Kite + Shopify: 8 Essential Checks Before You Launch
You’ve got the store, you’ve got the vision, and you can’t wait to start making money from your awesome designs.
It’s such a breeze publishing products with the Kite app, you’d hope that everything involved in managing an online store could be that simple.
But is there anything you might have forgotten to do?
Double-check that you’ve got everything in order before you launch with this Essential Guide & Checklist from the Kite Customer Success team.
1. Check Image Quality
Have you optimised your artwork for printing?
When uploading artwork it’s important to check that the image is the right dimensions for printing. If your image is too small or the wrong shape, then you’re unlikely to get a good quality print.
The correct dimensions in pixels will be shown in the Prices & Edit screen for each product in the app. Templates of the exact printable area can also be found on our website.
2. Look at the product preview
Are you completely happy with all enabled product mockups?
When publishing products, it’s important to remember that your artwork will be printed exactly as you save it in the Product Generator.
There is no human quality control on the Kite side, so if something looks wrong in the preview, you’ll need to fix that before you go live (or forever hold your peace!).
These are the key things to look out for:
- Placement: Scale and centre the artwork if necessary
- Print area: Make sure your design isn’t cut off by the edges of the printable area
- Coverage: Ensure that there are no gaps on all-over printed products.
If you aren’t happy with the coverage, you may need to extend the background area with image editing software.
Shape: For products such as phone cases, you’ll need to allow for a small bleed area (where the artwork wraps around the sides of the phone).
- Transparency: If your getting an unwanted white background with your design, you’ll need to remove this using image editing software and export as a png file, before re-uploading to Kite.
- Product variants: If a product has multiple colours (e.g. t-shirts) or models (e.g. phone cases), check that the design works with them all.
If necessary, adjust the artwork or use the ‘Replace Image’ function in the Prices & Edit screen to upload an alternative image. Just remember to uncheck ‘Shared Image’ first to restrict the change to that particular colour/model.
Alternatively you can switch a colour or model off by unchecking the box on the right hand side.
- Saving changes: Make sure to Save Changes so your hard work doesn’t go to waste. Remember too that all future changes to print instructions must be saved in the Kite app. Manually replacing the image in Shopify > Products will not register any changes with the Kite server.