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Get Started with the Square Photo Studio App

The Square Photo Studio app makes it easy to take professional-looking product photos in just a few simple steps. With your mobile device, you can snap a picture of your item, select a photo style and edit the background colour. Once finished, you can choose to sell the item online with a checkout link or add it to your Square item catalogue.

Get Started

To get started with the Square Photo Studio app:

  1. In the Photo Studio app, centre your item within the camera frame using the stabiliser icon.

  2. When the indicator turns yellow, tap the shutter button to capture your image.

  3. Tap Save to keep the photo or Retake to try again.

  4. Style your image, and choose to either set up a checkout link or add it to your item catalogue.

When taking photos, you’ll get the best results by placing your item in an evenly lit area against a light background. If you plan on photographing many items, consider investing in an inexpensive lightbox. Often, you can quickly purchase one online.

Style and Customise 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 customise the colour, or use a transparent background. When editing your photo:

  1. Tap on a background tile to preview it with your picture, then tap Edit to change the color. Note: The Edit option isn’t 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.

Sell 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 catalogue to sell online or in person. When finished editing your photo:

  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 catalogue 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. To start:

  1. From the Style screen, tap Next > Save to Photos. 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.


How do I use the background remover?

The background remover uses artificial intelligence to detect the primary object in the picture and automatically removes the background. The AI tool does all the background removal editing work for you so you don’t need to take any additional steps.

What background and shade options are available?

When it comes to editing the background image of your photos, Square Photo Studio offers a number of options. Once the app removes the original background, you can use the photo with its transparent background or add a crisp, white background for ecommerce use. In addition, you can select from a variety of preset color backgrounds for social media selling, choose a styled two-tone background, or enter a specific hex code into the custom color picker to get a background that perfectly matches your brand. The app makes it easy to create a whole new image in seconds without having to retouch or resize.

Do I need a Square Online account to start using the app?

A Square Online account isn’t required. The app is free and doesn’t require any in-app purchases. If you want to save photos, sync photos to Square items, or create a Square Online Checkout link, you’ll be prompted to create a Square account.

Which file format are the photos saved as?

File formats vary depending on the type of image format being saved. Images with backgrounds are saved as JPG files. Images with their backgrounds removed are saved as transparent PNG files.

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