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Print On Demand for Artists: Painting to Pattern to Product, The Complete Process

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Print on Demand for Artists Painting to pattern to product the complete process Introduction


    • 2.

      Designing for POD


    • 3.

      Research and Sketching


    • 4.



    • 5.

      Painting the Pattern


    • 6.

      Scanning and Merging


    • 7.

      Removing the Background


    • 8.

      Enhancing the Artwork


    • 9.

      Making the Repeat


    • 10.

      New for PS2021 - Pattern Preview


    • 11.

      Preparing the Files


    • 12.

      Uploading to Redbubble


    • 13.

      Uploading to Society6


    • 14.

      Final thoughts and Project


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About This Class

I sell a lot of my work through Print on Demand stores such as Society6 and Redbubble.

This class is a practical step by step walk through my entire workflow for POD.  It's packed full of information, and will cover:

. research and designing the original painting with POD in mind

. scanning large artwork on a regular scanner in parts and piecing it back together in Photoshop

. removing the background

. adjustments and variations

. putting the pattern into technical repeat

. formatting for POD.

. uploading to Redbubble and Society6

Phew!  All that in under an hour!

Nothing is left out, and I'll throw in my tips and tricks throughout the class. This class is suitable for anyone wanting to learn how to prepare and sell their paintings on POD stores, and for more experienced artists wanting to streamline their process.

This is a stand alone class, but you might find it helpful to take in conjunction with my course "POD for Artists: Earn While You Sleep', which gives an overview of what is involved in selling your art through POD stores, and how to get the best results.

Requirements for this course: paints of your choice (suggested: watercolour, gouache or acrylic), paper (smooth or textured) A4 scanner, Photoshop.

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Nice reviews are always very welcome, your feedback makes a difference and means a lot to me.   :)

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Music: BossaBossa Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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Nic Squirrell

Artist and illustrator

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I am an artist and designer of fun things living in Kent, England.

I studied Creative Visual Art and 3D Design at the University of Greenwich and loved every minute of it.

My illustrations are on many products from prints to suitcases and everything in between.

I love drawing and painting on my iPad as well as using traditional media, particularly watercolour.

If anything stays still long enough, I will draw on it.

Quirky animals, dreamy landscapes and watercolor florals are my speciality.

