50 Great Places to Sell Your Designs Online

June 18, 2013 · 31 comments

by Lars

Whether you’re a professional designer, web-developer, photographer or just doing some design work as a hobby you may be able to earn some money by selling your work online. In this article tripwire magazine present with 50 online services that you should check out if you have created unique designs, taken amazing pictures etc. that you want to allow others to use in return for some money.


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Introduction

Be aware that not all of the websites listed below have huge traffic numbers and may not expose your art very well. If you’re really serious about making a business by selling your design and art online you should do some investigations up front. A few tips.

Check the monthly page impressesion on compete.com below is an example of two website listed below where the long term popularity difference is very clear. The same is true for the expected increase in visitors going forward.

compete

I personllay like to use compete.com but there are many other options like fx. alexa.com. Be careful with relying to much in metrics for non .com domains as they typically are significantly lower than the actual number.

Index

The article has been organized into the following sections.

Section 1: Image and Vector Buy / Sell Marketplaces

Section 2: Templates Buy / Sell Marketplaces

Section 3: Fonts Buy / Sell Marketplaces

Section 4: Project and Competition Marketplaces

Section 5: Sell on T-shirts, cups, you name it…

Section 5: Organisations that you may be able to join

Image and Vector Buy / Sell Marketplaces

Shutterstock

Earn $.25 per download for photography and vector images. It’s a very popular service wiyh currently more than 6 millon royalty-free stock photos availbale.

shutterstock

BigStockPhoto

BigStockPhoto sells images individually, and you can earn $0.50 to $3 per download (or more on special license downloads). In order to be accepted into the program you’ll have to pass a test. You can get more information and sign up from their website.

bigstockphoto

iStockphoto

Sell photos, illustrations, flash, video, and more through this quality-controlled site. istockphoto use a credit based system.

istockphoto

Photospin

Photospin sells images by subscription. Their website allows you to inquire about becoming a seller, but there is no information about commissions or details.

photospin

Stockxpert

Stockxpert is similar to iStockphoto in terms of the photos and images that are available, although the selection is a bit less than iStockphoto. At Stockxpert you can earn 50% commission and you can view your stats and earnings in real time. Get more information about selling with Stockxpert.

stockxpert

Fotolia

Fotolia sells photos and images individually as well as through subscriptions. As a seller, you can earn up to 80% commission, with an average of 52%. You can sell your work with exclusive licenses and name your price. Get more information at their website.

fotolia

VectorStock

VectorStock™ is a Royalty-free vector stock art collection. Many of the vector files are unique to VectorStock™. All files are available for download as a zipped Vector EPS Version 8 file, many files include a native Adobe Illustrator™ CS file as well.

vectorstock

Cerizmo

Sell any kind of digital product in your own customizable store and get paid instantly.

cerizmo

Graphic Leftovers

Sell logos, icons, illustrations, templates and more through this site. Graphic Leftovers use a credit based system.

graphicleftovers

SuperStock.com

A stock image seller for over 20 years, seems pretty selective in the work they except, and no mention of procentage.

superstock

Alamy.com

With over 15 million images, you may get a little lost in the shuffle here, but if you can sell your work, you’ll get 65%.

alamy

123RF.com

Offers two payment systems: 50% of individual high res photo sale, and $.36 per subscription download.

123rf

Dreamstime

Dreamstime sells images individually. The base commission is 50% per download, but it can go as high as 80%. You’ll earn a high commission for exclusivity plus there are different levels according to how many of your files have been purchased. The more you sell, the more you make.

dreamstime

VideoHive

Sell your stock video footage and motion graphics. You will earn at least 40% of the sales price.

videohive

GraphicRiver

Sell vector images, layered Photoshop files and more. You will earn at least 40% of the sales price.

graphicriver

Artbreak

Artbreak is a community marketplace for artists and art lovers. It’s a place for artists to share and sell their stuff, tell the world about themselves, get feedback, and make connections with other artists and people who like their work. It’s a place for art lovers to find incredible work from emerging artists from all over the world.

