Hand-painted printed products are a popular way for designers and makers to showcase their wares online.
And they’re increasingly becoming a staple in design-focused email, where you can download printable templates and send them off as an attachment, or as a standalone message.
Hand-printed designs have the potential to be a powerful tool for creative expression, but they don’t come with the same benefits as print-ready products.
So how do you get started?
Here’s how you can start.1.
Get a printer.
If you’re going to hand-paint, a printer is the way to go.
And if you want to make a hand-painted product, you want one that’s built to last.
A good printer will deliver you prints that are durable and robust enough to withstand a lifetime of hand-painting, and won’t crack or damage over time.
But it will also provide the tools to make your own prints, and a reliable, high-quality printing system can save you money over time (especially if you print multiple items).
And as we’ll explore in our next installment, getting a good printer can save a lot of money on shipping.2.
Pick a design template.
You can print out any kind of printable file you want, and you’ll be able to use it for almost any type of project.
You’ll also be able, with some creativity, to combine your hand-printed files into a single file, a process called “scalable printing.”
If you want a digital printout, this is the best option for the most practical reason: you can print on any device.3.
Set your date.
Most printers have a print time of about 30 to 60 days, depending on the size and shape of the print you want.
But if you choose to print your designs in a digital format, you can add an additional 30 days to the time you have left to complete your project.
(You can print all of your design files at once.)
If you decide to print more than one printout of the same file, you’ll need to pay a fee that can vary depending on your country.4.
Set the price.
When you print, you get to choose the price that you pay for each printout.
You won’t have to worry about pricing out the next printout in the same size or shape.
You just get to select a price at which you’ll pay for the next order.
Some printers offer discounts on their price, and others don’t.
In general, you should expect to pay between $0.99 and $0