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Step-by-step guide to connecting your store to Shopify

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Shopify and Printful

Starting an e-commerce store has never been easier – not only are people starting to buy more (ka-ching!) and getting more used to online shopping, but there are so many tools out there that help you out.

Shopify is one of those platforms that just makes running an online store a breeze. Tones of people are using it, and what we’ve done is created an integration that lets you connect your Shopify store directly to Printful.

By hooking up your Shopify store to Printful, here’s some of what you’ll get:

  • no upfront costs
  • automatic fulfillment of your orders – you never have to process an order manually again!
  • customized branding – we make it look like you sent it out

Here’s a video showing you how to set up your Shopify store:

Here’s a breakdown of the steps to hook up your Shopify store to Printful:

1. Get the app

Log into your Shopify account, in the dashboard go to “apps”. In the search bar search “Printful”, and select “Get App”.

You’ll install the app, and you’ll be taken to the Printful website

2. Create your Printful account

This is super easy, and only takes a few minutes.

3. Install the App

Go back to your Shopify account, under the “Apps” tab, choose to Install the app.

Installing Printful app


4. Connect your store

Go to the Printful website, under Settings -> Apps, click “Connect” under the Shopify logo.

Connect Shopify


You’ll be asked to complete your billing info.

5. Add your products

If you already have your products set up in your store (aka you were fulfilling your products another way, and have simply chosen to use Printful now), then you’re golden. Skip to the next step.

Go back to Shopify, and under the “Products” tab, add your products. You’ll have to add every different variant.

A variant is a certain type of product that can be sold. For example, if you have a t-shirt that’s available in different size, then each size will be a different variant.

6. Sync the products with Printful

Go to Printful and go to Store -> Products. You’ll see all of the products in your Shopify store.

To choose a product to be fulfilled by Printful, select “Choose Product” and add all of the information for that product (product type, size, brand, etc.). Add the print file, and you’re done!

7. Sit back and enjoy

For every order that’s made in your store, that is also configured in Printful, an automatic order will be made. You don’t have to worry about it!

So give it a try, and set up your Shopify store!

Do you have any more questions we didn’t answer? Let us know in the comments section, and we’ll be sure to address them!

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  1. Michael

    I’m searching through Shopify’s Expert page for developers and designers. I’m surprised how many of them are unfamiliar with Printful, specifically for the purpose of selling t-shirts. How can I narrow my search, and find developers who have experience with prihtful and tshirts?

  2. Eber Figueroa

    If I have a store on shopify and I am already selling my own products but I would like to add let’s say a mug from printful can I sell it in my store along side my own products…

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Yes, you can! The one thing you need to be aware of though is that you can’t use the “override shipping settings” feature. That’s because we can’t return the correct shipping rates if your customer’s cart contains both Printful and non-Printful items.

  3. Ryan

    On the spotify app I’m not getting the option to add my shirt label even though the shirt says it has the tearaway labels.

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Do you mean Shopify? 🙂

      On Printful’s end, you would add the product to your store, and then go back and edit to add the inside label logo. So in your Printful Dashboard, to to Stores -> Sync -> Edit, and upload the inside label file.

  4. Mark

    The cost I set for my art work ex $40 you sell for $10. The balance goes into my acct after taxes. If my product set at 40 an hour price of print is 10 does the customer pay 50?

    1. Liva Spandega

      Hey Mark,

      The way it works is that you set your profit on top of our price – these two taken together will form the retail price of your product. So, let’s say, we sell a product for $10. If you set the retail price at $40 in your store, you’ll end up with a $30 profit. If you want your profit to be $40, the retail price that you sell at would have to be $50.

  5. Andrew

    Is it possible to connect two separate Shopify stores/accounts to a single Printful account? Hypothetically, let’s say I have website selling hats, and another website selling shirts. Could these point to the same Printful account? Or do they each need to have their own Printful account associated?

  6. ahmad

    I want to ask is there possible in printful to two different design on same item..??
    Like If I have a Tshirt , I want two colors black and white , but my logo is in black, which look good on white but not in black , So , there is possibility to add white logo on black Tshirt , So, it’s look good.But in single product..???

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Yes, it’s possible to have two different designs on different variants of one product! You’d have to look up on your ecommerce platform on how to set it up.

  7. Tony Jenkins

    Do I have to add images for my customers to choose or do they supply the artwork? Because it appears that I have to do it which seems to be very time consuming. Especially since I am not an artist to say the least.

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Hi Tony,

      Most store owners typically create their own designs and sync them with a Printful product. If you want to set up a store where your customers can create custom designs, it’ll require some programming.

      You can take a look at Printful’s Design Services if you need help creating a design!

  8. Matt

    I have my store synced with Shopify. How can I print custom labels printed in my shirts for all my synced products. I don’t see an option to add custom labels when adding t-shirts to my store.

    1. Nora Inveiss

      Hey Matt! First, not all t-shirts come with inside label options. Here are the ones that do.

      You’ll have to edit the product after you’ve added it to include your inside label print file. Go to your Printful Dashboard -> Stores -> Sync-> Sync –> Edit the product you want –> click Change. Then you’ll see an option to upload your inside label (screenshot).

  9. Josh Rachlis

    Do you offer courses either online or at your Toronto office that could walk me through step-by-step the process of setting up a store, finding clothing to sell, and being able to give affiliate codes to models? I draw cartoons and I would love to put my doodles on items like T-shirts, hats, and bathing suits. I’m very good at making funny videos for my social media. I know girls who would model the bathing suits. I just don’t know how to do the technical stuff with the website and clothing.

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