How To Make Digital Prints To Sell On Etsy Using Canva – Etsy Canva Tutorial

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You can start your cool T-shirt design for free using either Canva or Placeit or even Envato Elelements. Alternatively, if you prefer using a stand alone software you can download to your computer without eating up your wallet, then, my favorite is Art Text Design for Mac, though you may still use softwares like WordArt or simply check out Envato Marketplace for some cool and affordable products that may be used for the same purpose. You may also use free print-on-demand websites like Teepublic to sell items with your artwork designs printed on them and make some cool money from that.

Please don't forget to share this on your social media platforms and bookmark this website for future tutorials! You can also join us on Telegram at https://t.me/T_ShirtsChannel

154 comments

  1. How do you keep people from reproducing your images off your Etsy account? Do you have a digital watermark? How do you ensure they can only download one image for printing? I’m so new at this and am a painter but would like to make my paintings into digital wall art but don’t the ropes yet.

  2. I have some templates that I saw on Pinterest that I would like to create in Canva, do you do one on one training?

  3. Canva only lets you use the free account for 30 days. If you chose not to go that way, the free stuff cannot be editable.

  4. Do you have any suggestions for someone who can draw on paper with pencil but not so well on the actually tablet with stylus. Is there a way to do it by getting your drawing on the tablet and then going over it or something?or does it work by uploading your paper somehow to etsy or is that not very bright or something??

    1. Hi! Yes, you can take a really clear photograph of your drawing or scan it send to your tablet and then trace it over in the tablet. It takes a bit of time to get used to drawing on the tablet but it could make a huge difference to your workflow if you started using it. Otherwise you can bypass the whole tablet thing and make sure your paper drawing is really clean, scan at a high resolution to your computer and create your printables that way (: There are also editing softwares you can use on the computer to clean them up and brighten

  5. Are you able to sell creations made on Canva? When I searched it the majority of what I could find said it was illegal to sell from their website?

    1. You can sell your own creations from Canva as its a free editing platform and your own artwork belongs to you, but you cannot sell Canva’s pre-made files.

  6. Do you license the clip art you make yourself? As in, if someone directly tries to steal that art and sell it on their own page how do you stop that from happening? I’m interested in making my own art but I don’t understand the licensing process lol. Thanks for the awesome video!

    1. Hi, yes! I do sell and license clipart I make myself. Of course there is always a concern someone might steal your artwork, in that case you can usually message the seller, report their shop, etc. Usually in your listings you can clarify that your clipart should only be used for (pod, cards, etc) and not sold in its original form.

  7. I really enjoyed this but I have a question. How did you know the size to make the background to put the 3 frames on? I noticed it was in pixels. Thank you for your time if you see this question and can answer it! Happy New Year!

    1. Hi! You can usually research what that website’s listing image dimensions are. I usually just google search or go to the websites support for setting up photos and they have a ton of information to help (:

  8. Wonderful tutorial! One question, once the project is complete with the mockup what do you save it as in order to use it on etsy? JPG again?

  9. Good afternoon, could you help me with opening a store on etsi? I want to sell digital stickers, but I don’t know in what resolution to draw, and in what format to prepare the file for sale!

    1. Sandra good afternoon, thanks for the answer, I draw in the procreate program, I don’t know how to make settings there, and prepare files for sale on etsy, as I understand you have a very good experience, could you tell me about this? Thank you!

  10. Oh my gosh first of all these printables are SO CUTE. And I absolutely love Canva because you can do so much with even the free version! Selling printables is super fun and a great way to earn passive income 🙂 Great tutorial Sandra!

  11. Hi! This info has been great. i learned to use Canva thanks to you! What is the best way to talk to them? I put up some digital prints and I’m just hoping they will print the way they are supposed to, I start off as “poster 18×24” and I’m assuming customers can print whatever size they want since I start off big… I convert everything to 300 dpi.

