PlaceIt VS Vexels | Why I Use Them Both To Run My T-shirt Business

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.

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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

76 comments

  1. This new subscription method is made me mad! I had a subscription plan on Creative Fabrica for one month and downloaded many many resources like fonts, designs, patterns..etc and when I ended my subscription, I found that I can’t use them unless I have an active subscription! even they have that Basic and Full Print on demand licenses which are complicated.

    What should I do now?? This is like a prisoner to me! I don’t know why they make it complicated! This kind of websites intend to help people who can’t design, so why is this happening? It’s not fair

    1. why did you just get access for one month and download as much as you can…. that’s why they have these things in place, for people who have no intention to continue paying, just downloading as many resources as possible in the first month…

  2. As soon as you cancel your subscription, you lose rights to any designed you have uploaded. It sounds like a terrible deal to me, considering it’s not even cheap.

    1. why would one cancel if they’re making money, surely they’ll want to make more money and more designs

  3. Hi Shimmy, do you know if using the print ready designs on vexels is okay for Etsy or amazon merch? I know that Etsy say they like unique designs do you think they would close my store down because others may have uploaded the graphic too?

  4. Hi Shimmy. It is a bit irrelevant question but I have no one to ask. What happens if I copy someone’s t-shirts design which is already on the market and amend a bit? Should I check if there is any copyright on the design? I wanna create my own design but honestly there are some designs which I wanna use on my t-shirts. Thanks/

    1. No… don’t steal others designs. If it’s a phrase that everyone is using with their design touches then fine… But if you want to take the actual design and tweak it a tiny bit, that’s most likely not ok

  5. Shimmy you lost my trust completely you are trying to excuse this terrible Vexels deal just so you can keep you little commissions, what a dishonest whitewashing show you just performed

    1. sorry you feel that way… not sure why… I use them a lot and think they’re a great tool. It wouldn’t make a difference which tool I promoted as they all have affiliate commission, i’ll only promote the ones im using and liking…

  6. I think it is time to draw our own artwork. The POD companies tend to promote the unique art rather than Common art from Vexels. ESP Socoet6 and Tee public you can’t win.

  7. I just purchased Vexels yearly subscription yesterday. Thanks for the good news. I’m joking. Another company that has you by the short and curlies.

    1. @Shimmy Morris I looked around on Vexes site and they do have a ton of graphics, but I don’t want to be tied to them. I have 15 days to cancel so I’m going to do that. Thanks for your great videos. Keep them coming!

  8. Bought the annual subs for PlaceIt through your link Shimmy. Still unsure about Vexels. I mix n match my designs a lot…so it would be very hard to remember which artwork had Vexels image in it…if I cancelled their subs. Anyway would they even know? So much artwork out there. lol

    1. thanks!! ye truth be told, I don’t know how they’d know but it’s probably not worth the risk at the end of the day

  9. Hey that’s me at 0:56! lol

    I definitely agree with everyone that reading the fine print and knowing the details is important before you spend a big chunk of change on anything, however I read the fine print on Vexel’s FAQs and pricing page and felt comfortable giving them my money. Here’s why: similar graphic stock sites all have varying degrees or similar degrees of restrictions on their licenses.

    Creative Market has no subscriptions (meaning you have to buy every single graphic piecemeal), 5k product sales limit on their regular commercial license, and requires significant modification of the graphics; TheHungryJPEG has no subs and requires significant modifications to the designs; Placeit has a permissive license but is lacking in quantity of graphics; Canva has a huge library of graphics but they’re all varying quality because it’s freelancers, and they have super confusing license terms. Even Creative Fabrica, which is I think is super permissive, and has a full-access subscription and allows you to use graphics unmodified, forces you to “convert” your design to a significantly modified version if you end their sub, and the art quality is varied because it’s freelance uploaders.