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1. Print on Demand for Artists Painting to pattern to product the complete process Introduction: I'm Nick, I'm an artist and Surface Pattern Designer. I sell a lot of my work through print-on-demand stores such as Society6 and Redbubble. In this class, I'll show you my entire process step-by-step of how I designed my original watercolor and mixed media painting with print-on-demand in mind. How I scan it in, and what to do when it's bigger than the scanner. Then I'll show you how I remove the background, make adjustments and variations, put the design into repeat, format it to work best on the products, and upload it to my Redbubble and Society6 stores. Nothing is left out and as always, I'll throw in plenty of tips and tricks throughout the class. Once you've taken the class, you should feel more confident in selling your paintings on print-on-demand stores too. This class is suitable for anyone wanting to learn how to best prepare and sell their original paintings, and prints, and products in print-on-demand stores. For more experienced artists wanting to streamline that process or maybe just to try out some new methods. This is a standalone class, but you might find it helpful to take in conjunction with my course, Print on Demand for Artists: Earn While You Sleep, which gives an overview of what's involved in selling your arts through print-on-demand stores. Let's get started. 2. Designing for POD: The first thing we need to do is make some art, and there are some things that we need to consider. Specifically because we're designing this to sell on print on demand. We need to make art which is going to work on as many products as possible. For example, in order to maximize your possibilities that's making sales, you want your art to work as a print on a t-shirt, on a duvet cover or phone case et cetera. One way of doing this well is to put your art into a repeat pattern, which we will be doing later. We also want to choose a subject which is appealing. For example, you're going to sell a lot more products with flowers on than you are if you put spiders on it. I certainly wouldn't buy anything with spiders on. You also want to be aware of trends. Popular subjects at the moment are, for example, cacti, flamingos, tropical leaves, et cetera. In some ways, if you join in with the trends, that's what people are looking for. In other ways, it means that maybe you get a little bit more lost in the crowd, so you have to decide which you think will work best. But I think it's not a bad thing just to be aware of what is popular at the time. You want to pick a subject which has a variation in scale or color so that you've got a few different icons in your pattern just to make it more interesting. It's also really helpful if you're pattern is non-directional so that it works if you turn it through 90 degrees, not completely necessary, but it really helps. You also want to think about your color palette. I normally choose about five to seven colors because you want it to look harmonious. You don't want every single color that there is in each print. Within those five to seven colors, of course, you have tonal variation, particularly if you're using watercolors, you get a lot of variety even if you just use a few colors. Some of the prints I've done have just literally being one colors, for example, indigo works well like that. Then most of all choose a subject which you enjoy painting and which you would like to buy. Because if you like it, someone else is going to it too, unless you're particularly peculiar. 3. Research and Sketching: Let's do some research and sketching. For this class, I'm going to paint beetles, and for research I'm going to look at Google images. I want to make these my own. I'm going to avoid looking at other artist's work and just look at photos of real beetles. Be aware that most images on the Internet are copyright protected by either the photographer or the artist. For this reason, I'm just going to use these images for general reference to get an idea of shapes, patterns, colors. I'm not going to draw from any particular image. I'm going to be looking at shapes to start with making color notes, which I might well ignore and just go my own way on color. I'm just getting an idea of patterns too. I'm just looking at the main shapes, simplifying them. I'm going to be mixing up some of my beetles. By sketching I'm guessing it's the good idea of the structure. To be honest, I've never really looked at beetles like before. These are just sketches to familiarize myself with what I'm going to be doing later. Eventually with a few pages of beetles, and this way I'm really familiar now with the structure. That was what I'm going to be doing. Tried a few different color palettes out here. I've made some notes of the different details. It's now time to actually get on and start painting. 4. Materials: Let's talk about materials. You can use whichever materials you normally use and whichever you like. I want to show you what I'm using. First of all, paper. It's important to work large when you're designing for peer day. We're going to be scanning in at 600 dpi, so that means we can basically double the size of our original painting. But it's good start big to have the most options available. You can always make your image smaller. But if you make it much bigger than the original painting, you're going to lose quality. My paper is larger than my scanner but that doesn't matter. You can use either smooth or textured paper. I prefer to look of textured paper, although it's a little bit more fiddly to remove the background. Paper should be thick enough not to clinker when you apply wet paint. I use a lot of water, so I like to use at least a 300gsm, that's 140 pound paper. If you use less water than me, I think to be honest most people do, a thinner paper might be okay. For paints, I'm using a mixture of gouache and watercolor paints. I've got a couple of water brushes that have water in the handles of different sizes. I've got a Chinese brush which I'm very fond of. I've got a pencil for sketching and because of the way I work, I've got a few pens as well to add some details. Take care to paint your usual way in your own style, is particularly important when you're selling work. You don't want to be overly influenced by someone else and you definitely don't want any copyright issues either. 