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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. Alex

    Is it possible to generate two variants for shopify using two different images? Let’s say I have a black image for white shirts and same white for black shirts. It’ll be the same products, but two variants.

  2. olie

    When I tried the Mockup Generator for the Yoga Pants it didn’t seem to work and made my design a complete blur is there something im doing wrong? Will my Yoga Pants print like this?

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Hi Olie! It could be that the resolution of your uploaded print file was too low – we require a minimum of 150 dpi. I would reach out to, explain your issue, and include screenshots. So long as your print files meet our requirements, leggings should come out looking great!

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Hi Eli! It seem so 🙂 What ecommerce platform are you using? Why aren’t you able to get past it (eg. error message, smth else)?

  3. Ben

    When I update my synced product mockups in Printful, the images do not update on my own site. Is there a way to re-sync, or something to that effect?


  4. Jay

    For the all over pants, can I just place a small logo on the upper front part of the pants? I don’t need a sublimation but it looks like that’s the only option for the pants. I just want to place my logo on the pants.

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Hi Jay,

      Do you mean the leggings? You don’t have to print on the entirety of the leggings – just adding your logo is OK. But keep in mind that we can’t 100% guarantee its placement, and the rest of the legging will print out white.

  5. L

    I usually have to crop each generated image with an aspect ratio of 16:24 to fit with my e-commerce 4 product grid.

    Can you add an option within the mockup generator to make generated images respect a custom aspect ratio? Not every ecommerce use images that are 1X1.

  6. Jd

    Hello, I love your mock up system.

    I would love you to add the ability to print on the sleeve area of t-shirts, I have allot of style ideas.

  7. Tony Zeoli


    One of your competitors offers the ability to set a “personalization” area on a T-shirt. For example, they can change a piece of text on their order to their name or something like that. Can you do that with the Printful mockup generator – meaning add a “zone” if you will, where the customer can add some custom text?

    I’ve sent a message to developer support, because we want to use WooCommerce with the personalization / engraving add-on to send that piece of information to Printful to add below the logo or design applied to the shirt.

    Any help you can give here would be appreciated.

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Hi Tony!

      Do you mean you want your end-customers to be able to create custom designs that we’d then fulfill?

      Yes, it is possible and we do have customers that do this. But it requires some programming work and you’ll need to use our API:

      I suggest talking with a developer to get this set up!

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