Disclaimer: I've only worked out this method for classic t-shirts, your results will vary with other products (I may put out guides for those later). I can't promise these images will always be available, since I don't control Redbubble's back-end. And I'll be using the Edge web browser on desktop PC, it should work the same on Chrome and Firefox, but won't work on mobile devices.
Table of Contents
Coming soon: video tutorial covering the content of this blog post.
About Image URLs
Every Redbubble image has a URL, where it is saved on their servers. The URL is made of lots of different parts, and some of those, we will be able to edit. Let's look at the following URL, and break it down into parts.
This tells us where the image is saved, server-wise. We don't need to touch this part.
This part is the unique identifying number that every artwork on Redbubble is automatically assigned. I'm not gonna cover this in this tutorial, but by the end you'll probably figure out how to change this.
This part identifies what product we're looking at. We aren't gonna touch this part.
This part tells us who the model is. We WILL be editing this part.
This is the t-shirt colour code. Redbubble currently has 17 different fabric colours for classic t-shirts, each with a unique number. We will be editing this number.
This refers to what view, or side, of the model we are looking at. We will be editing this part.
This is the zoom and crop of the image - what portion of the model is visible. We will be editing this part.
This is the file dimensions in pixels. We will be editing this part.
This is the file extension. Yes, we can even edit this!
Now that we have identified all the parts, let's start playing with them!
Change T-Shirt Colour
On Redbubble, after you're logged in, go to Manage Portfolio, then click the cog next to your chosen artwork and select Promote Products I'm working with my 'Lost in the Simulation' artwork.
Scroll down to the Classic T-Shirt, click the three dots under it, and choose Download Images.
Concerned your artworks aren't good enough? Maybe you need to do a review and audit of your store!
Scroll to the female front view, right click on the image and choose Open Image in New Tab. Go to the new tab, and look at the URL. Can you see the colour code we talked about before?
The current colour code is e5d6c5:f62bbf65ee, which is used for oatmeal beige. Here's a list of all the colour codes for classic t-shirts:
Let's copy the code for black and paste it into the URL.
Then hit Enter in the browser, and the new image will load.
Saving Images Fast
Now that we have our new image file, let's save it to the PC. Normally most people right-click and Save As for images. But I found an even faster method.
Simply reduce the size of your browser window, so you can also see the desktop behind it.
Then, just drag the image directly onto the desktop.
This makes saving images about 75% faster, which is good when you're saving dozens of images.
Change Photo Model
What if you want a man modelling the shirt instead of a woman? So easy to do. Just choose the code for the model you want.
I've found that there are four model options available:
In this case, copy 'mens' and paste it into the URL (or just erase the 'wo' in 'womens', and hit enter.
Change Model View
Let's change from seeing the front of this model to the back.
There are 6 views that I know of:
Side_front is not available for anyone other than women, and no side options for flatlay, but the rest should work for all models.
We currently have front_alt in our URL. So let's copy 'back', replace 'front' in the URL and see what happens.
Change Image Crop
We can change how zoomed in or out, and what image ratio the photo has, very easily.
Here's all the image crops that I have discovered so far:
(Alt_crop only for womens side view)
Not every crop works with every model and view.
Let's say I want to see the male model's back, but with more of the background, and still in portrait orientation. We'd use the Wide Portrait option.
So let's copy 'wide_portrait' and replace 'tall_three_quarter' in the URL.
Having these versions of the image with more background showing could be great for making advertisements, as you then have space to put text and graphics.
Change Pixel Dimensions
By default, images from Redbubble come out at around 1000px on the longest side. But you can make this number smaller, if you need smaller lighter files. Or - and this was probably my most awesome discovery - you can make the files bigger! The largest size I was able to acquire was 2400px on longest side.
To change the size of our current image, replace the last numbers with 2400x2400. The file will automatically adjust to keep the right image ratio, so you don't need to remember any other numbers.
See, because the file was in a portrait ratio according to the text 'wide_portrait', it automatically adjusted to make the shorter side 1800px, and the longer side 2400px. Now you can have some great high definition files for promotions.
Change File Extension
By default, Redbubble serves product images in .jpg format. But if you need something lossless, you can change the extension to .png. You cannot change it to .bmp.
To change the extension, just replace the jpg at the end with png
Does That Really Make 1400 Images?
When I combine all the valid models, views, and crops for this product, there are 83 files (so far, I'm finding new combinations every day). Here's a photo of all 83 of those options in one folder.
Multiply that by the 17 shirt colours available, and you get 1411 unique images. That is amazing! And that doesn't even factor in different file extensions and pixel dimensions.
Now you have all the tools you need to save hundreds of product photos to promote your Redbubble products.
Any URL discoveries you've made that I've missed? Leave them in the comments below. And thanks for reading :)
Peace, love and sunshine,
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