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How To Create a Random Pattern Design in Adobe Illustrator for Use on Print On Demand Products

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7 Lessons (1h 7m)
    • 1. An Introduction to the Class

    • 2. Creating A Random Pattern Design (Part One)

    • 3. Creating A Random Pattern Design (Part Two)

    • 4. Creating A Random Pattern Design (Part Three)

    • 5. Multi-product Design Process (Part One)

    • 6. Multi-product Design Process (Part Two)

    • 7. Multi-product Design Process (Part Three)

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About This Class

How To Create a Random Pattern Design in Adobe Illustrator for Use on Print On Demand Products is a step-by-step look at how I create original random pattern designs.

The class also gives you an over-the-shoulder look at how I take the random pattern that I have designed (with the help of two cool scripts, in Adobe Illustrator) and then create multiple designs from this pattern using my Multi-product Design Process. NB. I prefer to do this stage in my application of choice, Affinity Designer, but you could also do this stage in Adobe Illustrator, or your own preferred design application.

In other words, you will discover how easy it is to create assets on dozens of products through a number of print on demand platforms, thus maximising your revenue, while also diversifying your income.

Specifically, you will learn how to create a random pattern design for use on:

  • T-Shirts, Hoodies and PopSockets on Merch By Amazon
  • Various sized low content paperback books on Amazon KDP Print
  • Dozens of different print on demand products on non-Amazon platforms such as Redbubble

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David ✏ Ault

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A Little Bit More About Me

My name is David James Ault and I am a British ex-pat living in Slovakia, in the heart of Europe, with my wonderful Slovak wife, our three children and our Ragdoll, Blue.

Having graduated with a BSc (Hons) Degree in European Business, the first part of my career was spent in marketing, especially in the tourism industry, and during that time, I completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, at the CIM.

In 2001, I moved from the UK to Slovakia, where I set up a tourism portal about Slovakia and wrote travel related articles and books. I also began writing my first novel.

During the last two decades, I have written non-fiction books in a variety of niches and set up a number of successful websites to promote my various inter... See full profile

