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How to Print Etsy Digital Downloads – The Beginners Ultimate Guide (Arts, Cards, Prints, Etc.)

So, you have a digital file from Etsy, your favorite, nice-looking digital artwork that you want to hang on the wall. Or needed some prints for a project and want to print your purchased digital download.

Whatever the reason is, printing your Etsy digital downloads is a quick and easy process, and in this guide, we will walk you through the steps.

There are several types of Etsy digital downloads, and printing large artwork will be a different process than printing a small card.

If you are wondering how to print your Etsy digital downloads, then this article is for you!

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Digital downloads are products you can purchase or download without a physical copy, and they are of different file forms, which can be DOC, PNG, PDF, or JPEG. Think of digital artwork, for example.

Digital files are a great way of making passive income since they can be made without too many materials, and a cheap way to start since they don’t require inventory.

Here’s a list of the most popular top-selling digital product ideas sold on Etsy from 2020, 2021 until 2022:

  • Digital Trackers
  • Flashcards and Educational materials
  • Infographic materials
  • Poster
  • Stickers
  • Journals
  • Templates
  • Coloring books
  • Knitting patterns and Crochet
  • Digital Arts
  • Digital Planners

And many more…

What happens after?

If you purchased digital files on Etsy, you have to know where to find your digital downloads, because you can’t download Etsy digital downloads on iPhone, iPad, or even on the Android app.

After purchasing your Etsy digital download, it can be easily accessible on non-mobile desktop computers or your mobile browser, as long as it is not an Etsy app.

Whenever purchasing digital downloads through Etsy, make sure you have an Etsy account and are not checking out as a guest, because you can only have your digital file once payment is confirmed.

How can I access my digital downloads on Etsy?

Now, you might want to print your digital downloads, but how can you access your digital file?

There are easy ways to do this from a buyer’s and seller’s perspective.

How can I find my Etsy digital download as a buyer?

To have access to your digital download, a buyer:

  1. First, navigate to your Etsy homepage.
  2. Select your account in the top right corner.
  3. Choose the option “Purchases and reviews”

Once on the purchases page, you will now be able to see your purchased digital files ready to be downloaded. Select “Download files” on your file of choice, then you will be redirected to a page to download the file, once done, you can now use the downloaded file for printing.

Note: I highly recommend that you use a desktop computer in downloading your Etsy digital files, not your mobile phone, not the Etsy app.

However, you can use a mobile browser in downloading your digital file, there’s even a walkthrough about it, but it is rather confusing. Go for the desktop browser!

If I purchased a made-to-order digital item, when can I get it?

The digital made-to-order items will be sent out to you once the seller is done making them. You can also contact the seller directly on how to send the files.

You have to make sure that you have provided all the information and images needed to the seller for the seller to complete the file for you.

Always carefully read the listing description, to see if you need to send the seller a message with all the information needed and include a certain date that you needed the item, so both you and the seller can meet halfway.

Oh, no! I purchased the file as a guest. What now?

You will not be able to use the steps above to have access to your purchased digital download. However, you can find a download link in the receipt email that was sent to you after the purchase.

For more detailed directions on how to download your file, take a look at the Etsy help article.

I’m an Etsy seller, and I need to find the digital file for my customer, I need help…

Don’t panic, it’s very easy to locate them!

There is a way back to access your digital files if you are the seller. You can find them on the computer where you have created the digital files.

What if “I can’t find it on my desktop computer, it got mixed with a lot of files”?

Just follow these steps:

  1. Go to your listings and locate that listing with the file you need.
  2. Go to the editor for listing.
  3. Once you find your listing, scroll down to the bottom where you upload the file.
  4. Click on the file, this should open up in your browser by now.
  5. And Voilà! You can now download the file! You can now print it or send it to your customer via email.

Make sure you have your customer’s email address to send the file.

I have downloaded the file… how can I open a digital download from Etsy?

If you are feeling lost, here is an in-depth step-by-step guide on how to open your purchased digital download from Etsy.

  1. Look for a digital product that you wanted to purchase, for example, I chose “printable wall art abstract” by moonkle.

Printable wall art abstract


Printable wall art abstract

  1. Once you found your product of choice, click on “Buy it now”
  2. Etsy will then ask for your mode of payment.

Note: I am from the Philippines, so it will show the Philippine peso currency.

Etsy payment method


Etsy payment method

This time, I only have PayPal as my mode of payment. Tap on the white button near the PayPal logo and click “check out with PayPal”.

  1. You will then be redirected to the PayPal login page to log in to your PayPal account.

Paypal Payment


Paypal Payment

This time, you have to put your Email address or the mobile number associated with your PayPal account.

Then enter your Password and click on the “Log In” button.

Or if you wish to pay through your bank account or credit card instead, you can do that, but in this guide, we will be paying through PayPal.

  1. After you have Logged in to your PayPal Account, you will be redirected to this page.

Continue to Review Order of Etsy


Continue to Review Order of Etsy

Click on the “Continue to Review Order” button.

  1. After clicking the “Continue to Review Order” button, you will then be redirected back to the Etsy page, you should be on this page by now.

Etsy Billing page


Etsy Billing page

And to complete your purchase, click the “Submit Order” Button.

Submit your Etsy order


Submit your Etsy order

  1. After submitting your order, you must have received the email sent to you by Etsy already.

Open the email and there you can see a button to download the file and view your receipt.

view your receipt


View your receipt

  1. Another way to have access to your purchased digital download is through your Etsy purchases and reviews, you can locate that one in the top right corner of your Etsy homepage. Like this one.

Purchase Page


Purchase Page

Or you can go to this link: https://www.etsy.com/your/purchases

  1. After Clicking the “Purchases and Reviews” Button, you will now see the digital files that you have purchased. It should look like this.

