Transforming Drawings into Etsy Listings

Transforming Drawings into Etsy Listings

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Exploring Clipart in Procreate
    1. Editing the Files for Downloading
    2. Editing the File Sizes for the Shop
    3. Editing Digital Papers
  3. Creating Etsy Listings
    1. Overview of the Listing Process
    2. Copying and Replacing Listings
    3. Adding Watermark Grids for Protection
    4. Choosing Backgrounds and Adding Shadows
    5. Uploading Files and Creating Zip Files
    6. Adding Tags and Descriptions
  4. Finalizing Etsy Listings
    1. Uploading Digital Papers and Glitter Files
    2. Moving Files to Dropbox
    3. Saving Listings as Drafts and Publishing
  5. Conclusion

What Happens When I Work with Clipart: From Procreate to Etsy Listings

Hey, it's Jess here and welcome back to my channel! Today I want to take you behind the scenes of my clipart creation process, specifically, what happens after I've exported my clipart from Procreate onto my computer and how I prepare it for Etsy listings. So, let's dive right in!

Exploring Clipart in Procreate

When I first finish creating my clipart in Procreate, it's not quite ready for uploading and selling on Etsy. There are a few steps I need to take to edit and optimize the files for downloading.

Editing the Files for Downloading

The first step in the process is editing the files to make them viable for downloading. I usually export my clipart as PSD (Photoshop) files, which allows me to edit them in Photoshop while maintaining their original size. However, I draw them in Procreate at 300 DPI, but they export at 256 DPI. So, I edit the files in Photoshop to ensure they are the correct size for my shop. This step involves adjusting the DPI and making any necessary edits to the images.

Editing the File Sizes for the Shop

In addition to editing the DPI, I also need to adjust the file sizes for the shop. For some reason, when I export my digital papers from Procreate, they come out as 256 DPI and 13 inches instead of the desired 12 inches. So, I edit all the file sizes to ensure they are the correct size for my shop. Although there is a slight difference in DPI, the quality remains intact.

Creating Etsy Listings

The next step in the process is creating the Etsy listings for my clipart. This is the most time-consuming part of the process but also the most crucial.

Overview of the Listing Process

To create a listing, I start by copying one of my existing listings as a template and then replace the necessary details, such as the title, images, and description. This saves time and ensures consistency across my shop. I also link corresponding listings together to make it easier for customers to find related products.

Adding Watermark Grids for Protection

To protect my clipart from being stolen, I overlay watermark grids on the images, particularly in the main listing images. While this does not completely deter resellers, it makes it harder for them to extract the images directly from the listing. It also allows customers to see what they are getting before they purchase.

Uploading Files and Creating Zip Files

Once the listing details and images are in place, I upload the files to Etsy. However, there is a file size limit of 20 MB for uploaded files, and my clipart files can be much larger. To work around this limitation, I divide the files into multiple zip files, each containing a portion of the clipart. This ensures that the files are small enough to be uploaded without compromising on the quality.

Adding Tags and Descriptions

To make my clipart more discoverable on Etsy, I carefully select relevant tags and write detailed descriptions for each listing. I consider what potential buyers may be searching for and make sure to include those keywords in the tags and descriptions. This helps improve the visibility of my listings and increases the chances of making sales.

Finalizing Etsy Listings

Once all the necessary files, images, and information are in place, I finalize the Etsy listings. This step involves a few additional tasks to ensure everything is in order.

Uploading Digital Papers and Glitter Files

Besides the clipart, I also offer digital papers and glitter files in my listings. These files can be quite large, especially the glitter files. So, I need to compress them to a manageable size without sacrificing their visual appeal. This is done by adjusting the quality and resolution of the files, ensuring they meet Etsy's file size requirements.

Moving Files to Dropbox

To keep my files organized and easily accessible, I move them to Dropbox. This allows me to have a backup of my files and retrieve them whenever I need to create new listings or make updates. I have a premium Dropbox subscription to accommodate the large number of files I have for my shop.

Saving Listings as Drafts and Publishing

The final step in the process is saving the listings as drafts and publishing them on Etsy. I usually save the listings as drafts first to double-check everything and ensure that all the information is correct. Once I am satisfied, I publish the listings, making them available for customers to purchase and download.


And that, in a nutshell, is what happens when I work with clipart, from Procreate to Etsy listings. It's a process that involves editing the files, creating compelling listings, and ensuring everything is optimized for the best customer experience. While it can be time-consuming, the end result is worth it - beautiful clipart that customers can use and enjoy.

I hope you found this behind-the-scenes look informative and interesting. If you have any questions or want to know more, feel free to leave a comment down below. Thank you for joining me, and I'll see you next time!

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