How to sell custom printed products using Printful

How to sell custom printed products using Printful

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It doesn’t matter if you have graphic design abilities or not ,
it doesn’t matter if you are a savvy artist ,
it doesn’t matter if you are a guru in art .
You can start selling your Art on products starting today.
And in this post I will break it down for you step by step!

Why sell your art on products?

If you are an artist then I would respond why not? there is a potential for you to sell your single piece of artwork many ways , by many ways I mean many many ways. You can sell your art as Art Prints , multiple times , you can sell the same art on T-shirts , Notepads , planners, coloring books , bed spreads , towels , door mats and ……..

The possibilities are endless, believe me when i say that as Artists , designers and illustrators we are already one step ahead of earning a passive income online. One step ahead of many many many people out there who spend hundreds of dollars before hand to get their hand on one artwork that they can sell over surfaces.

You have the basic skill as an artist that you can monetize very very easily. Leverage that ! .

And

if you are NOT an Artist fear not there are many ways you can acquire art to sell on multiple products , there are many people who are using graphics, cliparts and illustrations that I have created and are available to create products using them.

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So Why would you sell art on products ? its leveraging your potential your gifts and earning passive income while doing what you love.

Increase your exposure and skyrocket your income by creating and selling digital products through your blog. Click to read the full detail on how to multiply your passive income by selling digital products online

How to create and prepare artwork for products

First and foremost , google image search results are not your go to place to get art to produce on products. It is true that you can stumble upon wonderful high quality photos and images but they are not OK for commercial use. And if “stolen” artwork is used in creating and selling products you can get into trouble with the original creator of the art.

❣️ So where can you get art for products?

You can create illustrations and graphics yourself or you can get artwork from websites that sell art for use in creating products , You can get Art directly from the artists and pay them for commercial use of the design. A few of the websites from where you can get art from are stock photo websites. Some of these websites are

Shutterstock
Dreamstime
CreativeMarket
Etsy

 there are many more websites from where you can bye images with a commercial use licence to create your products

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❣️Resolution and art quality

The resolution of the artwork highly affects the printing quality And the quality of the product and your end results really don’t want to sell something with a crappy printing over it if your 8 is a flow resolution then no matter how high level printing you use your product will not be the same. in short low resolution is equal to to a low quality product which is equal to you unhappy customers which is equal to losses in your business Plus more refund requests

 

❣️ Licensed vs personal use graphics

I have already discussed earlier on in this post about using licensed versus personal use graphics .  when you are using licensed images you are most likely creating products that are unique and high quality.  just remember that personal use graphics that are not licence for used commercially can be harmful to your business in the long run.  so it is better to discuss with the artist of the image if you plan to use there graphics on surface of products.

My personal experience with an art licensing company that is still using my graphics over products leaves Asar taste in my mouth whenever this comes up.  so in short this is how we respect the designers.

Related Resource : Commercial use Graphics and Cliparts

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❣️Best dimensions for the artwork for best quality

 When it comes to you preparing your art to place on various products the best dimensions to start with would be around 2400 pixels and above with 300 DPI at least. I always use batching hacks and scripts when I work this not only helps me to create multiple versions and sizes of files but also speed up the creation process

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Scripts for illustrator : 5o Scripts for illustrator 

❣️ Speed up Product Creation for Printed Products using Printful

Life becomes so easy when you can easily focus on creating new art and hand over the job of printing to someone else. The printing company that  I use is Printful . This website provides the templates and the dimension requirements for the images to upload and place over the products. There are many products you can choose from that best suits your art that includes Hoodies , t-Shirts , Art prints , Home Accessories , Kids and youth clothing.

I love using Printful’s Mockup generator to create products , think about it all you have to do is upload the artwork , the mockup the printing and shipping and delivery is all taken care of by this company Below is a Mug design that I created for Graphic Designer Moms. All I had to do was to create the artwork and place it over blank mockup file and download the relevant images to use in my marketing and in social media.

Increase your exposure and skyrocket your income by creating and selling digital products through your blog. Click to read the full detail on how to multiply your passive income by selling digital products online There are many companies  that provide the service of printing the products and most likely they have templates you can download and create you are ready to print files.For example with Printful you can download template files with bleads where you can place your art and upload . This will help you get the best results. I always recommend vector EPS files as they can be and last without any restrictions of losing the quality of the final image.

Within printful you can choose to create product creation templates that you can reuse everytime you decide to create a new product this can be reused over and over again. Just change the image of the template and you haev a brand new product to sell online through your store.

