Learn how to create a custom pillow using MS Paint from Spoonflower team member Eloisa!
You don’t need a fancy design program to create basic fabric designs! Although some programs are better, easier and more appropriate than others, MS Paint is an easy program to start off using and to get your feet wet in the surface design life!
MS Paint is a simple program that is included as part of your Windows based computer. Like any program, it has different versions depending on the Windows version your computer carries. For this tutorial, I am using the latest version of MS Paint for Windows 8. The biggest challenge when working with this program is that it’s pretty basic– therefore some features are not available or need some sort of work around.
MS Paint has a few great tools you can use, such as the paint bucket, colors, shapes and brushes. You can also reposition and resize your design elements by using the selection tool and dragging them towards the desired area. Here is an explanation of all the tools.
About sizing your image:
In Spoonflower, you will need to create an image with a minimum of 150 pixels per inch. MS Paint has a set resolution of 96 pixels per inch. Unfortunately, even opening a high resolution image in Paint and saving it with this program will default to 96 pixels, but you can check out Spoonflower’s resources regarding sizing here.
For this tutorial, I will create an image the size of a Faux Suede fat quarter, so I will start off by opening a new image sized 4050 pixels wide by 2700 pixels high.
STEP 1: Open MS Paint, and click on File – Properties
STEP 2: A screen will pop up, enter the desired pixels there. In this tutorial, we are using 4050 x 2700.
Now it’s time to create! For this tutorial I will be using the following tools:
STEP 4: Make sure you are paying attention to the two color blocks on the top menu, select COLOR1 and a window will appear with color options. Choose the color you would like for your background. For this tutorial, I use a pretty turquoise. Make your selection and click the OK button.
STEP 5: Click on the white background with the paint BUCKET TOOL that will appear automatically, this will change your background.
STEP 5: Add your design elements!
STEP 6: Save your file! Note: you can save your file as a JPEG or PNG.
Once you’ve placed your fabric order and stitched up your pillows, you’ll have lovely custom cushions to enjoy!