    Vexels isn’t perfect for sure, but they bring something different to the table. We know that the Merch license has a 1k product limit, but most people will never see sales go that high for a single design, and you can still buy the individual license if that particular design takes off. You get 2 of your own designs a month, but even if they go to the public later, that’s not something you get from any other service, and the art quality is super high. You also get access to 100’s of editable PSD’s, which is something that only they have. I like their art and it retains a consistent high quality that’s only possible if you keep an in-house team. For me, it was worth the annual license, and like I said last time, if I don’t see a reasonable return in my investment I’m not going to be super ticked off about taking my Vexels designs down in a year.

  10. I think this applies to placeit, as well; you can only use their images only if you have an active subscription.

  11. Hello Shimmy.

    A few videos ago, you gave away a free lifetime subscription to Placeit. That interested me as I currently have an annual Placeit subscription. I phoned Placeit and they told me they don’t have any lifetime subscriptions. How do I go about getting a lifetime subscription with Placeit and how much does it cost?

    By the way, you produce great, helpful videos and I wish you much success.

    Thank you.

    1. thank you! I think this was a one off they did for my channel… It doesn’t exist normally. They had to make a special code for th winner

  12. Yeah, I agree with you in theory. This isn’t our artwork so the people who did create it need to get paid for it. Normally, as you said, you’d have to pay per graphic to use them. At least with this, you can download a lot more without paying per graphic so it’s a great deal. However, I would not recommend Vexels to anyone. I’m still having issues actually receiving the service after paying them $415. They keep saying they’re going to fix it and then go MIA and don’t fix it. I paid 3 days ago and haven’t been able to even use it. I get that they must be bombarded because of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but they literally stop their customer service at 1:00PM PST and every time I ask for their business hours they read my message and don’t respond. This is probably the worse customer service experience I’ve ever seen. I’ll be sticking with Placeit and Canva if nothing changes by tomorrow and disputing the charge with my credit card.

    1. They should start running it like Spotify Netflix etc, we pay a monthly sub and use what we want, they pay the artwork creators every time their design is used. If the art work creators want more money then they should design t shirts and run a store just like we are.

    2. ​@Shimmy Morris That’s so sweet of you! Thank you! But I ended up researching them and finding out they’re actually from Uruguay and working off of that time zone. Not sure why they keep saying their operating hours are PST… I decided to wake up at 5:00 AM (which is 10:00 AM their time) and call the number on the website again since chat responses are extremely slow and when I call later in the day (PST), their phone lines are off. Thankfully someone picked up and she activated my account so I can finally use it! Let’s hope I don’t have any more issues lol. But again thank you so much for trying to help 🙂

    3. that’s awful! I’m so sorry!! should I try and escalate this for you, I’m not sure how, but I can send an email to someone senior maybe.

    1. @Shimmy Morris i get comments of place it that they are improving on the library daily
      about 268 designs per day i think that s great

  13. I had the dilemma of choosing placeit / canva / vexels / freepik as of last night. I chose freepik (do you have any thoughts on that?). I’m still thinking of purchasing vexels before the black friday sale ends.

    1. I went for Place-It. Great mockups for my social media, ads, and backlinks back to my POD providers. I’m learning to use Gimp and Inkscape to create a lot of my templates and artwork. Still thinking about Vexels. I’ll check out Freepik. Thanks.

    1. @Shimmy Morris exactly and you could take vexels and placeit images take that image edit it in affinity designer and make it awesome lol

    2. It’s not about ideas… its about coming up with ideas and having a library of graphics you can use to make your idea come to life… easier and quicker than drawing and scanning everything

  14. Thanks for the heads up on this “detail” … damend important as I see it. I just bought it this morning on your endorsment and then I saw this video and went Uh-Oh … that’s a deal braker unless I want to spring for the Lifetime deal … what’s your take on that? I think I know, like if you can afford it etc., but I’m thinking more about is it worth the investment gamble that they don’t continue to add to their inventory and the thing gets stagnent and stale after a couple of years … or goes belly up, cause that happens. Any insight on the track record of the company? It is a fair amount of $3 to $5 royalities. Also giving them your best new innovative idea and getting a week exclusive kinda sucks as a perk, it’s more like you’re working for them if your idea is sound and sells well. What do’ya think?