❣️ How to setup Printful on your blog?

So What is the combination of other resources that I use to make the product delivery easy?. If you have a wordpress blog then all you need is woo-commerce as additional plugin , Printful plugin and a printful account ! as easy and simple as that . Printful easily connects with your online shop and seamlessly pushes the order to printful where it is created and shipped.

Ready to start selling Printed products using Printful ? Lets get started ! Signup for a free account

 

{Freelance Freedom } 7 websites to sell your graphic designs and illustrations

{Freelance Freedom } 7 websites to sell your graphic designs and illustrations

I believe that every designer , graphics or illustration , painter or draftsman needs to spread their work . Everyone has a desire to get acknowledged and be praised. For an Artist when someone appreciates your work by deciding to purchase it , in my opinion , is another praise well received.

Knowing that someone owns your artwork , taking some special place in someones home or life is just such a wonderful happy thought for me . Knowing that someone purchased your artwork to gift someone is another big big praise of your work . I love it when i receive another sale mail in my mailbox . Everyone wants some extra income , but for me it is a little note of love that someone liked your work so much to share it with someone special in their lives OR to use it as part of their life.

There are many websites out there through which you can take baby steps towards the tower of licensing your art to big companies for bigger projects.

There are  also many website providing  printing services  which you can also avail to get a great deal on if deciding to have your items printed and sell a physical item .

i get asked often that how can i further branch out and start selling my work , So i thought i will share with you some website from where you can start.

Here are few of them

Lovely website and lovely collection of Artistic cards , Card Gnome just recently started and after their successful launch said goodbye to many artists as well in order to keep quality work online . A nice start to sell your designs.

I love the diversity of product options you have here , you can even have multiple stores which link up to one account making it easy to start a store selling a specific line of products , and creating and selling more products using the same images through another store linked to the same account , pretty neat ! For me i started with Printmeaparty and then Asmaamurad , and very quickly became a pro seller!.

I did make an account here , site looks friendly and very similar to zazzle but didnt continue posting my work there. Here as well you can create products and sell.

A very creative community of artist including but not limited to craft of every kind , sewing , knitting , art , art prints you name it !

Another one of my favourite venture , Etsy is a pretty nice site to sell your physical as well as digital products . For me my illustration and graphics store has been well taken and doing very good.

Another site similar to Etsy and Artfire , you will find product of every kind , you can choose to sell digital or physical products , this one is better than Etsy or Artfire as the Digital file delivery is automated .

Still needs some exploration from my side , as of actually using it for selling but the site looks promissing if you are interested in selling your artwork on cards and expression line.

Do you know or use any of the above mentioned services? if yes how are your returns and expectations?

Should a designer be working through service provider freelance sites?

Should a designer be working through service provider freelance sites?

[private]I think not !

Service provider sites  for freelance graphic designers are the sites which provide a platform for designers and clients where they can set up and provide and get  work done. Many leading designers and artists choose to stay away from these kind of sites because of the uncertainty of being paid on time and full amount .My experience had been the same.. I shoud’ve listened to their advice :).

While trying to expand my clientele I looked for these site , wasted lots and lots of time in updating my portfolio on these site. Creating folders , managing , writing non ending forms of terms and blah blah…  and when eventually I was being paid I faced some strange behaviors by clients , using “unauthenticated” credit cards for payment . OR as soon as the file was delivered “AFTER” client is  “Happy ” with the work. Client claiming a refund as the work was “NOT” according to their requirement!.

When something like this happens remember THESE service provider sites are not playing fair. As the amount of profit that these sites are gaining are from the clients site. Who puts the money in your mouth? hmmm…

But if you do decide to work through sites like Elance , Liveperson , Freelancer or odesk there is some extra work that you need to do . And that extra work is first doing your homework on the client you are going to start work with .

1- Check the rating of the client
2- How many project the client has already paid for , some sites show how much project and payments they have done and are reviewed back as well . So don’t go desperate to start working for just ANY client.
3- Read thorough the description it is always wise and nice to know if the client is ready to make down payment.
4-If you can which i think you should , Google the name of the company you are going to work for .
5- Most of these sites work through bids , If you do win a bid and get a project make sure that you have all your terms and conditions of work at hand.

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There are designers who are getting paid well and getting enough works through these sites , but then again it is not just the matter of how you handled the client , my advice is just remember that if something goes wrong most of these sites are going to with the Person seeking service and very often the service provider.IF this is something that seems ok with you in a ratio of 1 from 15 projects ….then i would say .. Happy hunting! ;)[/private]

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