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I started making my own custom wallart printables because I wanted to give a best friend something personalized and unique for her birthday. I looked around on Etsy and found a lot of best friend gifts; I also googled friend forever or bff gifts to come up with ideas of what I could buy. Ultimately, I decided I could easily make my own and it would be something very unique to our long friendship. Then I realized that this process is something that anyone could do and sell online if they wanted to so I wrote this article.
Since I was going to make a custom printable and because I live in the US I wanted to take advantage of the using standard photo and picture frame sizes to make it easier to print, mount, or frame the design. Creating custom prints is something I’ve done in the past. In fact, I’ve written a previous article about creating custom calendars so I’m familar with using local and online professional printers. And I love the prints created with mat board or foam core. In particular what I call foam core are the ones that have a raised edge. Those are easy to turn into wall art with out the hassle of getting a picture frame. If you’re not familar with this concept, check out the screenshot below. (This is courtesy of Officedepot.) The furthest right image has a small lip. The image is printed then laminated on to the mat board or form core. You’ll find it referred to by both names although I’m not sure if one is more technically correct than the other. Still, it’s a great way to display a custom printable and the result is durable. If you use just the flat board you can easily frame it but I love the raised board and think it’s an easy to use as is.
Most print shops let you upload a single image and create your printable wall art. That’s nice but by creating a custom printable using both an image and additional elements you can make a beautiful personalized printables as gifts or as items you can sell. Because the final design can be printed in sizes as large as a poster, it’s important to properly layout where the image and custom element will be placed. That’s so when it is printed it won’t end up off center or uneven. So it’s best done using a template that exactly places each element within the layout.
I originally created these mockup layouts with Inkscape but quickly discovered that the PNG layouts could be used easily in Canva. Since so many DIY and freelancers love Canva I decided to write this article and create a video of how to use the PNG layouts. I’ve made seven different style layouts; each style is in one of three standard sizes: large 20×16″, medium 16×12″, and small 10×8″. Once I set the overall size I went to work creating and spacing the individual elements. The image or picture area of each layout style was also set to a standard photo or picture frame size, making it easy to create an overall uniform and proportionally designed printable that could be used over and over for a variety of designs. Those designs include printables for birthdays, holidays, general wall art.
If you’d like to see how I use these layouts to create printable using CANVA you can check out my Youtube video below. If you’re interested in making your own custom printables to sell you can download my custom layouts, both the PNG templates and the original SVG files here. Or if you have your own cool ideas for custom printables you can use my video to help you get started.
Canva Print Video Tutorial – How to Create Wall Art Prints
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