Making Prints from Original Paintings Without Spending a Fortune on Inventory

Making prints from original paintings is a great way to make your artwork available to your raving fans that can't afford buying your original pieces. It is also a great way to increase your revenue without having to spend more time painting.

Printing your artwork from original paintings is an excellent way to turn your art into something that is more accessible to acquire and easier to ship. It allows you to share the same piece of artwork in different sizes with several customers without spending more time painting, trying to recreate the same piece of art, or spending more time printing and shipping.

The following article will provide you with some of the best ideas and resources for turning your painting into a print to share or sell without spending money on inventory.

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How to make prints from the original paintings using a print-on-demand company like Printful?

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Printful is a print-on-demand company that enables users to create prints of their original paintings. Before printing your paintings, make sure that you have the dimensions of the print desired and saved in a file on your computer. Here's how you can make your own prints using an online printing company like Printful (which is a personal favorite of mine)!

First you'll need to sign up with the website. 

Once you've done that, you'll need to choose some products that you like from the many different options available on the website. Since we are talking about making art prints in this article, you must know that Printful has posters (in matte and luster photo paper), framed posters, framed canvas, thin canvas, thicker canvas, and metal prints in different sizes so you can print your artwork on.

Next, choose a quality image that has a size of at least 2 times the size of the print you want to make and is at least 300dpi. The higher the resolution, the better the print will look. 

Once you have your image saved in the correct format, you can upload it to Printful and begin creating the print. After uploading your image, you will see a preview of how it will look when printed on the canvas you select.  

Finally, once you have chosen the products you'd like to purchase, you can add them to the cart and check out to complete your order.

Once you have placed your order, it will be processed and shipped directly to you within a matter of days (depending on how quickly you need to receive your items). 

If you have a Shopify store, a woocommerce store, an Etsy store, or any other platform that allows you to integrate Printful to it, then you can also sell your prints on auto-pilot.

After uploading your artwork to Printful and choosing a product to place it on, you can add it to your shop inventory so that it will be available for purchase on your store.

Once someone places an order on your store, Printful will automatically print and ship your product for you! You don't have to worry about spending money on inventory or spending time packing and shipping. How cool is that?

But if you are worried about the technical stuff on how to connect a Printful account to your shop, don't worry... I will explain how to do that down below. So keep reading!

How to scan original artwork at Home or at FedEx

Scan original artwork at FedEx

If you're a graphic designer, artist, or just someone who likes to preserve their artwork for posterity, you may have come across the problem of how to scan original artwork for safekeeping. If you don't have a scanner at home, you can easily take your artwork to FedEx to be scanned by a professional scanning service.

FedEx offers professional art scanning services through their Quick Office Service at select locations across the United States.

At these locations, FedEx will scan your artwork according to your specifications and put it on a thumb drive that you provide to them. This is a great option for people that do not have access to a scanner of their own. 

Here's a quick video that shows how Heather from Heather Cash Art scans her artwork at FedEx.

Scan original artwork at Home

Can you believe that some people actually choose to keep the original artwork in their homes instead of selling it? Many people choose to scan their artwork so that it can be stored on a computer as a digital file. Scanning your artwork will allow you to safely store it and also make it much easier to share with friends and family. 

So, Let's start at the beginning.

What equipment will you need? You will need a few pieces of equipment in order to scan your artwork.

First of all, you will need a scanner. This is the piece of equipment that will create the digital file from your artwork. 

Second, you will need to attach a computer to the scanner. You will also need a USB cable to connect the scanner to your device.

Third, connect your scanner to your laptop using a utility-like software app which is how you will manage the scan of your image. 

Fourth, prepare your artwork. Once you have purchased your equipment and are ready to scan your piece of art, you will need to clean your artwork and scanner so that they are clean of dust and dirt.

Fifth, go to the scanner settings to choose the resolution that you want for your scanned images. The higher the dpi the better. 

Sixth, scan your artwork. Just place your artwork on the scanner and scan it. If it is a large piece of art, you will have to scan small sections of it at a time until you scan the whole piece.

Seventh, use Photoshop, Affinity Photo, or other editing software like Canva to piece together your artwork.

    Steps on how to use Affinity Photo:

  •    Press or click "file"
  •    Click new panorama
  •    Click "Add", then find all the pictures you have scanned and select all the images you want to choose or use, and click the "open" button.
  •    Then click stich panorama to merge all the pictures or images together. 
  • Click Apply. Then you're done!