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1. An Introduction to the Class: Hello and welcome to the skill share class on how to create a random pattern design in Adobe Illustrator for use on T shirts, book covers and many other types of print on demand products. My name is David James ORT, and in this class you are going to learn how to create a really cool type off pattern, which is not only very easy to learn how to do, but also gives you a really effective and natural type of design. But before we come on to the type of pattern itself, I thought I would begin by explaining the reason behind the theme that I have chosen for the example pattern that we will be working on. And I think this is important because if you are looking to design patterns to then sell on print on demand products, it is vital that you choose the correct niche to design with him. If you are going to be successful on make lots of sales, that is. And while this class is primarily concerned with how to create a random pattern design, I still want to point out the importance of suitable niches as well as the importance of coming up with ideas for your designs that are commercial. One really cool place to gather ideas for us parents, at least, is from our Children, and I have actually created a number of designs off the back of ideas that I've got from my two teenage daughters, who introduced me to new niches all of the time, niches that I would otherwise be totally oblivious to. So a top tick is to find out from your Children, your nieces and nephews or even your grandchildren. What exactly are the latest crazies that are all the rage at school or college in that particular moment in time? One of the many things that my own girls are into currently is the Visco Girls phenomenon, which I have discovered is a community of teenage girls who used the visco app for creating photos for social media wraps such as Instagram and Tic Tac, and to have shared likes and interests and even a shared language, which is all quite beyond me. But apparently this is the reason that I have been busy buying them. Both scrunch ease, hydro flasks, lip balms, checkered van sneakers and can Cain backpacks. This past year, another item that is ALS. The rage for our budding. This go girls, and one that my wife and I fully support is the metal straw, which has become somewhat of a symbol in the fight against plastic. What I had not Bina wear off until my daughters that informed me, was that their purchasing of metal straws had bean as a direct attempt to help save sea turtles. And they even told me of a catchy name that was trending to support this cause. Namely, skip the straw, Save a turtle. Now, quite apart from being a worthwhile cools, I soon considered that perhaps my daughters had inadvertently directed me towards another potential niche within which I might be able to create some designs for sale on T shirts and other print on demand products. Once I had made the decision to create a Skippy straw save a turtle design in what is clearly quite a competitive niche, there were a couple of ground rules that I set myself regarding the design itself. First of all, I decided that my design not only had to be as good as well, preferably better than the competing designs on merch. It also had to be original. And secondly, I wanted to make sure that the design I created for this niche was also easily transferrable to other products, in addition to the standard merch by Amazon apparel for use on other platforms. With these two ground rules in mind, I decided that a pattern would form the basis of my design, a pattern that would appear on different products in different ways, depending upon the medium. And the type of pattern that I created was a random pattern, which I made using Adobe Illustrator with a little help from a couple of cool scripts, namely, the Circle Feel Script and the Find and replace graphic transformed to fit script, both of which are freely available to download online. And so, in the next Siris of videos, I will first show you how I created the random pattern of sea turtles and then how I manipulated this pattern for different product I mentions as part off my multi product design process. In this way, I was able to create designs for a range of different sized paperback books through Amazon KDP as well as a number of different rates. Bubble products, including all over design T shirts and mini skirts, iPhone cases, iPhone covers and even iPad cases. And finally, one of my personal favorite products with which I happen to enjoy lots of sales. The wonderful looking floor pillow, of course. Most importantly of all, I was able to incorporate this seat Ertl random pattern into a design that fits the medium off the various apparel on merch by Amazon. And hey, let's not forget the pop socket, which naturally lends itself to pattern designs anyway. So I've effectively created designs without too much more work for multiple products on multiple platforms and have now given myself a greater chance of actually making some sales within the skipper Straw Save ater to niche. And once you have finished watching this skill share class in full, your project for the class will be, firstly to create your very own random pattern design. Following the exact method that I have shown you within Adobe Illustrator and then secondly , to place your pattern within a product template of your choice, using either illustrator, affinity designer or whatever your preferred application, maybe in the same way as I have shown you in the multi product design process section of this class so that you then have your very own random pattern design to upload to a T shirt , a notebook or some other kind of print on demand product for sale on merch by Amazon KDP Print well, one of the many other print on demand platforms that are out there. 