Print on Demand Artist Websites Overview

Mark E Tisdale

Creative geek with a camera! My love of travel grew into a love of photography and art in general. I indeed feel quite fortunate to have found creative outlets that make my life so fulfilling and relish sharing whenever possible.

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  1. Ale says:

    Nice post! I also recommend that you check out Peecho.

    Using their service is really simple, you just install their “cloud print button” on your own site to get started selling your prints. They have a nice range of products, not only posters and the like but also books and magazines. I found out about in this artist’s site: Dawn Dudek

    • Mark Tisdale says:

      Interesting site Ale – I have added it to my list of sites to check out in more detail. I am still getting ‘moved in’ to my Fine Art America account and I fear if I start any more new projects I’ll never finish one! 😉 I can only multi-task to much! Especially interested in seeing their book and magazine options. I have used Blurb books in the past which I didn’t even think to mention in my huge round-up above. They produce a fantastic product but print on demand for books is very pricey!

      Anyway, thanks for the feedback!

  2. Alexandra says:

    I can speak to Fine Art America. I am about to complete my first year. The site has exceeded my expectations. I have sold a handful of prints without much time and effort. With FAA all you have to do is upload images and set up a paypal account. They do the rest. I initially thought it would be a waste of $30, as who would find my art among 4 million images? but I’ve made my money back several times over. I am not actively marketing myself, but like having a stand along website. It looks professional and has resulted in gallery representation. I am so encouraged I have now set up my FAA shopping cart on our company web store and customers can make purchases without ever leaving our website.

    To see how the store looks on our website go to: http://www.shadesofpale.com/store-3/

    This slide show was very easy to set up. All I had to do is cut and paste a pre made code FAA makes available through their marketing tools menu.

    They have slide shows I could have set up instead and they also have an out of the box facebook shopping cart I may use in the future.

    Alexandra

    • Mark Tisdale says:

      Glad that Fine Art America is working so well for you Alexandra! I don’t like to keep all my eggs in one basket, so I’ll continue to have a toe in many places, but when other artists ask for a good place to start, I do point them that way.

      I do like the new shopping cart widget, as well. I have mine embedded a few places. You’ve done a really good job of integrating it with your site!

  3. Dave says:

    Great summary – thanks. I’ve only recently gotten into POD since giving up on Microstock sites. I have a big portfolio on 500px and 1x.com and even after getting photos selected for curation on 1x.com, I have yet to sell anything. The print choices are minimal – basically canvas wraps in one or two sizes and pricey.

    I’m just beginning to build out my FAA port and like the fact that I can add photos to my artist website and they appear on the main site or vice versa. You can direct traffic to your artist site alone, and the premium account provides Google analytics, which is nice. It also offers Twitter and Facebook updates when you add a photo, so you can market your work very easily. Also (I haven’t tried this yet), you can use the FAA fulfillment piece on your own website if you have one.

    I am curious about which site SELLS the most. I see constant updates on FAA shouting “Joe Blow just sold My Little Pony” to a buyer in Kenosha! But then if I look at the artist profile, I see he’s in Kenosha too, so I wonder how many of those exciting sales are artists buying their own work. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

    • Mark Tisdale says:

      Glad it was helpful Dave!

      On the sales on Fine Art America – I’ve not tested it, but am told that if you look at the sales page, it’s sales to other buyers, i.e. that the artist buying their own work doesn’t generate all those announcements. Now, this COULD be the artist logged in with an account using an entirely different email address, but I can’t imagine that many are out there trying to beat the system by buying from their own portfolio over and over to boost their rankings.

      Sales in the same location could well mean they are locally known for their art (i.e. local marketing). Even if it is them buying it, they might be buying it because they have a local buyer and are handling the purchase from Fine Art America on their behalf to deliver personally.

      There are a lot of different scenarios because their are an awful lot of ways from point A to point B in this game. I covered how I go about things in a later post that you might enjoy if you haven’t already read it:

      Getting Seen – Selling Art Online

      But that’s just one way. For every person like me trying to get a handle on search engines, there’s another person being super social online or someone taking advantage of their local art scene. Or more likely people doing a mixture of them all. It’s not as simple as set it and forget it unfortunately.

  4. Dee says:

    I wish I’d seen this article a few weeks ago, I’ve just spent a lot of time figuring some of this out for myself. You have provided a lot more detail, by having the experience of using the site, so thank you so much. I have just set up my FAA site, and a Facebook page to market my work. I figure though that I need at least a Zenfolio site as well, so that potential customers in the UK can buy products without shipping from the US, which is the biggest issue I have with FAA. I haven’t yet found anywhere with a partner based in Canada though unfortunately, so if you know of one I’d love to hear about it. After more research today, I found Zazzle, and am very tempted by their “gift” products. I wonder though if 3 sites might be a bit much to deal with, especially as you say when it comes to keeping pricing as similar as possible.

    Thanks again, tomorrow’s research will definitely involve reading your other posts!

    • Mark Tisdale says:

      Hey Dee – glad that you found my blog article helpful and hope you find the rest are helpful as well!

      In my opinion, yes you can spread yourself too thin, but I also wouldn’t keep all my eggs in one basket. I’ve had the experience too many times of Site X sales slowing down. Sometimes just for a moment, sometimes forever! If you had concentrated on that one place, it can be a severe blow!

      Still, starting up on multiple sites at once might be taxing depending on how large your catalog of work is. It would be for me, but for some it might be a change of pace to switch from one focus to another like that from day to day.

      As for Zazzle and the pricing issue, some people sell there and other places as well and just accept the issue of a $ markup vs the percent one. For me, it would bother me to know that one customer paid X for a print there and another paid X more or less on another site for more or less the same thing. That’s why on Zazzle I stick to non-print products like cards, pillows, t-shirts, etc.

      I haven’t heard of any POD’s with printers in Canada either. I really feel like we’re all missing out without one, both artists outside Canada and those who are located there. I hope someone steps in and fills that void! If you discover one, be sure to shout out!

  5. moncoeurdor says:

    Thanks for sharing this information. I sell my art on Zazzle products and I am always interested in finding other markets.

  6. Here’s one Canadian POD service – haven’t tried them though – http://www.fineartprints.ca/index.html

    Fabric artists might like http://artofwhere.com/ – they also do beanies and iPhone cases etc.

    Cheers!

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