5. Painting the Pattern: Leave white spaces in between your individual icons for maximum flexibility. I'm going to show you how you can add in a colored ground if you want to later. Try to get your composition right as you're painting. Although, we will be able to move things around later. My method is to start with the largest icons and then to fill in the gaps. Pay attention to all colors too. Don't have all the same colors in one place. I've got a page full of bugs. I think they're fairly well spaced out. I can just move them around a little bit if I want to later. Now I'm just going to go in and paint them. I'd Just like say at this point that this is a pretty complicated pattern that I've made. Not everything [inaudible] has to be this complicated. I just felt like doing it like this. I've pretty much finished painting. I have to erase some of the pencil marks, and I've got a few blobs here where I've been a bit impatient and made smudges. But that doesn't matter because we're going to get rid of the background. 6. Scanning and Merging: It's now ready to scan this in. I just got my regular Epson scanner, but my painting's too large to scan in all at once. I'm going to just scanning half of it and I turn it around and scan in the other half. Now I'm ready to scan and your software won't necessarily look the same as mine unless you have exactly the same scanner, of course. But the main thing is I'm going to scan it in color, and I'm going to scan it at 600 dpi or more. It's worth bearing in mind that the higher the resolution that you scan at, the larger your file's going to be. If you make it too much bigger than the original, you just end up with a huge blown up close up, which isn't always what you want. If you preview your scan and you can make sure that everything's on the scan area that you want to be on the scan area. I'm going to have some [inaudible] because I'm scanning this in two parts. But I just want to make sure that the whole of the top of my scan is in there and that the sides are as well. That bug is getting off the edge of the page, so I'm going to adjust that a little bit before I scan it. Okay, that's better. I'm going to go ahead and scan it and then scan the upper side as well. Now we need to open up Photoshop. If you don't already have it, there's the link in the bottom section to a free trial. Let's bring the two sides of our scanned in picture together. Let's go to file, automate, go down to photo merge, choose auto and I'm going to put blend images together. So I've got the two images that I want to blend there. I'm going to press okay and let it do its thing. You will see if you look at the layers that basically what it's done is put each half from the different layer and just blended them together and it's done a pretty good job [MUSIC]. 7. Removing the Background: [MUSIC] I'm going to click on this top layer. It's given me two layers and want to merge them down into one. I'm going to right-click, "Merge Down", "Apply". I've just got everything on one layer now. I'm also going to crop that just to get it down to mark the original paper size. I'm going to cut that bug's feet off. I'm going to tick that to say okay. I've got everything on one layer. I'm going to right-click on that layer and duplicate it. Press "OK". This lower layer I'm going to lock, and I'm going to switch that off. That's just an emergency layer in case I mess up. The next thing I'm going to do is save this. Then duplicate this layer again. On this top layer, I'm going to go to image adjustments levels. I'm going to use this layer to create a mask so that we can get rid of the background. I'm going to start by clicking on this eyedropper on the far right. This is going to be used to sample the white background. Because you had lots of different shapes on this background because of the texture, I'm just going to click around until I get good results, which will be something like that. A lot of the texture has gone. Because some of these are really pale, I do want to try and keep them in. I'm just going to play around a little bit so that I could as much detail showing as I can. I'm not going to worry at all about the disgusting-ness of the colors because this layer is just going to be sacrificed. I think that's quite good. It will contrast with these bits compared to the paper. I'm going to click "OK". The Magic Wand selected, and I want it to the Contiguous selected so it doesn't select two bits inside my beetles. I'm going to click on the white background. Then I want to modify that selection a little bit. If you don't do this, you end up with a little bit of a halo around the edges. I'm going to go to Select, Modify, Expand. I'm going to expand the selection which remembers the background. It's too much, let's expand it like just two pixels should do the trick. You can't see the difference, but it will make a difference close up. Now, I'm done with this layer. I going to switch that off. I'm going to go for our main layer that we're working on. Now, I'm going to invert the selection so that we are selecting the beetles instead of the background, so I'm going to Select, Inverse. Now it's just selecting the beetles. Some of it isn't quite right. I'm going to have to play around with this a little bit. It's also got the background still selected. In the Layers panel here, and do select "Add a Layer Mask". So that we can see what we're doing, I'm going to add a new layer, drag it behind the layer we're working on, and I'm going to fill it with black. With black selected, I'm going to hit the "G" for the Fill tool. I'm going to fill our background. I've got a bit of cleaning up to do. Click in the layer mask, as you click the Mask icon. The layer mask is a non-destructive way of editing. It means anything that you do there, it is just a mask, you still got your original layer there. We're going to use the Brush Tools to reveal and hide parts of the original painting. For example, you can see here that might beetle's legs are vanished. There's a blob of paint there I want to get rid of and so on. Then