2. Creating A Random Pattern Design (Part One): So here I am in Adobe Illustrator on the type of pattern that I'm going to show you in this video is a random pattern, and I'm able to create this particular kind of random pattern with the help of a couple of cool scripts, namely the Circle Phil script and the Find and replace graphic transformed to fit script, both of which are freely available to download online. And, as you might expect, given the name of the first of thes scripts, random patterns of this type work really well with circular elements as well as those elements that easily fit within a circle such as love hearts, for example. But as you can see, the focus of our pattern today, which is going to fill up this odd looking oval down here is going to be this blue air bubble, which is, of course, circular. And these various sea turtle graphics, which can all fit into a circular shape and so which I believe will work very well within now. Random pattern. I actually created the bubble myself and then purchased a pack of sea turtle silhouettes with a commercial license, and these are the four turtles from that pack, which I have decided to use, and you may well be wondering about this curious looking oval. It is not exactly a uniform shape, and it is. That's a weird angle, so I'd better explain before we go any further that this is actually the shape of a sea turtle shell. You see the beauty of patterns, as we know, is that they fit perfectly into many different print on demand product types, such as book covers, iPhone cases, floor pillows and all over print apparel. The downside with patterns, though at the time of recording at least, is that there is only one product at the moment on merch by Amazon, that is a perfect fit for patterns, and that is the pop socket. The dimensions for T shirts and hoodies and all the other apparel and much by Amazon is basically a rectangular shape in the middle of the garment or a squarish shape in the case of hoodies, which does not lend itself a tool to patterns. So the only way we can include a pattern design on merch without it looking ridiculous is by masking the pattern in some way, perhaps by feathering the edges with some type of grunge mask overlay effect, or by fitting the pattern within some kind of container, such as a silhouette or another type of shape, like this Oval Sea turtle shell, which is then going to be incorporated into another design that I have created specifically for use on the merch by Amazon products. Now, because this random pattern is eventually going to be used on various different products on a number of different platforms, and not just much by Amazon apparel, it is necessary for the dimensions of the pattern to be quite large. In actual fact, this document is a whopping 12,000 pixels by 12,000 pixels in size, making the oval pattern itself approximately 8000 pixels by 10,000 pixels, which will be large enough to satisfy most products out there. Not all of them, but certainly the vast majority of print on demand products and all the book sizes on Amazon KDP. And as I said at the beginning of the video, we're going to use a couple of cool scripts to help create our random pattern, both of which you are able to download for free. Just do a search field among Google, and the scripts in question are, firstly Circle Phil. Hence why the pattern works especially well with circular elements because, in effect, we will begin the process by filling in the oval shape with randomly sized circles. And the second script we will be using is find and replace graphic transformed to fit, which is a bit of a mouthful and is basically what we're going to use to replace the random circles that are generated by circle, fill with air bubbles and then later, with the seater tools themselves. Before you begin using these scripts, you will, of course, need a shape to fill. And I actually created my sea turtle shell by tracing around the shell of a seater toe graphic using the pen tool. Now you will need to make sure the shape is enclosed. That the field is set to know Phil and the stroke is quite thin but thick enough so that you can see it on the art board, as you will need to select and also de select the shape from time to time. So I'm actually going to select the shape now and go to scripts and then choose the first of our scripts, namely Circle Phil. And as you can see, we are able to determine the maximum size of the circles as a percentage of the total size as well as the minimum size of the circles. So I'm going to set the maximum size toe 18 and for the minimum size, I think I will choose 1% of the total size as this in effect will be the smallest air bubbles in our pattern design and I will set the minimum distance between the circles to 20 point as I prefer there to be white space that I can add to, as opposed to allow the elements being bunched together as I find that more difficult to manipulate. Later on, I will keep the color off the circles black as we will be replacing all of the circles anyway, first of all with the air bubble and then subsequently with these sea turtles. But if you did want to design a random pattern filled with circles, you are able to change the colors of the circles, and the grays in particular, actually make a great effect for use on a black T shirt. So to recap. We have a maximum size of 18% a minimum size of 1% on a minimum distance of 20 point. So let's see what that looks like. Yeah, I like the look of that. I think that looks pretty good. The smaller sized circles will mainly be left as the air bubbles, while the biggest circles, although they will be bubbles to begin with, will end up as various sea turtles. And they won't appear quite a bigas. These black circles too, because these circles will correspond in size to the transparent circle that is encompassing each off the turtles. And the main concept of my design is that this light grey sea turtle here we'll stand out amongst all the blue sea turtles and the blue air bubbles as