A new site, and sometimes one we’ve been on awhile, can be overwhelming if we don’t know how to get around. If you are not computer savvy, it can even be more difficult. Since I belong to Redbubble SCOUTS, and have been welcoming and encouraging new RB artists, thought I might put it out there to help make this site a little easier to get around and understand.
Once you’ve opened an account, if you don’t have a picture uploaded, your icon will simply be a red bubble in a character comment blip – NOTE: if you want to make sales, a picture of yourself always lets the customer connect to you and your work.
I call this page the ‘catch up page’, since all your activity shows up on the feed.
On the left side of the page is usually those you’ve added to your watchlist and their uploads, any commentary on your work, replies to your commentary – ALL check marked if you have looked at those pages, replied and the feed type is gray, rather than the blue links if you have already responded. NOTE: on the right side of the page, you can configure what you wish to show up on your ACTIVITY FEED, by clicking onto Filter activity Feed. Comments: when someone comments on your work, you can reply (click) and they will receive a feed that you responded – if they are rude (click report) or delete (if you wish to report, do this first before deleting)– when you just comment below you will be the only one who knows.
On the Right side of the OVERVIEW page is:
Add Work – clicking here scrolls down Art, T-shirts, Calendars, Writing & Journals
Filter Activity Feed – as mentioned above, you can configure this feed to be included on your Daily Activity, or just check on the lists for features, favorites and all the other goodies mentioned therein.
Sales History – RB always stays on top of your sales and lists what you’ve sold and how much you’ve profited.
Edit Profile Page – clicking here lets you build your profile to maximize your friends and customers to know who you are and what your art is about. Profile Page: your URL for your profile will be www.redbubble.com/people/yourname to edit this page, you can add links to other sites and pictures like instructed above, in the describe yourself box. The daily feed question request has been helpful to me, not having to sign in daily. They’ll send you an email of your daily activity – you click onto any underlined feature, activity or comment and you are there – I save them in my email inbox, until I receive the next one.
View Profile – lets you see your finished product for marketing yourself and your art.
Below that gray colored feed is a list of any and all GROUPS that you belong to, including whether or not you are participating in a challenge, including vote counts. Groups: join the ones you feel you can get the most exposure and follow their specific rules, you can click onto anyone in your watchlists’ list of groups to seek commonalities. Or, while looking at artwork posted by others, on the right side where the description is – below are underlined groups that have accepted the artwork and you can click those to learn more. Challenges: RB just made most of the challenges really very easy as the group will send notice in your overview feed, click onto enter now and all the work you have uploaded will show up to chose from for entering; note whether they require a TAG, you may need to edit before entering. They have not yet mastered entering “writing” works, most groups do it in forums.
The next box down is Redbubble Community News, always interesting tidbits for the benefit of the community at large.
If you are into FORUMS, the next section lists your Watched Topics, the forums you have the most interest in watching.
Across the top of your page are small buttons, their functions are:
ACCOUNT – edit profile, change portrait (icon), edit addresses for payment, accepting user agreement, edit payment details, viewing sales, change password and/or cancelling account.
ART – from here you can either add a new piece of Artwork or view all the art you have uploaded so far, details of total amount of ART & views can be seen at the top OR each artwork shows sales, comments, favorites and views of each individual piece. NOTE: the top 6 artworks show on your profile page and you can move these around according to the arrows at the far right side. You can also click onto ‘edit’ from this page on any individual artworks. Image Sizes: For all sale items except clothing and calendars, the size of images uploaded should be 2500 × 3500, then in the ‘Items for sale’ section (below tags), you can check all: cards, mounted print, laminated print, canvas print, framed print and posters for sale. If someone requests Large prints, medium & large posters or laminated prints and/or calendars you can then upload a larger image.
T-Shirts – the same as ART applies to Tees. You can save RB’s T-shirt template in your files – the size for the templates are: 2400×3200. In photoshop7, I open template, then add new layer, then open picture file I wish to transfer design, apply, edit the remove the original template and save the completed file as PNG.
Writings – since writings are not for sale, all but sales applies to your creative, poetic or short stories here with views, favorites and comments noted.
Calendars – Same applies here
Journals – all the same notations appear here for your announcements, daily going’s on, features, how-to’s and writings that are different than above.
Watchlist – all you have added as friends, co-artists/writers will appear here – you can also remove them from here. Add people you feel share the same tastes in artwork for support – by clicking on names of commenters, bubblemailers or checking my watchlist and reading profiles, seeing artwork & groups in common.
Favorites – this is where all your favorite art, writings will appear from other artists
Promote – here you will find sales widgets, slideshows, banners, images of your work with links to buy from RB, badges, buttons and links ALL to promote your redbubble works off of the site.
Bubblesite – here is where you can set-up, manage and view your personal bubblesite, different than your profile page. Bubblesite/Gallery: this URL is different than your Profile page it would be http://yourname.redbubble.com – you can click this tab on your page to build and manage it as you add artwork – I suggest you get used to some of the above, so you have optimum pricing and exposure for items for sale. The templates are easy and to manage, you click and drag your artwork into categories you chose. Customers can buy directly from your gallery, without being redbubble members, or you can simply share the URL with friends to see your photos. Written works are not included in the gallery, but all photos uploaded for sale will automatically be in the Manage section to be added to the categories you move them to, I manage my gallery once weekly.
Bubblemail – redbubble members communications
Add Images: (description boxes, comments, profile page)
1. Upload Image, Title, Description, Tags, Groups & Items for sale – SAVE
2. Click onto buy/preview and save to favorites the card, print and/or framed print, by right clicking image of card or print; then go back to artwork page
3. In description box, add !exclamation point, then click to another browser tab
4. Find image saved in favorites and click to highlight URL, Cut (ControlC), click back to browser tab with artwork
5. Paste URL into description box and add !exclamation point
6. You can add more than one photo of work (Tip: when saving in FAV, I add letter c (cards), L (laminated), M (mounted) & F (framed) when saving multiple images of same work. Just be sure to add !exclamation points before and after the URL.
7. You can use this same process for adding to Profile Description
Clickable Link: (comments, description box, profile page)
1. Quotation mark
2. What you want your link to say
3. Quotation mark
5. URL code – http://www.etc…com
NO SPACES – “ SONG “ : http;//www.youtube.com/quah40md
Text Formatting: (using symbols befor and after text
BOLD * to make text bold * =bold w/*
Italic _ to make text italic _ =italic w/ _
Underline + to underline text + =underlined w/ +
Small Text ~ make text smaller ~ =smaller text w/ ~
Add a little heart ♥ = & hearts ; w/ no spaces
TAGS: very important if you want exposure here on redbubble and offsite for search engines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!