I'm going to choose a brush, I can press the "B" for the brush. I've got a brush with a little bit of texture because it's a water color, so we want a little bit of texture. I'm going to zoom right in by pressing the Zoom tool and up here pressing 100 percent. This is absolutely zoomed in. Then I'm going to use the brush using black and white, you can press "X" to toggle between the black and white. The white will reveal what's behind the mask. Here I can bring back bits that aren't showing properly. Then the black will take away, or actually just cover up in reality the bits that we want to get rid of. I'm not painting on the actual image. I'm just painting on the mask. I'm just going to be toggling between the black and white to bring back the bits that I want to that are covered up and to get rid of the bits that I don't want. This is quite a laborious process. It can be as complicated as you want it to, depends how fussy you are going to be. I am quite fussy about these things. Rather than bore you to death watching me get rid of every little speck, I shall come back in a minute when I've got rid of most of them, and I'll show you an easy way of finding all these little teeny weeny bits in the background that we don't want. See you in a minute. I'm happy with all the edges, so let's just going and have a look. I'm going to press the magnifying glass and go to 100 percent. I've smoothed off the edges. I've got rid of the bits that I don't want, and I've added back in bits I do. I can tell that there are still [inaudible] little speckles on the page, they're on all this. I'm going to go down here to effects, I'm going to choose Stroke. This is putting inline around everything that's on my page. The color is bright green so that it really shows up. You can change the color here. I've got it on position outside, so it's going around the edge of everything that's still there. I've got eight pixels, which I think is pretty good for showing up where all speckles are, so press "OK". I'm still working on the mask here. Go to your brush again and just get rid of all of those bits. I'll see you when that's done.{MUSIC] 8. Enhancing the Artwork: That's all cleaned up. Let's have a look at it. Zoom in. We've got rid of all the little speckles. Zoom back out again by doing Command or Control zero and I'm going to go down to this black layer. I'm going to then fill it with white so that we can see it a little bit better. I'm going to do G for the filter and then this top layer that we used, just to get the mask, we can get rid of that. Now I'm thinking I might want to just play around with this image and just make the colors a little better. I'm going to go down here to this symbol which looks like a circle, it's half-filled. This will give us a new fill or adjustment layer. I'm going to start with the hue saturation. Sometimes when you scan things, it loses a little bit of the vibrancy. I am just going to play with this a little bit. Bring it up and I want to make it to right. It's not a huge difference, but I like that. I'm going to go for that. Because you've done it in an adjustment layer, you can switch that layer off and go back to the original. It's not a huge difference, but I think it's little better. A good way of getting some different versions of your image is to play with the hue slider and saturation, which will make it brighter or grayer and the lightness, which does what it says. You can play with these settings and just get some other versions. Then the next thing I'm going to do is put another of these layers in and I'm going to go for black and white because I think this would look quite good as a Black-and-White version. Let us click "Default." I'm going to go for darker. That's just up the contrast a little bit. Now I have two versions, I've got the Black and White version and the Colored version. When you're ready to remove the green outline, you can do so by clicking the Eye symbols next to the Effects in the Layers palette. Now I'm going to turn off the White Layer. I'm going to Save As for the Black and White and save a copy, and then I'm going to do the same for the colored version. Now I'll have two versions of my file. I'm going to save them as a transparent PNG file, and of course, with your design, you can choose just to have one colored version or two different colored versions. You don't have to do a Black and White as well. Entirely up to you. 9. Making the Repeat: Mark here on my transparent PNG file. It's a little bit smaller than the big Photoshop file was. Then we got a single layer with my beetles on it, and a proper layer underneath so that we can see what's going on. I'm going to use "G" to bring up the filter and fill it with white, and then I'm going to drag that below my beetles layer. It looks like a layer and I'll make sure I'm working on the beetles' layer. So in order to put into repeat, the first thing we need to do is go into "Image" then "Canvas size", and we'll have a look at it in pixels. It's going to work better if we have an even number so, I'm just going to add one pixel to each of these. I'm going to make a note of the size of this. It is 8918 pixels wide, 6524 pixels high, yours will be different. Then, I'm going to grab the calculator and half both of those measurements, the next bit. Then I'm going to say "Okay".The next thing we're going to do is go to "Filter", "Other", "Offset". The values here, I've already put mine in. But you want the horizontals be half the width of your image and pixels, and the vertical to be half the height of your image. You want "Wrap Around" ticked here. You can see, because I've got the "Preview" ticked , you can see what it's going to do. I'm going to press, okay. Basically this bit in the middle is where the outside corners were. These outside corners and that where, the middle was. What are we to do now? Making sure that I'm working on the beat layer, let's go in. I'm going to press "L" for the Lasso Tool. I'm just going to move things around a little bit. For example, let's move this chart down a little. So being careful only to lasso the beetle i want to move. Then I'm going to press "Command" or "Control" and just move it down a little bit. We'll continue doing that to move everything