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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 color. Once finished, you can choose to sell the item online with a checkout link or add it to your Square item catalog.

Note: The Photo Studio app is only available on iOS at this time.

This article describes Square Photo Studio as an app for download. You can also learn more about getting started with Square Photo Studio for more information about our in-house photography service.

Take Photos with Square Photo Studio App

To get started with the Square Photo Studio app:

  1. In the Photo Studio app, center your item within the camera frame using the stabilizer 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 catalog.

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. Oftentimes, you can quickly purchase one online.

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 color, 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 color palette or use the eyedropper to pick a custom color. You can also enter your own color code for more precise color selection.

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

Sell Items Directly from the 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. To start:

  1. Shoot and edit your photo in the app.

  2. Tap Sell Now or Add to Square.

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

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

After creating a link, you can edit the item title, price, or image at any time. You can also copy the checkout link or embed code to add the checkout link to an external website. To do so, go to your Square Online Checkout page in Dashboard.

Learn more about getting started with Square Online Checkout links for more information on checkout links.

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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