Getting your work featured on the Found Feed (on the Redbubble homepage), or on the blog, is a great way to increase your visibility, gain more fans, and potentially make some sales. It’s also our way of giving you a virtual high-five. Which is always nice.
We wrote a great post on being featured on Redbubble, but did you know that aside from these features, there are some things you can do to increase your chances of being noticed by fans on other pages as well? There are some minor tweaks you can make all over your profile that can help your work stand out. So whether fans are looking for framed prints, graphic tee dresses, duvet covers, or more, here are some inside tips on how to make your designs scream out “click all the things!!”
When you add a new work to your portfolio the default color for framed prints is black, but there are also Mocha, Natural, and White frames available. Buyers do get to choose what frame and matte color they would like, but this is still a good opportunity for the artists to choose a displayed frame and matte color to better fit the art. Along with helping your art stand out amidst all those black frames in the shop pages (example), you can also give your customers some inspiration on different ways they can modify the framed prints before checking out.
While in the Manage Portfolio screen, choose the work you would like to edit and click the ‘gear’ icon, then follow these steps to change the default frame color:
You just finished a new design and you’re ready to add it to your Redbubble shop. But, what if there was a way you could ensure your design looks great on every product you enable? Depending on the artwork, you could get a few more unique products simply by making some small alterations to your design. Let’s take a look at the work below by Elizabeth Levesque. The original painting she created (left) shows the skull and planchette with some lighting on the ground. It looks great as a print and she could have just applied this to all products, but she decided to cut the main image out and now it can be added along with another piece for the pattern seen on the contrast tank (middle), or simply isolated on a black background on the tote bag (right). Her fans now have a few more options with that design, and her portfolio is cohesive while giving a wider array of unique products.
One of the great things about the Redbubble uploader, is how easy it is to add new works to every product. However if you’re not going to add a separate design for each product (as explained above/below), it’s a good idea to see how the new file fits on each of the products. There are a few questions you can ask yourself to help.
Aside from uploading new altered files for each product, here are a few things you can do to edit the products depending on the issue:
Before you add your new artwork, check to make sure the design file best represents the image you want to share with the world. (The tips are best suited to raster images instead of vector)
Designs with transparent backgrounds are perfect for products like t-shirts and stickers, but for other products like prints and cases, a background color will be added. This could be a plain white background, or you can choose a specific color. The color you choose is based on what you feel is best for that design, but sometimes a few different colors could work. This is a good opportunity to maybe try a few color variations, and see which one does better with fans. Maybe your actual design might look good in a few color variants, or maybe even a clean or worn version with some texture on it. The three pieces below, by Medusa Dollmaker, show this idea. Her “Rain, Tea, and Books” design, not only looks great in color, but monochromatic, and a minimal version with some texture on it. Do some tests like this and see which works better for each design. Maybe each variant works, and in this way you have created some new unique products like we touched on in #2 above.