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Create With Me: Merch By Amazon Products

Create with Me: Merch By Amazon and Redbubble

Since y’all seem to enjoy watching me create a KDP product, I thought I’d do another walkthrough video, but with print on demand products. In this video I show you how I set up my template for Merch By Amazon (MBA) t-shirts and then automatically resize my design for hoodies, bags/pillows, and Popsockets. I also show how to create a template for two-sided mugs to upload to platforms like Redbubble. My process uses Photoshop guidelines, circular text, smart objects, layer masks, layer styles, and actions.

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How to Create Text with a Photo or Pattern Background

How to add a photo or pattern to your text in Photoshop

Want to create those trendy leopard print or buffalo plaid letters? It takes just three steps! This text effect can be done in any graphic design program with a clipping mask feature. Below the tutorial is a video where I show how to do it in Photoshop.

Option 1: Using a clipping mask to add a background to text

A clipping mask can be use to show a layer only where there are pixels on the layer below. It’s a quick way to add photos, patterns, or textures to another layer without have to use a selection tool. A clipping mask will automatically update when the main layer is edited. Here’s the short tutorial:

  1. Create a text layer
  2. Add a layer ABOVE the text layer with the photo, pattern, or other art you want to fill the text with
  3. Enable the clipping mask on the top layer that contains your fill content

Here’s more information on using clipping masks in different graphic design programs:

Option 2: Using the Pattern feature in Photoshop to add a seamless pattern to text

Using the Pattern feature is a a great way to fill text with a repeating pattern while leaving both the text and pattern editable. Here’s how to create a pattern and add it to text in Photoshop:

Create a repeating pattern

  1. Open an image in Photoshop
  2. Select > All
  3. Edit > Define pattern

Fill text with a repeating pattern

  1. Create a text layer
  2. Double-click on the text layer to open the Layer Style dialog
  3. Click the Pattern Overlay option
  4. Click the drop-down next to the pattern to select your pattern
    • Use the Scale option to resize your pattern
    • Click and drag on the layer to move the pattern around (must still have Layer Style dialog open)
  5. Click Okay to apply the pattern

Video: Adding a photo or pattern to text in Photoshop

How to add a photo or pattern to your text using Photoshop.
How to create leopard print letters and other seamless patterns in Photoshop. A tutorial by The POD Files
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FIXED: KDP Cover Made In Canva Is Too Big!

Creating a KDP cover template with Canva - updated!

If you’ve seen my video on how to create a KDP cover template in Canva, you probably found that the file was too big when uploaded to KDP. After that video was made, Canva changed how PDF files were saved, ignoring the pixel dimensions used to create the document. Grr…

Not all is lost though! You can still follow my video tutorial below, EXCEPT instead of using pixels when creating your Canva document, use either the inches or millimeters dimensions provided by the KDP Calculator. I will also be adding properly sized (and tested) Canva templates to my shop.

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How to Create a Seamless Hoodie Design

Create a seamless hoodie design by lining up the pocket

All-over print hoodies are a great product for artists to showcase their work and get creative with multiple print areas. One way to level up your all-over print hoodies and make them look professional is to line up the design on the front so that it flows seamlessly across the pocket. Now, because these products are handmade and the print areas differ slightly on each size, it’s not going to be perfect. But, the better print files your provide, the better the outcome.

Here’s how I use smart objects in Adobe Photoshop to line up the hoodie pocket to create a seamless print file:

Save time with a pre-made template!

Save time with my pre-made AOP Hoodie Template for Printful and start making seamless hoodies today!