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6 Things You Didn’t Know the Printful Mockup Generator Could Do

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As the average Printful user will likely know, the mockup generator is one of the tools that considerably speeds up the process of launching new products on your store. Not only does it place your images on top of product photos, ready to be used online, but it also does a whole bunch of other things that you possibly didn’t know about.

6 great features of the mockup generator

1. Create print files

Even though it’s called the mockup generator, it is also able to generate print files for you. Say, for example, you have a logo that you want to put on a t-shirt. Upload the design to the mockup generator, size it and position it, and then generate the print file. Now you’ll have a Printful-compatible, guideline-compatible print file that’s ready to be submitted for orders.

After positioning the logo where I wanted it, I clicked “generate files”. There I was able to download the correct sized and proportioned print file that I could submit to receive a t-shirt with the logo position exactly where I had set it.

The printfile

The print file

This works for both DTG and sublimation designs, and it’s the most foolproof way to make sure that the printing process goes as smoothly as possible. Usually, the process is slowed down only when there are issues with the graphics and when they don’t meet the printing guidelines.

2. Select multiple colors at once

You can click on several colors to get your design placed on all the colors you want to offer so that you don’t have to go through the process one-by-one.

3. Publish directly to your store

Most of our integrations have an option where you can create a design in the mockup generator and push it directly into your store. That means no image downloading, no syncing. It even comes with pre-written product descriptions.

To try it out you go to Stores-> Add, where you’ll be prompted to choose the product you want to create and then move to the generator where you can choose your sizes, colors and upload your print file.

You’ll be able to modify the title of the product and the description, but we’ve added our own that includes all of the important specifications your customers might want to know. It’s up to you to add personality.

4. Zoom function

When you’re creating your mockup or print file, placement is key. Whether your design is on the smaller side or it covers the entire print area, you’ll want to make sure you place it exactly where you want it to be.

This is where the zoom function of the mockup generator comes in – when you’ve uploaded your design, simply press “Zoom in” to get a closer look at the print area.

Once you’re done positioning the design, just press “Zoom out” to see the entire product again. This way you can be sure that the design is firmly located in the print area without leaving anything out, that it doesn’t go over zippers and seams, etc.

5. Embroidery generator

The mockup generator is not just for products that you can print on – it’s also for embroidery. Upload the design that you’d like to see embroidered on a hat, choose the type of embroidery, the thread colors, and let the generator work its magic and show you how the hat will look like.

Remember that when it comes to embroidery there’s lots of little tricks to keep in mind to ensure that your designs look great. We have a handy resource that will help you with this!

6. Text tool

Last but not least, the mockup generator can also be used to create entirely new, text-based designs from scratch! You can also use the text tool in combination with images that you’ve already prepared.

At the moment this feature is not available for hats, but we’re working on adding the text tool for embroidery as well! Plus, soon we’ll also add some clipart to give you even more options for creating new designs. And you can also expect more font options, colors and other features to follow in the future.

Now that you know all of our mockup generator insider info, you can go and play around with it and see how you can benefit even more from it!

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  1. Tom

    Printful: Two Shirts with the Same Design in One Product

    I’ve been trying to figure out how to connect two shirts, in most cases a mens/unisex shirt and a woman’s cut shirt with the same design to one product in Tictail. What I’d like is to have a style variant for “mens/unisex” and “womens” and then the sizes selection would be passed to Printful. They’d pull the correct shirt based on the style variant, and then the correct size as usual. But, I can’t seem to figure out how to connect two Printful products to one Tictail one, and having multiple shirts in Printful doesn’t seem to be an option.

  2. Donald Felix

    Hello Julia,

    Thanks for expanding a bit more
    on the features of this generator.
    I want to ask…

    If i use this tool to generator print files and product
    photos for my Shopify/Amazon store, do i have to pay Printful
    for every product photo generated through this Mockup…?

  3. Jennifer

    Hi Julia,
    Thanks for the very helpful info.
    In step 1, after logo positioning, the next step is “generate file” ….for download (I don’t have a shop yet, and want to save my designs sized and ready to upload.) ….. Where do I find where to click to generate files????
    I can’t find a generate file heading?
    🙂

  4. Orna

    Hi,
    Is it possible to modify the mockup after a shirt has been created? By modifying the mockup I mean changing from display with a model to flat display ext..

  5. Crystal McFarland

    Will female models or just even the t-shirt itself be added to the mockup generator for the Bella + Canvas 3001 Unisex shirt? Being that it is a unisex shirt I would expect there to be no models at all since it can be for either men or women. It is frustrating that I cannot use the mockup generator for this shirt because I am selling to women therefore cannot feature a male model. I would suggest that when selecting the shirt from the women’s department that we be given a female model and a male model if selecting the shirt from the men’s department. Either that or no models at all and just the t-shirt like the Bell + Canvas 3413 Triblend. I don’t if this is an issue for other unisex as well but if so, they should be changed as well.

    1. Giedrė Kronberga

      Hi Sharon. I’m not sure I understand your question. Do you want to know how to publish products to your Etsy store using push generator?

  6. Porscha

    Hello! Bit of a silly question, but how do you delete uploaded files? I have about 3 I need to delete and can’t seem to find a way. Thanks!

    1. Giedrė Kronberga

      Hi Porscha! Every uploaded print file on your File library should have 3 icons on the upper right corner – preview, download, and delete.

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