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

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Printful’s Mockup Generator is meant for creating product mockups and design files for print, embroidery, and engraving. Most of our ecommerce platform integrations let you push your designs from the Mockup Generator directly into your store which speeds up the process of launching new products.

However, our Mockup Generator is also great for creating unique designs from scratch. We’re here to show you how to benefit from the design features it offers. Open the Mockup Generator, choose a product, and get started!

1. Create text designs

The Mockup Generator has a built-in text design tool that will help you transform words into eye-catching designs in a few simple steps. Click Add text in the Design tab and write your text.

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For apparel products:

  • Pick font
  • Choose font size
  • Adjust letter spacing
  • Pick text color
  • Add outline and shadow
  • Choose distance and angle of the shadow
  • Adjust text arc
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For embroidery products:

  • Pick font
  • Choose font size
  • Adjust letter spacing
  • Choose thread color
  • Set line height
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For engraving:

  • Pick font
  • Choose font size
  • Adjust letter spacing
  • Adjust text arc
  • Choose engraving style—outlined or filled
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Our list of fonts is selected to ensure high quality results for all fulfillment techniques. If you wish to use a font we currently don’t support, you can create your design in an image editor and upload it as a file. As a bonus, embroidery text designs made in our Mockup Generator have a reduced digitization fee—only $3.95 per file.

2. Experiment with clipart

The Mockup Generator has a large clipart selection you can use in all your designs for free. Explore it to create fun, unique designs using only our Mockup Generator.

In the Mockup Generator’s Design tab, hit Add clipart to check out different symbols, drawings, and emojis created by our in-house designers. 

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Choose line drawings for minimalist designs, add text designs to create original gifts, or pick a shape for a special occasion. Feel free to experiment with color combos and mix and match different styles! 

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3. Browse our Getty Images library

Printful integrates with one of the largest stock photography libraries, Getty Images. Choose from millions of images right in our Mockup Generator, add the image to your product, and pay only $1 for it when you get a sale.

The Getty + Printful integration offers more than 90M photos and illustrations in countless searchable categories, so no matter your niche, you’ll find beautiful designs perfect for your store. Plus, the high-resolution files are large enough for your all-over products.

Once you log into your Printful account, the Getty library will be available to you in the Mockup Generator. Under Configure design, choose Browse artwork. You can then search for any image using the Getty search interface.

Play around with the images and create your designs, then add the products to your store in just a few clicks!

4. Try our sample designs

Printful’s in-house designers have created fantastic sample designs you can use on your products for free. To use a sample design, hit Upload file on the Mockup Generator, go to Sample files, and choose a design you like. 

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Some of them make great backgrounds, some can be used to add a splash of color to your design, and all of them can be combined and altered in exciting and unexpected ways. 

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5. Adjust design placement

You’ve created a design, but you’re not feeling it yet? Try adjusting the size, position, and angle of the design. You can make adjustments to both uploaded files and design elements you’ve chosen from the Mockup Generator.

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There are three ways you can make adjustments:

  • Click the buttons on the left to align, flip, or rotate
  • Type a number in the rotation box
  • Use the blue anchor points to scale and rotate 

To get a closer look at the print area and get the design placement just right, use the Mockup Generator’s zoom tool. It works for all Printful products except all-over print items. 

Click Zoom in at the top right corner of the Mockup Generator. Adjust your design, and press “Zoom out” to see the entire product again.

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6. Create designs with several layers

The Mockup Generator lets you combine elements to create complex designs with several layers. You can upload your own files and use Printful’s sample designs, clipart, and text. Mix and match these elements to create original designs!

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Experiment with the order of your design layers. Select and drag layers to rearrange them, and find the order that brings out your design the best. 

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 7. Pick a background color

The Mockup Generator lets you add a background color on mugs, phone cases, wall art, and all-over products (like leggings). We offer classic hues as well as some trendy options that are guaranteed to print well. 

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Background colors save time you’d otherwise spend on your image editing software. Choose a color on the Mockup Generator, add design elements, and you’re good to go!

