Top 10 printable design mistakes you need to avoid on Etsy

Top 10 printable design mistakes you need to avoid on Etsy | I will show you all the printable design mistakes you should avoid when you are designing your own printables. #TrustMeIAmAGraphicDesigner And no, you don’t have to invest in a thousand dollar software ;) You can easily start with Canva (A free platform).

I think almost everyone has dreamed of automating their Etsy sales. One of the most effective solution is printables. But if your printable design sucks, no one is planning to buy them

Don’t worry; I won’t leave you hanging here. I will show you all the printable design mistakes you should avoid when you are designing your own printables. #TrustMeIAmAGraphicDesigner

And no, you don’t have to invest in a thousand dollar software ;) You can easily start with Canva (A free platform).

1. Thou shall not use more than two fonts in your printable design

Less is more as they always say. And it is always true. Especially when it comes designing. I know that you want to create a clear meaning for your design, but if you add every element that has a meaning in your design, your design will look cluttered.

The same with printables. Don’t use more than two fonts. 3 is the bear maximum.

If you want your design to be clean, keep it simple and use two, maximum three fonts.

Also, I know that there are a lot of free fancy fonts available, but make sure your font stays readable. Try to avoid a small font size for hand-lettered fonts.

Top 10 printable design mistakes you need to avoid on Etsy | I will show you all the printable design mistakes you should avoid when you are designing your own printables. #TrustMeIAmAGraphicDesigner And no, you don’t have to invest in a thousand dollar software ;) You can easily start with Canva (A free platform).

2. Thou shall under no circumstances stretch a font

Just don’t. I know that you want to make your font higher or wider sometimes, but stretching is not the solution. Your printable design will look like an eight-year-old that want to create her powerpoint slides with word art, and then stretch it because it is too small.

Maybe it was acceptable when you were eight years old, but it is not acceptable now.

The same goes for images. DON’T STRETCH THEM. Always scale everything in proportions.

Every time you stretch a font, a graphic designer cries.

If you want your font to be wider, adjust the space between the letters. Want your font to be higher? Look for a condensed/narrow version of your font.

How: Grab the corner of your font/graphic/image and hold shift while you scale it.

Top 10 printable design mistakes you need to avoid on Etsy | I will show you all the printable design mistakes you should avoid when you are designing your own printables. #TrustMeIAmAGraphicDesigner And no, you don’t have to invest in a thousand dollar software ;) You can easily start with Canva (A free platform).

3. Thou shall never steal someone else’s work.

Okay, I know that moment your competitor has waaay better products than you do. And you are like: Oh that printable of them sells like bananas! Let’s steal it.

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No! Never do that. That person worked hard on their design, and it is unfair that you are stealing it.

I once got my artwork stolen too. I posted one of my designs in a Facebook group, and a person was like: ‘’Hey are you sure you made this yourself because someone else has the same quote and design.’’

I was devastated! Someone else stole my design and from 300 others, and made $6.000 with it.

I and a couple of other Etsy sellers reported her, and her shop got suspended.

Don’t steal. People will find out.

Top 10 printable design mistakes you need to avoid on Etsy | I will show you all the printable design mistakes you should avoid when you are designing your own printables. #TrustMeIAmAGraphicDesigner And no, you don’t have to invest in a thousand dollar software ;) You can easily start with Canva (A free platform).

4. Thou shall never sell low-resolution printables

I have been there. I used to be too lazy to perfection my work. If the image was too low resolution, I still uploaded it on products. I did not want to take the effort to make higher resolution images. So my work ended up pixelating, and no one bought my products.

But that was years ago before I started my Etsy shop.

Always upload high-resolution printables (300dpi is the best!). Nothing is more ashamed than receiving a bad review from a customer that says your design is pixelating.

If you want a perfect Etsy reputation, you need to upload perfect quality products.

Top 10 printable design mistakes you need to avoid on Etsy | I will show you all the printable design mistakes you should avoid when you are designing your own printables. #TrustMeIAmAGraphicDesigner And no, you don’t have to invest in a thousand dollar software ;) You can easily start with Canva (A free platform).

Pssst! Do you want to learn how you can automate your Etsy sales with printables and other passive products? I got a course for that!

5. Thou shall never use comic sans or papyrus

Let’s welcome the two most hated fonts: Comic Sans and Papyrus. If you use those, you can bet a designer is going to cry. I don’t hate Comic Sans and Papyrus because everyone hates them, I hate them for many reasons.

Luckily someone else created this blog post to save me some time writing:

https://designforhackers.com/blog/comic-sans-hate/

Top 10 printable design mistakes you need to avoid on Etsy | I will show you all the printable design mistakes you should avoid when you are designing your own printables. #TrustMeIAmAGraphicDesigner And no, you don’t have to invest in a thousand dollar software ;) You can easily start with Canva (A free platform).

6. Thou shall honor the white space

White space for the win. White space is the space without a graphic. If you use enough white space, it is more calming for the eye, rather than fill every inch of your printable with graphics.

Try to use enough white space for your printable design. Your eyes will thank you for that. And your customers will too.

Top 10 printable design mistakes you need to avoid on Etsy | I will show you all the printable design mistakes you should avoid when you are designing your own printables. #TrustMeIAmAGraphicDesigner And no, you don’t have to invest in a thousand dollar software ;) You can easily start with Canva (A free platform).

