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AI for Print on Demand: Build a Custom GPT Images + Keywords

teacher avatar Douglas Butner, Teacher of Nomadism, Art, Music, Code

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      Mastering Metadata


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      Artistic Styles


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      Massive Images


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Learn how to use ChatGPTs custom GPTs AI to generate images and metadata at the same time, making it easy to sell your AI art online.

Practical tips, tools and procedures to bridge gaps 

  • Create a Custom GPT
    • Generates art + keywords + description in one response
  • Mastering metadata generation
  • Upscaling images to make them big enough to sell

AI image generation has made creating images easier than ever before.

However, producing quality images that attract interest and sales still requires specific knowledge and skills.

You'll get those skills here. 

As someone who has manually created thousands of illustrations in Illustrator and Photoshop over many years, and taught tens of thousands of people how to successfully sell their art online, I'm excited by the new opportunities this technology presents. I want to provide you early access so you can fully benefit.

After you take this class, head to my Sell Art Online Masterclass to learn how to sell what you make.

The masterclass complements what you'll learn here by showing you proven tactics for actually selling your AI-generated creations. Over the years I've sold tens of thousands of products without paid advertising. My goal is to share the knowledge and experience that has made me a top selling POD instructor.

The only investments you need to make are your time and willingness to learn. The course fee and ChatGPT subscription will cover everything else you need - the tools to create endless unique pieces and the expertise to sell them.

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Douglas Butner

Teacher of Nomadism, Art, Music, Code


I love to learn and teach. I am a free-spirited creator, and have been traveling the world as a digital nomad for over three years. My courses focus on selling art online, energy work, and music. I teach what would help a younger me, including the strategies I used to sell over 20,000 copies of my artwork without paid advertising, energy techniques I have learned to unlock human potential, and tips to help musicians.


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I grew up in Maryland, and I am currently slow traveling the world thanks to selling art and teaching online. I plan to keep traveling, creating, and learning from this amazing planet as long as I live!

My purpose on Earth is love. Love is the greatest teacher, healer, and creator. I believe when the individual chooses to... See full profile

