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Do you love making stunning Canva templates but aren’t quite sure where to market them?
Head over to Redbubble, an excellent platform that caters to visionary artists just like yourself!
Redbubble enjoys renown and popularity, making it a great place to boost your business and get your products out there. Just follow a few simple steps and you’ll be selling strong in no time.
If you’re completely new to Redbubble – don’t fret. In this guide, we’ll give you everything you need to get started, such as:
- A rundown of the Redbubble platform
- The rules and factors to be aware of when selling Canva templates
- How to sell your Canva templates in an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide
- Several tips for standing out in Redbubble.
Let’s dive into it so you can share your talent!
What is Redbubble?
Redbubble is an online platform that promotes independent artists. Artists and content creators can upload their designs and sell all sorts of things, such as stickers, T-shirts, and phone cases.
In recent years, Redbubble has also been a great place to promote digital goods like high-quality images, website elements, and — you guessed it — Canva templates!
While digital art files can’t be directly sold on the platform as Redbubble is a print-on-demand service, customers can still contact the artist directly through Bubblemail.
In this way, it’s easier for you to sell both templates and physical goods at the same time.
When you sell a product on Redbubble, you choose how to price it. The website offers a set base price depending on the type of product, and then you simply adjust your artist margin.
Creators are paid monthly, provided that you’ve reached the minimum payment threshold of 20 dollars.
Can You Sell Canva Templates on Redbubble?
- If your template uses any Pro elements, you can only sell it as a Canva link
- If your template uses only free elements, then you can sell it in image format
- You must not sell any templates or stock elements that are unchanged.
It’s also fine to advertise your services (eg, creating custom templates or making advertisements or social media content) as long as you follow the above rules.
How to Sell Canva Templates on Redbubble
1. Create Your Canva Templates
Log in to Canva to get started, and choose which kind of template you’d like to make!
Popular options include Instagram feeds and story posts and presentations, so you might have some luck dipping your toes into these templates.
Following that, enter the relevant keyword into the search bar and select the blank option (it’s the first one that comes up) or use another template as a starting point. Again, remember to create a design that’s truly yours.
While exploring, you’ll notice that you can make all kinds of templates with Canva – so don’t be afraid to play around!
2. Export Your Templates as PNG or JPG Files
Once you’re happy with your design, click the “Share” option in the top right corner then select Download from the drop-down menu. Choose which file format you’d like to save your design as.
JPG files are best for sharing on a wide range of platforms, but for products you’re selling, PNG can be a better choice as they’re suited for complex images that play nicely with editing.
Remember: if you’ve used any Pro elements in your design, you can’t download it to sell! Instead, click the “Template Link” icon from the drop-down to get your shareable Canva link.
3. Upload Your Canva Template Design as a New Product
Now, hop over to Redbubble!
Click on your profile in the top right corner and select “Add New Work” from the drop-down menu. Then, select “Upload to All Products” and drag and drop your template file to the upload window.
If this isn’t your first rodeo and you’ve listed a similar product before, feel free to select the “Copy settings from existing work” option instead of “Upload to All Products” before uploading your design.
What this does is save you time as you won’t have to redo formatting or tags — these will be automatically transferred over from the listing you choose to copy.
4. Set a Title and Description for Your Design
Add a descriptive title for your design. Make sure it’s something customers will be searching for, so be specific.
Afterward, add a detailed product description and talk about your personal brand as well as what you’re selling. Redbubble shoppers value choosing who to give their money to, not just what to spend it on!
At this stage, you should also add product tags – each of which is separated by a comma. Redbubble recommends about 15 thoughtful tags to optimize the search function and help your product get shown to more people.
5. Choose the Product Type
For template designs sold on Redbubble, you have plenty of creative freedom as the platform offers different product types. For instance, you can sell your template as a T-shirt design, a hat, or a sticker pack!
You’ll also want to make sure that you allow anyone to view the product and that it doesn’t contain any mature content (unless you’ve got a really crazy template!)
6. Set a Price for Each Product Type
Set price points that are fair but low, especially if you’re just starting out. It’s also a good idea to offer bundle options and premium products to give a range of choices for the customer.
You’ll start with a set base price for your product and then freely select a mark-up percentage to the right of the product description for each product type.
7. Publish Your Design and Make It Available for Sale on Redbubble
That’s it — your template is published! Make sure that you have the product line “enabled” so it’s available in your store. By this point, interested customers can begin buying your work.
Remember that you can upload up to 30 items to your shop every day, giving you plenty of space to slowly but surely expand your portfolio.
Tips for Selling Canva Templates on Redbubble
Create Unique Designs
The digital template market is extensive, so make sure you’re offering something nobody else does.
On the flip side, keep up to date with trends so you know what’s selling well at the moment while still making something that’s different and completely your own.
An easy way to do this is to use your own images, graphics, and other elements while you’re designing your template in Canva. While anyone can access the stock features, only you can use your own work – making it immediately unique!
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an art master to make your own elements. While drawing them up is great if you were born with the talent, edited photographs are just as good and often look more professional as well.
You can add your unique elements through the Upload tab on the Canva design page.
Once they’re there, you can edit, move, and resize them as you wish, as well as keep them for future designs! You can also record yourself under the Upload menu if you’re feeling bold.
It’s also a good idea to watermark your display images to protect your intellectual property.
Offer a Variety of Designs
You’ll want to have something for everyone! Upload a range of designs in your unique style.
Especially if you’re just starting out, test the waters and see what sells best so you can focus your creative energy in that area.
With the “Copy settings from existing work” option, uploading lots of products is easy. You’ll only need to change the display image and product specifications rather than having to redo everything from scratch.
Having a variety of types of templates is a good idea as well! Customers who love your work will likely want cohesion, so offer them pins, artboards, or phone cases.
Use High-Quality Images
This is a must! You want your products to be top-tier, so make sure to get plenty of pixels in. Having a larger, sharper image allows your design to be sold on a greater range of products, especially if you plan to market on Redbubble.
You’ll also want to make sure that your sizing is optimized for the product type. To help you out, follow Canva’s extensive design size guide here.
It’s important to get this right; otherwise, your beautiful design could get cut off, warped, or just not look its best when posted.
Not only will the customer get a less-than-perfect product (making them less likely to repurchase), but you’re also not receiving good advertising when the customer makes a review.
Optimize Your Titles and Tags
These are what your customers will use to find your products, so spend some time on them!
Have a good look at products similar to yours – especially the ones that show up first or have lots of reviews – and see what type of titles and tags they’re using. This is an excellent way to get you started.
Make your titles captivating and uniquely descriptive of your product — adjectives are your friend! Add plenty of thoughtful tags, describing each feature of your template.
Tags can also be short phrases, as well as single words. Just make sure to add commas in the right area when posting.
For example, you’ll want the more specific “template, Instagram carousel post, pink,” over the broader “Instagram, carousel, post”.
So there you have it — everything you need to start selling your Canva templates on Redbubble!
Remember to follow Canva’s copyright rules and make your design uniquely your own. This helps with selling it too, so put some of your personality in there!
Make sure to give your product a great title and thoughtful tags so that customers will be able to find it easily.
You want your item to be discoverable through a simple search and promoted as shoppers scroll the endless number of competing options.
Once you get your shop going, it’ll be a breeze selling templates on Redbubble. You could even expand your store and sell more physical products as well. On this platform, if you can dream it – you can achieve it!