Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Ingredients for High Quality Sets



One question we often hear asked is: what are the ingredients for a great Polyvore set? Good question. Using quality images is a key part of the secret sauce. When you do, your set is more likely to be highlighted on Polyvore, and if you embed larger set sizes on your blog, your set will be as beautiful as you intended even after being enlarged. We found that the three most common types of images that affect the quality of sets when overstretched are blocks of solid color, text clipped from other sites, and background embellishments. So, to address this and help you create great quality sets (at any size!), we've rolled out some new features in the editor:


Color Block Tool 
You can now add any type of color at any size into your sets with the new color block tool in the editor. No need to clip or stretch out old color swatches.

New Fonts 
We've added 21 new fonts to our text tool! Using fonts from our built-in tool will ensure that your sets look great at any size.

Embellishments
We've collected high resolution versions of popular embellishments and organized them into new categories to make it easier for you to find what you're looking for. Just search for the following categories in the editor search bar: Frames & Borders, Magazine Articles, and Magazine Images.

We'll continue to provide you with great quality items to improve set quality so stay tuned for more updates in the editor!

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

EPIC.
these are the sort of changes we want!
please, never ever change the homepage again! it's fine the way it is!
this, however. Is awesome.
http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/profile?id=1048466
E x

Jael Paris said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

50 item limit 50 item limit 50 item limit 50 item limit 50 item limit GO AWAY PLEASE

Anonymous said...

This is epic! Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

PLEASSEEEE MAKE THE 50 ITEM LIMIT GO AWAY!! pleaseeee

Fashination said...

Excellent changes! Love them! Polyvore team rocks my world!!

Midwestern Mama Holly said...

How about adding the stretching tool to the borders too? Some of us make odd sized sets and finding borders are hard. If we could stretch/change the ones already on PV - it would be great.

AND - please more than 50 items..please.

kenzie said...

50 item limit please endd
http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/profile?id=1172686

Elle said...

awesome!!!!

Anonymous said...

please make the 50 item limit go away! NOBODY WANTS IT HERE

Anonymous said...

50 ITEM LIMIT!! Make it go away T_T

Anonymous said...

50 items limit! :(
Should be no limit or at least more than 100.
And maybe an item counter or something ... That just shows how many items you have on the set already so you can see if you're nearly going over the limit ....

Anonymous said...

You took out some really great fonts... and added some that all look the same. Bummer.... Can we get them back?

Anita101 said...

This is GREAT! GOOD JOB!
Love all the new stuff you added!
Polyvore's officially best site ever!
Love it!

Anonymous said...

these changes included some great things, like new fonts and high resolution frames - thank you, polyvore. but i know from some tests i've just made that polyvore text and text clipped from other sites can both get pixelly to the same degree when you blow them up big. some of the fonts on polyvore have the additional problem of getting jagged edges when you make them bigger in the editor - so this means clipping text from other pages might actually make a better quality set. i also think there's still reason to clip color blocks. when you clip a color block you can customize the shape but when you use the polyvore color blocks you can only get them square or rectangular. so, while i like the additions you just made i don't think they will really solve the problems.

Anonymous said...

meh. I think Polyvore needs to highlight more variety. The popular sets all tend to look the same (sort of like popular style bloggers...).

Isn't anyone else a little tired of all the magazine-like layouts. There are a lot of other ways to make awesome, high-quality sets.

Even dolls, which are very common, get no love from the Polyvore zeitgeist. WE WANT VARIETY!!!

laney said...

LOVELOVELOVE the changes polyvore:) and everyone begging to get rid of the 50 item limit, calm urself! hahah unless you do art sets or like eyeshadow ones, you really DONT need more than 50 items.

Anonymous said...

AMAZING. I love Polyvore so much, great job with the new "Magazine Articles"! I really love it. (:

Noemi said...

Fantastic, another great change!
♥Noemi

Anonymous said...

I don't like the new fonts. Some are great, but a lot look exactly the same! I miss the interesting fonts you got rid of like the old typewriter, and these really beautiful cursive fonts I used all the time. If you don't want to rid of any of the new fonts, please return the ones you took away. Please? I use fonts.com now because of it.

Anonymous said...

thank you!!
but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
add a search box into the items that you've saved!!!!!!!!!!!!! please please please!!

kurumachan said...

Some of these changes were great! But, you've gotten rid of some good fonts and added some that looked almost exactly the same. If you could bring back some of the others that would be great (: because who really needs four fonts that look pretty much exactly the same :| Other than that the changes were great. Oh! Please please please I BEG OF YOU, get the 50 item limit to go away.

HALLE said...

If only the 50 item limit were chopped up and thrown in the dumpster, then polyvore would be pure perfection.

pasha said...

re fonts: it would help us greatly if you included some samples of your sets that show pixelated fonts. we have tried hard to make polyvore fonts look great -- even distressing a bit to blend better with other image elements.

re stretchy borders: great idea! we will see what we can do :)

thanks for the feedback!

Anonymous said...

Ohh thank you !! =) I was just thinking to myself today that I wish you guys would have more fonts! Keep up the good work! Best site in the world, Polyvore is my HOMEPAGE!! lol ♥♥♥

Jacqueline said...

I want the old fonts back :c I liked those and these look pretty much the same.. You could just add bold and italic when it's in the set.. Like all the fonts are just normal like they are in Word, and if you add one to your set and you click on it, you can't only enlarge it, or change the text.. But also make the text bold or italic? And then you can add more different styles in text. Well thanks :3
Oh btw yes I also find the 5 item limit annoying, why ignore all those people who want to get rid of it. At least tell us why we can't get rid of it? Oh and someone commented here with an idea to add an item counter. I think that's a good idea!
Well, okay, polyvore I love your site, I'm pretty much addicted. I appreciate that you try to improve,and that you also listen to all these people, so please also read this comment n___n
thankyou!
http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/profile?id=339531
xoxo Jacqueline.