Download the File


Download the File

Click the “Download Files”

Your purchased digital files will always be available in your account, so you can come back and download some files that you will be needing later on if you don’t feel like downloading them right after the purchase.

  1. After clicking the button, you will be redirected to a page where you can see your digital files ready to be downloaded.

Download Example


Download Example

For Example, I chose only to download this.

  1. You will then receive the digital file in a zip file format, like this.


Zip file downloaded

It is in a zip file format because there is more than one file included in our downloaded file.

  1. Now, open the Zip file and select “Extract to” to extract all the downloaded files in a specific folder location of your choice, like this one.

Etsy Zip file


Etsy Zip file

If the files are not in a zip file format, you can simply save them to your download folder or to whatever location you want them in.

  1. Once done extracting the file, go to the folder you placed your digital downloads, and Voila!

Downloaded to here


Downloaded to here

It’s that easy!

Now, why don’t you give it a try??

Once you have your files, you can now print them or use them as you needed them for your projects!

Don’t forget about the copyright agreements before using digital downloads in a project that you will sell on Etsy.

Etsy digital file formats/types

There is a big chance that you will receive your downloaded digital file format in a JPG or a PDF file type.

TIFF files are highly unlikely to be sent by the seller because these files are so large and take too long to load.

A TIFF file is an artist’s original and master copy while a JPG is a condensed file and can be easily sent digitally without a problem.

PDF files, on the other hand, were designed as document files and produces images of very high quality.

A PDF file is my personal choice and if you can, find one in a PDF format. But most of the time, hi-resolution JPG images are usually sold in the market, as they are easier to be sent digitally.

How to print your digital download?

“I have my purchased digital file from Etsy, now what?”

If you have your digital file already, you might be looking for ideas on how to print them.

If you want to print your digital files at home, they can be usually straightforward. Make sure that you have the correct paper type and ink for your home printer.

To print your file, you will simply need to locate the file on your computer and open it via browser or with an adobe reader. Then select the print option.

Then you can have your own decisions about your print, may it be in portrait or landscape, may it be two-sided, or which pages to print, completely your choice.

However, printing at home tends to be much lower quality, and if you are going to be printing at home, be sure to have a super high-quality paper like cardstock, or a high-quality printer.

High-quality cardstock can be easily found on Amazon, Staples, or at office and craft stores. With this, you can have the quality print that you are looking for in the comfort of your own home.

Where can I print my digital downloads?

If you are printing wall art or invitations, you may want to achieve a higher-quality print.

You don’t want your invitations to look cheap and dry, no one wants that. Yikes!

If you want to make your print more professional-looking and of superb quality, you may want to print your digital downloads through a professional printing service.

You can even have them delivered to your own home through online service! Or, if you want, you can print them locally.

What’s more, is that they can cater to all file types, so there is nothing to worry about. Yep, it might be costly but if you want it to look presentable and professional, it is worth it.

Here are some of the different professional printing options with brief descriptions for your Etsy digital downloads:

  1. Walgreens

They are a great option for digital downloads, they usually charge $.25 for a basic print and a discount if you print in a larger amount.

  1. Vistaprint

Want to print your invites, stickers, or any similar type of product? Vistaprint might be a good option. They usually cost about $16.99 per design, but do not include the shipping yet.

The great thing about Vistaprint is they will ship it to your home, and you can often receive discounts on your items through their sales.

  1. FedEx

FedEx can also print out your items, just upload your design and choose if it is a poster, brochure, etc. and the price varies for each type of print

The price starts at $16.47 and a basic 8×10 wall art costs about $.55.

  1. Staples

Pretty similar to FedEx but tends to have a quicker turnaround time and is cheaper.

They also offer same-day services to print your design and pick it up the same day.

  1. Walmart

Another convenient and easy way to get your designs on your hands. The cost for a 16×20 print at Walmart starts at $10.93, definitely one of the most cost-friendly options for your print.

  1. Small Local Print shops

You can also look for a local print shop that can accommodate your designs, with this you are supporting a local and small family-owned business instead. Like Jadeshoot!

Bonus info!

Standard frame sizes for smaller art prints

These sizes are commercially available in small frame sizes. The frame size is the overall size and the aperture is the window inside the mount/mat.

Standard Frame Size


Standard Frame Size

Standard frame sizes for larger art prints

These sizes are commercially available in large frame sizes. The frame size is the overall size and the aperture is the window inside the mount/mat.

Available in large frame sizes


available in large frame sizes

Common aspect ratios

These are the common aspect ratios for printing.

common aspect ratios for printing


common aspect ratios for printing

Etsy digital print FAQs

Can I print Etsy digital art?

Yes. For sure you can print the Etsy digital art download. Digital artists have discovered that Etsy passive income by selling the great digital art can be a great way to make money. In contrast, etsy buyers have found these prints an affordable alternative to buying original works.

Can I print Etsy digital downloads?

You can absolutely! You can print your Etsy digital files at home, however, you might need super high-quality paper and a printer to achieve high-resolution prints.

Is there a pixel requirement for printing Etsy digital files?

These are the minimum requirements to avoid pixelated images:

minimum requirements to avoid pixelated images


the minimum requirements to avoid pixelated images

Final thoughts

If you have skills and love to make digital arts and crafts, you can turn this hobby into a business by selling your digital crafts on Etsy.

Selling Etsy digital downloads and products is a great way to earn passive income and is cheap to produce, plus they don’t require inventory and shipping.

Printing Etsy digital downloads are something you can do in the comfort of your home, that is if you have the materials to achieve a professional-looking print.

You can always look for the professional printing options mentioned above to get your prints done and delivered to your home or support a small family-owned business such as local print shops.

And if you support small family-owned local businesses, Jadeshoot can use your help to get us going and growing!

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