into place. But the other thing I might want to do is to duplicate some of this beetles as well to fill in some gaps. For example, let's duplicate little one down here. I'm going to grab him with the Lasso. I'm going to press"Command"and "Alt" and just move the new version over. Don't really want him repeating exactly as he is so I'm going to Press "Command T" to transform, and you can rotate him. You can also make him bigger or smaller. Generally I'll only make things smaller as I've already said, and keep the proportions by pressing the Shift key, like change his size, but she's not going to change in size in this case. Once I'm happy with his new settings, I'm going to press the tick up here to accept that, and because he still highlighted, I can still move him around a little bit if I want to. We continue like this, just moving things and shifting things a little bit, just making them look a little bit more evenly spaced out. This here is the back-end of this one. So I'm not going to be best because it will change the way it connects with this. This two look too similar, so I'm going to flip this one over. Actually, I'm going to rotate him, say "Command T" to transform, I'm going to turn him around. Makes more sense that way you can't ways tell before you put it into repeat. Some things We'll do that or not. I like him better like that. Tick to accept that. Maybe he is not quite lined up, let's transform him again, you can go a bit vertical, that's better. Okay, I have now finished buffing about with it. I'm going to check it by putting it back into the original. Make sure that the layers are "Highlighted", "Filter", "Other","Offset" It'll still have the same numbers in it. So it's put it back to how it was, expect it isn't how it was because I've moved everything around. Now, this is more like the original, but it will repeat. Having put it back, just going to check everything, make sure everything's still looks okay like this. I think it does, looks fine. So I had to get rid of that lower layer. I'm going to do "File ", "Save as" Beetles repeat. In the next video, I'll show you how to use your pattern file. 10. New for PS2021 - Pattern Preview: Photoshop have just brought out a new feature which makes seamless patterns really easy. It's called pattern preview. To make it work for me on my computer, I had to go to Photoshop preferences and in the performance section, I have use graphics processor enabled, and in the advanced settings, I'm using the advanced drawing mode. It may be different for you depending on your computer setup, of course. I've opened my beetles image with the transparent background. I'm going to add a new layer and fill it with white just to make it easier to see and I'll drag that layer below the beetles. I'm also going to make sure I've zoomed out a little bit. Now we need to set up the pattern preview feature. Go to View and take pattern preview, and then to ignore this warning and press "Okay." Your original canvas is defined by this blue box. Basically, what it does is wrap your canvas around so that anything which goes off to the left of your canvas appears on the right, and anything going off the top appears on the bottom. I'll just quickly show you on a new layer and switch off my beetles. I'll grab a brush and make sure it's a decent size, so you can see how this works, and you can use this feature to either paint new images like this or to tweak your existing ones. You can see them right out to check your patterns working as you go along. I'll get rid of that layer and I'll go back to my beetles and the process is pretty much the same as in the previous video. I'll use the lasso tool to select a beetle. Let's choose this big boy. Then I can move him by pressing and holding the command key on a macro control in Windows. Or I can duplicate him by pressing and holding the command or control key at the same time as the Option key on the Mac which is the ALT key in Windows and while this beetle is still selected, I can use Command or Control T to transform him. The transform is a little strange if you try and transform on some things overlapping the edge. Once I de-select, I commit him to that layer. I can also use the move tool to move the entire image over which is similar to using the offset filter and sometimes it's easier to see the effect of your adjustments to a person when you're working inside the canvas rather than working on the edges. When you switch off the patent preview in the View menu, you can see the canvas which you can then save as a tiled version of your original. You can also go into edit, define pattern to use it as a pattern fill or on the pattern layer. Obviously, this makes it really easy to make your designs seamless. 11. Preparing the Files: So I'm going to put this into the pattern libraries so that we can use it easily. So I'm going to go to "Edit", "Define Pattern". Then I'm going to go back and do my black and white version, which actually I'm going to work from this one. So "Image", "Adjustments", "Black & White". I changed the "Default" to darker. I think I might want to even "Darker" still. So let's go to "Maximum Black". That looks good and then again, "Edit", Define Pattern". I'll give this a slightly different name, "Beetles" a BW for Black & White and now it's ready to use. I'll show you how? So I have here both my original PNG files with the transparent background and the file requirements for different POD sites are different. I've put a link in the about section to be requirements for the Redbubble and Society6. With both of them the file should be RGB file, which as are normally there are a few who've scanned it and saved it as JPEG and for Society6 you have to have a file less than 150 mix for Redbubble less than 300 and less than 13500 pixels in any dimension and both of them require files to be able to edit to neither PNG or JPEG format and if you uploading it within transparent background of the settlement it'll be a PNG. So that's particularly important with a T-shirt as you don't want to have a big white square behind your picture. So if you've put something into repeat, it works on most things. So we've got the original, we've got the repeat version and if we make a file that's 9000 pixels