Monday, October 12, 2009

Introducing the Custom Background Tool!

We know that a lot of your favorite online stores shoot their product images on models, and so sometimes it might be a little tricky for you to create fashion sets just the way you like. Wouldn't it be great to pull the product off the model, just like in a store? Well now you can! We're excited to present you with our latest editor feature: the custom background tool. This tool lets you crop models, mannequins and hangers out of product images.

We used a Black Halo dress from shopbop.com to show you how the custom background tool works:

When creating a set in the editor, select the 'Custom' option from the 'Background' drop down menu.

Once you click on 'Custom,' you'll see a pop-up screen like the one below. Within this pop-up, you can start plotting points around the product you want to extract from the background. When you're done, click 'OK.'


And viola! Here's the finished product:


UPDATE:
Thanks to all of your great feedback, we added another feature to the custom background tool that lets you to choose from previously cropped versions of an item. That way, you don't have to re-crop an item and duplicate your work.



We hope you like the new custom background tool! As always, we love hearing your feedback, so leave a comment and let us know what you think.

171 comments:

delightfuldiva said...

Omg,that is the best news ever! Kudos to Polyvore. Whoever thought of this should so geta bonus.

Anonymous said...

GENIUS!!
thank you SO much polyvore!!!! :D
making the site better and better every day.
Although, after this, I have no idea how Polyvore could get any better.

abigail(: said...

THANK YOU POLYVORE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

this is an awesome tool! thanks!!!! :-)

Vikki said...

Too hard to use, especially on a laptop with no mouse. I'd rather stick with the origina show/hide bg tool.

Anonymous said...

Its AWESOME!!!!!!!!! thank you :))

RachelB. said...

Ahhhhh!!! I LOVE this! Thank you so much kind runners of polyvore!!

lex said...

Whoever thought this up, I love you.
:D :D :D :D :D :D

lissie said...

this is a great idea! thanks SO MUCH! but i think a lot of people would also like rotate buttons (:

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU POLYVORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rachna lives in said...

yayyy!finally.weve all been waiting for this :D

Anonymous said...

Wow wow. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! Dont ever delete it!

Anonymous said...

Omg thank God :O My Polyvore life has...well, MORE meaning now, lol

Pяincєss[ιn]ℓovε. . .♥ said...

This was an AMAZING idea! Kudos to the bright mind who came up with this!

Nic said...

Thank you so much Polyvore. That is Amazing. I can not wait to use it. Thank you keeping up with our never ending lists of demands, you are too sweet for us.

Sunshine in my eyes.♥ said...

Thank you Polyvore! This is a huge help:)

SmileyGirl13 said...

cool app!

******** said...

wow one the best things added the polyvore! thanks guys!

Anonymous said...

Awesome, now let's get a rotate tool and my life will be complete :)

♥Teresa♥ said...

THANK YOU SO SO SO SO MUCH! This is going to be such a useful tool. ♥

Emily said...

i agree with delightful diva and also
think it is the best idea ever. It makes creating sets so much better!!!

LauraAwesome92 said...

that's awesome polyvore!

ciagirl said...

Polyvore help me!!!!! my editor wont publish!! and when i go to publish it, the screen goes white and the set gets deleted!! please help me!! my account is ciagirl and my email for the account is ciagirl@optonline.net pleasee help me!!

and i think the tool is really awesome too

akaya said...

This is great! I love how you guys make an effort to make Polyvore better all the time. Can`t wait to play with the awesome new tool!
Hugs, Akaya

Anonymous said...

Wow!! That is soooo great!! Thank you!!!

carolinarqt said...

GENIUS!!!!

Anonymous said...

I like the new cropping feature! :) Now we just need a rotate button. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

cool.
though I dont think I usually run across this problem. Im pretty sure I'll use this in a more creative way. haha.
Now if only you could add a 'transparency' tool.
;D

Anonymous said...

Thank you soooo much!!!!! This is one of the best tools!!!!!

Anonymous said...

this is just like adobe photoshop! but its useful!

sandra_mkd said...

This is a great idea :)

Kayleyy said...

Ahh thankyou so much Polyvore!!! This is going to be great!! :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Polyvore! VERY useful, and better than the IM tool people want xD
ILY!

xoxo, blueberry

Turn the World Blue said...

Such a great tool. Thanks! 8)

Katarina Love said...

Yes! Thank you so much! This is perfect!

j'adore_princess said...

thank you soooo much!!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I definitely support that!

Anonymous said...

Oh, my god.
That is awesome.
Thank you so much, guys. :D

Anonymous said...

this is great but can we also have like a tilting button and the voting back?