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1. Intro: Today we're going to learn how to use chat GPT and custom GBT's to generate both images and metadata at the same time, making it so easy to sell our art online. I'm going to give you practical tips, tools and procedures to bridge the gaps as you create your own custom GBT, master the meta data and upscale the images to make them big enough to sell. Why do you need to take this class? Well, we know it's super easy to make images with AI, but it takes a specific knowledge to create images that are both large enough to sell and have the right text attached to attract eyes and interest as somebody who's rendered thousands of images one by one in Illustrator and Photoshop, as well as taught tens of thousands of people how to sell their art online. I am excited for the next generation of art and I want to show you first so that you have the greatest opportunity to benefit from this new technology. I do want to say before we get started that my sell art online master class is more relevant than ever. I've sold tens of thousands of products and spent exactly $0 on advertising. That class will show you how to sell this art once you've created it here and save you tons of time, and I'm proud of that. Then in this class and the master class, you'll learn how to create an infinite amount of content that you can monetize right away. And start bringing in really truly passive income. Let's get started. 2. Overview: Let's go through quickly what we're going to create in this class. The final goal is to create or really just modify this because I'm going to give it to you this custom GPT that will generate not only the images, but also all of the texts that we need to sell it. Now as this is generating, I want to mention that there are other methods like mid journey stable difusion as well as Paso. There's like 1 million of these AI art things popping up, but it's kind of hard to get one that will also do a good job generating text as well. So what we're doing with this GPT is we're trying to get one or more images along with the actual text that we're going to need to sell this. So what we're looking at on the screen is a simple request to this GPT saying, okay, well, I want to make some trust shirts for Lago Alan which I'm looking at right behind my computer right now. Here we can see our first image just came out. This is very interesting. This actually looks similar to the street just outside of where I'm living. It is doing a fairly good job to generate these images. These do give me the general vibe of the area. What is actually going on here, if you've never made a custom GPT before, this is the interface and we have this prompt here which is what is running to generate these images. We're going to take a look at this prompt later in the course, but for now you just need to know that this is what's happening. We also have the option to add other data, which if you want to get better keywords, you could create a document with a bunch of keywords that are working well and you can add those as data. You can also add some, a brand document or something that shows your voice if you want the text to be more textured. If we jump back, we see that most of our images generated and we've got all these keywords as well as a title description for each image. This is why you're here. This is why you took the class because you want this, I'm going to give it to you right now. If you go to the resources, you're going to find a link. Use this exact GPT. Also, in the resources, you'll find this document which I wrote, which talks all about modifiers that you can use to get back better images as we go through in the rest of the course. And we start to modify this reference, this document to see how you can change what images you're getting out. Now that we've had a look at how this works, we're getting images, we're getting tags, and we're getting network errors, but we still got it. Now it's time to make it even better. 3. Mastering Metadata: Next up, we're going to talk a little bit about keywords and then we're going to dive into something super practical. And that is how to upscale your images, making them bigger without losing quality. So 1,000 by 1,000 pixel images can be sold on products that need 10,000 by 10,000 pixel images. So we saw what kind of keywords that we were getting out by default using the prompt and the GPT that is provided with this class. But what if this isn't really working for us? Well, guess what? Seo is one of the hottest topics in AI. So there's all kinds of articles with little snippets that you can add or incorporate into your GPT to get better results. If we go back to our GPT wizard, we can see that we did change to write 15 tags, but that's all we did. Why not give it a little bit more instruction, like top performing keywords for the blank industry in 2020? And ironically, it's actually the same industry that we need for this particular thing, this art about Lago Atitlan. But you can change this as well as you don't have to make it for a specific industry. For the last part of this lesson, I'm going to include some of the lesson of the keyword research from the cell art online master class. Enjoy that and I'll catch you back to talk about how to make these images bigger. Mastering Metadata. Metadata includes all of the information you'll provide the print on demand and stock sites when you're uploading your images. To make our lives easier, we're going to prepare a document containing a set of effective metadata, including keywords, descriptions, and title fragments. We can use for every image we upload. Once we have our metadata prepared, we will just copy and paste the data to make uploading fast, easy, and mindless. Our goals with meta data, we're targeting search engines with text and links while also showcasing our personality and informing potential buyers about ourselves, our images, and anything else we want them to know. Organizing metadata, Get together a document, whether it be in Google Docs, Word or anywhere else that will house all of your information. Don't need one set of tags, title, fragments, and descriptions for each type or subject matter of art you create. You can choose to organize one document for each type of art or keep them all together in one master document. Here is an example of one document for each type of art. This is a description, title, fragments, and keywords, four sacred geometry images. Let's talk about each part of these for both stock photocites and print on demand titles and title fragments. When selling on stock sites, titles, sometimes called captions, function as an extension of your tags. They're an attempt to grab traffic by matching what users are searching while still providing accurate information about the image. For print on demand sites, your titles are a little bit more personable, related to the exact art, but there's still some room for part of the title that people will search. And that's what I call a title fragment. A title fragment is a section of the title which may include the type of the image named, collection of images, photoshoot information, how it is used, or other useful information. This should ideally connect with what a potential buyer may be searching for. Here are some examples of title fragments for print on demand sites. You can tell about what type of art you're making with anime fan art or sacred geometry patterns added to the end of the title. Or you can just title a collection of art like the Summer in Rio collection or just Summer in Rio for stock sites. We're thinking mostly about what