How to prepare a pattern for upload to Spoonflower

Spoonflower is a sustainable online wallpaper, home decor, and fabric marketplace where artists can sell print-on-demand products worldwide. If you are an artist who has used other print-on-demand sites, such as Redbubble, you will know that the art preparation process for upload can vary. In this blog post, I will describe how to prepare a pattern for Spoonflower.

  1. Create a pattern following the instructions in How to create an advanced repeating pattern from pen or How to create a complex seamless pattern from watercolours.
  2. Open the .ai file that contains your pattern.
  3. Click Window > Swatches.
  4. Drag your pattern swatch into the workspace.
    a. If your original pattern is still in the workspace, delete it.
  5. Click Window > Layers.
    a. Click on the dot to the right of the last layer.
    This is a rectangle with no fill and no stroke. Every pattern has one of these.
  6. Click Object > Artboards > Convert to Artboards.
    a. In the Layers window, click on the dot next to this new artboard.
  7. Click Object > Transform > Scale.
    a. In the Scale window, change Uniform to 105% and click OK.
  8. If there is still another artboard in the workspace, delete this in Window > Artboards.
  9. To export the file for Spoonflower, click File > Export for Screens.
    a. From the Scale list, select Resolution.
    b. Change the Scale to 150 ppi.
    c. From the Format list, select JPG 100.
  10. Click Export Artboard.

If you would prefer these steps in video format, watch the following video:

Preparing a pattern for Spoonflower

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