April 2, 2020
Create All-Over Print Pattern Designs for Free

Create All-Over Print Pattern Designs for Free

So you’ve decided to expand your clothing
line by adding a few all-over products. In this video, we’ll help you get started
by going through our must-follow guidelines, and show you how to create designs for all-over
products completely free, without buying or installing extra software. All-over, or cut & sew products, go through
a printing process where your design is printed on paper with dye ink and then transferred
directly onto the fabric with heat. Then it gets cut and hand-sewn into the product
you ordered. With direct-to-garment printing, your design
is printed on a specific area of the product, but with all-over printing, your design can
cover the whole product. Now let’s go over the ground rules you should
follow when creating designs for all-over products. Make sure to stay until the end, where I’ll
go over an actual example created with our graphic design team and show you how to easily
create custom pattern designs in Printful’s Mockup Generator. But before we begin, subscribe to our channel
and tap on the bell icon to stay updated about our latest videos. Submit files in PNG or JPEG format with at
least 150 DPI. If you want your design to have a transparent
background, then PNG is the best way to go. This way you can add any of the background
colors available in our mockup generator. Otherwise, use JPEG if you want to avoid any
transparencies in your design. Create files in the sRGB color profile. To make sure your design looks the same when
printed as it does on screen, create your print file with the sRGB color profile. We also have a short video on our channel
about color correcting for print, so check that out after. Don’t use adjacent colors. Adjacent colors are also called analogous,
and refer to neighboring hues on the color wheel. On products that are made of thicker fabric
like fanny packs, backpacks, and bean bags, designs tend to look darker when printed,
and colors that are too close to each other in value can end up blending together. We recommend increasing the contrast for better
exposure and avoiding colors that are too close in value. Use full-bleed images. For maximum coverage, use full-bleed images
with graphics that span across the entire dimension of the file. However, if your design covers only a part
of the print area, make sure it has a transparent background and submit the image as a PNG. Any space that isn’t covered by your design
will show the bare fabric. That’s why patterns and full-bleed images
usually turn out the best. Pay attention to the safe print area. All-over product files are scalable, which
means that depending on the size, the design will be proportionally scaled down. So keep all important graphics or text within
the safe print area to avoid missing design elements on the finished product. This will also prevent important design elements
from being sewn into the seams. Remove print file template guidelines. If you use our downloadable templates, delete
the guide layers before saving your files. If you don’t delete them, they’ll show up
on the print. Now some products might come with an inside
or an outside label. Here are a few things you need to keep in
mind: Don’t submit white inside label graphics
without a background color since the inside label print area is white by default. We suggest using the entire inside label print
area to avoid any blank white spaces on the product. If you want to add your logo, but the product
doesn’t come with label options, then include branding within your design. When it comes to inside and outside labels
for all-over products, you don’t need to include size or material information. They’re also included in the product price,
so you don’t need to pay extra. Use these tips as a foundation when you create
your designs. You can always refer to our guidelines for
the particular product you’re designing. How to order color swatches for all-over products
If it’s your first time creating a design for an all-over product, you need to make
sure that the colors in your design match the actual product as close as possible. You can do that by ordering a color swatch. Here’s how:
Once you log in to your Printful account, click on “New order”, select your store,
and click on “Sample order.” From there, select an all-over product from
the available quicklinks and proceed to checkout. You can also upload your own custom color
swatch with the colors specific to your brand. Now let’s learn how to create a design for
an all-over product with Printful’s Mockup Generator using free clipart. You’ll find the Mockup Generator on our navigation
bar here. The first thing you’ll see is our product
catalog. Here I’ll choose “Women’s clothing,”
then I’ll click on “Leggings,” and select “All-Over Print Leggings.” Pay attention to the left side of the screen. Here we have an option to select the stitch
color. Choose a color that matches your design before
you order or add the product to your store. For example, if your leggings have a design
with light or pastel colors, you’ll want the stitches to be white, but for designs with
darker colors, select black for a more cohesive look. I’ll select white for now, and then switch
over to the design tab. Since I’ll create a design from the elements
available in the mockup generator, and I don’t want the white fabric to show on the finished