Anonymous said...

this is amazing!!!!! it really helps!! and not to sound like we are asking for too much but some people including me have been hoping for a rotate button? thanks!

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Jonasluvvv said...

woahhh!! so cool =) thanks polyvore

onℓy нope...♥ said...

wow. this is absolutely the best tool yet! i've wanted this for so long! thank you so very much!

Anonymous said...

THIS IS AMAZING.
THANK YOU. ^_^

♥ Pirate Joyce

Tiffany said...

thanks a lot!
its hard to use though

Kacy said...

Kudos xD

Jerry Jenkins said...

ohhhh, i like it (: thank you polyvore!

Natasha11 said...

excellent!

GuineaPig123 said...

Thank you so much peeps of Polyvore i am so glad about the custom background tool thank you but i have a question too, why for some photos does it look like there is a green screen/ chromokey in the background like it is all wacked up idk what that is but thanks anyway

Suzy Kaulitz said...

This is PERFECT! Whoever thought of this deserves a huge bonus :) Thanks so much!

Jael Paris said...

This announcement actually caused me to do a happy dance.

Anonymous said...

I like it but the custom box is small and the select boxes as you crop are large. Thanks for the comment page!

♥.Alyssa.J.♥ said...

Dear Polyvore,

I. LOVE. YOU. x]

Anonymous said...

Wow! I'm loving it! Plz install a rotator! I'll love you guys more!

cuteycat96 said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! This great news!!

.iDolly said...

its great!

Now just for my idea! a search fuction within our items ! yayaa

Anonymous said...

more ideas? a rotate tool and an automatic organizing tool that organizes your items from the existing tags. that would be great :)

Anonymous said...

thank you thank you thank yoU!!!!!!!! so so so much!!!!!!!!!

MAS said...

This is great, BUT it will be really frustrating to crop it perfectly and then have to do the same again and again for every set! We need to be able to save the item in its cropped form!

Anonymous said...

yay!! can u stop the 50 item limit now && let us make a set that has 50+ items?

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Thank you! Is there any way we can get a rotate tool sometime soon too? That'd definitely be the cherry on top.

Anonymous said...

It's about time! Can't wait to try it out! It's going to make a lot of sets look so much better!

qor`j*US* said...

yaaaaaayyy!!! THANK YOU!!!! :):):):)

Anonymous said...

Awesomeness, you guys rule :)! but what about a rotate tool?

Melly said...

This is genius! I love this so much...! Thank you bunches and bunches, Polvore! (=^-^=)

jillian said...

background editor... all we need is a rotate option! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow!! I am over the moon excited about this one. Many, many times I've wished I could clip only a small portion of a photo...and now you have made it possible! Thanks to the powers-that-be that are responsible for adding this much needed feature. Now, if we could also ROTATE an item and not just flip it... :) Just a suggestion... Thanks, Polyvore!

VesperATOM said...

Wow. This is a whole 'nother level. I can't wait to over-use the crap out of it! Total genius, thanks!

Holliee :D:D said...

this is awesome!! although may i suggest a Rotate tool so you can turn a iten to any angle:) bit this tool is coolieess

OLIVERA said...

Thank you so much...

Anonymous said...

finally, this is going to be such great tool =-]

Anntonella said...

http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=12775519
Thank you Poly team.It's amazing option in a very easy way.:D
You are stars!!!

Anonymous said...

Amazing !!!! thank u Polyvore. one more thing , pls can u adjust the rotate tool.
thank uuuuuuuuu :D

Cyndi said...

Thank you!! This is so user-friendly and a fantastic addition to an already awesome site. You guys are the best and I can't thank you enough for starting up Poly to begin with...Best wishes and many, many thanks to you!

neny_6 said...

wow, I'm very happy!!!

neny_6 said...

wow, i'm very very very happy! :-)

sasins said...

yeyyyyyyyyyyy great tool!!!

Anonymous said...

Great!!!!!

Anonymous said...

this is great thanxx plyvore!!!!

whatever said...

I love this .. .nd can't wait 2 use it.. great idea ...
thank u so much 2 polyvore team. ..
xxxx
amoola

❥ⓣⓡⓞⓟⓘⓒⓖⓤⓡⓡⓛ❤ said...

I love it so much, its inspired me to make tons of new sets!

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy I'm gonna try colored text. xD [color=purple] did it work? xDDD

Dawn_in_Malaysia said...

ABSOLUTELY GREAT, I'm so happy we can do this, it's amazing. THANK YOU Polyvore!

thisismorgan said...

