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10 Free Design Resources for Print On Demand

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By Becca - November 19, 2019- in Go-Getter Blog

Is the idea of starting your own print on demand business lingering in the back of your mind? Or maybe you’ve already launched your first clothing line, and now you are stuck in a creative rut?
Look no further. Let’s take a look at some game-changing design resources. Whether you need some illustrations or icons, this is the place to be.
Go ahead, read on.

1. DesignBUNDLES offers high-quality premium and free design resources. Most of the free designs include a Premium License for Commercial Use.
DesignBundles defines commercial use as using products downloaded/purchased from our website for commercial purposes. This includes selling or distributing items made from our products.
DesignBundles have a little bit of everything – SVGs, graphic packs, illustrations, icons, templates, backgrounds, textures, and more.

Can I use photos to sell print on demand items?​

Yes, as defined by “To use graphics or designs in either a digital item, or in an item you’ll be sending to a third party to create the final physical product (print-on-demand sites, etc.) you have to edit the purchased graphics and combine them with other elements so that the purchased items become just a part of a new design.”

Courtesy of DesignBundles
Courtesy of Design Bundles

2. Unsplash

mountain person and forrest
Photo by Peter Thomas on Unsplash

Unsplash is a website where photographers share work with the world. It is referred to as one of the world’s leading photography websites by multiple sources. Unsplash photos are being downloaded by the masses and used for all sorts of projects.
All photos published on can be used for free and for commercial purposes.

Can I use photos to sell print on demand items?​

Yes, by using Unsplash service you agree not to: “Sell copies of Photos without first significantly or meaningfully updating, modifying, or otherwise incorporating new creative elements into the Photos beyond simple retouches, resizing, or other minimal changes so long as they are not done by automated means (i.e., selling unaltered, slightly altered, or altered by automatic script copies of the Photos), including selling them as prints or printed on physical goods.”
In other words, you are required to modify, update, or incorporate new elements into the photos such as hand lettering, photoshop remixes, digital illustrations and other examples that cannot be easily replicated if you intend to use Unsplash photos for sale.

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Courtesy of

3. StockVault is a place where creatives share their photos, graphics, and vector files for free. StockVault currently offers over 133,000 photos, and more images are added to the StockVault collection every week.
With StockVault, there are two main rules; “you cannot sell, license, sublicense, rent, transfer or distribute this image exactly as it is without alteration” and “you may not claim ownership of any image in its original state.”

Can I use photos to sell print on demand items?​

Yes, but you have to alter the original image.

4. Pexels

ocean and bay
Photo by Trace Hudson from Pexels is a high-quality free stock photo “book” that is easily searched. All photos are tagged with searchable keywords. The team at Pexels takes the time to go through all the submitted photos to make sure only high-quality photos get through.

Can I use photos to sell print on demand items?​​

Yes, you can if you edit, modify, or add value.

5. Gratisography is known for the quirkiest collection of high-resolution stock images. If you are on the hunt for edgy, funny, silly, and rare photos, you must check this site out.

Can I use photos to sell print on demand items?​

Yes, you have to modify the image that you intend to use to get paid to use Gratisography images.

5. Pixabay

drawing of cat was founded in 2010. Pixabay has developed a reputation as the leading go-to site for photos, illustrations, vector graphics, and film footage.

Can I use photos to sell print on demand items?

Yes, but do not sell unaltered images. You cannot sell a replica of a stock photo as a poster or other print on demand product. Also, do not use images with logos that may mislead your audience to think you have an association with a product or service.

6. Vecteezy is the largest vector graphics community in the world.

Can I use photos to sell print on demand items?​

Yes, Vecteezy images may be used for all print on demand items, however, your license will determine the specific usage:

  • Free License – Up to 50 Sales (Attribution Required)
  • Pro License –  Up to 100,000 Sales (No Attribution Required) – pricing. 
  • Pro Extended License – Unlimited Sales (No Attribution Required)

7. Burst Shopify

Shopify powers burst, and all photos can be used for just about anything.

Can I use photos to sell print on demand items?​​

Yes, you can use Burst photos to create t-shirts, mugs, or other products.

8. Free Design Resources

Free Design Resources provide sellers like you with the best design resources – fonts, mockups, graphics, templates, and other useful tools to help you succeed in the print on demand industry.

Can I use photos to sell print on demand items?

Yes, if it’s free, you can use the item however you want with no limitations. For commercial use, you’re allowed to use the item for client projects or to create an end product for sale.

9. Free Stocks

dog with pink bunny ears
Free Stocks is a photo service for creatives and entrepreneurs. Categories include animals, city & architecture, fashion, food & drinks, nature & technology, and people.

Can I use photos to sell print on demand items?

Yes, all photos on are free and licensed under CC0 (Creative Commons Zero). You can copy, modify, and use them both in personal and commercial projects. However, you cannot sell the photos themselves.

10. SplitShire

SplitShire was created to get the use out of unused photos that would be sitting in dusted drives.

Can I use photos to sell print on demand items?

Yes, you can use photos, but the photos must be modified to do so.
There you have it, now let’s get creating.


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