people are searching. Try things like high definition fractal art for backgrounds and backdrops. On white background vector illustration, man face portrait outdoors, natural background. Adding a title fragment, a title fragment usually goes on the end of the title. For each image, you may choose to use a separator character to separate the name of the work from the title fragment if you wish. Here are some examples of some separator characters you can use. Remove meaningless words such as and add descriptive words such as bright outdoors looking away, or phrases such as natural background for your titles. Tags include as many relevant and descriptive words about the actual photograph or piece of art as you can. Don't spam with words that are unrelated to the photo to try to get views. Instead, cover every aspect of the work as it could be viewed by different observers or different consumers. Using unrelated titles and tags can lead to image rejection and if you continue account suspension or termination. Writing effective descriptions, effective descriptions work for both search engines and people. Descriptions are more prominent on print on demand sites than stock photocyites, where you often just have a caption that serves as your title and your description descriptions or captions for stock photocyites usually have a max character link and are not meant to be personable. Use a description to list information and use cases for the art in a way that might match what a user is searching. I want to show you an example of this on Shutterstock. Now this is the second image that shows up whenever you search fractals. And you can see down here in the caption, they've got a lot of stuff. The first sentence says, abstract computer generated fractal design. That's thrown in a lot of keywords as well as telling you exactly what it is. Then it goes on to say, a fractal is a never ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self similar across different scales. That's like the story of fractals. That's getting you interested if maybe heard of fractals before. And then check out this last sentence. Great. For cell phone wallpaper. That's giving you a use case for this art overall. It's a potent caption and certainly part of the reason why it's showing up. Second, in the marketplace search for fractals on print out demand sites, you have more room to work with both in characters and in expressing yourself. We want to foster an emotional connection with our product description. Some potential customers will have this connection just by seeing the design. But those on the edge, or choosing between several different products, can be swayed by a personable description that gives them a reason to choose you. Some printed demand sites have shorter character limits, like Society 6,200.50 character limit. So make a full version of your description and then compress it into a short version for limits like this. Even for the long version, short and sweet is usually best personality pitch. The first part of our description will be some copy that gives the reader an impression of us as an artist. This should be a few sentences to a paragraph, but not long enough to be intimidating at a glance. Remember, short and sweet? Use the first line to hook the reader's attention. You can do this by using a word or phrase that grabs attention or by starting a story. The human brain loves colorful stories. And anytime you can incorporate stories with imagery into your description, you'll turn many eyes into fans who feel they know you and are a part of your story. This story can tell about how you make your art, why you are inspired to make art. The power of this type of art, your dreams, your vision, etcetera, et cetera, jam the most interesting parts into a few colorful sentences. It doesn't have to be about you, just be about the art or an idea that the art represents. Let's look at some examples of descriptions that I have used. First off is a very short description for fractal art, explaining that it's beautiful because we are also fractals. This is encouraging people to think and create a relationship with this art by starting to expand their imagination. Next up is a sacred geometry description that may be a little bit long. It could probably be shortened up, but it really explains what sacred geometry is. This may convince somebody who just stumbled upon the design that this is beneficial and something that is worth purchasing. And finally, we have the copy for Sir Douglas Fresh that I use on my profile. This description leads off with a question, why do we see the world in ourselves as separate when we are one? This is an effective hook because it gets users to think as well as makes them create a response. It also helps to weed out the customers which may not be aligned with the vibration I want to put into my art. It's really important to be your full genuine self and let that shine through your description. Never worry about turning certain people away with a description that is too raw. Nobody's not going to buy your art just because they didn't like something in the description. If they like the design, they're going to buy it. But the description can help people that are on the edge or might not even know who you are, to start to feel that connection and really feel good about purchasing something from you. It's just as important to keep it real and genuine as it is to keep it short and sweet links in your descriptions. The second part of our descriptions will be our links. You can foster a relationship with your viewers and with search engines simply by inviting the users to check out your stuff, other places on the web, and providing links for them to do. 4. Artistic Styles: Right now, take the time to go to the resources, dig up this prompt, and create your own custom GPT. If you've never done that before, all you have to do is come down here to your name, go to my GPT's and create a GPT. Go to the resources, get this prompt, come over here your own GPT and paste in the prompt. If we go over here to the prompt, we can see that it's pretty basic and there's actually nothing telling us about the artistic style that we're using. So I've included in the resources this mastering image generation playbook which I did write, and it's got a list of modifiers. We also have modifiers for all types of different arts. So here's a bunch of different modifiers that you can use your viral T shirt design. You can either copy some of these and then you can further define what you need after it. Or you can try to go on your own. We don't have to use these modifiers, but they do make it a lot easier. For example, let's say we want to have some photography. By looking at these modifiers, we can know exactly what we can change. Jumping back to a more basic understanding, these are modifiers that you can use in pretty much any prompt. One that is getting a lot of attention recently and it should, is emotion. What I'm going to do is I'm going to change this prompt a little bit to have emotion. So I'm just going to add another default and then put emotion, happy, excited. Now I'm only going to use one, but feel free to use as many as you can. And also keep in mind that there are limitations of chat GPT you might find if you use five to ten, you're getting better results. And if you try to use 30 modifiers, that's how we adjust the image style. But how about the keywords? Well, whenever we're adding our work to red bubble, we'll notice that we have a couple constraints. 