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Design a Pattern Collection in Procreate for Spoonflower

teacher avatar Maja Faber, Surface Pattern Designer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Intro

      2:23

    • 2.

      Downloads

      1:42

    • 3.

      Class Project

      1:05

    • 4.

      Why Create Collections

      3:06

    • 5.

      What to Include

      5:20

    • 6.

      Inspiration

      2:49

    • 7.

      Moodboard

      4:23

    • 8.

      Color Palette

      3:14

    • 9.

      Sketching

      14:19

    • 10.

      Canvas Size

      3:44

    • 11.

      Creating a Template

      9:01

    • 12.

      Create the First Pattern

      10:54

    • 13.

      Hero Pattern

      5:30

    • 14.

      Coordinating Patterns

      7:01

    • 15.

      Colorways

      11:10

    • 16.

      Name and Save Your Files

      2:25

    • 17.

      Upload to Spoonflower

      8:43

    • 18.

      Proof Your Designs

      3:01

    • 19.

      Make for Sale

      1:09

    • 20.

      Final Thoughts

      1:26

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About This Class

Learn how to create a pattern collection in Procreate for Spoonflower!

In this class I will teach you it all, from ideas to sketching, drawing your patterns, and finalizing your files. You will learn what to think about when you create a pattern collection specifically for Spoonflower. We will talk about how to name your designs, different colorways, and how many patterns you should include in a collection.

I will take you through my full process of uploading my designs on Spoonflower including all of the details like tags, file names, and finally how to order samples so that you can make your designs for sale in your shop.

I’ve included 3 free premium Procreate brushes here in class, from me and my husband's brand Faber Co, you can find all of our brushes here: majafaber.com/shop

There are many perks to why you would like to create collections for Spoonflower, such as being more efficient when you create patterns, and making more sales on Spoonflower.

This class is made for you who want to learn how to create a full pattern collection in Procreate. You probably have an interest in selling your designs on Spoonflower, but it’s not a must to take this class. The actual process of creating a pattern collection in Procreate is pretty much the same for me, even if I create it for a different purpose than to sell on Spoonflower.

It's an intermediate class. You need to have some basic knowledge of drawing and creating patterns in Procreate to be able to follow along. If you never have made a pattern in Procreate previously I recommend to watch my other classes about creating different types of patterns in Procreate before you watch this class. Such as:

P.S. You can find all of my classes on my profile page here on Skillshare >>>

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https://support.spoonflower.com/hc/en-us/articles/204444610-Sizing-Your-Design

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Maja Faber

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If we haven't met before, I'm Maja Faber, your pattern-loving teacher and fellow creative.

I'm here to help you every step of the way! I've been in your shoes! Yes, I'm talking about YOU I've been frustrated, overwhelmed, and wanting to give up more times than I can count. Learning a new skill is hard! I know the struggle.

After spending years of trial and error, trying to find my style and my unique path in the surface pattern design industry, I found my love for creating patterns in Procreate. My creativity started to blossom, and I haven't looked back since then.

