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

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