AI generated designs, printed on coasters.
The first step is coming up with a prompt. We use ChatGPT to come up with a list of descriptions for various graphics. Something like, "generate a list of 10 physical descriptions for crazy planets that are nothing like earth."
We read through the list and choose one to share with Midjourney AI. This is done by talking to the AI on Discord, by asking it to "/imagine" a specific scene. So we ask it to imagine the prompt generated by ChatGPT.
Midjourney AI proceeds to generate four versions of it's interpretation of the prompt. We pick our favourite and then have the image upscaled into a more useful size/version.
From there, the final version of the graphic is uploaded into the Printful app, which is a direct integration with our manufacturers, who make and ship our coasters. When customers purchase a coaster, Printful automatically receives the request and fulfills the order on our behalf.
Once the graphic is uploaded, and details about it's respective product are entered, the app automatically creates the coaster as a product in our Shopify store/website. We then generate extra product mockups, and upload them manually as additional product images.
Customers can then purchase the coasters directly from our website.
All payments are processed through PayPal, exclusively. Customers may purchase coasters without a PayPal account (there is an option to proceed "as a guest"). We also pay for our products from Printful, with PayPal, which helps keep things simple accounting-wise.