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1. Intro: [MUSIC] Hey, I'm Maja Faber. I'm a surface pattern designer who have created more than thousand patterns for my Spoonflower shop so far. I've made all of these patterns in Procreate, and most of them are included in collections. Creating collections for Spoonflower is not only a good way of painting many patterns at a time and by that keeping your shop up to date and more often visible in the search result of new designs of Spoonflower. But it's also a great way to get more sales as a customer tends to buy more from you if you can offer matching designs. In this class, I will teach you my process of creating a full pattern collection from idea and inspiration to sketching, drawing your patterns and finalizing your files. You will learn what to think about when you create a pattern collection specifically for Spoonflower. We will talk about how to name your designs, different colorways, and how many patterns you should include in a collection. I will take you through my full process of uploading my designs in Spoonflower, including all of the details like tags, file names, and finally how to order samples so that you can make your designs for sale in your shop. This class is made for you who wants to learn how to create a full pattern collection in Procreate. You probably have an interest in selling your designs on Spoonflower, but it's not a must to take this class. The actual process of creating a pattern collection in Procreate is pretty much the same for me, even if I created for a different purpose than to sell it on Spoonflower. This is an intermediate class. You need to have some basic knowledge of drawing and creating patterns in Procreate to be able to follow along. If you never made a pattern in Procreate previously, I recommend to watch my other classes about creating different types of patterns in Procreate before you watch this class. You can find all of these classes on my profile page here on Skillshare. Before we dive in and start with the class, I also want to mention that I've included three free downloadable Procreate brushes in this class. These are from me and my husband's brand Faber company, and you can find all of our brush sets on my website, majafaber.com/shop. With all of this said let's get started with creating our pattern collections. 2. Downloads: I've included three free premium Procreate brushes that you can download when you watch this class. They are from me and my husband's brand favorite company and are free for you to use for both personal and commercial use. The Procreate brushes included are the smooth filler from our drying brush set and the grain stamp 2 from our grain brush set. I've also included a brand new brush that I call thick and texture, that when this class is created, the only way you can download this brush is through watching this class. If you enjoy using these brushes, you can purchase the full brush sets, dry ink and grain, and a bunch of other awesome brushes on my website, majafaber.com/shop. To download the free procreate brushes, tap the downloadable PDF under the ''Project and Resources'' tab here in class and you tap the link in the PDF or go to the URL that you see on screen now. You will be directed to a site where you need to type in your name and email address, which will add you to my email list. Tap to unlock and that will take you to a folder where you can download the file. To download the file directly to Procreate, tap the file so that it will be added to your downloads in your browser. I'm using Safari here on my iPad. Then tap the file in the download section and it will be instantly added to Procreate. 3. Class Project: Your project in this class is to create a pattern collection that you can upload to Spoonflower. I will teach all of the details that you need to know in class and you can choose yourself how large collection you want to create. In this class, I will create a collection of six original patterns, which I will make several different color variations of. You are welcome to draw along with me in class, and create the same patterns as me for learning purposes. But remember, that these patterns are my original designs with my copyright that I already sell on for example, Spoonflower. You are not allowed to share these patterns in any way and say that it's your designs, that will be an infringement on my copyright. If you want to share about your process in this class on social media and are copying my designs, it always has to be very clear that they are created by me. With that said, I'm super excited to see what you create. Please do share your projects in class, and if you share it on for example, Instagram, feel free to tag me with Maja Faber. 4. Why Create Collections: Let's start with talking about the fundamentals of a pattern collection. We will dive into the why first, why you would want to create collections. Creating pattern collections is a way of creating patterns that match well together. There are many parts to why you would like to create collections. The two main reasons as I see it, is that number 1, you are more likely to make more money meaning that the customer are more likely to buy more designs from you if they can see an obvious match for a design. This can be a licensing client or for example, a Spoonflower customer, which is what we focus on in this class. It can be a smart idea business-wise to be able to sell or license more of your patterns. Reason number 2 is that when you as a designer create one pattern, you have your idea and your inspiration for that pattern made up already. Maybe you spent three weeks, three days, three hours, or three minutes to come up with this idea. It really doesn't matter. What matters is that when we have one idea it's easier for our creative brains to figure out more ideas just by the flow of creativity. At least this is how my brain works and I'm sure that many creatives recognize this. This all means that it might be easier to come up with more ideas that matches your first pattern, then come up with a completely new idea which all ends off to save time and creative brain capacity. By creating a whole pattern collection at once, it probably means that you can create patterns more efficiently if this is what you want to do. I, myself, is a fast creator. I really enjoy a fast speed in my creativity. Now, I don't