the sea turtle that is being saved within the popular mean Skipper Straw, save a turtle. Okay, so when we replace the circles Ivor, with the sea turtles or the air bubble, we need to ensure that these elements are encased within a circular shape. Now, I have already done that for each of the seater tools in order to save time, but I am going to show you exactly what I mean for our air bubble. All you need to do is use the Ellipse tool, making sure there is no Phil and no stroke and then make a circle which, in case is the element that we want to replace the circles with and then making sure that this new circle is selected, we need to select the element itself and then group them together to create a new element like so Now we have got to make sure that the element which we want to replace the circles with is above all of the circles that we will be replacing. Otherwise the script will not work properly. So I'm going to make sure that this air bubble is correctly positioned above the oval shape and all the circles in sight. So if I select everything inside the oval, I can check. That is the case. Of course, we will need to de select this turtle. But most importantly of all, we need to de select the shape itself. That is to say, only the circles could be selected. Otherwise the script will just not work correctly. Once all the circles that we want to replace have being selected, we can click on the elements that we want to replace them with. And only then can we go to the script, find and replace graphic transformed to fit and click on it. And there you go. All of the black circles have bean replaced without blue bubbles. Okay, I think that looks pretty good. As you know, the bigger of the bubbles will be replaced with sea turtles. And with hindsight, 20 point may well have bean a little too big as the minimum distance between each of the elements. But we can always add elements to fill in any big white spaces later on if we need to do so . But on the whole, I'm very happy with that. And in the next video, we shall, of course, start replacing these larger air bubbles with each of our different sea turtles. 3. Creating A Random Pattern Design (Part Two): Okay. So in the previous video, we started the random pattern design filling this weird looking oval shape, which I explained was actually a sea turtle shell with random circles that were then replaced by these blue air bubbles of all different sizes ranging from 1% of the total size , up to 18% of the total size. And the design has already started to take shape. But now we need to replace thes bigger bubbles with each off the sea turtle graphics. Now, the most important of these sea turtle graphics is this light gray one here, which is going to take center stage in our design because this is the sea turtle that is figuratively getting saved. When you skip a straw, save a turtle. Now, as you can see, I have already encased the turtle in a transparent circle, as I have done with all the other sea turtles in order to save time. So it is ready to replace one of the circles in our pattern. And I think that we should replace this bubble here as it is nicely centered within the pattern. And all we need to do is select the bubble first by clicking on it and then, while holding down the shift button, also select the sea turtle so that both elements are now selected, having made sure that the turtle is above the bubble being replaced, which it is, And then we just need to click on find and replace graphic transformed to fit like so. And there you go, as this is the most important element within our pattern, I think I would like to make it a little bit bigger, so it stands out that little bit more so I shall select the turtle and then go to object and then transform. And if I then click on scale, I can increase the size of the element. I think I shall make it 150% of its original size, like so Yeah, that's much better. I'll just move it over a little bit, right? So let's do the blue version of this sea turtle now. First of all, I will select some of these bigger bubbles while keeping my finger on the shift button and at a smaller one and another big one and some more smaller ones. There you go. That should do it And now, of course, we need to select the Blue Seater two here before going to the script again and clicking on it once more. Okay, that is pretty cool, but we don't really want them all facing the exact same direction. So what we need to do is select all of these turtles again. It doesn't matter if you miss some of the smaller ones, and then we click on object transform and then transform each where we are then able to rotate each of the selected turtles by a certain angle. We need to make sure transform objects is ticked, and then we should also take random and select an angle of, let's say, 52 degrees and then click OK. Turtle should now be facing different directions, which they are, indeed. And if we want to more pronounced change, we can make the angle bigger. Let's try 211 degrees. And yes, this time there is quite a big difference between the different turtles who were swimming off into the sea in quite different directions. Okay, let's choose this turtle next, and I think this turtle will look quite nice up there. And I'm also going to select that one and that one and some off these ID better choose some smaller ones as well. While I'm at it, who's? I didn't want to do that. I've actually selected the oval shape, so I will need to click off of that. That is the one I meant to get, and we'll just do a couple more, and we're going to replace these selected bubbles with this sideway on turtle, which looks pretty cool again. We just need to go down and click on the script once more to replace the bubbles with turtles. And if we click on some of these sea turtles like so we can change their direction by randomly transforming them once again. Let's try an angle of 94 degrees this time and see what