I can remember the day as if it was yesterday. That moment that you get awesome product images for your dropshipping store. It feels so good to not just have the boring pictures from your
Most dropshipping stores use product images that everyone is using. The best way to beat your competition is to have unique pictures. Think about editing the background of your supplier images and asking influencers or your customers to make unique product images for you!
Use the product images from your dropshipping supplier
It's really simple to start a dropshipping store. Your supplier has the products, the images, and sometimes even has the descriptions for you that helps sell the product.
But, unfortunately, your competitors will have the exact same images as well.
Although, when you're just starting out, it's awesome to have images from your supplier because it's the easiest way to get product images for dropshipping!
Just make sure that the images that you're going to use are looking good. Even more important is that your images are looking better and different than the images from your competitors. This way, you will have more chance of beating your dropshipping competition!
Edit the background from the product image
Most images from suppliers only feature the product with a white or boring background.
Most Dropshipping stores will just blindly copy this and will begin advertising. This is your opportunity to make your dropshipping store stand out from the crowd.
A way you can do this is to remove the background of the image and add a better background.
Here's some sites you can use to get great pictures for your background:
Now, you do need some sort of editing skills with a tool like Photoshop in order to remove the old background. When the background is just plain white, it's easy to remove, but when the product already has a background, it might be a bit harder to remove.
This tool will help you create beautiful and unique product images!
It will even help you with removing the background of your image. This way you can make your product image as beautiful as you want.
I suggest going to their website to see all their features, or you can watch their video below:
The current price of Glorify starts at $13 per month, but they offer a yearly plan as well.
You can click here to see their latest pricing and see what’s included with each plan.
Example of the difference between a normal and unique background
The best way to see how it works, as I said above, is to see it yourself!
The image below is just normal and has a plain white background.
And this one has a completely different background (and some more editing skills though), but it's still the same image as above.
Which one do you think your new customers are going to love more? Which one do you think they are more likely to buy?
The first one which is just normal looking, or the second one where you can see that someone really put time into it to make the image look great?
I don't think I need to say the answer, but it is indeed the second one!
What if the logo from your supplier is on the product image?
If you want to take the product images from your supplier, it might happen that your supplier watermarked these images.
There are two ways you can handle this.
One is, just copy the image and remove the watermark yourself with a tool like Photoshop. Just note that, whilst it's really easy, it also might get you in trouble if the image is copyrighted!
The second one is to ask the supplier for images without a logo or any watermark. This way you're also certain that you got permission to use the images on your dropshipping store.
Besides that it might be illegal, it also looks really unprofessional if you see something like store234343 in the right corner. Or that it shows a logo on your product image, but that logo isn't yours.
Be careful with product images where faces are shown. It's not always certain that these people gave permissions to be shown on these pictures. Same goes for just copying pictures from your supplier; make sure you're allowed to do that! Better safe, than sorry later!
If you want to learn more about copyright-free images, I suggest reading the license on the sites where you're going to take the picture from, like Pexels.
And for more information about how to avoid getting sued when dropshipping, check out these six great tips.
Plus, check out this article about the topic is dropshipping legal?
Ask your supplier for unique product images
You could always ask this from your supplier, but I prefer doing it when I start getting sales for that supplier so that supplier knows he doesn't want to lose me as a valuable customer!
So what should you ask?
Well, really simple, just ask them to take pictures of the product. Not these normal images, but with a good background and so on.
Do you know what's even better?
If you have contact with a supplier and he wants to do this for you, you could always ask later if he also wants to make a video of the product for you.
Which you then can use for your advertisements!
Just don't expect every supplier will do this for you; it takes time for them to do.
But like I said above, if you can prove that you're bringing in a lot of sales, suppliers would love to keep you happy by accepting your request.
This gives them a higher chance that you will stay a customer to them.
Use AI to create unique images
Ever noticed how many online stores have the same product photos?