I love this feature. But i love the Hide/Show background. it is MUCH EASIER for fast sets could you please put that back but, with the cropping tool to there are both just buttons not just the on big one with drop down tabs! Please consider this!

Kath said...

yesss! awesome!! now we can use items that we couldn't use before cuz they would look HORRIBLE on our sets!! :) great idea!!

TheStrawberryFields said...

This is amazing well done guys

inaya said...

Thank you so much. this is amazing!! Best tool ever!

❤✿PaintHead said...

I love you Poly. I will never forget you guys! Keep up the work here!

Laura♥ said...

WOW thanks a lot =)
I've already tried it and it works so good ♥ hope you'd go one having so many good ideas ;-)

kannah said...

ABSOLUTELY GENIUS!♥
I LOVE IT! YOU GUYS ARE BRILLIANT! :)

NotJustAnotherBrickInTheWall said...

OH WOW! This is totally awsome! Thank you Polyvore team!

Anonymous said...

It's ok, preferred the old one, but I guess it will be useful for people who do fashion sets. Hopefully we can find a more creative way to use it :)

Anonymous said...

Brilliant idea!...=D Love this option!...=D We need just one more and everything will be perfect - Rotating option!...=))))

Anonymous said...

this is amazing, thank you !

Anonymous said...

love it! ... Is there a way to print your sets?? anybody know?

Eisha;) said...

Awesome idea!Thanks so much! Much easier for sets now:)

Anonymous said...

that is sooo.. cool and useful!!! thankyou polyvore!! this site gets better every day!

Hurricane Lola said...

I love this feature. I also with there was a rotate feature too!

Sleepy_head(*-*)zzZZ said...

this is soooooooooooooo great!!!! shame that I deleted all the pics which had a background or shading! Doh! but anyway, I am so hapy about this new tool, it will open all doors for beautiful sets ;))) thanks Polyvore!

Anonymous said...

I love it (:
but i did try to cut around an image, so it's perfect, and then it wouldn't show up after i clicked okay :(

Mina said...

this is the smartest thing polyvore has ever done!!!! Props to whosever idea this was!!!! :D

Sahara said...

OMG! Thanks soooo much:)
I am the 100th comment! yay
Here is my profile::
http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/profile?id=626561

»bяєannα♥ said...

thank you polyvore! :D

Katie said...

this is so great!!!!! thanks polyvore!!!!!!

PrettyBallerina said...

Great tool, but I wonder is it possible to do custom b/g with item only once and than just use it cleaned. Or you need to do that each time for each set?

Alexandra said...

POLYVORE, I LOVE YOU.

Anonymous said...

thank you soo much polyvore people!!! we love you!

»AMBER;; ♥ said...

I love hits new tool!! It's ahh-mazing(:

KT said...

Love this idea! Now all we need to be able to do is move the buttons like new, publish, undo, save draft, etc arould because that corner is ofton left blank :) thank you polyvore!

Cam said...

omg whoever thot this up is a genius!!!! i luv u!!!! i jst hav one suggestion -- change the 50 item limit!! i hate it!!

Cam said...

omg whoever created thi is GENIUS!!! i have always wanted to do this in creating sets!!! luv it!!! jst one suggestion tho --- change the 50 item limit!!!

Cam said...

omg whoever came up with this is GENIUS!!!! i hav always wanted to do this in making sets!!!!! on idea tho Polyvore --- remove the 50 item limit!!! it's so frustrating!!

Anonymous said...

This must be one of the best updates Polyvore has had yet! It is useful and innovative!

Bridget;) said...

COOL BANANA >_<
I have to try this ASAP!
woot for polyvore!

Jessica said...

thank you polyvore!
this new tool is amazing!
it has helped broaden the use of the site in general. i absolutely love it! and thanks so much for allowing us to even attempt making our own style of clothing such as this!
http://www.polyvore.com/let_me_praise_polyvore_for/set?id=12772667

(not meant to be advertising or whatever. simply meant to show or prove my point of thanks.) THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. (:

Anonymous said...

Thank you.! that's amazing, the only thing is that it looks kinda blocky if it's a round-ish top(: but other wise it's great!

Anonymous said...

Its great! But, they need the hide/show button too for laptops or if you just dont want to do this with every object.
Oh and i cannot see any items in my set now when im creating & after i click off of the object i cant click back on it. so basically, i cant make any sets.

Anonymous said...

omg polyvore i love this feature! i made my 1st set using this future acouple times and i cant waiit till i make another!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful, Now I don't have to go searching for celeb out fits.. I can just crop it right off of them..Thanks polyvore

Anonymous said...

thanks this will make things sooooooo much easier!!!!