that does. That's changed them up a bit, but I think I will also add a vertical reflect on a couple of thumb. I just need to click on, reflect and make sure vertical reflect has been ticked. Ah, that has actually reflected them as a group, so I will need to rearrange them a little bit, and you can, of course, manually transformed the elements in this way as well. Okay, so this is coming along quite nicely. I think we'll do this one next. So we'll click on a couple of the big bubbles and a few of the smaller ones, too. Like so That should be enough. And then we need to click on the turtle before going to the script. Once again, Been clicking on that. I don't mind this one facing straight on, but we really should mix up the direction of the other turtles. So let's click on them. Where are they? Some of these are quite small. That'll do. Okay, let's transform these. We'll give it a 47 degree angle this time. Oh, that didn't seem to do too much. Let's try bigger angle this time. That's better. As you can see, a lot of this is trial and error. It is a random pattern, after all, but don't be afraid to make it a little less random. I don't like these two facing the same way, so I'm going to change that by reflecting it like so excellent. So this is starting to look pretty good now. Just one more turtle to go. This is the one we haven't used yet. So let's click on the remaining big bubbles. That's just about all of them and will select some of the medium sized ones as well. Then select the turtle. I quite like this graphic and then click on the find and replace script. Okay, so let's change these a bit. Oops. I didn't want to do that. And as well as changing the direction of these turtles, I think I will also enlarge them as well. So we need to click on scale, and we'll leave it at 150%. Uh, again, it has scaled the whole group, so they're all out of position now. Not to worry. I could manually move thes back like so, as you can see, when they're on top of each other like this, it can be quite hard to select the one you're actually after. Hence why I set a minimum distance of 20 point earlier. Oh, just move this one over so I can get to it. Okay, that's better. I think I will change this one's direction by rotating it. Anyway. I'm sure you get the idea off how to rotate, reflect and scale. I think we'll reflect this one, actually. So that is definitely a good start to out random pattern. We do still have quite a bit of white space here, so I'm going to go off camera and fill up some of the white spaces by copying and pasting turtles. I shall replace some of the smaller bubbles with sea turtles as well, and perhaps also tidy. It'll up a little bit. So I shall see you in the next video, and we can see exactly how our random pattern design has taken shape. 4. Creating A Random Pattern Design (Part Three): Okay, So as you can see, I have gone away and change some of the smaller bubbles into sea turtles. Obviously, the majority of the air bubbles still remain as bubbles, and I have also added a few turtles using copy and paste. But there is probably still a little bit too much white space for my liking. So I think we should zoom in a bit on our pattern because it is easy to forget just how big the dimensions are here. I will zoom in a bit more, that's better. And this gives is a better idea of what the pattern will look like on the actual print on demand products. Of course, as it is a random pattern, you may get the old element that is touching another one, and so you can always manually move or rotate and element if you want to. However, thanks to the 20 point distance that we set up the start, not many of their elements are actually touching. It is certainly worth having a scroll around, though, and tiding the pattern up a bit, double checking that neighboring elements are not facing the same way. For example, these three are all facing in the same direction, which doesn't look too good. So I shall reflect the middle one and manually rotate this one just to mix it up a bit. So I think you can get a nice idea of how this pattern is going to look like on a book cover. For example, the sea turtles look quite good on a white background, but I think they will look even better on a darker background to accentuate the blues of are turtles and especially so that are greater till here will stand out a bit more. And I actually chose thes blue and gray tones so that they would look good on merch by Amazon's black and navy blue colors, in particular, so that the design will work well on the limited color schemes of hoodies, sweatshirts and long sleeved shows. So for that reason, I think a dark background will probably work better on the rate bubble products and for the different sized book covers on Amazon KDP. So hopefully being zoomed in like this gives you a better idea of what the pattern is actually going to look like. I could probably still change some of these bubbles into sea turtles and perhaps even move some of the air bubble was about. But at the end of the day, this is a random pattern, so you certainly don't want to be spending too much time over it. I suppose you could arrange the bubbles into a classic upward motion, but I'm not going to bother with that. I actually like the randomness. I think it works well, but feel free to play about with your patterns if you so wish. I'm pretty happy with this, though. However, I think there is perhaps a little bit too much white space still. So I'm going to go off camera and copy and paste a few more turtles to fill in some of the white space. And so I'll see you again shortly. Okay, so she can see. I have got rid of some of that white space by copying and pasting some of the smaller turtles to fill in the gaps. Like I said before, I recommend this method off filling in the white spaces rather than taking away from a crowded pattern. Hence why I recommend setting your minimum distance to a larger number rather than