square is going to fit on pretty much everything on those two stores. It'll show you how to make a template for the dimensions that you're going to use. So I'm going to "File", "New" and I'm going to make a new file, it's going to be 9000 pixels by 9000 pixels. I'm going to have the resolution at 300 PPI because that's what most POD sites use and in fact, most printing sites do too pixels per inch. I'm going to use the color RGB color because that's what POD requires and a transparent background. I'm going to save this for next time by pressing this little "Save" section here and this is going to ask me for a name. I'm going to call it "9000 Save Preset". So that means that next time you come back it will be there.The moment ticks in my saved section, because I've just saved it. So let's hit create. So now I'm going to fill this 9000 pixel square with my saved patterns. So I'm going to go into "Layer", "New Fill Layer", I am going to pick "Pattern". I'm going to say, "OK", it's going to use the last pattern I saved which is my black and white one. So if I wanted to use a different pattern I could just click this little down arrow next to the patterns and go back to any pattern that I've used before. So there's my other beetles pattern. So I'm going to go back to the black and white pattern. So I can move this around until it looks good. You can change the scale of this if you went to 100 percent is what it is at the moment which I think I will actually stick to. But you can take it down, make it smaller, can it go back to 100? I'm going to say, "OK", and I'm going to save this as beetles 9000 and when I upload that, it's going to fit on almost everything and you can easily go in and add another layer if you want to change the background color. Either once you've done repeat or in any of your previous ones, you can add a layer and you can choose a color to fill it with and make sure you're filling it with foreground color and then you can save that as a JPEG or PNG and you can do as many different versions as you like that way. Then we'll make another one to fill it with the colored pattern and that's the one that's in the "Recent" section, the one that we've just made the "Custom" 9000 and it will also be in the same section of course, and then we'll do the same again with this one. We'll do "Layer", "New Fill Layer", "Pattern". I'm going to say, "OK", but it's actually going to fill it with the most up to date pattern. I want to go for a different pattern. So go back to the last One. I will say, "OK". So again, I'm going to save that. Now in the pattern library which you can get can get to by going to the paint bucket tool, at the moment that is set to foreground, if you go to pattern and use the drop down menu. I've got a few patterns saved here. These patterns are very large so if you end up with a lot of these saved here, it's going to really slow down your Photoshop. I had a problem with mine where it was taking about 20 minutes to open and it turned out to be because I had too many enormous patterns in here. So you can always go back and load it because you've saved a copy of your pattern already. You can go back and reload it when you want to. So we have a square version which will work on most things. We have a landscape version. Let's say you want a portrait version and we're not going to do it using the pattern filled which of course we could. So let's make a new file. I'm just showing you this for demonstration purposes and let's make this one 7000 wide, 9000 high. So I'm going to have my move tool selected here. I'm going to click on the original image and drag the whole thing across into the new file. It's a little bit big so we need to make that a bit smaller. So you can see how these little handles at the edge, if you press the "shift" key, it's going to keep tool in proportion and move that so that it fits nicely. So that's pretty good. I'm going to press the tick to say that's fine and then I'm going to press "Command", "Alt", and "shift" all at the same time and then drag another copy into place. So that makes make that a little bigger so you can see what's going on. So it's not badly positioned, but it's too big. Before I resize it I need to flip this one so I'm going to go into "Edit", "Transform", "Flip Horizontal". It makes it a little bit more interesting than having it as a direct repeat. Then I'm going to go across to the layers here and then right-click the layer and merge it down so that the images are on one layer and then I need to resize that again. So I'm going to go this handle, do the same again, press the "shift" key and just move it until it's a good size, until it fits on my board. Maybe I've made that a little smaller. So that's another way of doing it. It's not bad. It fills most of the surface and the advantage of that is that there's nothing overlapping the edges like there is if you were to do it using the repeat because my images are non directional, so it work either way round. I'm actually going to just turn this one round to make the portrait version. So I'm going to go to "Image", "Image Rotation", 90 degrees doesn't matter whether it's clockwise or counterclockwise and I can always turn it round. I'm going to save it as "Beetles BW" portrait and I'll do the same with the colored version too. So the next thing we're going to do is start uploading to Redbubble and Society6. I'm going to leave Photoshop open with my files on there, because there might be one or two things we want to come back and do. 12. Uploading to Redbubble: This is my Redbubble store and I'm going to upload. Let's go to Add New Work, upload tool products, because this is going to be the cover image. I'm going for my original file, which is not in repeat. While that's uploading, we can fill in title. Let's call this Watercolor Beetles. Title should be descriptive, in the description section, I'm going to put a little bit more, because search engines will look for words rather than images. I'm going to put watercolor painting of a variety of beetles and bugs in shades of red, pink, green, and blue on a white background. For the tags you want who else the pic might look for when they're looking for your paintings. I'm going to put