Anonymous said...

thank youu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MonochromeRainbow said...

i am having a little bit of trouble using the new custom background tool even after reading over the instructions again. I prefered it better when you still had the 'show bg' and hide bg' feature Because i tend to make art and expression set mostly.

Valeriya said...

Looove this. Thank You

Anonymous said...

Looove this. Thank You

emmabemma said...

this is amazing! i love it :) thanks polyvore!

Anonymous said...

That's amazing! Omg thank you polyvore! You're the best. :D You totally understand what we're going through!! Haha.

Katie said...

This is soooo awesome the best thing you have eveh done!! Thanx sooo much! Now you should just add a rotate button =] PLZ!

Alexandra B @ MHB said...

Nice, but what Id really love is ROTATE buttons!!!!

Karly said...

SO happy about this... thanks, Polyvore!!!

However, the custom bg tool would be even easier to use if there were an option to zoom in on the image you wanted to edit. Not sure if that's possible, but it's an idea!

Emily said...

Genius! Love it! It works amazingly (: Now all we need are some rotate buttons ;)

FindersKeepers said...

This is so wonderful and worked fine for awhile, but now I am experiencing problems with it - the item just disappears out of the set! It shows up in my set of drafts, but when I bring it back to the create box, the item is gone all together. This has happened several times to me now. Now it is causing other problems as well. I hope that this is just a short term problem.

Also, is there some way to save it back into my items after it has been cropped? Or does it need to be saved either as a draft or in a set?

Thanks so much Polyvore. This was needed badly.

Kat said...

THANKS SOOO MUCH POLYVORE!!! U LISTENED TO US!! YAY!

Kathryn said...

Yesterday it worked great but last night it started having problems and I had to do the item twice or even three times before it worked. Today it isn't working for me at all. I'm not sure what the problem is, but I'm definately experiencing a problem with this new tool. I'm experienced cropping and am sure that I'm doing it right - plus it worked for me many times before not. Did I use it all up? LOL.

Anonymous said...

This new tool does have the same options as before: Keep is Show, Remove is Hide, and the only new portion is CUSTOM, which is having some serious issues now.

I love the new tool, saved the set as a draft and now the cropped items have disappeared from the set. It shows on the drafts page, but as soon as you go to edit, the item is gone all together. I notice that others have the same problem.

It also won't crop certain items for some unknown reason.

Are these issues being investigated?

Anonymous said...

To PRINT your sets, click on your set, then click on 75 people liked this set, and then do a Ctrl + P and it will print your set on page 1 and the list of those who liked it on the next page.

To PRINT only your set, do a Ctrl + Print Screen or Alt + Print Screen and then Paste it (Ctrl V) onto a blank page of MS Paint, PowerPoint, MS Word, or any one of many other programs and then print.

Anonymous said...

GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!thanks for this...:)

Anonymous said...

I LOOOOOOOVEEEEEE IT!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!

yOU ARE AMAZING, BEST SITE EVER! =)

andanda said...

Great tool ! Thank you! And as many before me said : we also want rotate buttons !!! :)

Anonymous said...

i love this

Anonymous said...

LOVE it. Thanks for continuing to improve the tools!! Great job!!

Anonymous said...

fantastic tool!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, AWESOME!!!!! Thanks so much for this great tool, I've been waiting for more tools like photoshop has. This is a great improvement!! Please can you had a few more options Like, ROTATE TOOL, COLOR CHANGE TOOL, TRANSPARENT TOOL & CUSTOM BACKGROUD EFFECTS. Thanks guys, keep up the good work!!!

Anonymous said...

I love it! It's one of your greatest ideas! thanks soooo much

Anonymous said...

Love the new background tool! It's fabulous. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

thank you !!!!

Anonymous said...

this is very helpful! But you know, I think a lot of us would like the voting back, i know people complained about the anonymous voting, but I think its fun to know what people think about your sets with out people judging them for thinking differently then them. Also can we have a tilting button? I think we need this because it would help fit the items when we make sets.

~ Anonymous <3

Anonymous said...

awsome!!! but the only thing i would say is have instead of the color palette, have a dropper so we can use an item color to find another item

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one having a problem with my items disappearing off of the set once I use the clip tool?

haleyy said...

the new cropping feature is absolutely amazing! I love it to death and you can use it for so many things. Good work, you guys are geniuses!

but I just wanted to give you a few ideas I had. I know they would help me out a ton.

