and the MyStyle API. Here’s a link to the original design on Whatever Skateboards – design your own skateboard

Check Out This Sweet Sneak Peek!

You Want The New Jams? HERE IS THE NEW JAMS.

Hot off the presses and tearing up this West Coast Art and Frame 2014 is the latest and greatest in personalization technology: a frame customizer. If you’re out in Vegas for this year’s show be sure to roam around and find our demo. To keep you satisfied if you couldn’t make it out this year we’ve dropped some screenshots in to this article for you.

Why Is This Cool?

This is the only frames customizer. The. only. one. The reason is simply that a frames customizer is too difficult to program. Our specialty here at MyStyle is taking on new R&D projects is customization and even this one was a huge challenge for us. Thankfully we have a lot of experience in this space and have worked with the best partners in the industry. While this isn’t quite ready for full public release it is live and working at WCAF 2014 and you can design your own frame.

Since When Does MyStyle Do Expos and Tradeshows?

Since Day 1! Our tech is regularly featured on large screens, kiosks, laptop, and any other way you can demo a product at a tradeshow. If you’ve seen a demo of a designer or design tool, or even if you just designed your own product at a booth, odds are it was running on MyStyle and you didn’t even know it. Our tech is a staple of the tradeshow circuit and a proven win when it comes to making a splash with a memorable booth. Contact us to hear what we can do for your next industry event!

Screenshots

Huge Upcoming Demo Launch Later This Week!

Taking Personalization and Customization to New Industries

I’m not sure if we could be more excited for upcoming demo launch this week! While we can’t spill the beans on it quite yet we can at least tell you to keep your eyes peeled for MyStyle powering a brand new customization solution. There’s always something exciting about launching customization and personalization in new verticals and industries. That relentless pursuit of the next best thing is what keeps us pushing the forefront of customization tech and this upcoming demo this week will prove no exception. We’ll keep you posted on it here on our blog when we’re ready for the big reveal!

Customizer and Designer and Editor, Oh My!

What Do You Call That App?

It goes by many names, but it turns out there isn’t a common word for the type of app we call our MyStyle Customizer™. Lots of people contact us asking about our “Customizer”, but a lot of people also ask if we have a customizer but just don’t know the right word to describe it.

Here’s some of the phrases we’ve seen that describe what we here call our MyStyle Customizer.

MyStyle Customizer Names:

  • designer
  • visualizer
  • configurator
  • personalizer
  • design editor
  • design tool
  • personalization editor
  • photo editor
  • photo manipulator
  • product editor
  • image maker
  • image editor
  • picture maker
  • previewer
  • preview tool
  • product preview
  • print preview
  • design app
  • editing app
  • customization app
  • image uploader
  • customization app
  • text editor
  • personalizer
  • personalization software
  • design-your-own
  • DIY

What is the Mystyle Customizer?

Our customizer is the visual tool that people use to create new designs on their products. Our customizer is extremely diverse and comes in many different forms. At times the customizer may only be a simple upload or text field and at other times the customizer is a full blown visual UI/UX for creating customized and personalized products. This is one of the key parts involved in personalization and customization because for every app, every product, every design, and every person is everything can be different. That is also why there are so many ways of describing a customizer.

Customizers are typically contained within an exterior website, application, kiosk, or display case and are a subsection of an overall customization or personalization website. In many cases people using our customization app are actually using it on other people’s websites! This can also make it hard to define precisely where the boundaries are on the MyStyle Customizer as it is seamlessly integrated with existing solutions.

There are always new ways of describing this type of app because there is no standard word for it! With all these options we wanted a single word that describes it best and went with customizer. So whether you’re looking for a “designer” or a “print previewer” or an “image maker” you’ve come to the right place. But around these parts we just call it the Mystyle Customizer :-)

Site Launch!

The new MyStyle Platform website has launched!

Stay tuned to the MyStyle blog for exciting updates about new features, findings from our case studies, new feature releases, special offers, and more!

Check back regularly as the site expands with more about the true power of the MyStyle Personalization Platform.

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Looking forward to a great year and best of luck to everyone in 2014, it’s going to be a big year for all of of the businesses in the MyStyle family.  :)

Happy Holidays

 

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