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    ArtRage and Spoonflower: EASY seamless design

    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.
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    This may take a few posts, so please bear with me?
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    Seamless design, part 2:
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    Seamless design, part 3:

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

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    Seamless Design, Part 3-A:

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    Seamless Design, Part 4:

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    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.

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    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".

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