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How to add photos and artwork to Teespring products

Teespring’s new product options create exciting opportunities to sell your photos and artwork. Creating design files from existing photos or art (like paintings) is easier than you might think! Continue reading for insight on how you can showcase your creativity and earn some extra cash with Teespring.

Selling artwork on products

Your painting is finished. Woohoo! Now it’s time to translate your masterpiece into digital art. It’s not always easy to capture the essence of your art in digital form, which is why it’s important that you put some consideration into the process of getting your art from canvas to the Teespring product of choice. There are two main approaches to digitizing your art:

  • Take a high-resolution photo of your painting: make sure to avoid small or out-of-focus photos and problems with color, lighting or shadows. Get more photo tips below.
  • Scan your artwork: if you don’t have a good camera, or just cannot get a good photo, you can also scan your artwork in pieces (if it’s larger art) and stitch it together in Photoshop. If you scan artwork make sure the scanner settings are identical for each part scan, either by overriding the auto settings or by previewing once and then doing all the scans.

From canvas…

…to product!

Photograph design file tips

Your artwork is high quality, so photographs of them should be too! In order to give potential art collectors a version that best represents the original piece you need to know how to take great photos of your artwork. Get more design file tips here.

  • Artwork dimensions: For photographs, it’s best to upload high-resolution images that are close to the print specifications (slide 10) – e.g., If printing at 11″ x 8″ tall, an 11″ x 8″ image at 300 DPI is best.  Any scaling-up of lower resolution images can lead to reduced print quality.
  • Color system: We use an RGB workflow.  Our DTG machines print Red and Green, as well as the traditional CMYK, which allows for a larger color gamut.
  • File formats: We recommend high-resolution PNGs with transparent backgrounds, although JPGs are also accepted—PNGs with transparent backgrounds are the preferred file format.

Selling photography on products

Photographs also look great on our new products! Here are some tips for the types of photos that sell best:

  1. Be sure the photo is high quality and the main focal point of the image is in focus.
  2. Make sure the image isn’t ‘too busy’. Simple images will work best from a print standpoint.
  3. Choose an image that can appeal to a broader audience. A beautiful photo of a sunset will go a long way compared to a photo of your pet.

Before setting up your listing be 100% sure that you own the rights to your image. If this is a photo you took yourself, then you’re all set! But if this is from a friend or other photographer, ensure that you have explicit, written permission before selling this design.

If you’re thinking of using images from stock sites, be sure to check their terms and conditions in regards first. For example, Unsplash allows users to download and use photos in their commercial and promotional materials for free, but they condemn users from actually selling their photos.  

Artwork created by illustrator & Teespring seller Pencil Fingerz (Davis Graham) for high-profile clients 




28 responses to “How to add photos and artwork to Teespring products

  1. Renee Ekleberry says:

    I followed these guidelines but my images do NOT upload most of the time. I get the error message. Sometimes after I try 3, 4, 5 times it will upload. Sometimes not at all after MANY tries. I have decreased the DPI to 240 but still it won’t upload. Any suggestions?

    1. Kate Shoaf says:

      Hey Renee – can you contact please and see if they’re able to help?

  2. Ben Luer says:

    My photos are to busy as stated above- Is there a way I could still use my ideas for products or do I need to use another ship on demand.
    Is there another option?


    1. Kate Shoaf says:

      Hey Ben – make sure to upload high-resolution photo files. You can learn more here.

  3. Nick says:

    Whenever I upload a photo, it doesn’t display anywhere on the shirt. The boundary box for resizing the photo and readjusting the location works fine, but I can’t see the actual photo or design on the shirt.

    1. Kate Shoaf says:

      Please report this to for our tech team to investigate.

  4. Sarah says:

    I created some line work art that some people are interested in having printed on canvas so that they can paint it, kind of like a paint by number thing. Would these canvases work for that?

    1. Erica Bickel says:

      Hey Sarah, I would not recommend these canvases for that.


    impossible to get answers of FAQ search. I want add text to a live listing AND NOWHERE DOES IT TELL YOU HOW

    1. Erica Bickel says:

      Hey Gregory, editing live listings is currently a feature unavailable on Teespring.

  6. Kim Rymer says:

    I need the background to leave any ideas

    1. Erica Bickel says:

      Hey Kim, photoshop is one of the most popular softwares to use to remove a background.

  7. Holly Arledge says:

    I want to use my Fathers paintings. They are oil or acrylic paint on canvas. They are a broadcast of color in mixed media. The glorious, differences between woman from all over the world represented in harmony in these times were women have to stand as One! Harmony inspired humanity . Y’all

  8. khaled says:

    multiple files failed to upload even when ive only put in text

    1. Erica Bickel says:

      Hey Khaled, I can confirm everything is working as normal on our end. 🙂

  9. Daniel Pacl says:

    Resize, move, and rotate tools won’t work. They show up grey and disappear when touched. Art uploads fine but can’t reposition on shirt.

    1. Kate Shoaf says:

      Hey Daniel! If you’re having trouble using the launcher can you contact so they can see what could be causing the issue?

    2. Vicky says:

      Same thing I’m experiencing now 😩.

  10. Andy Young says:

    Can u design using a mobile phone or does it need be pc?
    I have a note 9 with s-pen. However when I try position the image of resize it, it doesn’t work. Yet I can rotate it & delete it no problem.

    1. Lucy Ford says:

      Hey! When uploading a design to a product on Teespring, you will need to use a PC to do so.

  11. Tony says:

    How can I bulk duplicate on teespring. I have a lot of designs that need to upload to teespring platform

    1. Lucy Ford says:

      Hey Tony, there isn’t a function for bulk duplicating just yet but keep your eyes peeled for platform updates this year!

  12. Virginia says:

    I can’t figure out how to put text/sayings on anything. The only thing that happens is the word “Text” shows on the clothing but I can’t put anything on other than that. HOW do you put writing on your items?

    1. Lucy Ford says:

      Hey, you should be able to customize the text with that tool – please email if you’re still having issues

  13. Zahara says:

    I uploaded my visual artworks for my T-shirts designs but the previews don’t appear in the high quality. Even tough I uploaded the high-quality image. Is there anything I can do to fix this?

    1. Lucy Ford says:

      Hey Zahara, please email for assistance!

  14. byron says:

    Load of rubbish no help what so ever.

    1. Luiza Jordan says:

      Hey there, sorry to hear this! Is there anything you need help with?

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