Last edited 22 October 2021
If you’re a Redbubble artist, you’re probably familiar with the Promote Artwork screen, where you can share and save pictures of your art on many different products. For classic t-shirts, Redbubble gives you 7 images to pick from. That’s pretty good.
But what if I told you that you could get OVER 1400 different pictures of the same t-shirt? It’s crazy but I promise this isn’t clickbait. All you have to do is learn how to edit the image URLs to access these hidden images.
Every Redbubble image has a URL, that where it is saved on their servers. The URL is made of lots of different parts. We can edit some of those parts, to load different versions of the image. Let’s look at the following URL, and break it down into parts.
This tells us where the image is saved, server-wise. We don’t need to touch this part.
This part is the unique identifying number that every artwork on Redbubble is automatically assigned. I’m not gonna cover this in this tutorial, but by the end you’ll probably figure out how to change this.
This part identifies what product we’re looking at. We aren’t gonna touch this part.
This part tells us who the model is. We WILL be editing this part.
This is the t-shirt colour code. Redbubble currently has 17 different fabric colours for classic t-shirts, each with a unique number. We will be editing this number.
This refers to what view, or side, of the model we are looking at. We will be editing this part.
This is the zoom and crop of the image – what portion of the model is visible. We will be editing this part.
This is the file dimensions in pixels. We will be editing this part.
This is the file extension. Yes, we can even edit this!
Scroll down to the Classic T-Shirt, click the three dots under it, and choose Download Images.
Scroll to the female front view, right click on the image and choose Open Image in New Tab. Then, go to the new tab.
Now look at the URL above the image. Can you see the colour code we talked about before? I’ll type the URL below.
The colour code is e5d6c5:f62bbf65ee, which is used for oatmeal beige.
Here’s a list of all the colour codes for classic t-shirts:
Let’s copy the code for black and paste it into the URL.
Then hit Enter in the browser, and the new image will load
Now that we have our new image file, let’s save it to the PC. Normally most people right-click and Save As for images. But I found an even faster method.
First, reduce the size of your browser window, so you can also see the desktop behind it.
I’ve found that there are four model options available:
This is just the t-shirt lying flat on the floor
This is where the photo has a man and a woman together
Photo with one man
Photo with one woman
So, what if you want a man modelling the shirt instead of a woman? So easy to do. Just choose the code for the model you want.
In this case, copy the code ‘mens‘ and paste it into the URL, replacing the code ‘womens’ (or just erase the ‘wo’ in ‘womens’), and hit Enter.
Time to change what side of the product we are looking at. There are six views available.
Caveats: Side_front is not available for men, only women, and no there are side options available for flatlay, but the rest should work for all models.
We currently have front_alt in our URL. So we are seeing the front of the shirt on the model.
Want to change it so we see his back? Let’s copy ‘back_alt‘, replace ‘front_alt’ in the URL and see what happens.
Here we can change how zoomed in or out the image is, and what orientation the image is (for example, portrait or landscape).
Here’s all the image crop codes that I have discovered so far:
Caveats: Alt_crop is only available for for womens side view.
Not every crop works with every model and view.
So, let’s say I want to see the male model’s back, but with more of the background, and still in portrait orientation. We’d use the Wide Portrait code.
So let’s copy ‘wide_portrait‘ and replace ‘tall_three_quarter’ in the URL.
By default, images from Redbubble come out at around 1000px on the longest side. But you can make this number smaller, if you need smaller, lighter files. Or – and this was probably my most awesome discovery – you can make the files bigger! The largest size I was able to acquire was 2400px on longest side.
To change the size of our current image, replace the last numbers with 2400×2400.
The file will automatically adjust to keep the right image ratio, so you don’t need to remember any other numbers. See in the above example, because the file was in a portrait orientation (due to the ‘wide_portrait’ code), it automatically adjusted to make the shorter side 1800px, and the longer side 2400px.
Now you can have some great high definition files for self-promotions.
By default, Redbubble serves product images in .jpg format. But if you need something lossless, you can change the extension to .png. You cannot change it to .bmp.
To change the extension, just replace the jpg at the end with png