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Prints 101: Editing your Prints

Fri Aug 2, 2013, 1:11 PM
Hello again, it's renonevada with another article about how to make sure your prints are the best they can be.

This time I'm going back to Prints 101 and tell you how to edit existing prints and add prints to deviations that already exist. This is a frequent question in the Help Desk and in the printscommunity.

Most of these instructions will apply to submitting a new deviation as well. A brief article was written about new submit here, if you would like to check that out here.

Editing your Print

If you have a deviation with a print already enabled, you will see the button below right on the deviation page, which looks like the image below.

Edit Print by renonevada

Click that button and you will be taken directly to the Edit page for that print.

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You will notice that a few sizes have been pre-selected for you. Those are defaults that deviantART chooses based on the size of your print for best fit.

1- Product Tabs

At the top of the page, you will see a tab for every prints product that we sell. You will need to click each of those tabs to add your image to them. Editing a Photo print will not update the Greeting Card. 

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2- Adjust Image

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If you click the Adjust Image button, it will take you to a page where you can edit your prints cropping, matting size and color, as well as adding a different print source file.

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  • A: The image. From this field you can make sure the image shows as you wish it to. The print will have the same crop as shown here, so make sure it looks right. 
  • B: Upload Larger Image: If necessary, this is where you can upload the print version of your deviation. It may be a higher definition image, or possibly just one without any watermarks. The source file you upload will stay in the Uploader field, so you can choose it as many times as you need.

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  • C: Scale and Bleed: The slider will grow or shrink your image. The dropdown menu with default Custom have a few preset cropping options to choose from. The Show Approximate Bleed checkbox will add a small set of lines around the edges to make sure nothing will be trimmed when it is printed. Click here for an article devoted to Cropping and the Bleed Edge:

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  • D: Orientation. By default, this should be set appropriately. If not, you can choose the other orientation to make sure your print fits correctly.
  • E: Matte Color: If your image does not fill 100% of the print in A, a color will be added in place of the art. In this instance, the very top and bottom of A is white, as the rest of the image is white. You may select your color in multiple ways, whether it is through the color picker, RGB code or a Hex number. :)

This will need to be done each time you see the Adjust Image button.

3- More Sizes

You may add other image ratio's other than the default ones deviantART gives you. By clicking the More Sizes button, you are giving a list of every size we offer for that particular product. Make sure that when choosing sizes that no critical elements are cropped off. The best way to gauge it is to think "If I was a buyer, would I want to buy my print looking like that?"

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For example, the 1.00 image ratio, as shown in the image below, is a full square. As my image is taller than it is wide, choosing the 1.00 size will mean I would need to add extra matting around the left and right sizes, making the print have a lot of blank space on each side, or I would need to crop the top and bottom of the print to make it extend to the very left and right. That is not an appetizing idea for me, so I choose to leave that ratio unchecked.

Here is an image illustrating that 1.00:1 crop.

Screen Shot 2013-08-02 at 1.02.17 PM by renonevada

It looks terrible, doesn't it?

Adding a Print to an Existing Deviation

If you do not have a print already set up, you can still join the party! On the deviation page, you will see a link that looks like the one below:

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If you click that link on your deviation, you will be able to follow the rest of the steps as illustrated above to submit your print.

If you have uploaded a small preview image, you will need to follow Step 2 to edit each product with a larger size and follow B in step 2 to upload a large print file to each print product.


The print will have the same cropping as what is shown in the Adjust Image field and in the shop once it has been submitted.

Editing a single prints product will not update any other products. If you have a new version of the image, you must edit each product separately.

You will receive a notification in your Message Center once the print has updated and is showing in the shop.

If a print was previously approved, editing a print will put any products edited back into an Awaiting Approval state.