mean that you have to create in high-speed or even being efficient. In a world where everything goes quickly, you might want to have a slower creative process than for example me and that's of course completely fine. You do you. However, as this class is aimed to creating collections for selling on Spoonflower, I believe that being able to create patterns efficiently will make it more likely to sell more designs on Spoonflower if this is what you want. It's not just on Spoonflower that it works like this. It's the same for all print-on-demand sites. If you upload patterns frequently and the more designs you have in your shop, the more likely it is that you will find success on print-on-demand shops especially when you build a new shop and you don't have regular customers yet. But in the long run, when you do have regular customers, they will probably still want to see new designs for you once in a while. So, being efficient and being able to create more patterns in less time is a good way of being able to succeed selling designs on Spoonflower. 5. What to Include: A pattern collection is a number of patterns that work well together. How do you make the patterns match well together? Well, a common way is to create a collection around a theme and with a limited color pattern, that way, your patterns will match in color and in the theme and style of your designs. Typically, a pattern collection includes one or two more busy patterns known as hero prints, a few coordinating patterns such as secondary prints, which are a bit calmer than the hero print, but more busy than the last type of pattern, the blender, which is the simplest one. This is the standard way of thinking about pattern collections. But I will say, however, to not stare yourself blind on the descriptions of the different patterns. If you are a person who creates more simple designs like me, then your hero pattern doesn't need to be super busy, and if you are a person who creates more complex designs, your blender prints doesn't need to be super calm and simple. In my experience, what type of patterns you should include in a collection and how much you need to follow the general guidelines about creating collections, depends on the end purpose for your collection. If you create collections for licensing clients, then yes, they are more likely to be used to you as a designer creating a certain type of collection. But if you create collections for your own products or, for example, for your own print-on-demand shop like Spoonflower, you can decide yourself what to include. I would, however, always think about the end customer and their wants and needs. How many patterns should a collection include? Well, I know that different people have different opinions about this. I myself feel that there are no rules that fit all the time, and what I mean with that is that how many patterns to include in a collection for me depends once again, on the end purpose. As I see it, a pattern collection can include anything from three to 50 patterns, or maybe even more. A standard way of thinking when it comes to collections for licensing clients is that a collection normally includes six to 15 patterns or something like that. Why do I say that a collection can include three to 50 patterns? Well, as I mentioned previously, it all depends on the end purpose. If you, for example, create a collection for a licensing client that will print your designs as a fabric collection, there are certain rules or guidelines to follow. If you create a collection to be printed on your own products, you can decide completely yourself, how small or large collection you want to create. If you, as we are doing in this class, are creating a pattern collection to be sold on Spoonflower, you can, of course, create any type of collection you want as well as it's your own print-on-demand shop. But as I mentioned, it's important to always have the end customer in mind when you are trying to sell your designs, so you need to think about what a typical Spoonflower customer wants to buy. A few things that I recommend when it comes to creating collections for Spoonflower if you want to succeed selling your designs are this, make sure that your collection have a well-balanced color palette, which makes the patterns match well together, create many color variations of your designs, as you don't know which color the customer prefer. Remember, that you are not your customer and everyone have different preferences. To make it easier and cheaper to prove your designs include maximum 42 patterns in your collection. I'll talk more about this in the lesson about proofing your designs. But keep this as a general guideline. You can, of course, choose to listen to this or not, but you will understand why 42 patterns is a good amount when we talk more about this later on in class. Make sure that your colors have enough contrast to each other which you will see when you proof your designs. This might be tricky in the beginning if you never have printed your designs and products previously. In that case, don't let this stop you, create the full collection, proof your designs, and then you will learn with experience once you have seen your designs printed a few times. The last tip is to have in mind that Spoonflower customers often have a certain motif in mind when they want to buy fabric or wallpaper. As a customer on print-on-demand sites with tens of thousands of designs to choose from, you will search for what you want. To create patterns and collections with specific themes may be very successful when it comes to the search results. Now, that we have been talking a bit more about the why and how to create collections, let's dive into the practical parts of this class. 