Ever wanted to make your own custom iPhone 6 case design?
How about printing some of your best photos as iPhone covers?
What if you could print up your artwork, photography, travel pics, family life, cool stuff, and put those images on your iPhone (or any product), using an easy, online printing, fulfillment and shipping process to do it?
Where did you get that fabulous iPhone case from?
You’re kicking back at the cafe with a friend and she’s staring at your iPhone.
You sip your Latte, take a deep breath and say…
I know you won’t believe me but…
Don’t worry. Everything is OK. It’s
kind of easy to do.
And you won’t have to empty your purse (or wallet) either.
It kind of works like this…
You put up an online store (you don’t need a store to do this), then
look forever find a service that lets you put custom artwork onto products like wall art, t-shirts, socks, iPhone cases etc.
Then boom. You discover Printful. But you wonder can I make this work because them dudes are in California and me in a weird little Australian town. (Or wherever you are).
But hey you thinks, it’s the Internets and all. Anything goes.
And sure they can mail stuff to weird little towns.
You probably press more than a few wrong buttons but using their videos and the Youtubes you finally figure it out.
In all honesty, the trickiest part of putting the pieces together was syncing my store (where I sell my art iPhone cases) with Printful so ordering was sort of automatic.
The other tricky part was deciding what images to use for the iPhone cases. OK that wasn’t so tricky.
But getting the right size and resolution for the cases was. Kinda.
Don’t you love Print On Demand? (Apparently that’s what all this is).
How Printful Works
1. You sell a product (like an iPhone case) on your online store to someone who loves your design. Printful works well with ecommerce platforms like Shopify and WooCommerce or on your own custom platform.
2. That order is automatically sent to Printful where it gets printed, packed and shipped. We notify you when the order is shipped, complete with all the shipping info like your tracking number.
And your customer receives their shipment with your design / image on it.
The process works like this…
Of course there’s lots of…
Funky behind the scenes stuff that needs to be glued together too!
Best way to fully grasp the technical stuff?
Go watch the videos at Printful.
The Print File Generator Thing
You’ll use their mockup generator to add your print files (graphics) etc.
The mockup generator looks a bit like this…
You’ll generate the files you’ll need (the mockup and the print file) and sync it all up to your store.
It’s do-able. I could work it out so I’m sure you can.
But no certificates given out for setting this one up. Sorry.
Hopefully you’ll get to accumulate a little wealth though.
I also use Printful to create wall art, posters and framed art posters. (I tried to bribe them but they won’t send wooden framed canvas prints to Australia due to our customs requirements).
Maybe I can blast out some Tote bags, t-shirts and pillows in the near future. (When CNN put me on the news).
So these iPhone cases cost like US$12.00 or so. You can get Printful to send you a sample (recommended).
That way, you get the first peek.
You probably know this but you’ll need to use high resolution images to get your masterpiece created.
And by the way, cool news.
This iPhone 6 case is a LOT softer than the previous (hard plastic) case. It’s hybrid thermoplastic (TPU) and polycarbonate (PC) material.
Apparently that’s perfectly legal. 🙂
Whatever that is exactly, it’s kind of a soft, rubbery to the touch feel.
Also feels strong, like you could drop it and the phone would be OK. But yeah, don’t drop test it.
The End Result
Put your art work, photos, designs, illustrations etc onto a Print On Demand product and let other people appreciate (and purchase) your beautiful art…
That’s pretty much it. Now get to work!
Hope you enjoyed this custom iPhone 6 case design overview. I look forward to seeing your custom phone case masterpiece!