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Creating Custom Fabric at Spoonflower is Easy!

1. Create A Design

A fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap design can be a digital photograph, a scan of some artwork, or a design created in a graphics program such as Photoshop or Illustrator. The key element is that it has to be a piece of artwork in digital format. We can't scan or photograph your design for you.

2. Upload Your Design To Spoonflower

Decide whether you would like to make fabric, wallpaper or a gift wrap with your design. Don't worry about this step if you are not sure yet! You will always be able to order any product with any design you upload. Acceptable file formats are JPG, PNG, GIF, TIF, SVG, AI, and EPS, and the file must be less than 40 MB. Vector files (AI, SVG, or EPS) are converted to PNG format during the upload process at a size chosen by you. Your design is always private unless you choose to make it public.

3. Select Product, Size and Layout

In the preview you see after uploading a design, you can choose a repeat style as well as the particular fabric you want to purchase and the amount. The previewer will let you try any combination of layout, size and fabric and will show you how your design will look with the selected option. The rulers on the edges of the preview are accurate in regards to the size your images will appear on fabric. An edit size link on the lower right column will allow you to make your design smaller, but you cannot make a small design larger (increasing the size would destroy the resolution of your image resulting in blurry or pixelated fabric). Through the layout options, you can choose to center the design, put it into basic repeat by tiling it straight up and down, or create half-drop or half-brick repeats that stagger the design throughout the fabric area.

We have a variety of fabrics, and you can choose to order any amount from a single 8-inch by 8-inch swatch to significant yardage. Orders over 20 yards of a single design qualify for a bulk discount, but only if the design is your own. For bulk order inquiries, please email us at help@spoonflower.com.

4. Check Out

Swatches are $5, with yards varying from $18 to $38. We accept major credit cards and Paypal, and we offer inexpensive domestic and international shipping options starting at $1. The custom shipping estimate for your order is shown in your shopping cart.



Additional Details

Image Resolution:

Spoonflower produces a good quality print at our minimum resolution of 150 dots per inch. When you upload your file, we give you a preview at 150 dpi regardless of the resolution saved in your file. If you know the DPI you want, click Change DPI and simply type it in and click the 'change' button to see a preview of your design at the new scale. You can use the yellow rulers on the sides of the previewer to get a visual picture of the number of inches your design will cover at your chosen scale, but this data (for example: 1.62in x 1.6in, 169 pixels/inch) is also stated. Alternatively, you can simply click the 'smaller' and 'bigger' buttons and stop when it looks right. Note: It is not possible to change to DPI manually with wallpaper because the number of repeats across the width of a roll is very important to printing and making sure that your rolls will match when placed on your wall. Using the smaller and bigger buttons available to wallpaper will automatically snap your design to an even number of repeats for easy installation.

To get your design to print at the size you want, your file just has to have the right number of dots. As an example, if you want a final image with no repeats that fills one yard of quilting weight fabric (42 inches by 36 inches), we just need to do the math: 42 inches * 150 dots per inch is 6300 dots. 36 inches * 150 = 5400 dots. These 'dots' are often called 'pixels', which is just a geeky shortening of the phrase 'picture elements'. So a short way to say this is 6300x5400 pixels. Doing the same math for a fat quarter yields 3150x2700 pixels. An 8"x8" swatch is 1200x1200 pixels.

If your file has too many dots, don't worry. You can upload it to Spoonflower and then click the 'smaller' button and compare your design to the rulers on the sides of the preview pane. Stop when it gets to the number of inches you want.

If your file doesn't have enough pixels and you really want a particular size, you need to make a new file! Here's how:

If the image is a digital photograph, your best bet is to find out what resolution your camera is, and re-take the image with a higher resolution camera. As a rule of thumb, a 3 megapixel camera will nicely fill an 8"x8" swatch, and a 10 megapixel camera will create enough dots to fill an 18"x21" fat quarter. A full yard requires 40 megapixels, which at this point is only available in very high end professional cameras.

If your image is a scan of original artwork or a photograph that you still have in your possession, then re-scanning it at a higher resolution will solve your problem. Typically scanners have a range of scanning resolutions starting at 150 dpi and escalating to 300, 600, 1200, and 2400. As a rule of thumb, a standard sheet of paper in landscape (11"x8.5") scanned at 300 dpi will fill a fat quarter. The same sheet scanned at 600 dpi will fill a yard.


Repeat:

Once you upload your design to Spoonflower, you can choose to either center it or use our software to create a repeat. A basic repeat just creates tiles of your design straight up and down, while a half-drop or half-brick staggers the tiles vertically or horizontally.

Centered: We will not alter the size or dimensions of the design. If the size of the design does not match the size of product, the space around the edge of the design will be left unprinted.

Basic Repeat: We will tile your design from the lower left corner up and to the right to fill the available space of your order. If you upload an image larger than the area then we will crop it back towards the lower left corner (e.g. the top and/or right sides will be cropped). The design will not be stretched or changed in its dimensions. The preview will clearly illustrate the repeat. If you are ordering a swatch sized piece for a large design, you might consider reducing the size of the design to fit into the swatch.

Half-Drop Repeat: This is like the basic repeat, except the design is repeated with a half-step vertically as you move to the right. Again, the preview will illustrate this.

Half-Brick Repeat: This is also a staggered repeat, but the design shifts half-step horizontally to the right as you move upwards... like bricks, hence the name.

Mirror Repeat: This layout tool creates designs without obvious seams by mirroring your original design so that it folds out into four sections with every edge pixel identical to its immediate neighbor. Try it out on photographs and scanned designs that have irregular edges that will not repeat smoothly and may otherwise give you obvious tiling effect.

The preview allows you to toggle back and forth between the layout options in real time, so if you're having a hard time picturing what these look like, don't worry. Try it out on any image and just play around.

Sometimes you may find certain repeats blocked from use when ordering wallpaper. Wallpaper must repeat once or an even number across 24 inches for easy application across a wall. By making your design smaller (just click the smaller button once), the other repeats will become available to you again.


Color:

With the water-based inks we use, you can achieve millions of colors. Because ours is a digital process, your prints will be consistent from order to order. For the best results, please use RGB or LAB color spaces from the beginning of the design process to the end. We can accept CMYK, but your file will be converted to LAB before printing. Please note that colors viewed on a computer monitor can look quite different from how they print on fabric [they even tend to look different from monitor to monitor]. Some colors in your design may not be possible to reproduce using our inks (pigments) on fabric with our particular printers. These include very saturated colors, absolute blacks, and neons, for example). Just a few, very general tips:

If you are not a Photoshop user, here are some tips and free tools for creating digital fabric designs.

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