product, I’ll need to fill the entire work area with color. By selecting “Print area background color”
I can do just that. On some products, like the All-Over Fanny
pack, you’ll notice the “Apply to all placements” checkbox that’s selected by
default. This means that the chosen color will be applied
to the entire design, like you see here. Next I’ll click on the “Add clipart”
tab, and from the “Holiday shapes” I’ll select this element and drag it over to my
print file view. On the left side of the screen you can see
that a new layer was created automatically. Now I can start making adjustments to this
element directly in the print file view. I’m going to scale it down and rotate it
manually. This can also be done by using the sliders
located here. Don’t forget to pay attention to the print
quality information when scaling the design elements. Now I’ll choose a brighter hue for the square
element. With that done we can see how the pattern
tool looks in action. I’ll click on “Make a pattern.” This will open up a new window where I can
select a different pattern type and adjust the spacing between the repeating elements. For this example, I’ll choose the block
pattern type and leave the spacing at zero. Now let’s go back to the design tools, by
clicking here, and add another clipart element. I’ll change its position, size and color
and then make a pattern out of it as well. This time I’ll adjust the spacing and change
the pattern type to “Half drop.” And just like that, in a few clicks, we have
ourselves a pattern design that covers the entire surface without any empty areas. When it comes to Printful’s pattern tool
there are a few things to consider: Patterns can be created using an uploaded
file or any of our clipart. It’s available for all-over products, wall
art, mugs, and phone cases. Pattern layers can be duplicated on multiple
placements. In addition to that we have a new flip functionality
that can be used to mirror your designs on other placements. Next I’ll add a few more things to complete
the design. I’ll add another element, this heart clipart,
scale it down, reposition it and change its color to white. I want to place it on the shin area, which
would be located somewhere around here. I need to make sure that it doesn’t go over
the safe print area. Next I’ll duplicate the layer with this
clipart element, by clicking here and place it on the other leg. To ensure the identical placements of both
elements I just need to follow the smart guides that appear when I move the file in the preview
area. As a finishing touch, I want to add a line
that goes diagonally above the heart clipart. I can do that by selecting a rectangle element
and scaling it down, duplicating, and repositioning it until it forms a perfect line on both legs. This seemed like a good idea at the time,
but thanks to our new addition we can see how our design looks in 3D by clicking on
”3D view.” We can immediately see that the lines I created
go in a spiral and end abruptly. As an alternative we can use two shapes, rotate
them diagonally, and make sure that they intersect with one another in the middle of the safe
print area for each leg to create a wrap-around effect. However, despite how your design looks in
the 3D view or in the generated mockup images, we don’t recommend using wrap-around graphics,
because: We can’t guarantee exact placement. It’s not possible to perfectly align patterns
or images from front to back. Elements outside the safe print area are not
guaranteed to fully appear on the finished product. This helps to prevent misalignment, which
can happen due to the fabric moving while being hand-sewn together. So if you want to add any extra elements to
your design the best option is to include them within the safe print area and make sure
that they do not wrap around the product. But be aware that on different product sizes,
these elements will be placed slightly differently due to proportional scaling. If you prefer to create your own full bleed
designs in other software, remember to look up the file dimensions of our sample images;
you can see them here. In case anyone in our audience is using Krita,
we have a video on Facebook where our illustrator, Eric, shows you how to create a design from
scratch and incorporate it into our Mockup Generator. I’ll leave a link below, so make sure to
check it out! That’s all for today. Hope this video will help you create amazing
best-selling designs for all-over products. If you have any more questions, then leave
a comment and we will answer.

9 thoughts on “Create All-Over Print Pattern Designs for Free

  1. Can we get a few more options for all-over printed stitch colors? This is a common complaint from customers and makes the all-over print design process more challenging because white and black thread sticks out in a bad way with a lot of designs

  2. Great video! I was struggling with some of these issues with my cut and sew products. I can't wait to try some new designs with the pattern tool. 🙂 thank you printful.

  3. Hallo, would be problematic for a mug or t-shirt a dpi with example 950dpi ore more?
    My Printfull app displays at 950dpi for a mug of "Good".

  4. I am new to Printful. My templates say to hide the guides, so I just hid them, not deleted. I didn't notice them in the mockups, should I be concerned? (I already have them listed on my Etsy shop). Thanks.

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