    1. Hi! I go by ratio not necessarily size. So I make a large version of multiple ratios like a 4×5 ratio I would start with 24×30 so they can also print 12×15, 8×10, 4×5 but they can’t print it at any size. Make sure you say in your listings the specific sizes they can print at or they could be upset trying to print 11×14 but part gets cut off because the ratio is off. Good luck

  12. Thanks for the video. If I’m creating on my own, how do I format items to upload onto Etsy so customers can download them properly? From this video it seems canva gives you a premade Zip file of anything you create and then guessing you upload that zip file whether it’s one image or a set? So do I need to create my own zip files to upload onto sites? Total newbie here and going to watch your animal procreate drawing videos now. 🙂

    1. Hi! The other Sandra is right about uploads. As far as canva they give you options to download your file such as jpeg, png, pdf. You can upload those individually or in a compressed zip file depending on what you offer and how many so you can fit them all in your listing (: good luck!

    2. @flashzonephoto if you’re offering more than 5 sizes, yes I would upload a zip file. But let’s say you offer 3 sizes, you can just uploaded 3 PDFs or JPGs depending on the format you want to provide. Does that make sense? 🙂

  13. (New Subscriber here!) This was a really great video! Thanks so much. Your animals are absolutely adorable btw. I’d love to learn to draw/paint cute animals like that.. animals just aren’t my strong point unfortunately xD

    1. Thank you so much (: I think we all start with the want and then learn how! It definitely took me a while to learn and you can learn too! I have some simple procreate animal tutorials in my early YouTube videos that might help. (:

    1. Yes! Like Sandra said using licensed clip art and graphics from sites like Creative Market are a great choice if you don’t want to draw them (:

    2. Hi there! Absolutely you can purchase graphics from Create Market (commercial license) and use them in your printables. You just have to add a few things to it to make sure that you are not just taking a graphic you purchase and reselling them. Does that make sense? 🙂

    1. Hi there! I opened an Etsy shop a few months ago selling printables and I love it! What are you thinking of selling? 🙂

    1. Instead of creating multiple you can just create one and download one. Then list just one of the designs for sale instead of a set of 3. (:

  14. Nice Sandra, and helpful indeed. Now I now what do with the rest of my canvas platform 😉 On the Canva template, you can just duplicate the first page, and then you will have the next page perfectly lined up. Then just drag and drop the new picture over the first. That way, everything is synced automatically. The only thing unclear to me is, what happens after the download? Is cutting required or is it the final product?

  15. Hello there , may I ask can I create a design and sell it into Amazon , Etsy , etc.. with using pro user account? I love your videos😍

  16. There’s a lot of “I’m not sure” and “might” in this video in regards to art and image licensing. Call me crazy, but if you’re going to make a how-to for selling on Etsy, it’s the responsible thing to do to read the site’s terms and KNOW and CONVEY the answers to these things. People might just blindly follow your vague advice and end up sued.

    1. Sandra does these tutorials from the kindness of her heart. She doesn’t get paid for this. It’s up to everyone to find out the exact terms of use..etc.

    2. As you said in your other comment, terms are subject to change so even if I KNOW the answers that doesn’t mean I will always be right or that my video will be up to date on recent terms of use. I recommend to all my viewers it’s important that they do their own research before diving into these things. That’s why I don’t make guaranteed statements, and I would be wary about anyone who makes promises like that, if they are not the actual company. That being said, I appreciate your concern, and I agree, people should not blindly follow advice, and always check the actual websites, seller, and licensing terms of use (:

  17. Thanks so much for the tutorial. How could I use original watercolor paintings to make digital prints? Would I scan them into my pc, then upload?

    1. @Sandra Eide I’m on my phone…that’s probably what it is. I’ll try on my computer tomorrow. Thanks so much for your response

    2. @Juliana Harris Are you using your phone or laptop? I know someone else had an issue before when they used their phone.

