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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 




6 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 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 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 Kate Shoaf says:

      Please report this to for our tech team to investigate.

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