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Can I Use Canva for Print on Demand?

Last updated on March 19, 2023 @ 10:46 am

With the rise of print-on-demand services, many people are wondering if they can use Canva for their printing needs. The short answer is yes! Canva is an excellent option for those looking for an easy and affordable way to print their designs.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when using Canva for print-on-demand:

1. Make sure your design is in CMYK color mode.

This is the color mode used by printers and is required for print-ready files. Simply go to Share > Download and select the “PDF Print” file format, then set the Color Profile to CMYK.

NOTE: The CMYK Color Profile is recommended for professional printing purposes.

2. Use high-resolution images. When printing your design, you’ll want to use high-resolution images to avoid blurry or pixelated results.

You can do this by downloading your design in the “PNG” file format. You can also increase the size of your design for better resolution by dragging the slider to the right.

NOTE: Make sure not to select the checkbox beside “Compress file” since this will result in a low-quality image.

3. Choose the right file format.

When exporting your design from Canva, make sure to choose a file format that’s compatible with print-on-demand services. The most common file formats used for printing are PDF and EPS. To export your design, go to Share > Download and select the drop-down menu in the File type section.

In the menu that will appear, select your preferred file format.

NOTE: The SVG file format is currently only available for Canva  PRO users.

4. Follow the guidelines of your print-on-demand service. Each print-on-demand service has its own guidelines for submitting files, so make sure to follow their specific requirements before sending your design off to be printed.

PRO TIP: While Canva can be a great tool for creating print-on-demand products, it’s important to be aware of a few potential issues that could arise.

First, because Canva is both a web-based and application-based platform, there can be issues with print quality if you’re not careful. Make sure to check the resolution of your images before exporting them, and consider printing a test copy before ordering a large batch of products.

Second, keep in mind that Canva’s templates are designed for digital use, so they may not translate perfectly to print. Make sure to adjust your design accordingly, or work with a professional designer who can help you create a print-ready file.

Finally, be aware of Canva’s terms of use before using the platform to create products for sale. While you are allowed to sell products created on Canva, there are some restrictions on how you can use the platform and its assets. Make sure you read and understand the terms before using Canva for print-on-demand purposes.

In conclusion, yes – you can use Canva for print on demand! Just remember a few important things like using CMYK color mode, high-resolution images, and the right file format.

Dale Leydon

Dale Leydon

Sysadmin turned Javascript developer. Owner of 20+ apps graveyard, and a couple of successful ones.