Online designer

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Online Designer, also known as design-your-own designer, is a component of a website used to design, decorate, or customize a product such as t-shirt, stationary or other customizable products.

Commonly used in the decorated apparel industry, Online Designers were originally used by 'design your own' online fulfillments such as Cafe Press, Zazzle and Custom Ink. Consumer editions such as InkSoft, inkXE, DecoNetwork, OSS Designer and RSK Tech became available in 2007 allowing any printer, embroiderer or customized goods producer to add an online designer to their own website.

An online designer typically allows a website user to:

  • Select a product to decorate
  • Select from stock art or clipart
  • Upload their own unique design or photo
  • Add custom text
  • Add special effects such as drop shadows, glows, warping effects plus photo effects such as sepia, black and white and more.
  • Purchase their customised product

Most online designer are built using Adobe Flash technology however lately products such as inkXE and DecoNetwork have been created designers using HTML and JavaScript due to the pressure applied on the market by non-flash supported devices such as Apple iPhone and iPad. InkSoft offers the most advanced online designer, built with HTML5.