artbreak

CoSwap

Swap your designs or codes for something else you need, or sell your work outright. The following categories are available.

coswap

Artist Rising

An artwork marketplace that includes photography and digital art.

artistrising

Boundless Gallery

Sell your art online.

boundlessgallery

Template Buy / Sell Marketplaces

ThemeForest

ThemeForest is an Envato Marketplace. At ThemeForest you can buy and sell site templates and themes to skin popular CMS products like WordPress, Drupal and Joomla. Files are priced from just five dollars, based on the complexity, quality and use of the file. Anyone is free to sign up for an account and begin trading or purchasing files. You will earn at least 40% of the sales price.

themeforest

cutcaster.com

Sell your digital images and vector graphics, along with stock video. Sellers can set their prices or those new to the world of licensing can use the Cutcaster Algorithm to find the fair market price.

cutcaster

Covantage Templates

Sell website, flash, logo and other templates.

covantagetemplates

Templamatic

Upload and sell your own website templates.

templamatic

CMS Market

Sell templates, extensions and more for Joomla and WordPress.

cmsmarket

Css Templates Web

Sell low-cost, css-based website templates.

csstemplatesweb

Fonts Buy / Sell Marketplaces

MyFonts

Sell your fonts as part of the largest font collection online.

myfonts

ITCFonts.com

Sell complete font character sets through this site.

itcfonts

Project and Competition Marketplaces

crowdSPRING

Work on spec on a variety of design projects, competing against other designers.

crowdspring

99 designs

Compete against other designers on real projects to win cash prizes.

99designs

Minted

Submit designs to this regular contest and receive cash prizes.

minted

Project4Hire.com

Bid on projects in a variety of categories including graphic design and web design.

project4hire

DesignFirms

List your design firm and have clients come to you for project bidding.

designfirms

Zooppa

Create ads and compete against other designers to win cash prizes.

zooppa

I Vote For Art

Put your artwork up for sale and have it voted on.

ivoteforart

Sell on T-shirts, cups, you name it…

Zazzle

Put your designs on unique products to sell.

zazzle

Cafepress

Well this is really different but quite fun. Why not put your designs on a dog-T-shirt and sell like that? Choose from

80+ customizable products, including apparel, home & office accessories to books, music and data CDs. Also, check out our new Direct Printing to give your apparel images greater durability, coming soon to select apparel. Select from our full line of products below, or use the links to the right.

cafepress

imagekind

Sell artwork in a variety of formats—framed, canvas, posters, greeting cards and more.

imagekind

redbubble

Another artwork marketplace where you can sell wall art, t-shirts, calendars and greeting cards.

redbubble

Threadless

Design a t-shirt, submit it for voting, and if it’s one of the best, see it made and sold.

threadless

Spreadshirt – Create custom t-shirts to sell.

pikistore – Set up your own online t-shirt store.

Organisations that you may be able to join

Theme Galaxy

Premium WordPress theme designers who are always looking for new talent to join their team.

themegalaxy

Linotype.com

This site actively seeks new font designers to add to their collection.

linotype

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Daenna May 31, 2013 at 7:28 pm

very useful information, thanks for share…..

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Artform July 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Of the “Print on Demand” websites listed (and there are many more), zazzle is by far the best and fairest. I’m only just about to venture into selling stock images and templates so can’t comment on any of those type of sites yet.

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Alin March 9, 2012 at 9:23 am

Very useful list. Thanks !

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Patrick December 31, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Very nice list of websites there. There seem to be more of these sites coming out every day though I guess the competition is a good thing when you compare the rates that designers will get after those sites take their commission.

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Julian March 4, 2012 at 10:37 am

Patrick, after the biggest sites shaved again the royalties to contributors, its definitely a good thing that there are smaller sites out there that are willing to give more to contributors. Feel free to check our and register with out site.

