Becoming a designer?

Hello all, forgive me if this is the wrong place to post or we aren’t allowed to post.

I’m a freelance designer and I’m looking at taking the jump to full time within 2-3 months. I’d love to offer my vectors and templates here, but I was rejected early on this year for quality, despite it being my day job to create engraving-ready designs and digital work.

So, for all the designers here… what steps did you take to get approved? What site did you use to host your portfolio, and how many pieces did you have there? My website is dedicated solely to taking on custom clients, NOT for selling graphics.

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Hi :slight_smile:

You could get a portfolio on Behance or Dribbble. I don’t know if there’s a magic number to how many designs you need but I’d say at the very least - 10.

If your website is for custom work, what did you submit when you applied? Design Bundles would need to see ready-to-sell products with great cover photo presentations to make sure it’s showing off your designs well.

Yes, it was ready to sell products last time, photo overlays, SVG quote bundles etc :slight_smile:

If you want, I’d be happy to take a look at your preview images and see if there’s anything that could increase your changes of being accepted. :slight_smile:

create a portfolio of a couple of hundred images on shutterstock

Sorry, I don’t have hundreds of images, and I also wouldn’t want to go the Shutterstock route. Are there specific benefits to using shutterstock? I’ve never looked into the contributor guidelines as I only use them for video stock and the occassion stock photo

These are completely different areas for sale. It is very easy to open an account on shutterstock. This will make it possible to have a portfolio. You can appreciate the advantages and disadvantages yourself. This is individual for each “portfolio”.

Yes, thank you. Most of my work is custom design as mentioned, and I have nowhere near 100 different items to sell! I’ll take a look.

Forget about 100 designs. it was an example. All individually. :heart: good luck to you!


I referenced my Etsy shop when applying to Design Bundles. You can consider setting up a shop on Etsy and list several of your designs there for sale then resubmit once you have some sales.

Thanks for the suggestion, but I’m not in a position to pay to list things, as I already have outgoings for my website and things like that! Thank you ever so much <3

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Would it be possible since you already have a website to host some listings of your designs there? Just a thought. :slightly_smiling_face:

It would make my life easier, wouldn’t it? ^^ Sadly it’s strictly for commission work for professional clients, and I’ve no idea how to mesh the two considering they’re so wildly different!

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Well, I’ve applied again – fingers crossed!

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I do believe that the first 40 listings on Etsy are free

Do let us know how that goes :blush: I’ve been wanting to apply as a designer for a while now

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Hm, I remember having a store there some 5 years back and it was 40cents a listing. I’ll have to take a look, thank you. And I applied last night. I’ve added some bits and bobs to my Behance profile - I wonder if a mod could come take a look for me

Ah, just checked. 20cents a listing

Hello all, quick query. I have been declined from DB again, so I am giving up. Where else would you advise to start selling? I test all of my designs with both a CO2 laser and fiber laser, and all work well. No copyrighted material at all. I’m a bit wary of Etsy. Have any of you sold with CreativeFabrica?

I’d work on improving what you have in your portfolio and show how your files can be used on mockups etc. When I joined back in 2018, I just had my Etsy shop and didn’t have many designs at that time. It seemed pretty easy to get accepted at that time. The site has grown so much since then so they may have harder criteria to meet to join now. This is by far my favorite platform & such a great designer community to get help & feedback. Good luck! Hopefully you get to join us soon. :slight_smile:

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