beetle, bug, beetles, bugs, insects, insects, watercolor, red, pink, blue, green, art, illustration, painting, design, pattern, nic squirrel. It will automatically put it into French, German, and Spanish. You can add your own French, German, Spanish texts if you want to, if you are good at languages. Then you select up to two meters, I'll just put Design & Illustration, Painting & Mixed Media. I've put some of my art into collections so let's have a look. I'm going to put this into Creatures and Watercolors. Now I'm in a lot of groups, so I'm going to go through and tick which groups I want to add these two. I'm going to do this. Let's speed this up, because otherwise you might get bored. In case, then you can choose whether you want the default view to be image only which I like, or you can choose a particular product. Who can view this work? Anybody, if you want to sell it. If you don't want to sell it too, you can have only you. Is this mature content? Not really I have to say. Let me go back up and have a look at how this is working. Looking at the T-Shirts, I think this would look better if we uploaded the portrayed versions, you're going to go replace image and replace it with portray version and do this in here. Then on these tops, you can edit them and you can repeat them. I'm going to replace the image with the repeat version. This is the actual repeat tile that we are using, and then do the same on all the clothing. While it's loading, let's have a look at the rest is stickers, have a look at the stickers, she cuts around each bit. I don't really like that, I'm going to replace it with a JPEG version so that the background is solid white. I'm going to come back to Photoshop. Most of what is this is portrait version. I'm going to save that as a JPEG. If my beetles are far enough apart, that would look quite good, because it would just cut them out individually. In case of the phone cases, this looks fine. Can we move this around? It's going to get everything exactly how you want it. We can make it a little smaller, and got that a lot better. Phone wallets, that looks fine. Prints, cards & posters, that's fine too. Pillows, I'm happy with that. Pouches, laptop Skins & Sleeves, that looks fine. Let's have a look at the duvets, that happens to be big enough to fit on the duvets, this particular image, but I think what I want to do is replace the image with the repeat version. I'll show you that in a minute when it's done. It's mug, it's okay then. I didn't like the leggings with them, most enormous beetles. Honestly I'm going to edit that and put the repeat tile in there as well, and the same with the skirt. I'll show you all of these in a minute. Same with the scarf, it's the largest scarf, that'll will make all my beetle sound big. I'm actually putting my repeat tile on an awful lot of these items. This one, I'm going to replace the image with the 9,000 version. Up on that, that's looking pretty good except the wall tapestry. I'm going to edit that as well and put the repeat pattern in. I'll come back in a minute when that's all uploaded. I'm done uploading, let's have a look. My picture that's come up bigger, because it just sizes it to fit so it looks a lot better, I think. You can choose which versions to have. I think I'll have this on a woman's T-Shirt. You can change the color for your default T-Shirt. Cooley colors is going to be available for all the T-Shirts unless you decide otherwise. I'll leave my white, and then there's nothing you have to do with the T-shirts. If you want to search on kids clothes, you got to have to tick expend. It looks fine. Now where we uploaded the repeats I'm going to edit this. Down here, we have the choice of how to repeat it, and if you've uploaded the square repeat tile which we have, you can repeat it like this, you can move it around. It's infinite because it's on repeat, and you can resize it as well. I think this will look better, if it's something like this. That's fine. We're going to do the same with all the clothing. I'm going to use repeat, and just move it around until it looks right, and you can see on the preview up here what's going on. A lot of the products on Redbubble do have this ability to do it as a repeat, which is one of the reasons I like to put my paintings into repeat top led to Redbubble. There's one other thing that you can do if you want to, you can change the background color, actually in Redbubble. You can either put in what you want or you can just move it around until you get what you like. So this way you can quite easily do a version with a colored background and a version with the white background. In this case, I'm going to stick to the white background. I'm just going to go through and change all of products around to make them look like I want them to.[MUSIC] Let's have another look. Everything is looking like I wanted to. I've decided to sleek them all on my background. I could always do a separate version with the dark background and make the duvet cover smaller, because I don't think anyone wants enormous insects cooley maybe that duvet. I built the sizing on all the products to fit. Just to recap everything we've done on Redbubble, we've done with a patterned tile, a portrayed version, and the landscape version. In fact, you could do it all on Redbubble with the portrayed version and the patterned tile, because the portray version was quite large to start with. Now I'm ready to upload this, I have to take the little thing that says, I have the right to sell and save what. It's going to process it, and then it'll be ready in my shop, ready to promote. It is ready to go. Let's have another look. I've got the T-Shirt, the different apparel options, and that's cute when the baby grows. You've got your Cases & Skins, the laptop, laptop Sseeve. You've got wall art, home decor, bags, and we've got stationery. That was pretty easy, and next I'm going to show you how to upload to Society6. 