Delete Background and Vectorize Midjourney Images with Free AI Tools for PoD (Print On Demand)

Rob Cubbon
11 May 202307:45

TLDRThis video tutorial demonstrates how to enhance AI-generated images for Print On Demand (PoD) products by removing backgrounds and vectorizing them for high-resolution printing. It introduces free tools like Clipping Magic for background removal and Vectorizer.ai for image vectorization. The process concludes with Inkscape for resizing and exporting the image at the correct DPI for PoD platforms like Amazon Merch, Spreadshirt, and Redbubble.

Takeaways

  • 🎨 AI image generators create impressive images for merchandise and books, but they have limitations like no transparent backgrounds and low resolution.
  • 🖼️ Mid-journey images are typically small and at 72 DPI, which is not suitable for high-quality print on demand (PoD) products.
  • 🔍 The desired resolution for PoD is 300 DPI and 4000-5000 pixels wide for optimal print quality on products like T-shirts.
  • 🛠️ Clipping Magic is a free tool recommended for removing backgrounds from images, which is essential for PoD products.
  • 📐 Vectorizer.ai is a free beta tool that can vectorize images, allowing them to be scaled to any size without losing quality.
  • 🎭 Inkscape is a free software that can be used to edit and export images with the correct size and resolution for PoD sites.
  • 🔑 The script provides a step-by-step guide on how to use these free tools to prepare AI-generated images for PoD products.
  • 👕 The aspect ratio and resolution of the image are crucial for compatibility with PoD platforms like Amazon Merch On Demand.
  • 📝 The video script includes tips on creating prompts for AI image generators to get the desired results for T-shirt designs.
  • 🌈 The use of 'Vivid colors' and 'White background' in prompts can help in creating eye-catching designs and simplifying the background removal process.
  • 🚫 Negative prompts, such as avoiding watermarks and gradients, are important to ensure the AI-generated images are suitable for vectorization and PoD.

Q & A

  • What are the two main problems with mid-journey AI image generating images for Print On Demand (PoD)?

    -The two main problems are that the images come with no transparent background and they are very small, typically a thousand pixels wide and deep with a resolution of 72 DPI, which is not suitable for high-quality PoD products.

  • What resolution and DPI are desired for images to be used on a T-shirt on Amazon On Demand?

    -The desired resolution is 4000 to 5000 pixels wide and a DPI of 300 to ensure the image quality is suitable for printing on T-shirts.

  • What is the name of the free site recommended for removing the background from an image?

    -The free site recommended for removing the background is called Clipping Magic.

  • What does the term 'vectorize' mean in the context of image processing?

    -Vectorizing an image means converting it into shapes and paths, which allows the image to be scaled to any size without losing quality.

  • What is the name of the site that can vectorize images and is currently free in beta?

    -The site that can vectorize images and is currently free in beta is called Vectorizer.ai.

  • Why is it necessary to export an image as a PNG with the correct size and resolution in Inkscape?

    -Exporting an image as a PNG with the correct size and resolution in Inkscape ensures that the image is suitable for high-quality printing on PoD sites like Amazon On Demand, Spreadshirt, and Redbubble.

  • What is the aspect ratio needed for Merch On Demand by Amazon?

    -The aspect ratio needed for Merch On Demand by Amazon is slightly portrait, which is different from a square aspect ratio.

  • What is the purpose of using the negative prompt 'no watermark' when generating images for T-shirt designs with mid-journey AI?

    -Using the negative prompt 'no watermark' helps to avoid generating images with watermarks, which are not suitable for printing on PoD products.

  • Why is it recommended to avoid gradients when creating vector artwork for PoD products?

    -Gradients are not recommended because the AI program used for vectorizing does not handle blends or gradients well, and vector artwork is typically characterized by sharp lines and flat colors.

  • What is the mode in mid-journey AI called that is described as 'kawaii cute and Anime type'?

    -The mode in mid-journey AI that is described as 'kawaii cute and Anime type' is called 'niji5'.

  • How can you adjust the size and resolution of a vector image in Inkscape for PoD products?

    -In Inkscape, you can adjust the size and resolution of a vector image by using the 'Create and Edit Document Pages' tool to set a custom size and resolution, and then exporting the image as a PNG with a DPI of 300.

Outlines

00:00

🎨 Enhancing AI-Generated Art for Merchandise

This paragraph discusses the use of AI image generators to create images for merchandise like T-shirts, books, and POD sites. The speaker points out two main issues with AI-generated images: the lack of a transparent background and the small size with low DPI, which is unsuitable for high-quality printing. To address these problems, the speaker introduces free tools: Clipping Magic for background removal and Vectorizer.ai for vectorizing images, which allows for scaling without loss of quality. The process concludes with Inkscape to ensure the image is exported in the correct size and resolution for printing on merchandise like Amazon's Merch On Demand.