6. Inspiration: A great start to build a pattern collection is to gather inspiration. The inspiration can of course come from anywhere. I think as creatives we are constantly gathering inspiration wherever we are. Sometimes we already know what we want to draw, we have already gathered inspiration from our lives in general. The many times we need to actively search for inspiration. For me at least when I create a full pattern collection it's good to have gathered a bunch of inspiration and create a mood board so that I know in which direction I want to go with my designs. When I create designs one-by-one without creating a full collection it can work fine just to create whatever comes to mind not having gathered a bunch of inspiration pre-hand. But when creating a full pattern collection that includes a bunch of patterns that are supposed to be matching is typically easier to have a clear path to follow and to have gathered inspiration before we start to create the first pattern. My favorite way of gathering inspiration except being out and about and constantly gathering inspiration just by living my life in general is to have a look at Pinterest. From Pinterest, I gather a bunch of images, I save them in a board and when I've spent time searching for inspiration I have a look at my board and see if I can see a certain theme with more themes and/or colors that I like that I want to move forward with. Before you start to gather inspiration it can help to have a theme in mind. That way it will be easier to stay on track with your collection and make it look and feel cohesive. Your theme can be anything really safari animals, city life, dogs or pets, it can be birthdays, summer, nature, cars or anything. In this class I will create my collection around a spring theme, spring flowers when the first warm sunshine arrives. Feel free to draw characters instead or animals or have a winter theme and draw a snow man. I choose flowers as it's a common thing that many are used to drawing which will make it easier to follow along in class if you want to choose the same theme as me. Spend time in Pinterest and gather inspiration. You can pause this class and take half an hour or an hour and gather inspirational images that you want to use. You can of course spend as much time as you want in this phase but for me personally I don't like to get stuck here in this part of the process. I rather go back and find more inspiration for something specific later on if I feel that I need it. 7. Moodboard: When you have gathered a bunch of inspiration images, it's time to narrow it down. Have a look at your Pinterest board and see which images you like the most. Both when it comes to motifs and colors. Try to think about that you want to create a cohesive collection. So choose images that you feel are matching at least a little bit. When you've chosen an image, tap on the image and tap the three little dots and tap "Download Image". This will save your image to your camera roll. Do this with images that you like the most. Let's say that you can choose 5-10 images. What we will do is to create a mood board and procreate with these images. You can, of course, just use the mood board that you create on Pinterest and do a split screen in Procreate or take a screenshot of the whole Pinterest board and add that to Procreate. But I like to have the actual images one-by-one on my canvas to be able to move them around and create an inspirational mood board. Now it's finally time to head into Procreate. I will create just any size of canvas really. For this mood board, I will go for a screen size but I don't want to take the top selection here, the screen size, P3 because that is in P3 color profile and that will make the colors look a bit wrong. If I want to do a screen size, I will just remember 2732 times 2048 and create a new canvas. Two-seven-three-two, and it already says 2048 and the DPI 300, maximum layers is 115 and the color profile, is SRGB. Hit "Create" and here I have a canvas that is screen size. The next thing that I will do is to tap the Actions panel Add, insert a photo, and I will start to add the photos that I want to have in my mood board. Let's just zoom out a bit. The placement really doesn't matter. Now just start to add them one by one. Let's see how it looks. Maybe that would be a little bit too large. We just decrease the size a bit so I will fit something over here. Maybe that floral one, something like that. This one might look good over here. We will create a mood board here with the images and this is just the very start of the process of creating our collection. Your mood board doesn't need to be tidy at all. It's completely up to you how you want your mood board to look. When you're finished with your mood board, save it as a JPEG in the Actions panel. Share JPEG and I will tap "Save Image" to save it to my camera roll. 8. Color Palette: The very first thing that I tried to decide on when it comes to actual creating part of making a pattern collection is the color palettes. Now we all work differently, and if you want to think about colors after you have made sketches of the motifs for your patterns, then you do that but for me, colors are a huge part of the collection. Color sets the mood and it helps me to move forward with planning the whole collection. I always start with my mood board. From the mood board, I will create a first color palette. This palette might change during the process as we draw our full collection. When you see how the colors interact with each other in the patterns, and if the colors are right for the mood that you want to set for the collection, and that's just how a created process works in general, at least for me. We move back and forth and then back again, make changes, try things out and finally figure out how we want it. What I do is to use the mood board as inspiration, to draw a few blobs with colors. I will create a new layer in the layers panel, and with the free brush, thick in texture. I will draw a few blobs that are inspired by the mood board. I start with choosing more colors than I think that I need. Just trying out how different colors would work together. Take your time here and from your mood board, choose some colors to build your first large color palette that we later on can narrow down. What I will do is to save this first color palette so that we always have it if we want to use more colors later on in the process when we have narrowed down our colors. Let's just save all of these. I created a new palette, tapping that plus sign in the color panel, and then I tap and hold on the color to select it and I tap on one of the swatches in my palette. When you're happy with your larger color palette and have saved it as a palette in your color panel, we can head over to the next lesson where we will start with sketching. 