    1. Honestly, I don’t think they’re going anywhere anytime soon. It sounds like they’re growing and expanding to even more graphic designers so even more people to create designs for the website. Next black friday have a look at if you got sales using their graphics, work out if you made a profit. if you did go for it again… that’s what I’d do.

  15. I agree Shimmy it’s bit of an excuse to stop making designs if you worry about all that license stuff. You are still a paying customer for them so you’re not stealing. Btw have started making designs again :D? I’m pretty sure you’ve said multiple times that you’re focusing in other stuff and POD is just sitting there. And about the design request for Vexels, i would love to see the end result if you would be willing to show it, maybe just something generic. The design won’t be exclusive for you anyway and will end up in their site for everyone to use.

    1. For sure, Ye I started making and uploading designs again in my spare time, doing it with a friend as well so they can also upload designs. I could definitely try doing a design request and seeing what happens

  16. I don’t get it. You said you are not allowed to use canvas premium graphics for print on demand. But why is it possible to create designs with this “forbidden” graphics in their own t-shirt maker. It makes no sense. that is a contradiction

    1. @lemzo01 Really? so all I need to do is resize or alter the colour or edit out something and I can use it freely without no further payment or fear of being sued? thanks for clarifying.

    2. @experiment54 from my understanding, what you cannot use freely is the “unaltered” image. If you make modifications or edits, you can use it.

    3. I bought canvas pro subscription and recently started seeing this. What a ball ache! I made some nice designs that I cant fucking sell!!!!!

    4. That’s what everyone is saying… It doesn’t make sense no… But you can see whan something is the pro version, so just don’t use those for the t-shirts

  17. Vexels reply to making requests & ownership: You requests will be exclusive for you for one week if you are subscribed to MERCH or for one month if you are subscribed to BUSINESS.
    After that period the design will be accessible for all of our users.

    1. You better get damn good sales in that week as you know full well they will use it themselves to make bank.

  18. I totally disagree as in ‘you should always be sure of what you are getting into, do worry about the small things’ the devil is in the detail, as it happens they turn out not to be so small, it is important to know the nitty-gritty parts, for example: If you request a design or design element this isn’t your design, it’s yours to use under license with the company. I get the nutshell explanation. My point: (Retirement) Let’s say, for example, have a successful POD business say for next 2-3 years & have 2000 evergreen designs, these spread out all over many other POD platforms. I decide to go into a different business but leave my designs to run passively. I cannot cancel my subscription? Or I have to pay for 2000 extended licences, even if I have just used an element in a design process. I legally would have to keep paying, I personally think it’s ridiculous. I’d advise as Shimmy said, anyone who can afford the Lifetime £310 license then go for it, all work they create never belongs to you or is “free” to use as they state unless you have a licence with them, this includes all work they do. I have already spoken to Vexels about it, and they say the same rubbish about if your designs are not selling why would you keep them on a license, Ridiculous reasoning & concept as many designs do not sell in the numbers game of POD. (A little Vexed with Vexels, the rule is great for people with a lifetime licence as designers will come & go, designs will disappear from platforms, but also how Vexels would monitor this is beyond me to be honest.) | The devil is in the Detail! | Much Love, Peace & Respect | Stay Safe.

    1. @Shimmy Morris I love your content by the way, I am a fan, I took you’re don’t worry about it as more of a wish wash don’t worry against getting the facts together first scenario, like the getting personal design requests part. I don’t like license surprises like these, I do hope Vexels sorts it out. I know I”m getting the lifetime subscription before the night is up, I have been doing a lot of questioning Vexels on policies and pretty much understand the ins & outs. I get quite passionate about companies taking the Michael & not being 100% transparent when selling subscriptions.

    2. There’s definite need to focus on detail but don’t let it deter your from starting the business is what i’m saying. if down the line you want to stop vexels and your getting a lot of sales, simple solution is just to get the lifetime subscription.
      This is an alternative way to pay for the use of professional graphics. Instead of paying per graphic, you pay per month and if you want the full use of the graphic you get the lifetime.

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