a smaller one. So let's zoom in on this again, and I'll show you the kind of thing that I've bean doing off camera. So if I see a gap like this one or that one there, I will select a different turtle than those in the nearby vicinity of the Gap and then copy and paste that turtle before moving it into the gap like so. And you can always manually change the angle, often element afterwards in order that it fits the gap better is another little turtle that I can copy and paste to fill another gap. And I can then reflect that if I want to like so, and I have just spent the past five or so minutes filling in the white spaces in this way. But I think we are pretty much there. Now. Let's just fit the art board in the window. Actually, I will zoom in a little bit more, and as you can see, I have hidden these layers at the top here. Where are turtles and the air bubble were, and I have also hidden the outline off the oval shape. So we are now ready to export our random pattern as a PNG file. So click on export. We want to make sure that it is set to 300 dp I and that the background color is transparent. Now, this is quite a big file, so I shall stop recording for a bit and come back later once it is finished, right? So we now have a random pattern exported as a PNG file, and I will just save the illustrator file as well. And this random pattern can now be used as is on the likes of Red Bubble and those other platforms with all over print products. And it could be layered onto various book cover templates for use on Amazon KDP. And finally, the random pattern can be incorporated within a container type design for use on T shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts on merch by Amazon. 5. Multi-product Design Process (Part One): in this video, I am going to show you my multi product design process, which is how, from a base design, I am able to create a number of different designs for use on dozens of different products through a number of different platforms. And in this particular case, the initial design is actually a random pattern design. But this process will, of course, work well with any type of pattern designed that you create. Now. I actually created this random pattern design with the help of some cool scripts within Adobe Illustrator. However, my application of choice when I am implementing my multi product design process is in fact affinity. Designer. You can, of course, use illustrator or photo shop or any of the free design applications that are out there when working with product templates of this type. But my favorite application just happens to be affinity designer, which I highly recommend for its ease of use. So as you can see, this is a PNG off the random pattern sea turtle design that I created in Adobe Illustrator , and this is a huge file. In fact, the dimensions are actually three times bigger than I expected them to be. To be honest, I'm not really sure how it happened. But when I opened the illustrator file within affinity Designer and then exported it as a PNG file from there, instead of having an oval filled random pattern of just over 8000 pixels by just over 10,000 pixels, as I had intended, I had instead being left with a whopping big pattern of just over 25,000 pixels in width by over 30,000 pixels in length, which is so big that it is even causing my brand new 15 inch MacBook pro toe lag a little. So while not an ideal size to work with, it is, of course, better toe have bigger dimensions that we can reduce to the sizes we want rather than the other way round. As then, there is no loss in quality, so the first stage of my design process will be to create an all over print template at a size that is far more manageable. And this will be the design that we use on the likes of great bubble tea, Public Society six and any other print on demand platforms out there that have all over print products such as phone cases and covers iPad cases, tote banks, throw pillows, floor pillows, mugs, canvas prints, coasters, shower curtains, bath mats and even all over print apparel. So we are going to create this new template, and we will make the dimensions 12,000 by 12,000 pixels with a deep EI off 300. And that will be big enough to satisfy most of the all over print products out there. Not all of them. It might not fit the largest sized do they covers, for example, but certainly big enough to satisfy the majority off print on demand products. So I shall click on OK, and now we have our all over print template. In addition to this template, there are a number of other templates that make up the multi product design process, which I'm quickly going to go through in turn. And these templates includes a couple of book templates, the first of which is an 8.5 by 11 inch template, which is actually based around a tangent. Templates cover template. And if you don't know about tangent templates yet, then you should definitely check them out within the tools of the trade section off the merch motivated website. But if you do not have 10 Geant templates, don't worry, as you can always download a template from KDP's own paperback cover templates, and I actually use this 8.5 inch by 11 inch size for sketchbooks and graph paper books as well as various other interiors that favor this large format paperback style. And the second book template is for the five inch by eight inch size of paperback books, which is my preferred format for notebooks and journals. Although I do also sometimes use the six inch by nine inch size for notebooks as well. Next up, we have the template for what is currently the only merch by Amazon product that naturally lends itself to patterns. And that is, of course, the pop socket. This template is based around merch by Amazon's own pop socket template, which you are able to download from within the merch dashboard. And finally, we have my very own customized templates for hoodies and last but not least, merch by Amazon T shirts. I'll just zoom in on that a little bit and I shall zoom in again, so that is my template for all of the different merch by Amazon T shirts that have dimensions off 4500 pixels by 5400 pixels. 