50 character limit per tag separated by commas and only up to 15 tags. So if I know I'm going to be creating something for red bubble, I can just go ahead in here and include this as part of the instructions, right up to 15 tags. But because it's a language model, I'm going to say right, 15 tags because there's this whole concept of them trying to get out of doing more work. So we want to avoid that by giving the bare minimum, as you know, the acceptable amount. We do want to be exact with the number of tags that we want. If we left up to 15 tags, it would probably give us a lot less. That's something to keep in mind whether you're generating keywords or your descriptions. A final note in all of this is you may find yourself struggling to actually get the GBT to give you four images every single time, which is how this script is set up. There's a lot of variables that go into what you actually get out. And it's not just the prompt, Open AI and other companies, they're constantly scaling up and down their services. They're constantly spitting up new virtual environments to run these types of queries. And they have different constraints and different hardware, which then results in a different response. And the general rule of thumb is that you're going to get worse responses the more people that are trying to use the service. So it's going to be better to run your prompts at 03:00 A.M. Eastern Time than it will be to run it at 03:00 P.M. on a Friday eastern time, right? Because people are sleeping at 03:00 A.M. and people are trying to get their work done at 03:00 P.M. on a Friday. 5. Massive Images: Now is the final puzzle piece put together for selling AI images. You may have already tried this and ended up at red bubble And you're like, oh, hey, this is actually a really small image and I don't want to sell just phone cases. So what are we going to do about that? First of all, let's look at using AI, going to filter neural filters and neural meaning. It is some artificial intelligence modeled after the human brain. And one thing I want to show you is this J Peg artifact removal. Now this will help to get rid of some of those bumps and bruises that you may get from different types of images, including AI, for whatever reason. To make you aware that these are available to you, that's fun. But we actually just want to resize this image. We don't really need to do anything else. All that we need to do is make this image bigger. We do that by going to image size and then we can put in whatever size we want. I said 10,000 why not do that? 10,000 pixels. Wow, that is a large image. Here's the very important part. Resample has to be checked. If not, it's going to try to make you use the exact same number of pixels. Not sure why that's useful, but this is exactly what you need to know. Once you have the image set to where you want it, you can change what algorithm is used to up sample. This is going to be slightly different per type of image, but what I found is that the newer preserved details works really well as well as this bicubic smoother, which is usually one of my favorite options. But there's absolutely no reason you can't go through every single option. And you're seeing right there in this preview what is happening. Nearest neighbor is not a good one. Not a good one at all. Bilinear, not bad. But this bicubic smoother, this bicubic sampler seems to be the best thing. If you do want to take a look, you can move it because it's not rendering while you're moving it. So you can get a sense of what you're getting before and after. I do want to go back to preserve details enlargement because I want to show you that for things like a mustache, sometimes you do get a better result here as well as there's an automatic option. If you want to just trust the universe, then you can use that option as well. Once we've chosen what we want, we just got to hit, okay? And now our image is absolutely massive. This is a 10,000 by 10,000 image off the cuff. It seems pretty good, although maybe this is a grungy image to begin with, just because it's filled with so many elements. But this is what we need. So we're going to go ahead and control S. Then I'm going to tell you something that's going to blow your mind. Drum roll, please. Not everybody wants to see an obvious AI image all the time. So one thing that I did in this image that I'm saving now is I included elements that were not AI generated. I made a course a long time ago about making patterns with sacred geometry. And you'll see in the background I actually have one of these patterns. So if you want to stand out in this industry, not only should you be creating the best AI images that you can, you should be including elements that cannot be generated by AI. This background cannot be generated by AI because AI hasn't figured that out yet. This watermark thing maybe could be generated by AI. But what I want to say, this lesson, is not only about making your image big enough, it's about making it stand out. To do this, you can use patterns. You could even layer AI images together, although that's still an AI image. But anything that AI can't do even like a hand, will help your stand apart from other artificial intelligence. And you may even be able to hide the fact that artificial intelligence was used at all after we did this. Now we can see that finally, we're getting beautiful previews of these images and it's ready to sell. And I am excited because I actually really like this image. I think that this little AA thing, maybe it doesn't fit in. I was actually making this image for something else. But you can see that these are completely awesome shirts and I think that they're going to sell. What I've seen is that we're people, we love things, we don't really care what was used to create it. And if we're a fan of Einstein, we're going to pick up this shirt now. We know how to take a small image and make it better, and what type of elements that we can add to make our art truly stand out. In the next lesson, we're going to review everything because we did go through things like setting up the prompt fast. I want to make sure that you really absorbed everything that you need to know and you're ready to go To start generating your print on demand keywords and descriptions at the same time with the click of a mouse and the slap of a keyboard. 6. Review: This was a really quick class, so I want to go over everything again to make sure we're clear. We created a custom GPT that will generate images for us that we can sell on print, on demand. We started with this prompt that I gave you as part of the resources, and then we updated it to add things like emotion or other keywords from the other resource that was included in this class. We also looked for some SEO prompts. And then we went to the print on demand marketplace itself to figure out exactly what type of format we would need. Next, we took our new images into Photoshop where we added a few elements, or I suggested we add some elements that AI could not generate. After that, we went to Image Image Size and chose a nice algorithm to up sample that image. Once we had it, we uploaded it back to red bubble. And look at this, we have all of these beautiful images. The last step, which I don't think I need to show you how to do, is to take these keywords and these descriptions and add them. So copy paste, throw it in there. And then click Upload. Don't forget to download the resources, so you get this prompt to make your own GPT. If you don't have GPT pro, you can also just generate the keywords and generate the images separately if you like. You're welcome to share your images and your journey on my discord and I'll see you in a future or past lesson piece.