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12-04-2018, 06:41 AM
I had old (pre snap-to-grid) instructions on how to make a design seamless, but it was difficult for me, so I used to export my design into GIMP to make the +2-2 wraparound and then re-import it to finish in ArtRage. However! Now that ArtRage features "snap-to-grid", it's really easy to make a seamless pattern without leaving ArtRage.
Although“Pattern Fill” allows me to make a basic repeat of a design element, sometimes I need a repeat of interlocking or randomly placed design elements. "Snap-to-Grid" gives me precision when I do a wraparound in ArtRage. I can then test the seamless quality using "Pattern Fill".

Part 1: I start a Spoonflower fabric design on a 9” square canvas because 9” is a convenient divisor of most fabric sizes. 150 ppi is what Spoonflower needs for printing. I create the basis of my design in the center of the canvas, leaving the edges open.
This may take a few posts, so please bear with me?

12-04-2018, 06:42 AM
Seamless design, part 2:

12-04-2018, 06:47 AM
Seamless design, part 3:

Use the Grid feature of Layout, and set it to Snap to Grid with the minimum number of squares.


12-04-2018, 06:48 AM
Seamless Design, Part 3-A:


12-04-2018, 06:49 AM
Seamless Design, Part 4:


12-04-2018, 06:53 AM
Seamless Design, Part 5:
After filling in design, export it as a png file to your preferred folder. You will use this entire canvas in the next step for your Pattern Fill.
Again: make sure lighting is toggled OFF.


12-04-2018, 07:00 AM
Seamless design, Part 6:
Create a new, larger canvas at 150ppi to test your repeat. On this larger canvas, I again use Snap-to-Grid, minimum squares, to make sure the pattern snaps easily into the upper right corner.
After testing the repeat, I can then upload the png of the completed 9"x9" to Spoonflower and choose their "Basic Repeat".


I gratefully accept all suggestions, additions, or corrections to this "tutorial".
Thank you for reading!
Sue Ellen.