Yep, it’s a common problem.
Using those old, duplicated images from your supplier can actually hurt your store's visibility on search engines like Google.
That's where OnModel steps in. This Shopify app uses AI to transform your existing photos into unique images!
- Swap out the models in your clothing images (For example, according to your target market.)
- Put your t-shirt design on an AI-made model (No more costly photoshoots!)
- Change photo backgrounds
- Add faces to cropped images.
In short, OnModel makes your store photos unique and fun. So, if you're in dropshipping or POD, you can try it here!
Use influencers to take pictures for you
This option is great to get awesome product images for your dropshipping store.
It's really simple.
But before I start, I suggest you read this post here if you're not familiar with influencer marketing. Plus, you can read this post here which goes over the pros and cons of using influencers for ecommerce.
The only difference now is that you will ask the Instagram Influencer to take a picture with your product that they can then later post on their Instagram page.
Don't forget to ask them if it's okay for you to reuse the picture in your own store (or for your Social Media channels). This way you have a great Instagram shoutout and a unique product image/Social Media post!
The best thing to remember is that some Instagram Influencers only want free stuff. That means sometimes you don't even have to pay for a shoutout. Just let them keep the product. (You can learn more about this here.)
If you want to get some inspiration right now, check out these 10 Instagram shoutout examples.
You could always send more than one of the product so that they can do a give away for their followers. This might get you even more engagement! Maybe your Influencer will type something like: “Like & Tag your friend below to have a chance to win!”
Use pictures from your first customers
Using pictures from your customers is a great way to not only establish a connection with these customers, but also creates trust with new potential customers. Just like I said above about Influencers taking pictures with your product.
A way to do this is to give your first customers a really big discount or just give it for free. Just let them know that they need to send a picture with them and the product if they love it!
This way can however be easily abused though by the customer. They might just take the discount or free product and not give anything in return, like a picture!
So an easy way to fix that is to give a big discount or free product after they've submitted a picture.
Use pictures from your customers as reviews
Of course, I understand if you don't want to use pictures of random people with your product as product images.
Another great way to still have that connection with your customers and show new customers that other people love your products is to enable picture reviews. (More information about that here.)
For example, look at the picture reviews from Notebook Therapy. Doesn't that look awesome? It tells possible new customers that a lot of people liked their products. This gives the store more trust.
Order a sample product and take the pictures yourself
I suggest you use the option only when you know the product is selling. Before that, I don't suggest you order the product already because you might not be able to sell it for a profit!
If you want to learn everything about how to take amazing product images for dropshipping, then I suggest reading this. It's a blog post from Oberlo which goes over in great detail how to take these good pictures for your product page.
This option takes a bit more skills in photography.
If you know the product is bringing in sales and you think it's a possible winning product, you should order a sample product for yourself.
This way you can create these stunning product images for yourself!
A great bonus is that you can even make your own videos for the advertisement for that product! Now you can be as creative as you want to get new people buying your product(s).
So there you have it, every possible way to get amazing product images for dropshipping! This way you can bring your dropshipping store to the next level.
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I hope my tips will help you to get these awesome product images!
If you want to learn how to be even more unique with your dropshipping store, then I suggest reading my other article here to learn how to write awesome product descriptions for your dropshipping store.
If you have any other ways you get product images for your dropshipping store, please don't hesitate to tell me! Just comment below or contact me directly by pressing the “Contact Us” button at the top!
Getting started with dropshipping in 2023
So, are you ready to get started with dropshipping? Or maybe you have already started, but you’re looking to get some inspiration?
If so, I suggest reading my complete Shopify dropshipping guide!
It's a huge article but it contains everything that you need to know to create your own Shopify dropshipping store in 2023. It's like a dropshipping course, but for free!
Reading this article will surely help you to get started and stay motivated while beginning and continuing your dropshipping journey!
Just don’t forget that success takes time. Keep improving each and every day!
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