    3. No it’s still not working 🙁 the link that gives you 40 free Etsy listings. The page pops up but when you click on the button sign up nothing happens 🙁

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  19. Very simple and helpful video, thank you for not over complicating information… Btw your voice is really sweet.
    Lots of love from India ❤️

  20. Nice vedio!Thank u so much.Try some e-commerce data tool may save time and money.Although some of them need to pay monthly, these tools help a lot. You can find best selling products(or elements), market trends and spy on competors. For example the website ALLFACTOR and so on.Just choose the suitable platform contains the marketplace database you want. What I want to say is using data:)

  21. You have not mentioned that when you save it as JPEG the resolution will be low and for customers to print it needs to be 300DPI. I have just found out that.Can you please elaborate on that?

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    1. Very simple and helpful video, thank you for not over complicating information… Btw your voice is really sweet.
      Lots of love from India ❤️

  23. Great video. Should I add crop and bleed marks to all sizes of digital art printables? Is it a good idea to provide both jpg and only pdf files or just pdf? Thank you.

    1. You dont have to add crop and bleed, i only do for size 8×10 or less because they can print at home on standard paper. I would recommend providing both jpg and pdf (:

  24. I have been making digital designs in Canva and I am planning on selling them on Etsy. Does Canva charge the buyer a fee if the canva download I created have “pro” elements in it.? Is there any knid of work around? My items to list are in the form of a pdf that has a link that opens to a png editable file and takes them to Canva to edit. I’ve been grouping all the elements of the design together and then locking them. I only leave the text unlocked so the customer can edit it. I have 200 plus designs that I have created in Canva and have uploaded about half of them into Etsy. Help!!
    Thanks in advance

    1. You wont be able to download if there are premium elements unless you pay. According to my experience. They will give you payment options when u click download

  25. Hi Sandra! As far as I understood from canva website you’re not allowed to use the elements from canva even if you redesign for commercial use. Did i misunderstood this? Thanks!

    1. Yes, Canva only allows image/photo usage with their premium membership. You can’t use them commercially with the free membership. I buy clipart separately or make my own (:

  26. Thank you for the video , it’s nice .
    Wondering if you could make few more on
    1. How to change physical wall art to digital download ?
    2. How to get traffics on Etsy
    😊thanks in advance

  27. I have been wanting to do more of this, but I haven’t been super clear on what the rules and legal requirements are from Canva! Are there any legal concerns with using the images/elements they have on Canva to create prints to re-sell on Etsy?

    1. Please, please read the Canva terms and conditions. They are very thorough and very clear. I won’t elaborate here, as they are subject to change at any time, but always do your own research when sourcing text and graphics.

    2. From my understanding with the free Canva account, the font can be used for sold goods, but the images cannot. I believe their premium account allows photo use but I don’t know all the details.

  28. Hi I’m Mary , I also offer A4-size Art Printables at my Etsy Shop MaryZoles. It would be awesome if you could check it out ✨🌿🕊

  29. I like how simple this video shows how easy anyone can set up an Etsy shop. Hopefully, I will have success in selling too!

  30. Thanks! This video is super helpful and such a great idea. I also love using Canva to create cool content! I just made a video about creating art prints in Canva if you would like to check it out 🙂

  31. Great video, thank you! If I wanted to sell say 8×10 printables of my own watercolor art. Would I scan/photo the original, then upload to canvas, and use an 8×10 template, download as jpg?

    1. @Sandra Eide oh thats fantastic . Makes this so much more easier. How do u charge them for it? Just curious.. 😊

  32. Hi I’ve been so confused with selling designs cause it’s like u cna get copyrighted for anything even drawing a banana cause u can’t even look up a picture of something simple to see how to draw it. So I’m very confused cuz ppl say selling printables on Etsy is so ways with little knowledge but I see that it takes a lottttt of creativity to come up with something totally out of the ordinary. No one answered me abt this yet but I rlly need help:)

    1. @Hannah Tran I am not totally adobe illustrator savvy for card designs, but when Ive made printable cards in illustrator I make the complete card size as one artboard. So like if the a folded card is 2×4 then the whole card flat would be 2×8 (just a random example). And then I just make sure the design is laid out in a way that when it is printed can be folded correctly. But I really don’t know about using another artboard for that.

