Bulletproof Guide for Stable Passive Income on Redbubble in 2022 — Part 2

Where we are

In the previous article, I covered what passive and active income is, what print on demand means, the importance of a well-chosen niche, and the two key elements of the successful passive income stream. Now, I want to elaborate on the design creation process. Where to start, what tools to use, and what resources are available for you.

How to get design ideas?

Personally, I use a ToDo app on my phone to write down every idea I have, as my phone is always with me. Ideas come in every situation: I see an ad on the tram, the bartender has a cool shirt, during a workout a mate says something funny. Look for inspiration on the internet: Redbubble, Instagram, Pinterest, or even Google search. You’ll find great ideas here and there, good font usage, a nice illustration — take ideas from these. I want to emphasize that you want to take ideas only, not copy the design.

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

Start sketching

Once you have a basic idea about your next design, start sketching it on a piece of paper. Of course, you can use a digitalization table or iPad if you wish. I personally prefer sketching in Procreate because it gives huge flexibility. During this phase I don’t go really into details; I block out the relevant parts: where does the main image go, do I arch the text or not; is it a multiline saying or just one or two words. I try different alignments and select a few which really pop out.

Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash

Once you have the basic concept

Jump into the graphic editor software. The palette is huge; from the free-to-use programs like GIMP, Inkscape through the lower-priced competitors like Affinity Designer or Affinity Photo to the professional Adobe products: Photoshop and Illustrator. Affinity Designer is a very nice mixture of Illustrator and Photoshop, perfect for t-shirt design.

Juna has great videos on print on demand

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