Today we say "see ya later" to our weekly Bootcamp posts with one last tip–how to navigate your Spoonflower Studio. When you sign in to your Spoonflower account, or head to Spoonflower.com while still signed into your account you land on your Studio. There's lots of information shared on this page and this post is to help you understand what it all means, and how you can update this page to show only what you want to see!
Spoonflower team member Jenny here. Today, I'm going to shed some light on a question we often get from Spoonflower customers about what they see in their shopping cart. It usually sounds like this: “I placed a design in my cart and now the thumbnail/repeat/scale looks different– why?” Well, let's find out! (It's actually nothing to worry about!)
Have you ever uploaded a design to your account, carefully set it to the scale and repeat you preferred, then added it to your cart in the material of your choice, only to see that it looks completely different in your cart? If you were worried you made a mistake, you may have deleted it from your cart out of concern that the settings were not saved and you were not ordering what you intended. Not fun! Well, worry no more! The thumbnail in the cart does not correspond with the design settings for the product you've placed in your cart. Rather, the thumbnail is a separate image, selected by the designer (which may be you) for how they'd like their design to be displayed in the Marketplace and previewed in shopping cart. Let me explain…
You're feeling especially creative, so you decide to try your hand at entering one of Spoonflower's weekly design challenges. You picked the perfect theme, now it's time to start designing. All of the sudden, panic sets in. What size is best? Where do I begin? Fear not! In this post, we'll discuss how to size your designs just right for the standard fat quarter contests, swatch-sized "disty" contests, and even one-yard contests. Read on to find out how to master sizing to create a winning entry for any design challenge theme!
STANDARD CONTESTS: SIZED AT A FAT QUARTER
Most contests default to a fat quarter preview, which is what the community sees during voting. So the trick is to make sure the elements in your design will be easily recognizable from a canvas of this size. If you're using a design program such as Photoshop, it's a good idea to set the canvas (document) size to 21" x 18" which is the size of a fat quarter.
Once you upload your design to Spoonflower, the preview will default to a fat quarter view, which accurately reflects how your design will appear in the contest. If your design has lots of fine detail that you're worried won't shine through at the fat quarter scale, just click the 'bigger' button to enlarge your design until you are satisfied.
Once you're happy, go ahead and enter your design into the contest of your choice using the "Enter in Contest" option to the left of the preview.
Once you enter a contest, Spoonflower provides a preview so you know exactly what your design will look like. It's important to note that we do not recommend editing your design after submitting it, as that can cause the voting thumbnail to break. You also won't be able to upload a revision once your design has been entered so be sure the version you're submitting is the final version. If you don't like how your design looks in the entry preview, consider withdrawing it and re-entering later once you've made your modifications.
Now all you have to do is wait for voting to open, then vote! We totally won't judge you if you vote for your own design.
DITSY CONTESTS: SWATCH VIEW
In fabric design, the term ditsy doesn't mean scatterbrained. Rather, it refers to small scaled, non-directional scatter prints. The motifs in your design ideally shouldn't be larger than half an inch to an inch in scale. So for our "ditsy" contests, Spoonflower typically calls for designs to be formatted in the swatch (8" x 8") size so that those fine details you worked so hard on will not get lost.
ONE YARD CONTESTS
Occasionally, Spoonflower will throw a curve-ball with a one-yard sized contest. Often these are border print contests, but they could also be cut-and-sew contests as well. For these, you'll want to set your document size to 42" x 36." Once your design is uploaded, select the "one yard" view. The larger the preview size, the harder it is to see those details, so keep this in mind when designing.
Once you have sizing mastered, you're half way there! Always remember that the size that may be perfect in a contest, may not be the size you want to ultimately have your design at in the marketplace. Once a contest is over and the results are final, you can always adjust your design back to the size you want it to be permanently. Feeling confident? Find a contest theme that speaks to you and enter now!
While fabric patterns can repeat in every direction and come in a variety of sizes, designing for wallpaper requires you to always have the width of the roll in mind. Wallpaper rolls have to match up, so the repeat has to be very precise.
Since Spoonflower wallpaper rolls are 24 inches wide, your design’s width has to divide evenly into 24. For example, designs that are 24, 12, 8, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1. Length doesn’t matter as much because rolls can be printed up to 15 feet long, so you have plenty of room there. What if my design doesn’t divide evenly into the 24-inch width?
Your design will be resized automatically if it’s not evenly divisible into 24. If your design file is pretty big the system might scale up, or scale down your design if you don’t have enough pixels to work with. Double-check the dimensions to the right of the preview to determine how much the scale has changed.
Your wallpaper, fabric and gift wrap settings are independent from each other, but If you needed extra precision, you could upload copies of the same design and only order it on specific products.
Can I make a mural using Spoonflower wallpaper?
Yes, it’s possible to make a mural, but it takes some careful planning, some powerful software and a really big file.
Let’s say you wanted to make a mural that is 6’w x 4’h. Since wallpaper rolls are 24 inches wide, you would need three custom rolls that are four feet long — Spoonflower can print short rolls too, you don’t have to buy a full roll. With your high quality file open in Photoshop, you would need to divide it into 24 x 48 inch sections, and upload each one separately. Then each section would print on individual rolls. This may take some finagling to get it right, and test swatches can help you determine if your mural is lining up properly before committing to the full project.