8. Make patterns for all-over designs 

The pattern tool is a life-saver when you’re creating all-over print product designs. It’s free, easy to use, and it offers endless possibilities for original all-over designs. Pick a product, and start designing!

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  • Select an all-over product
  • Upload a design file, or use our sample designs, or clipart
  • Click Make a pattern
  • Choose pattern type: block, half drop, brick, reflect, horizontal or vertical line
  • Adjust color, size, and spacing of one component to modify entire pattern
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You can also: 

  • Add more design layers (in my case, more cherries!)
  • Pick a background color 

When you’re finished, go to Mockup view in the top right corner of the Mockup Generator to check how the printed product will look.

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9. Duplicate design elements

The duplication tool is a gamechanger for creating designs with similar elements. Unlike the pattern tool, it places each duplicated item in a new layer, so you can also play around with the size, color, and alignment of each one individually. 

  • Upload a design element or pick one of ours
  • Click Duplicate
  • Arrange the items to create your design
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The duplication tool is most helpful when it comes to transferring designs between print areas. For example, choose which areas you want your design printed on for all-over print products, and copy your design on both sleeves or legs for all long-sleeve t-shirts, hoodies, and joggers. Add more design elements, text, and a background color to take your design to the next level.

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10. Generate embroidery mockups 

With Printful’s Mockup Generator, creating embroidery mockups is as easy as ever. The mockups are very lifelike—you can even see the stitching in your designs. To start designing, follow these steps.

  • Pick an embroidery product
  • Upload your design or use one of ours
  • Choose up to 6 thread colors
  • Let the Generator work its magic!
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For hats, you can choose between Flat embroidery and 3D Puff, or use a combination of both embroidery types in one design. Flat embroidery is meant for embroidery designs with smaller details. 3D Puff is a raised embroidery type that works best for bigger graphics. 

When it comes to embroidery, every detail counts, so please follow our embroidery guidelines.

Your turn

Now that you know all our Mockup Generator insider info, you can play around and create your next bestseller!

If you need inspiration, make sure to watch our step-by-step video tutorial on how to design in our Mockup Generator.

And in case you’re looking for free, ready-to-use designs, make sure to download some awesome typography graphics below.

This article was originally published in November 2017; it has since been updated.

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Grēte enjoys all things creative—on the rare occasion when she isn't writing, she's either playing the violin or planning her next animation.
    1. Alise Zindiga

      Hey! That’s a restriction form downloading files only. If you wish to push new products to your store go to your Printful dashboard > Stores > open your store > Add products > from there on you can use the Push Generator that looks very similar to Mockup Generator only pushes your product directly to your store including our mockup images.

  1. Paul

    Hi. Are the product templates generated using Mockup Generator will be utilized by Printful to print the final product? What if I made some inaccurate design size or placement in my product templates, will Printful adjust it correctly before printing the product? Sometimes I find it hard to decide which size or placement of design is right for a particular product. And I’m bit worried if it really looks good in the actual or final product using such product templates.

    1. Alise Zindiga

      Hey, Paul! Mockup Generator is pretty accurate when reflecting the placement on the product, however, small differences are acceptable. Please keep in mind that Printful won’t adjust your designs before printing so it’s best to reach out for help to our Customer Support beforehand if you have any questions. In addition, I would suggest placing sample orders to test out your products.

  2. wonderstuff

    Hi,there
    How are you?
    Question..
    I created a tshirt, I uploaded the pic, I chose (white, gray and black color) but on the mock up i can see only a black color… how can i add the other two color as mockup…
    Hopefully i express my self clearly 😀
    Thank you

    1. Alise Zindiga

      It’s possible for most of our products (all that have flat mockup styles available)—you can update mockup styles from your Printful dashboard > Stores > click on your store > click on the product > select all variants > press “Change print file” > press “Proceed to mockups” > select flat mockup style from there > submit. Hope this helps! 🙂

    1. Alise Zindiga

      Hey, Patty, it’s acceptable to use our mockup generator and within it generated print files only on the products offered by Printful.

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