05:03

🛠️ Editing and Preparing Vector Art for Printing

The second paragraph delves into the technical process of editing and preparing vector art for printing on POD sites. The speaker explains the use of Inkscape, a free software, to manipulate and resize the vectorized image to meet the requirements of various POD platforms. Challenges with Inkscape's interface and functionality are acknowledged, but the speaker demonstrates how to adjust the image size and resolution to the necessary 300 DPI for high-quality printing. The final step involves exporting the artwork as a PNG file with the correct dimensions, ensuring it is ready for use on merchandise platforms like Merch by Amazon, Spreadshirt, and Redbubble.

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Keywords

💡AI image generators

AI image generators refer to artificial intelligence systems capable of creating images based on given prompts or descriptions. In the context of the video, these generators are used to produce visuals for merchandise like T-shirts, which can be sold on various Print On Demand (PoD) platforms. The script mentions the creation of images suitable for T-shirt designs, highlighting the importance of vivid colors and clear, vectorized artwork.

💡Transparent background

A transparent background in digital images allows the image to be placed over various backgrounds without the need for additional editing. The video script discusses the challenge of obtaining images with no background from AI generators, which is crucial for PoD products to ensure the design integrates well with different colored merchandise.

💡Mid-journey images

The term 'mid-journey images' in the script refers to images generated by AI during the process of creation, which are typically small in size and resolution. The video aims to address the limitations of these images by showing how to upscale and enhance them for PoD use, emphasizing the need for higher resolution and larger dimensions.

💡Clipping Magic

Clipping Magic is a free online tool mentioned in the video for removing the background from images. It is used to create images with a transparent background, which is essential for PoD products to overlay designs on various merchandise colors without any background interference.

💡Vectorizer.ai

Vectorizer.ai is a website introduced in the script that converts raster images into vector format. Vectorization is important as it allows images to be resized without losing quality, making them suitable for high-resolution printing on PoD products. The script demonstrates how to use this tool to enhance the quality of AI-generated images.

💡Inkscape

Inkscape is a free and open-source vector graphics editor used in the video to demonstrate how to edit and export vector images with the correct size and resolution for PoD. It is an alternative to proprietary software like Adobe Illustrator, offering similar functionalities for creating and manipulating vector graphics.

💡DPI

DPI, or dots per inch, is a measure of print resolution that indicates the number of dots that can be placed in a line within the span of one inch. The video script emphasizes the importance of a higher DPI, such as 300 DPI, for PoD products to ensure the printed designs are clear and sharp on merchandise.

💡Vector artwork

Vector artwork is a type of digital art that uses geometric shapes, such as points, lines, curves, and polygons, to represent images in computer graphics. The script discusses the advantages of vector artwork for PoD, including its scalability and sharpness, which are ideal for printing on various products.

💡Niji5

Niji5 is a mode in the AI image generator mentioned in the script, characterized by a kawaii and anime style. This mode is used to create designs that appeal to both children and adults for T-shirts, showcasing the versatility of AI in generating different artistic styles.

💡Merch On Demand by Amazon

Merch On Demand by Amazon is a service mentioned in the script where sellers can offer custom merchandise, such as T-shirts, with designs printed on demand. The video focuses on creating images suitable for this service, emphasizing the need for high-resolution and appropriately sized designs.

💡Aspect ratio

The aspect ratio is the proportional relationship between the width and height of an image or screen, typically expressed by two numbers separated by a colon. In the script, the aspect ratio is discussed in the context of creating images for T-shirt designs, with a specific mention of the ratio required for Merch On Demand by Amazon.

Highlights

AI image generators create images suitable for Print On Demand (PoD) merchandise.

Two common issues with AI-generated images are the lack of a transparent background and small image size.

Mid-journey images are typically 1000 pixels wide and 72 DPI, insufficient for high-quality PoD.

Desired image size for PoD is 4000-5000 pixels wide and 300 DPI.

Clipping Magic is a free tool for removing backgrounds from images.

Vectorizer.ai is a free beta tool that converts images into vector format for scalability.

Inkscape is a free software used to adjust image size and resolution for PoD.

The video demonstrates how to export images as PNG with the correct size and resolution using Inkscape.

The importance of vivid colors and white backgrounds in AI-generated images for easy editing.

Niji5 mode in mid-journey creates kawaii and anime-style images suitable for t-shirts.

The aspect ratio for Merch On Demand by Amazon is slightly portrait, different from a square image.

Negative prompts are used to avoid unwanted elements like watermarks and brands in AI-generated images.

The process of upscaling and downloading preferred AI-generated images for editing.

Clipping Magic's effectiveness in removing backgrounds, with manual adjustments for details.

Vectorizer.ai's ability to transform low-resolution images into high-quality vector formats.

Inkscape's challenges and capabilities in editing and resizing vector images for PoD.

Final steps in Inkscape to prepare images for export as high-resolution PNGs for PoD sites.

The presenter, Rob Carbon, summarizes the video and encourages viewers to apply these techniques.