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Get Started with the Square Photo Studio App

Square’s Photo Studio app makes it easy to take professional-looking product photos in just a few simple steps. Snap a picture, select a style preset, edit the background colour, then choose to sell the item online with a checkout link or add it to your Square item catalog.

Taking Pictures with the Photo Studio App

Tip: You’ll get the best results if you place your item in an evenly lit area against a light background – this will process. If you plan on photographing many items, you may want to invest in an inexpensive lightbox that you can purchase online.

  1. Open the Photo Studio app and center your item within the camera frame. 

  2. When you’re happy with the item position, hold the phone steady and watch the yellow and white stabilizer icon below. When the indicator turns yellow, it’s ready.

  3. Tap the shutter button to capture the image, then tap Save to keep it or Retake to try again.

Style and Customize Image Backgrounds

The Square Photo Studio app instantly removes the background from your pictures to allow for custom background styles. You can choose a preset style and optionally customize the colour or use a transparent background.

  1. Tap on a background tile to preview it with your picture, then tap Edit to change the colour. Note that the Edit option is not available if you select the transparent background tile.

  2. On the edit screen, choose from our colour palette or use the eyedropper to pick a custom colour. You can also enter your own colour code for more precise colour selection.

  3. When you’ve selected a background, tap Next.

Selling Your Items from the Photo Studio App

You can create and sell items with your pictures directly from the Square Photo Studio app. Create an online checkout link for your item or add it to your Square item catalog to sell online or in person.

  1. Tap Sell Now or Add to Square to get started.

  2. Log in to your Square account or choose the signup option to create a Square account.

  3. Follow the prompts to finish setting up your online checkout link or catalog item.

  4. Tap New Session to take and style another photo.

Save or Share Your Photos

You can also save your pictures to your phone’s photo album or share them with others.

  1. From the Style screen, tap Next, then tap Save to Photos. Note that you may need to allow the app permission to access your photo album.

  2. Tap Share to open your phone’s share menu and choose one of the options for sharing.

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