What Size Should My Textile Design Repeating Pattern Be for Printing and Manufacturing? Free Illustrator Tutorial: Successful Fashion Designer by Sew Heidi

What Size Should A Repeating Pattern Be for Printing?

June 14, 2017

Whether you’re a fashion designer, textile design, or surface pattern designer, you’ll need to spec your repeating patterns for manufacturing. This video will show you how to determine what size your repeat tile should be for printing based on print type (rotary screen, flat-bed screen, etc). You can also use this technique if you’re prepping artwork for Spoonflower.

Here is the chart referenced in the video: http://char.txa.cornell.edu/ppTextilerepeats.htm

YOU WILL LEARN:

  • 00:44 The chart for repeat and fabric sizes
  • 01:52 How to create unique motifs for your repeat in 2 clicks
  • 02:44 How to turn your motifs into a repeating pattern (CS6 and newer)
  • 03:31 How to change the unit of measure for your repeat tile (from points to inches or millimeters, etc)
  • 03:46 How to define the repeat size of your pattern tile based on print screen / roller size (bonus tip: Illustrator will do the math for you!)
  • 05:10 Add a background color to your pattern and troubleshooting if your motifs are being clipped / cropped


Questions or tutorial ideas? Put them below in the comments!

What Size Should My Textile Design Repeating Pattern Be for Printing and Manufacturing? Free Illustrator Tutorial: Successful Fashion Designer by Sew Heidi
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