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When I browse through Instagram, it's usually to look at Avengers memes. But today, I saw something else. I saw a promotion for a new print-on-demand website called NeonEarth, with the promise that the first 1000 members would receive 15% commission on sales. I'm always on the hunt for more sites to upload art to (just made a Teespring account yesterday!), and so I signed up.
Wait a Minute, 'New'?
New to me! I'd never heard of them before. NeonEarth's website is only 3 years old now (2017), which makes it a relative newcomer compared to Redbubble's (affiliate link) 14 years of service (2006), or Zazzle's 15 years.
Show Me The Website
Here's how NeonEarth's website looks...
It's got a very clean and accessible design. It's easy to find whatever you need - wanting to buy things, or sell your own art.
The one piece of information that seems to be missing is where the goods will be manufactured and shipped from - this isn't stated in the User Agreement or Seller Agreement.
Selecting a Product to Sell
After creating my account, I filled in my store details. You can specify a store name, description, and provide links to your personal website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Payments are only made via PayPal, so you need to provide them with a valid PayPal email address too.
To start putting my art on the site, I went to the Create tab. The site has it's quick spiel on the process, then two links. 'Create Awesomeness' is for people doing one-off designs just to buy for themselves or as gifts. If you want to sell your art on a larger scale, click the 'Design and earn with us now' button.
You'll then be taken to the 'My Designs' section of your profile. As you can see, no uploads yet by me, so click 'Add My Design'.
Home and Living
Clothing and Accessories
I selected the women's crop top as my first product.
You'll see a close-up image and description of the selected product. Click 'Now let's customise' to...customise!
The Creative Lab
The layout of the image uploader is very straightforward. Click the 'Upload Art' button on the left toolbar, and then 'Choose one from my PC' to upload an image file.
Acceptable file formats include:
The uploaded image will appear on the garment, and you can drag it to move it within the printable area, and resize it with the handled. Resizing is a locked ratio so you don't have to worry about skewing your art.
The artwork can be rotated in 15 degree increments, and flipped horizontally or vertically. You can upload multiple images into one design, and change their layering. And you can delete the selected image.
These editing features are good, but a crucial feature that is missing is the ability to centre the design in the printable area, as Redbubble allows you to do. You must manually drag the image to where you think the centre is, which is too imprecise for my liking.
The user interface has a zoom feature, but the difference between being zoomed in and out is so small that I wouldn't bother using it. (If you can't see the difference in the two images below, look at the gap between the zoom bar and the top of the image).
On the left tool bar, if you select My Products, you can see the current product selected, including its colour , size and quantity.
Clicking 'Edit my picks' lets you change those options.
Clicking 'Add another colour' brings up a very similar dialog box. Make your colour, size and quantity selections, and another product will appear. The image you had on your first product will be copied over to the new product.
Word It - Adding Text
You can make text bold, italic or underlined, but it applies to the whole text box - you can't, for example, underline just one word in the box.
You can change text alignment between left, right, centre and justify.
You can change font size via a slider. Same for font spacing (between characters).
There is an Arching feature, which turns the words into an arch or circle, depending on how much text you typed. The crappy part of this is, if you exceed a certain character length, the text just overlaps itself. There's no way to adjust the arching effect.
Leave Us A Note
Other Uploader Aspects
When you have completed your designing, go up to the top right corner of the screen and click the Save button.
...and this is the popup that appeared. The work needs a name, description and keywords.
A note with keywords, you can't just paste in a comma-delimited list of keywords. You have to enter them one by one, which is a bit tedious.
The site doesn't state a limit on keywords. I entered over fifty without getting any warnings.
The filters on the left side can be expanded, giving you more product options.
The available moods are:
There are 27 moods in total. It is a bit annoying how they seem to be in no discernable order. Even alphabetical would have been preferable.
There are 33 styles in total. The available styles are:
There are 13 patterns in total. The patterns are:
There are 15 colours to choose from. They are...
(In case you are wondering, here's the options I picked for my Support Main design):
Mood: Illustration, Vibrant
Style: Kids, Vibrant
Colors: Blue, Yellow
Now, I'll click 'Send It For Approval'.
While awaiting approval, you are still given free reign to edit your title, description, keywords and filters, which is great, as I realised I put a wrong date in my description.
I hope this blog post has helped you make an informed decision on whether to use NeonEarth's website or not. If you have any experience with using NeonEarth, or want to recommend another PoD site, leave a comment and we'll all chat about it.
Peace, love and sunshine,