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Julian December 16, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Come take a look at ours http//www.imagegate.com – Small but beautiful :)

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Shekhar Mehta July 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Nice article..here you can list one more website where you can buy/sell wordpress premium themes.. http://www.fmys.com

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Sandy May 16, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I have a friend who sells his photos on http://www.fotoviva.co.uk and seems to be happy with what he makes. They choose the images they want on their site from your photographs but I think this is because they know what images will sell best for people’s walls.

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Lars May 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm

thanks for the tip!

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Sam September 28, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Hi Guys
Great list you have got there.
There is also this other website http://www.artboutique.com.au/
where you can sell any type of art, they have got free memebrships on offer
its neat and tidy

Cheerio

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Ram August 7, 2010 at 3:37 pm

There is a New One – http://www.themesrain.com

Giving Flat 70% commission for Designers!

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DonRichardW July 22, 2010 at 1:39 am

Here’s another possible solution. MadBeeTech at http://www.madbeetech.com includes a site builder that makes it fast and easy to set up your own website that includes support for fully automated digital download selling. You can sell any type of file, including of course graphic image files. Buyers end up at your PayPal page, so their money goes right into your PayPal account. Very inexpensive. I have two sites with them (one selling ebooks, the other selling graphics) and it works great for me!

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buy and sell sites May 30, 2010 at 9:50 pm

I just discovered this web site as I was searching in Bing. I’ve been reading about RSS feeds today for my dissertation so I will be subscribing to yours if I can find out where it is as it seems like a valuable resource, even for inexperienced people like me.

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John Boy April 17, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Check out PimpArtworks for if your work falls in the Urban & Street niche – http://www.pimpartworks.com

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Trevor March 20, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Creative people have great choice now, where to go and to sell their art/designs. It’s awesome. But your design have to be remarkable.

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john March 11, 2010 at 6:52 am

hello all, great list of sites for selling your stuff online. I have a site for your selling and buying needs online… And its totally free… http://www.theusednetwork.com

Enjoy!

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Richard Wilde December 18, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Some great sites here, a very useful source. I have some of my work on http://www.artybuzz.com which is a pretty cool site that may be of interest.

- Richard

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Phil August 10, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Fantastic collection! Thanks for sharing.

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Wedding Ties April 28, 2009 at 10:49 am

Hello mate, I want to thank you for this nice blog.
Would you mind telling me some secrets for a succesful blog ?
Which could attract some visitors than it normally does.

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Skinny Ties April 28, 2009 at 10:46 am

Wonderful.. I have added your blog to my bookmarks and share it with all my colleagues and friends..

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andol April 14, 2009 at 9:32 am

interesting works~

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loswl March 16, 2009 at 7:00 am

Thanks for the list of websites, gotta check em out :o)

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john March 13, 2009 at 11:17 am

Very helpful writeup and you mentioned some sites I wasn’t familiar with. One quick point. I would include us in this category, “Image and Vector Buy / Sell Marketplaces” instead of templates though. Thanks again.

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Tami March 12, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Bookmarking this page right now!

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Administrator March 11, 2009 at 5:34 am

Christopher, many thanks for the feedback. I like to read “Mega List” blog posts as a reference to quickly get an overview of a specific area or problem domain. I also enjoy writing them. I’m aware that bloggers creating “Mega List” (including myself) can’t test and verify every advice or reference in the lists but that is where comments like yours comes in handy.

If you have input (good and not so good) on specific marketplaces based on your experience working with them fell free to share it in a fair tone as a comment. Also if I missed some good online services let me know and I’ll consider adding them.

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Christopher Hennis March 11, 2009 at 2:14 am

First off, extremely nice and useful post you’ve written here. I’m sure I’ll reference it in the future more than once. However, the ‘great’ Wordpress / other template marketplaces you listed, well, a few of those, are absolute shit, and I’ve dealt with them all. I’m just wondering if you KNOW these marketplaces to be ‘great’ or if it just happened to work out ‘great’ having all of the excess content for your post.

Either way, I enjoyed it.

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Eric Shafer March 9, 2009 at 3:57 pm

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Larry Hall March 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm

I really gonne try some of the sites you listed here! Thanks

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