6. Multi-product Design Process (Part Two): Okay, so let's go back to my sea turtle random pattern design and copy and paste it into a more manageable 12,000 by 12,000 pixel format. And because this is such a big file, it is going to take a bit of time toe actually paste into our template. There you go. So it has finally pasted in, and the first thing that we need to do is reduced the size of our pattern from this width off 25,000 plus pixels to a much more manageable size of, let's, say, 15,000 pixels, and you need to make sure that it is set to maintain the proportions. Okay, so we'll type in 15,000. And yes, that's much better, right? Next, we need to reposition our pattern because we certainly don't want any of this oval shape showing. So let's put this turtle here up into the top left corner like so, Yeah, that looks pretty good, right? So we now have our random seater tour pattern ready to export as a PNG file, so just check that it is in fact, 12,000 pixels by 12,000 pixels, and I will then export that into the Turtle Assets folder and call it Turtle all over print . 12,000 adult PNG and we'll save that. So this is the pattern that is going to be used on all of the different print on demand products that I mentioned before. But it will also form the basis for all of our other product templates. So I'm going to copy this layer and then paste it into the first off our book templates. And there you go. As you can see, the 12,000 pixel pattern is a bit too big for our book template. So we shall head over to properties and we can knock it down to 8000 pixels and we shall see what that looks like. Yeah, I think that looks pretty cool. As is. Of course, we would need to write sea turtle sketchbook or sea turtle graph paper book on the front cover or down the spine of the book. If we wanted to use those particular keyword phrases within the title on Amazon KDP. But I think you get the general idea of how the pattern is going to look like on this size of paperback book. Right? Let's copy this smaller 8000 picks or pattern for use on our five by eight inch book template. So I'm going to paste it into here like so. And because this book template is that much smaller, the 8000 pixel pattern looks far too big. So why don't we reduce this down to 5000 pixels and see what that looks like? Yes, that certainly looks a lot better, but I think the pattern still appears to be a little bit too big for my liking. Why don't we try 4200 pixels and see what that looks like? Yes, that's better. Okay, so all we need to do now is reposition the pattern until we think it fixed the book well on the front cover. In particular, I think that this looks pretty good. This is the front cover right here. Let's move the template layer up here so that we can see exactly what we're getting on the front cover. A light gray seater toe is mainly featured on the back cover off the book, but at least one of his flippers is making an appearance, which does add a bit of contrast to the front cover and this is obviously where the barcode will appear. I actually think this random pattern works really well as a book cover Now remember? Like I said earlier, if we want to call the book something like Sea Turtle Notebook, we need to include that text either on the front cover or down the spine of the book. I think I will actually call this book, Skip the straw, save a turtle. So I'm going to need to add this text onto the front cover of the book. I shall use the typeface, Alphonse Tiki, as I think that will work nicely with this pattern, and I'll set the point size to 96 point to begin with, and the color is set to the light gray off the turtle that we intend to save. So let's type in Skip E Spruell. That's obviously a little bit too big, so I shall change that to a 72 point size. That's better. And I will manually position that just below the turtles flipper, making sure it is centered on the front cover like So I need to drop that down a little bit more, I think, and I will then copy and paste that text and then change this second line too. Save a turtle again. I will manually send to that. Now, As you can see, the pattern is a little bit noisy behind this text. So I'm going to need to add a rectangular background behind each of the lines of text so that it stands out better. And I will make that background the color off the blue Sea turtles like so let's rearrange the layer to see what it looks like. I still need to adjust direct angle a bit. And I think I will also change the A pass ity down to 60%. Like so. Yeah, that looks better. So I will copy and paste this rectangle and reposition it behind the second line of text. I still need to adjust this rectangle slightly. That should be okay. Obviously, I'm doing this very quickly for the benefits of the video, but you get the idea and I think I will highlight the second rectangle and line of text and then moved them down a little bit. Like so. Okay, I think that looks pretty good. And if we hide the template, weaken, then export this design for use on Amazon KDP. Now, of course, this time it is not a PNG fire we need but a PdF. And we'll set that to 300 dp i before exporting the design to the Turtle Assets folder. So we have now created two different eBook formats that can be used as book covers on a range of different book types. Up until now, we have bean designing for products outside of merch by Amazon. But the next three templates are for merch by Amazon products, and we shall copy and paste. This smaller pattern, as the first of those merch by Amazon products has the smallest dimensions of all. And it is, of course, the pop socket, which is the one product that is currently on merge that dust naturally work well with patterns. 