All your customization prayers have been answered. With SPOD’s design tool, you can create custom apparel and accessories that you can then sell to your customers. Add your own text and uploaded designs, or you can choose from SPOD’s database of 50K+ free designs. The tool is fast and intuitive, allowing you to create one-of-a-kind products for your business.
As you’re designing your unique product, you’ll come across four specific functions. You can use each of these functions together or individually as you’re creating custom apparel or accessories to sell.
Add a photo or high-quality design to any of our customizable products.
When you’re in our design tool, simply click “Upload” to add your graphic. You’ll want to increase the resolution or size of the image to fit your desired product, and you should also accommodate the built-in print area (which we touch on later in this article).
A picture says a thousand words, but sometimes you need to add some text to drive home the point. Fortunately, it’s incredibly easy to add custom text to any of our customizable products.
When you’re using our design tool, simply click “Text,” and a customizable text bubble will pop up on the product. You can also modify the font, text color, text size… the possibilities are endless. You can even bend the text if you’re trying to make room for your unique design.
SPOD’s design tool can also come in handy if you’re looking to complement your existing design or add an additional flair. We have more than 50K free designs to choose from, so your picture-perfect product can still be a reality.
Click “Designs” on the left side of the screen, and you’ll be guided to a search box where you can filter through our thousands of designs. Choose a popular theme, or dive into our available designs yourself.
Once you’ve found a free design, you can easily add the high-quality image to any of our customizable products. To be clear, you’re not limited to one product choice; rather, you can adorn any of our products with your unique photo or design.
While preparing your products, please be aware of contrasting colors, which we touch on below.
Create a Product
If you want to add any of SPOD’s products to your Shopify store, that can easily be accomplished via the application.
Once you’ve accessed the SPOD app, simply click “Create Product.” Then, you’ll have the ability to name your product, add a description, and include any relevant tags. You can also choose whether you want the product listing to be accompanied by product details and a size chart.
Next, you’ll want to assign a price for the applicable product. Then, right before you’re ready to publish, you can choose to add the product to any of your existing “Collections.” These “collections” will group relevant products together, leading to an easier buying experience for your customers.
While we pride ourselves on the intuitiveness of the design tool, there are still some factors that you’ll want to be aware of. We’ve provided some tips below that can help you achieve your desired end-product.
Be Aware of Print Areas
A product’s print area includes the part(s) of the clothing or accessory that can be printed on. In the Design Tool, you’ll see a square that’s either black or white - that’s the print area. Designs and text can only be placed inside those.
If the design frame is red, that means the design cannot be printed. Drag it into the print area, and the frame will turn green. That means you’re successful!
Larger designs generally look better on the front of a shirt. To help you hit the center, you’ll see an aid line when your design hits the proper spot. Smaller designs and logos come out great on the left or right chest. Of course, make sure the design doesn’t get too close to the armpit. A third of the width is a fair measure for placement.
Design frame is red: Design cannot be printed. Drag it into the print area.
If the design frame is green, you’re good to go!
Use Contrasting Design + Product Colors
A dark design on a dark product will not come out great, even if it may look okay on your monitor. The same is true for bright designs on bright products, as well as any other color combinations that are too similar. Choose a contrasting color and product combination to assure that your products come out top-notch.
Product and design colors don’t offer enough contrast
Adjust Design Size for Product Size
Our product image in the Design Tool shows you a standard size (i.e. M). Choose your design size in relation to the standard size. If a customer is eyeing a different size, the design won’t automatically be adjusted to the product.
Specifically, if you’re preparing a product with a huge printing area, you should make sure that the design doesn’t look too small. You’ll want to make the design a bit larger on products like aprons, blankets or pillows to achieve optimal results.
Beware of Zippers or Seams
We can’t print on the seams or zippers. Never put your design, photos and text in these areas. It may be possible to create a product this way in the design tool, but we won’t be able to process and print the order.