Nifty Product Views Animator for Zazzle and Society6

Version2 is now released and lets you pin animations that work on Pinterest.

It can be a right royal pain to show the various front, back and in-situ product views of your fabulous Zazzle and Society6 designs.

Until now…

The Nifty Product Views Animator is a cinch to use and automatically grabs the various views of a product from its page on Zazzle or Society6.

You provide a background image at the right size for the social media where you intend to share it and then decide on which of the product/ in-situ views you want as part of your animation. (See later for guidance on designing it.)

A couple of clicks later and the animated gif is made for you, downloaded to your computer and ready for you to upload to your chosen social media.

We’ll get on to how to use it a little later.

First, where can you use it and what are the recommended sizes?

Most common social media

Social MediaDimensions pxTypeNotes
Pinterest Pins1000×1500gifSupports links
Pinterest Story Pins1080×1920gifSupports links
Twitter1280×1080gifSupports links
Facebook Post800×1200 or
1000×1500
gifSupports links
Facebook Story1080×1920gifSupports links
Instagram Feed1080×1350gifConvert gif to mp4 or mov
Instagram Story1080×1920gifConvert gif to mp4 or mov
Supports links via link stickers
LinkedIn – web viewing1920×1080mp4Convert gif to mp4 or mov
Less than 15s for autoplay and looping
Supports links
LinkedIn – Mobile viewing1080×1350mp4Convert gif to mp4 or mov
Less than 15s for autoplay and looping
Supports links
TikTok1080×1920mp4 or movConvert gif to mp4 or mov
dimensions and type for popular social media

If you need to convert your gif to mp4 or other formats convertio is a good place (opens in a new tab / window)

You’ll find that link and the one to imgbb (opens in a new tab / window) in the help available in the pre-staging area.

Using Nifty PVA for the first time

The first thing to do is to get the bookmarklet. If you’ve not come across bookmarklets before, have a quick look at the Wikipedia bookmarklet definition (opens in a new tab / window).

You get the NiftyPVA bookmarklet by visiting Nifty Product Views Animator directly. Go ahead and click that link (opens in a new tab) and you’ll be guided through the process.

What you’ll do is drag and drop the bookmarklet link to your bookmark toolbar. When you’ve done that, it’ll look like this:

screenshot showing the NiftyPVA bookmarklet in place on the bookmarks toolbar
NiftyPVA bookmerklet in place on the bookmarks toolbar

Using your new NiftyPVA bookmarklet

Now that you’ve got your bookmarklet, it’s time to use it to create your first animated gif.

If you’d rather watch a video, here’s one

video showing how to use the NiftyPVA bookmarklet

Let’s say you’re going to share it on Pinterest as an ordinary Pin. From the table above you’ll see that the size of the background image you’ll need is 1000x1500px. Pinterest recommends this size to give the best experience for their pinners.

So get to your Zazzle or Society6 store in a new tab / window and decide on a product you want to use for your animated gif. For this, we’re going to use a Zazzle mug, so find one you want to use and open up its product page.

On Society6, before hitting the NiftyPVA bookmarklet, you need to first scroll through all the product views otherwise the images won’t be available to NiftyPVA.

When you’ve done that, click your NiftyPVA bookmarklet.

When you do, a new tab / window will open up with each product view image loaded into the pre-staging area.

a screenshot showing the pre-staging area with the product view images loaded and a background image link / url pasted in place
The pre-staging area with the product view images loaded
(click to open at full size in a new tab / window)

If you don’t have a background image to use, here’s a link / url that you can use for a Christmas-themed background image:
https://i.ibb.co/Lt7M3wc/xmas-bow-berries-fir-1000×1500.png

It doesn’t have any text but will do for your first have-a-go. So copy the link / url and paste it into the box.

Adding your product view images to the stage

With your background image on the stage, you’re now ready to add the product view images that you want to use in your animation.

To add one, just click it. It’ll fade out and in again to let you know it’s been added.

But first, decide on the order they’re to appear in the animation and add them to the stage in that order.

Stick with the default image size of 100px for every one except the last which, in this case, you’ll add at a size of 900px (or you could use a size of 1000px for it if you don’t want a margin between your animation and the background image).

Why? It’s because they’ll all end up being the same size as it, once you set it as the one whose size and position is to be used. You can think of it as being the “master”, if you like.

Tip: if you want one image to appear for longer, add it more than once in a row. When it’s being animated, each will be displayed but you won’t see the changeover. To the eye, it’ll look just like it’s been displayed for longer.

Making the animation

Now that you’ve added the large one as a master, make sure it’s selected (blue border) and hit the button use the selected image in the edit gif animation settings pane.

When you do that the make animated gif button in the button pane on the left will become active. Hit that and wait for a short while. Once the animation is made, the window will automatically scroll down to the sharing section.

Note that when it’s finished being made, in Firefox it’ll auto-download to your computer. Other browsers might need you to confirm that’s what you want to happen

Pinning / sharing your animation

You can either pin on Pinterest or hit the show/hide button for sharing in other places.

For Zazzle, you get the option of indicating whether you’re a member of the Zazzle Promoter Program. If you check the box, you’ll get clean links. If not, you’ll get the chance to change the tracking code used.

That’s it! Enjoy 😎

Designing your background image

More and more, places like Pinterest are able to detect and “understand” text in images.

So, as well as designing a background image that is perfect for showcasing your product, you’ll want to include a call to action and a well-considered keyword or two on the image itself.

Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of room. It’s because the product view images are square and, at the suggested size of 900px (to fit with the recommended background image size for Pinterest), you’ll have 800px width and 400px height to play with, allowing for a margin.

Other social media have similar recommended sizes, so you’re good there, too.

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