-But I think to make the crop tool even better, you could have it where you could drag the screen (the one when you're cropping an item) around.
Because a lot of times it covers up what I'm trying to crop and it would be a lot easier if I could see the item.I think this would be a really neat thing that would help a lot of people out.

-My other idea is that you could make it so the buttons on the side (New, Undo, Redo, Save, etc.) could just have the icons and not the words going along with it. For the members that have been on PV for awhile we know what buttons are which and the words just get in the way when making a set.
But of coarse other users would still want the words, so you could just have a little tiny button somewhere that would toggle the words on & off.
You could maybe even have it for the buttons at the top, and maybe a separate toggle button for each.

Thank you for listening!
I hope you think about these ideas because I know they would help me out a ton. :)

Anonymous said...

This is a really cool thing. Thanks a lot!!!!

cutiepie4u_19 said...

Thank so much, Polyvore ..

but I can't close my box! O:

Anonymous said...

wow polyvore..love the custom tool...kudos to u...its a bit late comment but still i luv it so much thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Couple of thoughts on the crop tool -- working with small images, it's too hard to see what you're doing with all those tiny boxes that represent selection points. If there was a way to toggle on/off visibility of those little selection boxes, it would be a lot easier to see if the selection was jagged, without hitting OK, checking to see what it looks like in the editor, and then going back in to guess again. Also I'd love to be able to save selections I've made for use with other items. Thanks!

misha wintour said...

That custom background tool is great, but i'm having problems using it.

When using the tool sometimes I can change the item the way I want but sometimes it's already been modified. In that second case, I can't select any modified items presented, as the "ok button" doesn't appear on my screen. It's like my screen is not big enough.
:s
So I tried it on a 22" computer screen and i got the same problem.

My sister encounters the same issue and she's working on a mac.

Can somebody help me ?
:((

It's a real pain in the a** !!

Adriana said...

Hi, whenever i try to use the custom crop background tool it occupies a large space on my screen and can´t use the image it's cropped. PLEASE HELP ! I'm using google chrome, does it has anything to do with my problem?

It's Vintage My Love. said...

Hey im having trouble with this option at the moment and I would love some help. See the problem is that when I put an item up on my drafts and I try changing the background (custom, keep, and remove) it does not let me. it let me once but now it does not let me scroll down anymore and i cant make a complete set. may you please help me?

Please and thank you,
Concerned polyvorian

Anonymous said...

Whenever I use the custom background tool the image dissaperas from my set! It's just an empty box. Help!

ss said...

I'm I the only one that just gets a blank box after using the background tool? Even if I manually crop the image sometimes it still shows up as a blank box!

dee said...

Is there a keyboard shortcut that allows you to zoom in when clipping in the background tool?

Rosy said...

This was great to read!! Thank you so much.

bop nam said...

As some of you may know, I have a bit of a Polyvore addiction. To me, being able to go in a program and virtually create room design boards is the equivalent of playing with Barbies as a kid (…without the whole Barbie-Ken smooching thing). I’m a really visual person, so when I’m designing a room it’s a huge help to be able to see how my ideas will actually look before I actually start working on a room. It also helps me to be able to experiment with different design elements without the commitment of going out and buying that wacky Amy Butler fabric or faux deer head. It’s basically risk free decorating. Love that. Okay – hang on for a highly technical (but hopefully informative) post.Polyvore can be really confusing the first time you look at it.

Anonymous said...

Love this tool BUT I'm having problems with it waaaay too often. When I custom a background or use someone else's old custom background the image becomes transparent. It's still there but I can't see it and it stays transparent when I publish my set... Dunno what to do. maybe I'm doing something wrong? :/

Anonymous said...

I can't get this to work at all. I place my bullet points and when I hit ok it acts like I didn't do a thing. It just shows up in my collection looking exactly like the original.

caitlin said...

I can't find the custom background tool anywhere and ive also tried to custom crop it, but that didn't work either. Please help

Anonymous said...

^ caitlin I have the same problem... the only things at the top of my create screen are "remove" "flop" "flip" "clone" "forward" and "backward." I'm really sad.

Anonymous said...

I have the same problem as Caitlyn. They've probably changed the site. I still fin itemps cropped perfectly though, how do people do that?!

Anonymous said...

The custom Background tool just suddenly stopped working. Is there a fix?

Anonymous said...

The polygon cropping tool no longer works. Please fix.

Anonymous said...

This tool no longer works, please fix it! Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

I don't want a custom background tool. I'm not out to edit items for a background. I'm out to edit an ITEM. I'd like to be able to import an item to my collection and then edit out the background to be used as just another item in a collection. editing an item as a background item is useless to me.