Anonymous said...

Why are the promoted sets all looking the same? A photo and some dresses. I'm getting bored. I know Polyvore is a commercial site, but there are different ways to show clothes.

Anonymous said...

AWESOME:)) Thanks!
I do agree with others on removing the 50 item limit- if possible. x

Anonymous said...

Excellent, the magazine article thing is exactly what was needed, thanks!

Thaís said...

Great!

yoyinicus-gloria uribe said...

Felicitaciones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Que bueno todas estas nuevas ayudas que le facilitan a uno el trabajo y hacen que los proyectos realizados sean de alta calidad.Una sugerencia para hacer es que nos faciliten la busqueda de elementos dentro de otros contactos por colores o bien por el nombre del elemento Ej: Faldas,blusas,fondos etc,etc.Estaría inmensamente agradecida.
La otra petición es el poder avanzar en las paginas de elementos de otros contactos con el simple hecho de colocar el número de página y que lo lleve directamente a esa pagina.Eso nos ahorraria mucho tiempo cuando uno sabe que determinado contacto se especualiza por ejemplo en películas o epocas de la historia etc.y que los elementos que ellos tienen nos pueden servir.La busqueda sería mas corta y facil.
Gracias nuevamente por todo.

Nikell said...

Thanks for helping us create superb sets!! The changes are so useful...the tips fro making great sets are too!

Ashley H. M. Trotter said...

SO excited about the Frames and Borders! Thank you! <3

Anonymous said...

The the members complaining about the "50 item" limit. The color blocks DO NOT count! So you can jazz up your set with color without compromising the number of items you wish to display!!! :)

Anonymous said...

fantastic changes, this is the stuff we want! Profile's and home page's are fine as they are. Just the 5O item limet to go and also, I personaly would want to be able to save templates so you can remember them (:
also maybe the ability to add people to collections like profile's
thanks
Laura

Claire said...

Yikes! You removed my signature font! I feel like I've lost my identity.
Artful Alchemist

Anonymous said...

This is great! The only things I would want to change besides this is that I would want the item limit to go away, and I think it would be nice if I were able to stretch things like in microsoft powerpoint or word. Things on polyvore can only be made larger or smaller proportionally, and I think it would be great if that would change!

RobLeo (polyvore member) said...

THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!! This is exactly what everybody needed! Because of this, I think that Polyvore will be a much easier and enjoyable expierence. Sets will be a zillion times better, and in my opionion, it will attrack more polyvore users! ....the only downside?.....more compettition for contests! Hahahaha ...just kidding!! :) THANK YOU POLYVORE!!!!!

AnaB said...

I'm having problems adding Fonts to my sets.

oOAlly_BallyOo The Chan Can said...

Have you ever thought though.... What kind of set is so over done that it is boring, and maybe polyvore owners should look for something a little different... We have great talent on here that don't do fashion sets like that and they don't get noticed.

Anonymous said...

Kind of sucks that all the new fonts just replaced old ones. Looks like one of my favorites got the shaft too. =\

The magazine articles and pictures are awesome though, thanks!

Kiramisu said...

These are fantastic changes! I've been wanting newer fonts for ages now! Thanks!

sophisty said...

Wow... this is fantastic! I so appreciate that you are always looking for ways to make Polyvore a better experience for your users. You guys are absolutely the BEST!!!

flilly45 said...

get rid of the 50 item limit. it doesnt let us expand our minds to what we want and need

Anonymous said...

Wonderful changes! We all appreciate and they sure will make our life easier. EPIC

Amanda Simmons said...

I love the changes!

Anonymous said...

gorgeous!! please add some color blocks with different prints (animal prints for example) !!

Anonymous said...

hey polyy,
just another member,
wanted to suggest that something i would really like would be to be able to search MY ITEMS, using things like colour and titles and such, like in the ALL ITEMS tab.
just a suggestion,
C x

NotJustAnotherBrickInTheWall said...

Awsome! Thanks!
Lots of love
Lora

Anonymous said...

Those changes are really great, especially the ones with the Frames & Borders, but I have to rant about the fonts, there aren't any new ones, you've deleted some really great looking ones and added some that all look the same and are way too plain. Couldn't you have just added some without deleting others?? Could we please get the old ones back?

Lizzybeth Walls said...

the changes are cool, but what about that darned 50 item limit?

Anonymous said...

I don't think the Quick Sharing change has improved anything. I don't always want to share to ALL of my attached accounts.

abbyinwonderland14 said...

Thanks so much for this!! A couple requests:
I love the new categories, like magazine articles etc., but could you add one for text, or quotes?
Also, the 50 item limit is a little, well, limiting!!!
Third, when you send out group invitations, I haven't yet found a way to send them to all your contacts at once. That would be great!
Finally, it would be amazing to have a specific page where you can view all the contests currently being held by all the groups you're in.
Thank you Polyvore!! I love your site!!!

bagmonkey said...

I usually roll my eyes when I see people complaining -- because I *love* Polyvore and I know you guys work hard to make the site a fun place to be! -- but I find myself about to make a complaint of my own.

I hate the small product icons that now appear under our sets. I think it's terribly distracting, because that's usually the first thing my eyes are drawn to. Great for pitching products but crappy when it detracts from an otherwise creative display...and it's not like the information can't be retrieved by simply clicking on the set anyway. To make a long comment slightly longer, is there a way to opt out of the product display, because that would be FABULOUS. Thanks for any otherwise completely awesome site. :-)