Pssst! Do you want to learn how you can automate your Etsy sales with printables and other passive products? I got a course for that!

7. Thou shall use a professional design software

I know it is really tempting to design your printables in Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc. But try to avoid that.

That software is not made to design printables. In fact, trying to ‘’hack’’ those software will waste a lot of time.

What to do instead?

Use software that is made for designing. My all-time favorite is Adobe Illustrator. Every graphic you see on my website is made with Illustrator. If your printables include a lot of photos, I will recommend Photoshop to you.

Can’t afford both of them?

No problem. You can also go for a cheaper alternative: Canva. If you are not familiar with Canva, you are missing a huge opportunity with designing.

I barely use Canva because I use Illustrator and Photoshop, but it is a great alternative. The only con is that you can’t create your own graphics. You have to choose from pre-made graphics.

Top 10 printable design mistakes you need to avoid on Etsy | I will show you all the printable design mistakes you should avoid when you are designing your own printables. #TrustMeIAmAGraphicDesigner And no, you don’t have to invest in a thousand dollar software ;) You can easily start with Canva (A free platform).

8. Thou shall stick to one consistent style

I know that it is fun to experiment with different colors, font styles, graphics, etc.

But here’s the thing: If your printable design isn’t consistent, your audience is getting confused. And confusing means going to someone else’s store.

When your printable design is consistent, your audience is more likely to buy from (multiple) printables from you.

Here are some tips to keep your printables design consistent:

  • Consistent fonts (So if you have a lot of calligraphy fonts, include them in your printables)
  • Consistent color palette. I only use black on white for example. Don’t use bright colors in one printables, and minimal in the other. Try to stick to one consistent color palette
  • Consistent filters (If you use photos in your printables, try to use the same filters to keep your photos consistent. Think of them like an Instagram feed.
Top 10 printable design mistakes you need to avoid on Etsy | I will show you all the printable design mistakes you should avoid when you are designing your own printables. #TrustMeIAmAGraphicDesigner And no, you don’t have to invest in a thousand dollar software ;) You can easily start with Canva (A free platform).

9. Thou shall learn how you can automate your printable sales

The great thing about printables is that they are passive. But you still need to know how you can automate your Etsy sales.

Hint: You don’t have to spend tons of money on Facebook ads, spend hours in Facebook groups  (You should join my non-promotional group) or keep running discount.

Stop wasting your time and throw money down the drain.

I have a free 7-day email course called Automate Your Etsy Sales. This course will show you how you can sell passive products like printables on autopilot!

This is not a typical email course, and this is not some typical free Etsy advice. This advice is up to date, tested, and included strategies that actually work.

You probably believe things like:

  • You need tons of traffic to make a sale
  • You need to spend tons of money on promoted listings
  • You need to participate in 10.000 Facebook groups to make sales
  • You need to run discounts all the time
  • You need to market all day to get a sale
  • You need to invest in tons of courses to make progress
  • You need to read unlimited articles (That most of the time are outdated) to make any progress

Nope, nope and nope.

Join the free email course to learn how you can automate your Etsy sales the RIGHT way!

Top 10 printable design mistakes you need to avoid on Etsy | I will show you all the printable design mistakes you should avoid when you are designing your own printables. #TrustMeIAmAGraphicDesigner And no, you don’t have to invest in a thousand dollar software ;) You can easily start with Canva (A free platform).

10. Thou shall think beyond printables

Let me tell you a story: You see… I used to be in the same place like you.

I opened my Etsy shop in 2017, selling digital downloads. Small background story: I am still in college. That means I did not have time to figure out how to print my design on mugs, how to package them, and how to ship them.

That is why I kept continuing designing printables only.

And because of that, I lost sales every day.

I promoted my butt off with those printables. And every day I got the same question: ‘’Do you also sell this design on mugs, pillows, T-shirts, etc.?!'' And every time I had to turn down someone that could be my customer.

With Profitable Passive Products for Etsy Sellers, I will show you how you can design, sell your designs on mugs, pillows, T-Shirts, etc.

Here is the truth:

When you talk about passive income* with Etsy, most people think of digital downloads. I used to think the same way, and that's why I lost sales every day.

*Passive income means that you create the product once, and keep making sales with it on autopilot.

That was until I found a solution that could sell tangible products for me on autopilot.

This new solution allows me to focus on designing products and designing only. I don’t have to worry about producing my products, packaging my products, and shipping my products. And that is ideal since I live in the Netherlands, and my customers are located in the USA.

And because of that, my sales tripled.

So it is possible to create tangible, passive products! You don’t have to create printables only.

My course, Profitable Passive Products for Etsy Sellers, shows you how you can design, sell tangible, passive products without producing, packaging and shipping them yourself.

The doors of Profitable Passive Products for Etsy Sellers are currently closed. But I won’t leave you hanging. I got a free similar course instead: Automate Your Etsy Sales.

This email course will sell you how you can sell your Etsy products on autopilot. And did I already mentioned it’s free? ;)

 
 

Those were the top 10 printable design mistakes you should avoid when it comes to designing printables. If you would like to learn how you can automate your Etsy sales by thinking beyond printables (HINT: There is barely extra work required), then you should sign up for the free email course.

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Chelsea

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