Welcome to Paintcollar! If you are an artist, designer or content creator and wish to put your merchandise out into the market, you have come to the perfect place! Getting started with Paintcollar is really easy. Just follow this step by step tutorial and you will be making money from your artwork in no time.
1. Head over to paintcollar.com/signup
You will be asked whether you would like to join Paintcollar as an artist or a customer. Choose Artist.
2. Select the type of artist
Choose independent artist.
3. Fill up your details
Here’s what you will get when you join Paintcollar as an independent artist. To sign up just enter the details asked for and hit the big red Sign Up button.
4. Activate your account
An account confirmation email will be sent to your registered email address. Click on the link given in the email we send you. You will be redirected to paintcollar.com
Here’s what your activation mail will look like:
Click your name in the top right corner of the menu bar and select the Dashboard option.
If you are signing up using mobile, choose My Dashboard option from the menu.
6. Complete your Paintcollar profile
Welcome to the Paintcollar dashboard! This is where you can manage your account, keep a track of sales and access the help section.
The details you enter here will reflect on your storefront. Make sure you add a profile picture which will help your customers identify you. Your phone number is required so that our team can reach you for support and suggestions.
Social Media Links
Connect your social media accounts to your Paintcollar store.
Here’s where you enter your account details so that we can transfer your payments to you every month. If you have an Indian bank account, choose NEFT Account Transfer and enter the required details. Make sure you enter your PAN card number as well.
If you do not have an account in an Indian bank, you will have to select PayPal and enter the relevant details.
7. Sell Your Art
Now that your account is set up, it’s time to start selling! Click on Sell Your Art in the menu bar.
IMPORTANT – You can upload designs and create products only from a computer and not from mobile. Please keep this in mind.
The Creation Engine interface will open up. You will then have to upload your designs on our product templates and set your profit margins over our base price. Here’s what the Creation Engine looks like:
Click on any of the product templates and select an artwork from your computer. It can be in PNG or JPG format. For apparel, your artwork needs to be in PNG format with a transparent background so that the colour of the T-shirt comes through and you don’t get a rectangular block printed. Take a look at this excel sheet with recommended image sizes, formats and suggestions: https://goo.gl/DBKz1x
Now that you have uploaded your artwork, it’s time to set the price. Every product has a base price which covers Paintcollar’s cost of manufacturing, packaging and delivering it to the customer. Over this you can add your own profit margin as a percentage of the base price. The final price will be the base price + your profit margin + taxes.
Here are the different things you can do before the Creation Engine renders your artwork:
- Reposition the artwork within the printable area which is shown by dotted lines.
- Choose a default display colour. This will be the default apparel colour for this design once it is rendered.
- Choose the apparel colours on which you want to sell this design. For example, if your artwork is predominantly black then it would make sense not to have it available on dark coloured T-shirts. You can check those boxes off.
- Rotate the artwork.
- Scale the artwork. Note that you can only scale down and cannot make it larger than the original size because this would result in the artwork getting pixelated.
- Add a profit margin.
Click the big red Done button.
You will then be asked to fill up a title, description and search tags as shown in the picture below. Make sure you give a careful thought to what you enter here as it this information is very important for customers to find your work on the website. Filling this information properly and adding relevant tags is highly recommended and has been proved to significantly increase sales.
The last step is to change the status of your artwork Public. This means that it will be visible to our curators and once they approve it, to the entire world of customers. If you keep it private, only you will be able to view it and you will not get any sales.
When you click on Public, a pop up will ask you to agree that this artwork is an original creation of yours and that you have all rights to use this for commercial purposes. You cannot sell artwork that infringes on someone else’s copyrights or intellectual property. To proceed, click Continue.
Now click the big red SAVE button at the bottom. Your artwork will get rendered on the selected product. This might take some time and you will get to see the progress percentage. Once it’s done, you will see your artwork wonderfully rendered on the product.
8. Add more products
Repeat the process for all the products you want to make available with this artwork. Finally, your Creation Engine page with all the products created will look like this:
Click on any one of the products to go to the respective product page. The rest of the products with the same design will be shown in the Available As section at the bottom of the page.
Your products are now under review by our curation team. The moment they approve them, the products will be live for sale!