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Zenilla94 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
it sure is hard getting ur image to fit inside appropriately :O!
ArtyMissK Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015   General Artist
Silly question but do you need to add a watermark to the actual deviation before you submit it as a print? Does the watermark get removed if someone buys it? Sorry the answer is probably really obvious but I can't work it out.
SephoraUddinArt Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Is there any way to rotate an image once its been uploaded to my gallery? Only after setting up the prints did I realize that it needed to be rotated. I canceled the print option but still can't figure out how to rotate the image.
hulya-cilingiroglu Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You can rotate the image in photoshop then update the image in your DA gallery. It changes the one you uploaded previously, with the new one. If i got your problem correctly...
On1One-on-on-on-111 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
None of the information supplied on this page tells me how to select a category..I can select but I can't enter my choice it's impossible if I try to proceed I am blocked it just ells me to go back and select a category, so I can't edit and sell my work, I wonder if there is any point to making this comment, it would.seem that I have lost some money in becoming a so called premium member, if I do cancel I will make sure that I delete all my work,
renonevada Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you submit a piece through Muro, it can't be added as a print on that deviation. You'd think after 5+ years, they would have fixed that.

If you want a workaround, you will need to export the muro drawing once it's finished, which can be done with the muro's menu settings. You can upload that finished piece as a deviation, which can be printable. You can submit both the Muro drawing with the redraw animation, plus the exported printable file, if you wish.
On1One-on-on-on-111 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015 will take me some time to figure this out...I have not been using a computer for very long, I will keen to get my work published LH.
renonevada Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The muro sizes are relatively small. Most likely an exported muro file will only work with some of the small Art Gift products. If you would like to get better results and larger print sizes, I would suggest using a program designed for art, such as Sketchbook or Painter. The free Gimp could be a better alternative, as well. 

Anyway, good luck creating your art in whichever medium you decide! :)
ArtAtDeviant Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you muchly. This is useful to know in preparation for when I want to sell my works.
PikaInk Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question, and maybe you can answer it. About half of my pictures have the option for prints when I submit them, however, they do not actually submit. When I click on the options to add prints later, the canvases are all in red and it says to upload a new file? What do I do?
renonevada Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This seems like an issue that we had recently, but was resolved late thursday. Try to submit a print again. If you still get the issue, please create a help desk ticket about it here with a screenshot of the error plus a link to the deviation you're trying to upload so we can look into it further. :)
PikaInk Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It says I need a higher resolution photo.
Rapidor-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Oh weel new update! :iconyay: 
YaraZ Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very useful! Thank you.
dlAiRets Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013

phoenixleo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
That's good! :thumbsup:

Did not know about the matte part.
FJolliff Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I didn't know that the tabs have to be done individually! *goes to fix everything*
nilsxys Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very good!
OmriKoresh Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
My only reason i don't sell through DA- but i'd love to!
is that i can't place my prints accordingly
you see, i put my signature on the left bottom corner and no matter what- i tried- i can't seem to place it in the print properly to be on the bottom corner without getting cut! or wrapped!
i understand the concept of Bleed for the print but it's uncomfortable to place my signature each time specifically for it.

i took one of my paintings, i used the print layout from the site and i placed the signature in the right place- DA still said that my signature got cut, and i won't remove my signature, so did i miss something?
BjoernSiebolds Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013   Digital Artist
Nice 101! :) I still have a (more rhetorical) question: if I specifically upload higher resolution images for printing, these are also limited to a maximum of 30 MB, right? ;)
pearwood Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well said.  I would suggest also buying some samples of your own prints.  Matte and frame them yourself so you have an understanding of how it will work for someone else.  You can re-use your materials or give the finished products away for Christmas or birthday presents.

I use dA prints of my own photos for shows.  Matting and framing my own prints made me change to way I set up my prints.

(If you are going to need much custom matting, go buy yourself a decent matte-cutting jig.  I figure mine paid for itself with the first three or four images that I did myself instead of paying someone else to matte and frame.)
RJohnstone Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ryan, thanks for this tutorial. I just joined DA on July 1st, so these tips really help. -- Richard
pearwood Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Welcome aboard, Richard.
RJohnstone Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Steve, thank you. -- Richard
pearwood Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Most welcome, sir, and thanks for the watch.
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