7. Multi-product Design Process (Part Three): Now the pop socket is only 485 pixels by 485 pixels on. My template is based around the template that you can download from the merch by Amazon dashboard. And when we paste this 4200 pixel pattern onto the template, the pattern is obviously going to appear much, much bigger than we will actually want again. It is taking quite a bit of time to load. There we go. Currently, we have a single turtle together with some giant bubbles. So let's change this to 600 pixels to begin with and see what that looks like. Who's that was the wrong layer, so I better undo that. Let's click on the correct layer this time and drank that over. Now I want the turtle we intend to save to take center stage, and I prefer the design on the pop socket to be more of a scene from a larger pattern, as opposed to reducing the pattern right down to the dimensions of the pop socket. This is lagging a little bit, as you can see. Okay, I think that looks pretty good and it really doesn't matter if the oval appears at the corner off the square, so long as the pattern fills the outermost, blue dotted circle, which it does, I think I will just move the pattern a bit. Make it so l light Grey. Sea turtle is a little off center like so. And then, of course, we need to hide the pop socket template before exporting the pattern as a PNG file. So this time we don't want pdf. We want a PNG. I'll check that it is 485 pixels by 485 pixels and then export as a PNG to the Turtle Assets folder. Okay, so up until now we have been designing for products that are a natural fit for patterns. But our final to product types, which are for hoodies and T shirts on much by Amazon, are certainly not a natural fit. And the way that we can get around this is either by masking the edges of the pattern with some type of feather technique, or by perhaps using a type of grunge mask overlay effect, or by fitting the pattern into some kind of container, such as a silhouette or some other kind of shape, and I have chosen to do the latter for this particular example. As you can see, I have created a design featuring the skipper straw save ater toe mean, which is centered around a sea turtle where I have removed the oval turtle shell so that we can now replace that shell without sea turtle. Random pattern. So now we need to go back to the original random pattern design, and I hope it is now crystal clear just why the random pattern was feeling that we'd looking slanting oval. And we need to copy this layer and then paste it into our hoody template like so. And as you can see in the bottom right hand corner there that the dimensions are currently far too big for our hoody design. So we need to go to properties and reduce the width off the pattern from 25,000 pixels to, let's, say, 2000 pixels. Let's see how that looks, and that's probably not too far Roth. Let's move it over and see if it still needs modifying. Yeah, it is still a little bit too big, so let's not that down a bit more to say 1700 pixels. That looks a bit better. Yeah, that seems to be pretty much an exact fit. I think I shall zoom in a bit so that I can see what I'm doing better. I'll just make sure that I have selected the correct layer, and I will move that over a bit. Just need to make sure nothing is touching the sites. And I'll just make the finishing touch cheese by using the arrow keys to nudge it over a little bit more. Let's position the layer underneath the outline off the main turtle just to make sure, and I think that is pretty much spot on. So skipper Straw save a turtle and I'm really pleased with that. I think that is looking pretty good. Let's zoom to fit so that we can see what the design will look like on both a black hoodie and a Navy blue one, which were actually the two off the five hoody colors that I was designing for. But obviously we need to now hide all of the color backgrounds so that we can export the file as a transparent PNG. Just make sure that the hoodies dimensions are correct and export the file to the Turtle Assets folder like So. Okay, What I need to do now is group these two layers together. I either turtle design and the random pattern by clicking on Layer Group and then copy the grouped layers and head over to the last of the product templates, which is for the various merch by Amazon T shirts. And then I need to paste the design like so and then we just need to manually enlarge the design so that it fits the medium off the tee shirt a little bit better. That should do the trick. I'll just zoom out so that I can see what I'm doing a bit better and then sent to the design both horizontally and vertically. And there we have it, the design for the all important standard T shirt on merch by Amazon, as well as the premium shirt, the sweatshirt, the rank, Lynn the tank, etcetera, etcetera. And I think that looks really good. Yes, I'm very pleased with that. Just need to hide the back ground layers and export as a transparent PNG file. I'll just check the dimensions are correct and then export the file to the Turtle Assets folder, and there we go. We have a design for each of the merch by Amazon shirts and the merch by Amazon sweatshirt . We have a design for both the pull over Hoody and the Zip hoodie. We have a pop socket design. We have a design for different five by eight inch paperback books such as notebooks and journals. We have a design for different 8.5 by 11 inch paperback books such a sketchbooks and graph paper books. And finally, we have the all over print design for dozens of different product types on a number of different platforms. And to get a better idea of how this design will look like on an iPhone cover or a floor pillow, let's copy and paste this blue background and then enlarge it to fit. And hopefully that gives you a better idea of how this sea turtle random pattern design will eventually look on all of those different types off print on demand products