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Connecting Your Shopify Store to Printful in 4 Simple Steps

By on May 2nd, 2019 Reading Time: 3 minutes

Starting an ecommerce store has never been easier. Not only are people buying things online more than ever before, but there are also countless tools to help you grow your online business.  

If you’re looking to sell printed merchandise, one of the best ways to get started is by using print-on-demand dropshipping. That’s what Printful does – we take care of all of the production, packaging, and shipping (with no order minimums). And you’re free to focus on making your business the best it can be!

To use Printful, you’ll need to connect your store to an ecommerce platform. Printful integrates with a bunch of platforms, and Shopify is one of the best, most intuitive options. In fact, thousands of merchants use Shopify every day to power their businesses.

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

  • No upfront costs – you won’t have to worry about investing in costly inventory
  • Automatic order fulfillment – you never have to process an order manually again!
  • Customized branding – we make it look like you sent it out

Now that you know what is Shopify and how you can use it together with Printful, let’s go through the process of connecting the two.

How to set up your Shopify store

How to connect your Shopify store to Printful

Step 1. Create your Printful account (it’s free!)

This is super easy and only takes a few minutes. Just click Sign Up from Printful’s homepage and you’ll be taken here:printful_signup_page

All you need is your name, email, and a password and you’re ready for the next step.

Step 2. Install the Printful app on Shopify

Log in to your Shopify account and go to the Apps menu on the left-hand side of the dashboard. Then click Visit the Shopify App Store.

shopify app store dashboard

Source: Shopify

When you’re here, search for Printful. You’ll find our app listed first under Orders and shipping.

shopify printful app search

Source: Shopify

Click on the Printful app.

shopify add printful app

Source: Shopify

Next click Add app and confirm the installation.

shopify install printful app

Source: Shopify

Click Install app and you’re ready for the next part!

Step 3. Connect your store

After you install the app, you’ll be asked to log into both your Shopify and Printful accounts. Just follow the steps and connect the two together.

connect printful and shopify stores

Step 4. Add your products

Go to Printful and under Stores in your Dashboard, go to your store that you just connected. Click Add product; this will take you to Printful’s push generator where you can choose what products to sell.

printful dashboard store

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 sizes, each size will be a different variant.

You’re free to use the clipart and default text generator Printful offers, but if you want to get more creative, you can use your own designs for creating merchandise. While the most popular tool for this is Photoshop, there are plenty of free graphic design alternatives, too.

Once you have an image you want to place on a product, you can just import it by clicking upload file and it’ll appear on the mockup where you can adjust it further, if necessary.

printful mockup generator image upload

Finally, you’ll want to add a product description. Printful products come with a standard product description, but you’re free to change it however you wish.

Use this opportunity to showcase your brand voice and let customers know what kind of experience they’ll have if they purchase your product

Printful also lets you set your own retail price, so you can change your margins depending on what works best for your ecommerce store.

Once you’ve finished adding your products, they’ll be visible in your Shopify store. You can click View in Shopify to see the product.

printful shirt in shopify

Source: Shopify

If you go back to (or just refresh) your store page within Printful dashboard, the product will appear synced.

printful synced shirt

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!

Sit back and enjoy

So give it a try, and set up your Shopify store! You’re free to play around and experiment with products as much as you want. One thing you’ll need to do before you can actually start selling is adding a billing method. After you’ve done that, you’re ready to make your first sale!

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!

This article was originally published in April 2014; it has since been updated.

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  1. Jane

    I am just wondering how the cart works if some of my products are not created by printful…. if a customer wants a t-shirt (printful) and also a book I sell (not printful), can the customer still have a seamless experience by using only one checkout cart? How does this work?

    1. Giedrė Kronberga

      Since Printful services are white-label, customers won’t know where the product is coming from. So the checkout page or process won’t change or be affected in any way.

  2. Kahyte Van Sant


    I’m trying to sync my Printful account with my new Shopify store and I cannot find the app section anywhere. I’ve looked in my account information and in the store/dashboard area. Please help.

  3. Judith Bernard

    I’m confused and I’ve been trying for a week now to figure this out. Yes, I’ve watched dozens of videos and have read so many different articles that my eyes hurt.
    What I’m trying to do:
    I’m using shopify and Printful. I have The Debut theme. In the shopify collections, I’ve set up all of my collections, including the ones that will get nested under the main collection: Example, Clothing will have Unisex, Women’s and Men’s collections nested under Clothing.
    I’ve gone to Navigation and added the nested collections being sure to link the collection to the proper collection.
    I went to Printful app and “added new product”. My products are added automatically to the main collection. I’ve set tags for the product.
    Printful sync’s the product to shopify. When I go to view my store, the product is listed only on the home page. I can’t get the product to show up under the correct nested collection. Please help.

  4. Tonya

    Can I link two shopify stores to a single printful account and choose which items get listed in each shop? Trying not to have to create two different printful accounts if possible

    1. Gundega Sāmīte

      Hey Tonya!
      Absolutely. If you go to your dashboard, on the left side there will be a section for “Stores”. After you’ve created and integrated one store, just scroll down and integrate a second one.
      Hope this helps!

  5. Johnny

    Is it a good idea to mention in the “About Us” page, that the store is integrated with a high quality priting facility? or there is no need for that?!!

  6. Jake Peister

    I already have a shopify store and brand, we sell other products that are not clothes but are interested in creating a few clothes with our brand on them. Is printful capable of doing this? we would like to keep our current site the way it is but add products from printful into our custom store?

      1. Jake Peister

        How do I do this? is there a training video or something that could explain to me how to add your products to my store?

  7. AJ

    So any orders placed via the Shopify & Printful connection will still be automatically printed and shipped seamlessly?

  8. Vanessa

    Will the customer have to pay 2 separate shipping charges if buying another type of product? For example a T-shirt from my Printful offerings and a soap from my Shopify store?

    1. Giedre Kronberga

      That depends on the shipping pricing strategy you use, Vanessa.

      As a rule of thumb, yes, customers will have to pay for the shipping of both products. But, let’s say, if you offered free shipping on your Printful products, customers would pay for the shipping of the soap only.

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