How to create a seamless repeat
If you’ve been following the blog, by now you’ve learned how to turn your drawings into a seamless repeat in eight easy steps, seen how to design a seamless repeat in Procreate with Anda, and how to take your drawings from paper to pixel with Photoshop. So what else could there be to learn? We’re so glad you asked! Today we’re welcoming Liz Brown, one member of the dynamic duo better known as Thin Line Textiles in the Marketplace, and Spoonflower team member, to share how to create a seamless repeat on your iPad with Pixelmator. This design tool is your one-stop-shop for creating, editing and enhancing your images.
Does mastering the art of seamless repeats feel like the pinnacle of your surface design journey? We’ve got a not-so-secret truth to tell you—they’re easier than you might think! Spoonflower designer Anda Corrie is demystifying seamless repeats using the budget-friendly (just $9.99!) design tool, Procreate®, and her trusty iPad.
Surface pattern design is not just for the professionals! If you’ve ever browsed our Marketplace for unicorn, confetti or even motorcycle fabric, there’s a good chance you’ve been curious to know how designers have created their seamless repeats. Today we’re putting the tools into your own hands (professional, aspiring or otherwise) with a simple step-by-step tutorial that shows one way to create your very own seamless repeat design, no fancy editing software required!
- 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper
- Pens, pencils, markers or crayons
- A straight edge or ruler
- Craft knife or scissors
- Optional: Cutting surface
- Access to a scanner
Step 1: Create your drawing. The key is not to let any of your artwork go off the page—keep it contained!