How to Sell AI Art On Redbubble – Instant Profit


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Key Takeaways

  • Redbubble allows the sale of AI art on its platform.
  • Use high-resolution images when creating products on Redbubble. The preferred image resolution is 7632×6480 pixels.
  • Redbubble accepts PayPal as a payment method when paying royalties to sellers.
  • Use tags, descriptive titles, and descriptions to maximize visibility on the platform.
  • Upload at least five different designs to make your store visible to buyers.
  • To succeed in Redbubble, upload roughly 200+ high-quality, niche-specific designs.
  • Diversify your income streams and sell the same design on multiple marketplaces and platforms.
  • Redbubble has a creator fee based on sales made on the platform.

Redbubble’s AI Art Policy

Rebubble’s content policy does not prohibit the selling of AI-generated art. However, what they do emphasize is that you own the content or that you have permission to sell the content.

As you cannot currently claim ownership of AI art, you are not the copyright owner, but you more than likely have the right to sell it nevertheless.

Redbubble has not mentioned anywhere in its content policies or user agreements that selling AI art is prohibited. Most users have noticed that mass uploading designs have resulted in their accounts being banned or suspended. When you start uploading designs, be mindful of not uploading too many designs (ten per day) in a single day.

Create AI Art

AI art example, produced within the Lexica platform.

There are a plethora of AI art generators available online already, and the best ones can already produce excellent results in superb resolution. Lexica.art, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion are among the best ones.

You can also use services like Kittl, Fotor, or CF Spark to create your AI art. What you should remember about AI art is the commercial side of it and the getting of high enough resolution image output for the products.

Upscale or Vectorize the Image

Usually, the image output from AI art generators is roughly 2K (2000px x 3000px) when upscaled and 512px without upscaling. However, when selling print-on-demand products on Redbubble, you need a bit higher resolution images than that. Redbubble recommends checking their dimensions guide.

The general rule of thumb is to use images with a resolution of 7632×6480 pixels. This means you need to upscale your images and designs manually with Stable Diffusion or an image upscaler service.

You can also use a service like Vectorizer to vectorize the image. When the image is vectorized, it can be upscaled infinitely. However, you will lose some of the original quality, precision, colors, and details when vectorizing an image.

Setting Up the Store

Finalize store settings before you upload designs to your store.

When you open a store in Redbubble, you will notice three different boxes, each giving you a hint of what needs to be done so you can start selling on their platform.

The most notable thing is ensuring you’ve set your payment details and uploaded at least five designs to your store.

In the payment details, you can select the currency you want to be paid and set the PayPal account to which the payments will be transferred.

Uploading Designs and Product Settings

Add a descriptive title, description, and roughly 20-30 relevant tags to maximize the visibility of your design on Redbubble.

Remember to upload high-resolution images as it enables you to sell more different types of products. The fewer pixels you have, the fewer products you can sell. Use image upscaling services or vector AI art generators to upscale your original low-resolution image.

You can also use services like Kittl to create AI art, t-shirt designs, and other design assets and sell them on Redbubble.

The more designs you upload to the platform, the better chance you have of making a decent amount of money from it. However, don’t upload too many per day and per week, as Redbubble (assumedly) has bots that track upload frequency, and they can automatically ban or suspend your account for mass-uploading designs.

You can change the markup of your products by selecting the cog icon after clicking the Edit button under the product.

Redbubble has a 20% standard markup for your products. Consider increasing this to 30% for some products and even 100% for some, like stickers. When a customer is keen on some design, money usually isn’t an obstacle.

Optimizing your listings to Redbubble:

  • The title of the design should be searchable (when someone searches designs on Redbubble, is your design named so that it can be found).
  • The description should have the same words as the title to maximize visibility on searches.
  • Redbubble uses tags the most when it’s listing designs per user query. Use 20-30 tags on your listing, all related to the design you are selling.

Promoting And Selling Your Designs

While ensuring demand for your designs, the next step is to promote your designs on multiple platforms.

Pinterest is one of the best free ways to promote your designs. AI art itself is already beautiful and will gather views on Pinterest. Creating professional mockups with the aid of Placeit, will only increase the chance of getting that organic traffic to your store.

Another way to promote your store is through social media (Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, etc.). What has been found effective is promoting via Facebook groups. The best way is to create your own Facebook group and get people to join it (a lot of work is needed, though).

Facebook and TikTok ads are also a way to get the customer to your store. However, calculate the ROI before doing ads, as it will likely be unprofitable to do them.

The average profit from Redbubble is around $3-$12 per item sold. If your CAC (customer acquisition cost) is roughly at the same level, your profit is $0.

By changing the markup price to 0%, you can calculate how much profit you get in dollars.

Example calculation of profit gained selling in Redbubble (iPhone Cases & Skins):

  • 30% markup: $22.96-$36.53
  • 0% markup: $17.66 – $28.10
  • Profit: $5.3-8.43

When the profits are pretty low, looking into organic traffic and diversifying sales platforms and marketplaces are recommended. Society6, Design by Humans, Casetify, Displate, etc., are all options where you can sell the same design, and they all offer a marketplace with organic traffic.

Redbubble Fee And Account Tiers

Redbubble is introducing a new fee for their Standard accounts. This fee only applies when an artist makes sales, and it is based on how much money they earn during a certain period. If the artist doesn’t make any sales, they won’t have to pay the fee. The fee will be automatically deducted from the artist’s earnings.

This fee aims to help Redbubble invest in improving its services, features, and support for different artist tiers. Premium and Pro accounts are exempt from the fee as a recognition of their positive engagement and investment in the marketplace.

The fee is calculated based on monthly earnings and only applies when an artist makes sales. If an artist’s earnings are below a certain threshold, the fee rolls over to the next month. The account status at the time of payment determines whether the fee is charged or not.

Artists can find a record of their fees in their monthly earnings email and on the Account Tiers and Fees page.

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I’m a digital artist who is passionate about anime and manga art. My true artist journey pretty much started with CTRL+Z. When I experienced that and the limitless color choices and the number of tools I could use with art software, I was sold. Drawing digital anime art is the thing that makes me happy among eating cheeseburgers in between veggie meals.

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