    2. Sandra Eide Thank youu! yea I plan on buying clip art soon. I just made a design for a wedding card and I created it like thought of a idea and i made like a barn and I’m scared to even have that even tho I didn’t look it up😅. But if u use illustrator do u know, to make cards for people to print do we use two art boards and it will come out printed like that so u can fold it as a card, I’ve been so confused on this😂

    3. Yes I understand the frustration with that! Even in the beginning for me it was hard to navigate how to move forward in learning how to draw. What I can say is that the best way to avoid those situations is to make sure you add your own style to what you create. It does take time and lots of practice, I would suggest watching tutorials online, youtube and skillshare are great for beginners (: You won’t sell those drawings youve made from tutorials but it will help you practice and then in turn have an easier time drawing other things and finding your own style. I will say, that you don’t have to be an artist to sell on Etsy. You can make plenty of designs for cards, printables, etc by buying clipart with a commercial license to sell and creating with those instead of drawing yourself. Good luck (:

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  34. Hi Sandra,

    Thanks for the info! I recently started using Canva Pro and I’m still unsure if I can use the Canva Pro elements which I now have access to for my designs. Do you have any idea if these elements can be used for a commercial design?

    I tried googling the same but couldn’t find anything….

    Would like to know your thoughts on the same..

    Thanks!

    1. @Willow Tree great news! In the meantime I also found out there’s creativemarket.com for buying graphics, fonts etc for resale and it can apparently be uploaded to canva

    2. Hello there, Willow! Yes, free for Canva Pro elements (tagged with the crown icon/ Pro) on your design can be used for resale purposes. Check out this link for more info: https://about.canva.com/license-agreements/onedesign/ Hope this clarifies! ^mc

      This is the reply I received from Canva, so elements are free to use for commercial designs.

      Hope this is helpful!
      Cheers!!

  35. Hi! Thanks for the video! Very helpful! After designing on Canva.com do you make your files high resolution (300ppi)? How can we do that!’? I noticed that many printables sold on Etsy says it’s 300 ppi ….

  36. I love your art Sandra. They are very adorable. I plan to open an Etsy store too and this video is very helpfull. Thank you for sharing. Hope you always be healthy and happy 😊😊😊

  37. Sandra, thank you for the great video! Right now I sell PDF printable art that I make in Canva and download as PDF prints, but I am seeing that most Etsy shops sell JPG printables with multiple JPG ratios for printing and I am thinking of switching over. Do you know if JPGs downloaded from Canva have a high enough resolution to sell or do I need to convert from PDF print to JPG to keep the dpi high enough?

    1. You’re welcome! Thanks for watching. The jpegs are typically not high enough resolution. My video about “Blurry Canva images” goes into how to convert the high resolution PDF’s from canva into high resolution Jpegs or pngs. Otherwise I wouldn’t recommend downloading the jpeg or png straight from canva and selling. (:

  38. Hi Sandra! I’m also trying to get png files from procreate to Canva but they are large, well over 25MB. Do you know how I could go about making these files smaller? Thanks for all your output!

    1. @Lauren O Yes I do offer different ratio sizes and list all of the sizes they can print with it. So for instance when they upload to a photo printing site, and they want to print an 8×10 inch print they would just have to choose the ratio that can fulfill that size (:

    2. Sandra, do you offer different ratio sizes? For example, one JPG would be created as a 24×36 size in Canva/2×3 ratio size and then you say in your shop that it is also good for 20×30, 16×24, and so on? If so, how do the buyers resize on their end when printing? Either print professionally or choose 8×10 when printing in Word for example?

    3. @Sandra Eide okay great, thanks for the info! And, ehm, what is a high enough resolution? Sorry, completely new to this and I jumped in the deep end. 😉

  39. Just stumbled on your channel :). Thanks for this as I’ve not used Canva much so I’d never thought of using it this way for my illustrations.

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