  Hopefully, these tips are helpful for you. You can now create your prints!

Click video to see the steps mentioned above in action:

How to upload Artwork to Printful

For your first upload, you will need a few items: an image file on your computer (this can be a JPEG, PNG, or any other image file), your Facebook ID and password (which you used to login to the Printful site), and the email address you use for your Printful account

First, open your browser and go to the main Printful website. From there, click on "Products" in the top left corner of your screen. This will take you to the product creation screen where you can start designing your products. 

Click "Uploads" in the top right corner of your screen. This will open the uploads page where you'll find the JPG icon on the left side of the screen. Click on this icon and then select the JPG file from your computer. Then click "Open." That's it! 

Your image should now appear on your screen. Click on the picture to see a larger version. At this point, you can begin editing the image by resizing it, adding text, etc. 

When you're done, you can click save and return to your product creation screen. Once you're back on the screen where you created your product, you can drag and drop your image into the product you chose. Next, select your sizing options and click "Continue." 

Finally, select your preferred shipping speed and enter your payment information before placing your order. 

Once you've placed your order, you will receive a confirmation email from Printful letting you know that your order has been received. The order will ship within 1-2 business days. You'll also receive an email notification when your order has been shipped. An email will also be sent to you once your order has arrived at the destination address. Keep in mind that your finished products are not actually printed until you place the order. 

Don't forget to share your designs on your social media or your online shop to reach some potential customers!

How Printful can be integrated with a shopping platform


Printful is a printing service that allows users to print and ship anything from custom t-shirts to greeting cards. It provides a high-quality printing service for small business owners (like you!). Since it’s such a valuable tool for entrepreneurs, I am excited to share how the Printful integration with Etsy works. 

If you’re planning on using Printful to create and ship printed products, here’s what you need to know. 

First, you’ll need to set up a new account with Printful – it’s easy and free! 

Next, you’ll be redirected to the Etsy integration page where you can add Printful to your Etsy shop

Finally, once your account is set up, you will be able to create new products on Etsy and add custom products to your shop from Printful

Video tutorial on How to Integrate Printful with Etsy:

Woocommerce in a WordPress Site

Printful is a print on demand company that enables businesses to print their own products from a library of designs. The integration of Printful with a site such as Woocommerce will allow customers to order products from the site and have them printed and shipped directly to their doorsteps. 

Thus, there is no need for you, the seller, to place any orders or arrange for shipping of your products. This makes the entire process quick and easy for you.

Let's begin with the WooCommerce plugin installation. 

Once this is done, you will need to install the Printful plugin as well. Be sure to configure this properly so that the correct information is sent to Printful and so you can review orders received from customers. 

When an order is placed through your site, the order details will be sent to Printful, and they will automatically begin processing the order based on the specifications you have set in the plugin.

Once the order has been processed, Printful will then ship the product to the customer's home. Therefore, you will not need to do anything once the order has been placed. This will not only save you a lot of time, but it will also enable you to focus on other aspects of your business.

To learn more, check out Printful's integration guide here.

Here are 2 video tutorials on How to Integrate WooCommerce to Printful:

Shopify Store

You can now integrate Printful with Shopify. This allows Shopify users to easily create and manage their print jobs through the Printful platform. 

Here are the details: 

What is the integration between Shopify and Printful? 

The integration allows Shopify users to create and print designs on over 20 different product types, including t-shirts, tote bags, mugs, pillows, etc. Once the design has been uploaded to the Printful platform and placed on a product of choice, the product is then displayed on the Shopify store that has been integrated with Printful. 

Customers are then able to purchase these products directly from the Shopify store. Once the design has been purchased, Printful will automatically receive the order from Shopify, print the product, and ship it directly to the customer. 

Are there any other benefits to using the integration?

Apart from the convenience that it offers to Shopify users, it will also help them reduce the time required to manage orders and inventory. 

Video Tutorial on How to Integrate Prinful with Shopify

Final Verdict

Making prints from original paintings is worth it. It might require some time to learn how to integrate your shop with Printful and get used to the procedures needed to scan, edit, and upload your work, however, once that is done, everything else is on autopilot. 

You will be able to sell more with less effort and creation time. Once you have a design uploaded, not much time will be required from you to sell or manage your prints. 

So what are you waiting for? Get started now!


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