Making a repeat pattern

A helpful post if you have just joined our community or wish to print your own fabric.

It is important to correctly prepare your artwork for digital printing and this requires a few techniques and a bit of patience. There is no right or wrong and I’ll show you some options so you can pick the one that suits you. After some practice, the process becomes quite intuitive and natural.

When you upload your artwork into our system, five 'repeat' options will appear. That’s a good way to know your choices and different ways to configure your work. Our website allows you to save your compositions in case you wish to place your order later.

Repeat Options - Centred, Half brick, Half Drop, Mirrored & Square repeat

Making a repeat pattern
Making a repeat pattern

If you are wondering how to prepare your files before uploading, we have selected three videos to help you do so. Have fun!


Handmade repeat

If you are not used to Computer Aided Design then there is a another option for making handmade repeats. Julia Rothman shared a great video explaining this which is short and simple. A fantastic way to start exploring and learning the techniques.

Handmade repeat

Important: don't forget to scan your design in a high resolution so it will be suitable for industrial printing. If your design is in the scale you want it to be printed at, a resolution of 300dpi will be enough. Let's say you want your final result to be double the size of your drawn illustration. Then just x2 and scan it with 600dpi. A 'tiff' file type is the best document output/format to save you file in.


Making a repeat on Illustrator

When you love vectors and Illustrator.

You don’t need to transport your creations into Photoshop to make repeats. Making it directly from Illustrator is simple. Teela Cunningham posted a video where you can step by step learn to create a seamless pattern in Illustrator. Take look below!

Making a repeat on Illustrator

As you see, it’s really easy and helpful to make colourways and test printing scales before deciding your final version for fabric printing.

The concept of the “x” and “y” axis is to move your repeated objects in the vertical and horizontal directions, which can also be used in Photoshop. The idea presented is basically what you need to understand to make repeats of your artwork. Feel free to use your imagination and create your own files.


Making a repeat on Photoshop

Barbarian’s video is great for understanding offset filter and how to transform your paintings into a swatch that can be repeated later on.

Making a repeat on Photoshop

Hope you enjoyed these pointers! Get in touch if you want to use our service to print your fabrics.

If you still have doubts, stay connected to our social media and subscribe to our newsletter. We might soon have a workshop about 'repeat' and other helpful subjects. If you wish to hire a designer to make a repeat for you, please contact us and we will be happy to help .

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