Crated was set up in 2014 as an online marketplace for you to sell your artwork, photographs, and designs. Its focus is on creating a simple workflow so you can make passive income as a graphic designer without any hassle or fuss. The process is very simple: you simply upload your designs and Crated will take care of everything else, from printing to shipping.
EDIT: As of July 31, 2017 Crated is no longer accepting new artists
First, you need to create an account, which is absolutely free. Once done, you can update your profile, explore the various settings, or go straight to Upload Art. Crated allows you to upload up to five images at a time and add them to your galleries.
Besides filling up some basic information, you’re given the option to change the markups and mediums you would like your design to be printed on. In terms of pricing, you can select a percentage markup that is added to the base cost of each product type. Markups can range from 0 to 300 percent, but keep in mind that Crated takes 20% of the profit from every sale you make.
And that’s it, your design is ready to be shared with the rest of the world. The best part — Crated automatically detects the aspect ratio for an image and determines the sizes that can be printed. In other words, you can upload and sell pretty much anything you want.
Crated uses the industry’s best practices to protect your designs. At the same time, you retain full ownership of all your files, so you can sell them on other platforms with no issue.
Quality is always high on Crated’s list. Because they control every aspect of the platform, they can sell at lower prices — while maintaining the best quality possible for their prints. Printing is done in-house, and Crated owns and operates their own facilities in various parts of the world. Every piece is handcrafted with pride, using the highest quality materials, inks and archival processes.
The focus on quality extends to the work uploaded on the website as well. Crated curates the best pieces from the most talented individuals, creating unique collections throughout the year for visitors to explore.
Crated is dedicated to helping you show off your work. Oftentimes, other platforms will crop and center the image. By using dynamic grids in the galleries, Crated not only preserves the composition of every image, but also improves the viewing experience on any device for potential buyers, collectors and curators.
Making a sale is not only about marketing, but also your social presence. Fortunately, Crated has created a solid community that is all about creating, curating and selling. In fact, you can browse and curate pieces you like by simply clicking on the heart button that’s displayed on the top right corner of each image.
Crated also allows you to show your appreciation by following photographers, artists and designers. In addition, Crated makes it easy for you to share a single image or an entire portfolio on social media such Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Your profile card shows off your work and provides a brief introduction about you as a designer, allowing visitors to know and connect with you better. Finally, you’re given access to Crated’s marketing tools, with tips to get you started.
Crated has clean search engine friendly code, so your work will get easily indexed as long as you tag them properly. While you will have to do a fair amount of off-site marketing, there are ways to improve the chances of getting your designs found within Crated, specifically on the front page. In particular, how high your designs are placed in Crated’s search results is based on the times they are collected, how many followers you have, and the number of designs you have uploaded.
If you need help on short notice, Crated’s chat feature is handy and allows you to chat with a representative about any issues.
All in all, Crated’s ease of use and focus on quality makes it a great choice when it comes to making passive income as a graphic designer.