How to create a perfect wallpaper pattern repeat
Making the perfect pattern can be a daunting task - but don’t worry - you have come to the right place! With the help of this page you should be creating perfect pattern repeats in no time! We understand that not everyone is a graphic designer, many of you will be much more comfortable with a brush, pencil or camera in your hands - So, lets get started...
- Tools for the job
- Adobe Creative Suite (recommended)
- Firstly you will need a graphic design application such as Adobe Creative Suite. This includes a number of creative applications, which are available separately, including:We highly recommend either of these applications (specifically Illustrator for vector graphics work)
Setup a new document with the dimensions of the paper type you require - the height can be as big as you need to fit one full repeat of your design.
We need 5mm of “bleed” on the left and right of you pattern repeat. This is so that when we trim your wallpaper we do not crop off any of the design. See the diagram below for a more visual explaination.
The green box shows the full pattern repeat. The red box shows the ‘bleed’ which is a small additional portion of the design to aid the cutting process.
If the cutting machine cuts 2mm in from the green line on the left - it will then cut 2mm out from the green line on the right. Cutting a perfect repeat!
How do I add bleed?
There are different ways to achieve this depending on the application you are using.
- With Illustrator
You can add bleed to the left and right of your document when you create it or by going to File > Document Setup. From here add 5mm to the left and right - making sure the measurements are in mm.
- With Photoshop
The are no ‘bleeds’ as such in Photoshop so we have to create the effect. Once you have created a new document at the correct width, for example lets say 530mm for the traditional wallpaper, and placed your design into it so that it repeats perfectly - then you will need to modify the canvas size to include the left and right bleed at 5mm. To do this, make sure your design cropped to the size of the document and is a perfect repeating pattern. Now go to File > Canvas Size... and change the width to be 540mm - resizing from the centre.
Now that you have the document bleed setup you can duplicate your pattern and copy it to the left and right of the original design - Aligning the edges perfectly.
If you are having trouble with any of these steps please get in touch and we will do our best to help.
Document setup530mm width (traditional wallpaper), 500mm width (Non-Woven wallpaper), 300 dpi, 5 mm bleed on the right and left side (see ‘Layout’)
Double check that it fits perfectly when you put together two pattern repeats one after the other.
Colour setup (See ‘Colour Setup’ below) CMYK, Coated forgra 27 or 39, europa prepress 2. Use the pantone “solid to process” swatches to get a good idea on screen of what will come out on paper.
File Types .psd, .tiff or JPG at maximum quality.