13. Uploading to Society6: Now we are on Society6 site. I'm going to get to sell, upload your artwork. It's pretty obvious here what to do. It says, drop in a PNG or JPEG file, at least 6,500 pixels at 72 dpi star. It's definitely better than that. I'm going to upload my original PNG file. Let's go to the next step. Give it a title, let's call it the same title as before, watercolor beetles. You can choose a category, this is going to be painting. You can add your tags and then the description. This post does not contain mature content, so I'm not taking that one. I own all rights to this image. Yes, I do. Continue to create products. On Society6, you don't really get a choice of changing the markup on most of the products, but you can on these ones, the little $. You can go in and edit, you can change your prices here if you want to. It cannot print because it's a PNG, it's not showing your backgrounds. I think it'd look nicer if it did. To add a different image, I'm going to add the JPEG version. Actually the JPEG version I said it was portrait art and so this particular one is non directional, so it doesn't matter. If I wanted this to be horizontal landscape like my other ones, I could just go in and save my landscape PNG again as a JPEG. I'm just going to leave this there. I like the portrait version better actually as well. I'm going to change that product to art print and framed art print. It has updated those as well. Now it's not putting it as a metal print because the ratio is not right. So if I want to put it on a metal prints, I'm going to have to change that. I might just pop in my 9,000 image because that's square and it will work. I have got some of the Society6 metal prints and they come up really beautiful. So I'd recommend those. Even though it's repeating, it's going off to the side. I actually think that looks fine. So I'm going to keep that one. If I didn't like it, of course, I could always go in and fiddle around with my image or take off the edges. Wall tapestry, that looks fine, so I'm going to switch that on. Let's come down and have a look. A notebook, I'm happier. Switch that one on too, and throw pillow, rectangular pillow, throw blanket. I'm happy with all of these products and because our initial upload was quite large, everything's fitting well. Society6 have just recently started selling window curtains. So let's have a look. We're going to need the 9,000 image for this one. You've got the option to drag your image around until it looks right. I would like to this little ant in this, so I've just moved it around a bit so that it will be included. Save and enable. Then down here we've got telephones. We've got clear phone case, which is good because our original image was a PNG file says they background on that. Again, if you want to you can move these around. You can grab the image and move it and see want it. I actually quite like it as it was. You can change the scale and this you can apply this to similar images. For example, I've moved this a little bit, maybe I want to change the clear phone case version as well. Curtains have popped up now. Insect curtains. I wonder if anybody will like this. Let's turn on the laptops. The laptop and iPad skin. You can turn on as many or as few of these things as you want to. Let's have a look at the t-shirts. Even on this picture, it's showing the t-shirts to have white backgrounds that actually don't. But I noticed that quite a lot of this is going off the edge because it's using the initial version which was landscape. So let's drop in the portrait image instead. I don't want to have any half beetles on my t-shirts. That's better, but it's still too big because it's still cutting off bits of my beetles, so I'm going to scale it down to fit. I always like to move them up as far as possible. Make sure no beetles half bits. Cuts off the edge. That looks good. I'm waiting for the previous to drop in. If there are any colors that you really hate so you can get rid of them. I think this it look horrible on red or green. Maybe it can brightly. I'm going to get rid of the colors that I think you'll look particularly grim on because you have no choice of your color previews on Society6. Then I'm going to apply this to all the other images so I don't have to change all of this too. So if the previous pop in, now it's fine. Save and enable. This all overprint shirt is a little creepy with beetles that big, so I'm going to drop in at new image, again, I'll put in the 9,000 one. Now, I'm just going to switch on everything else that I want. The leggings they require much larger file. It has to be 9,000. But if I look at my original 9,000 image on Photoshop, I think that's maybe not small enough for leggings. I want the leggings to have lots and lots of beetles on rather than a few large ones. So I'm going to double-click on the pattern fill and it's going to bring my pattern backup. Then I'm just going to lower down the scale until I think it's going to work well on the leggings. I think that will work. I'm going to save that separately as beetles Society6 leggings. Again, I'm going to save it as a PNG file. That's Good. Then I'm going to just scale it down a bit more. Save and enable. Let's just go down and check everything looks good. A whole lot is now on portraits. Metal print, it's not but that looks fine. Wall tapestry looking good. All the others are looking fine. I might just change the duvet cover for the 9,000 image and 9,000 the same reason, I think the beetles look a little bit better if they are a little bit smaller. Everything looks like I want it to, so we ready to go. I'm going to hit "public" and then they're going to have my store, go to art prints to new, so it's here in my store, so have a look at it, and tell different versions of things that it's available on. I'm going to do the same again with my black for my version, and you can now do the same with yours. 14. Final thoughts and Project: Now, you are all set up to sell your work. Your project is to either post your painting or pattern and/or share a link to print on demand stores in the project section of the class, which does have to be done from a browser rather than the Skillshare app. It will be great to be able to support each other by liking and following our stores. I do hope you enjoyed this class and found it helpful. I would be really grateful if you could give me the thumbs up or even better leave a review, hopefully a good one. Do feel free to share your work on social media using #nicsquirrellskillshare. Wishing you all great success and I will see you soon.