Do you have any other tips or tricks for designing for wallpaper? Please share in the comments below!
Computer monitors display millions of different colors. Since a blue color may be called teal by some and turquoise by others, there has to be a way to describe colors without being so subjective. In today's Bootcamp post, we're exploring hex codes – a combination of six numbers or letters that identify a specific color.Hex codes are often used in design software like Adobe Photoshop, and our Color Changer tool uses them too. Spoonflower color maps have their corresponding hex codes listed within each color chip as an easy reference. Color maps can be printed onto any of fabrics and wallpaper, so you’ll know what a specific hex code will look like on that particular substrate.
Here at Spoonflower we print in sRGB and identify colors using hex codes. If your heart is set on a particular color, like a Pantone color, for example, we strongly recommend that you find the closest equivalent hex code and order swatches to confirm the closest match. Test swatches are the best way to confirm how colors will look on the fabric or wallpaper you plan to use.
There are hundreds of thousands of amazing designs in the Spoonflower Marketplace, so it’s easy to spend hours scanning through pages of beautiful artwork! If you’re looking for something specific though, narrowing down your options can make it much easier to find exactly what you need.
There are a few things that make searching our site even easier including: using descriptive phrases, selecting a search category, using filters, and getting creative with your search terms.
Using Descriptive Phrases
If you’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for you may want to start out searching for a single color or design element. For example, here are the results for the word ‘yellow’:
Here are the results for the word ‘deer’:
If you have a very specific design in mind, you’ll want to use as many descriptive search terms as you can think of. For example, the search term ‘arrows’ will yield very different results than ‘black and white arrow drawing’. You can see how different the results are below.
Selecting a Search Category
Another great search feature is the search categories menu. These categories help narrow down your search, allowing you to weed out things you aren’t looking for. To use this feature, click the small arrow beside the search bar, select the appropriate category, then enter a search term.
The categories include:
- Fabric–designs in the Spoonflower Marketplace that are available on fabric.
- Wallpaper–designs in the Spoonflower Marketplace that are available on wallpaper.
- Gift wrap–designs in the Spoonflower Marketplace that are available on gift wrap.
- Designers–designers (by screen name or real name).
- Collections–collections of designs in a designers shop.
Once you enter a search term into the search bar and click “GO” you will be directed to a new page with search filters. In the example below you can see all of the search filters that appear after you complete a search.
The search filters include:
- Fabric–allows you to see designs available on fabric, wallpaper, or gift wrap.
- Browse–allows you to browse by popular tags, trending designs, best selling designs, top contest designs, and daily favorites.
- Colors–allows you to search by color.
- Availability–allows you to search for designs that are for sale or not for sale.
- Filters–allows you to search within designs you have favorited or designers you are connected to (a.k.a. designers you follow).
- View–allows you to see either the design image, a picture of the fabric, or a project made with the fabric.
- Sort by–allows you to sort the search results by bestselling, trending, or most recently uploaded designs.
Getting Creative with Your Search Terms
If you try searching for a specific design, but don’t find what you’re looking for, try some other related words to vary your search results. For example, when the phrase ‘antique flowers’ didn’t show the kind of flower I was looking for, I tried getting a little more creative with my wording and searched for ‘antique red poppies’.
Some other helpful search tips:
To match an exact phrase, use quotes to define what you are looking for, i.e. ‘blue china.’ This is a great way to find an exact design for which you already know the name or title.
If you would prefer to just look at designs that are a match for both 'blue' and 'china' (not one or the other), you can type it as follows in the search bar: 'blue and china' or '+blue +china.'
If you are searching for 'old brick wall,' the first results returned will be a match for all three words 'old,' 'brick,' and 'wall.' As your scroll down the returned search results, you will begin to see designs that are a match for just two of the words, perhaps ‘brick’ and ‘wall’ and eventually, designs that might be a match for just one of the words.
As with everything on Spoonflower, if you’re having trouble finding something specific or need help searching for an item, you can email us at email@example.com and we are happy to help!
We all have family photos we’d love to incorporate into quilts. In today's Bootcamp tutorial, help team member Lyly will guide you through creating a photo quilt block with PicMonkey, and she'll show you how to size your photo block to fit perfectly on a Spoonflower swatch!
Spoonflower’s test swatches are 8×8 inches in size, and at only $5 each, they're perfect for incorporating a customized block into a beautiful quilt! In this post, I'll walk you through the steps to create a custom quilt block with open source design software PicMonkey, which you can access directly from your Spoonflower account. Let's get started!
Did you create your Spoonflower account a few years ago and now would like to update your account settings with a new name, email address or username?
Drop and give me twenty! Twenty seconds of your attention, that is! Follow Spoonflower help team member, Meredith, as she gets your Spoonflower muscles warmed up in today’s edition of Spoonflower Bootcamp: Updating your Spoonflower Account information.
Once logged in to your Spoonflower account, hover over the My Studio tab and select Account in the drop-down menu.
Click the Email Settings tab to adjust your email settings including your weekly newsletter subscription and marketplace notifications. Click the Save button to ensure the changes stick!