9. Sketching: Finally, we will start to draw something in this class. The first stage of creating a collection is to sketch up your ideas. Sometimes when I create a slued collection, it comes intuitive. I can sketch up the idea for one pattern and I create that pattern and then a collection unfolds from that pattern. When that happens, it's awesome but you can't trust that you will be in that creative flow all of the time, at least I'm not. The only way for me to start the collection is to sketch up the ideas for the full collection before I even start to actually draw one single pattern. How you sketch is completely up to you. Sometimes I use the 6B pencil to sketch up some ideas for patterns in black and white first but often I go for colors to start with as it makes me get a better feel for the color palette and the general mood of the collection. You should sketch in a way that you prefer, of course, but I will do it all in color here in this class. The first thing that I usually do is to try out my color palette but first of all, let's create a new Canvas with the same size, screen size RGB or whatever size you want. The Canvas size at this point when it comes to sketching up our patterns, really doesn't matter. Let's start with trying out our color palettes. I've tried to narrow down my larger color palette, which is this one to a pallet with fewer colors. I don't have a specific amount of colors that I use for every collection that I create but let's say that I usually start with somewhere around six or seven colors. One great way of doing this is to quickly sketch up a stripes pattern. Usually I create a square over here, just draw a quick square and fill that in with a cream white to not get that super sharp white contrast with my colors because usually if I have a white background in my patterns, it's more of a cream white color. Here is my little square and what I do is to create a new layer where I draw a few stripes. I do this really quickly and intuitive just like this, draw a few stripes on the same layer for convenience with some of the colors that I feel that I wanted to try out together. To not be overwhelmed and use too many colors, let's just use six or seven colors here to help us narrow down our color palette. If you feel that a color doesn't make a good match, you can just tap and drag the color to fill that stripe with a new color. It doesn't matter here if the feel is perfect and what I mean with that is if you use a texture brush like me here, and you tap and drag, doesn't feel all the texture, don't worry about it. This is just a sketch and we don't want to spend time here trying to make it look perfect. Spend some time here, and try to narrow down your color palette a little bit. This will make it easier to move forward sketching up our patterns. Now, I feel that these colors work really good together, so my color palette is starting to take its form. But even if I like this color palette now, I might change it later on. Often I changed bits and pieces of it, I might remove a color or add a color or a few. But for me it's much easier to start a collection if I have a color scheme to start with. The very first thing that I will do when I start to sketch up my actual patterns is to add my mood board as a reference image. Tap the actions panel Canvas, reference image, import image, and import your saved mood board that you have saved to your camera roll. You can make this smaller or larger however you wish. I will keep mine pretty small over here so that you can see my Canvas clearly. The very first thing that I will do is to draw some rough squares that I will do pattern sketches in. I start to color these squares with colors from my palette. Don't worry, you can always change this later on, I do this to get a good idea of how my color palette will work. Not only on motifs but also as background color match together as a collection. For this pattern collection, I will create six patterns that I'll later on, will create several color variations of. But I will make room for a few more patterns as I might want to try out different ideas next to each other before I narrow it down to six patterns. Let's just create eight squares here as a start. What I have in mind when creating these background boxes for my patterns, is to not make all of the patterns with cream-white background and not make all of the patterns with blue background or whatever color but to make it varied. I like white backgrounds and lighter backgrounds from many of my colors. Many times the hero pattern in my collection might be on cream-white, then I might add one or a few more patterns with cream-white but to balance out the collection. I also want to have patterns with other colors of the background. There's no rule here of how many patterns you should have in different colors and things like that. For me, it has come with experience. The more pattern collections I have created, the easier it has become to create a balanced collection when it comes to colors. Now, it's time to start to sketch up my patterns. I have a look at my moodboard for ideas of motifs to start to sketch with. My recommendation is to always start with what comes easy to you, and that is to avoid overwhelm because creating a pattern collection can feel like a huge task. To make sure that you follow the process from start to finish and create a full collection, my recommendation is to always do what comes easiest to you first. That way it's easier to get into a flow instead of making yourself to, for example, create the hero pattern, if you don't have any ideas for the hero pattern yet, but you have just decided that you will create the hero pattern first, and then it will be harder to move forward with the rest of collection. For me, it's often the simplest patterns that comes easiest. What I know is that I want to have a pattern with suns inspired by this pattern, and here are some suns, and just the mood in general of this moodboard. I will just make that moodboard a little bit smaller, so that you can see what I'm doing here. I will start to sketch suns for one of the patterns, so each of the motifs for the patterns, I will create a new layer. I create a new layer, and start to sketch some suns. Remember that this is the first stage of the drawing process, so keep your ideas free here, and don't get stuck. I think that I want the suns on a colored background, and that the motifs will be cream white. Let's quickly try that out. That looks good to me, so this could be a blender print or maybe even a secondary print, if I would use more colors. But as I mentioned previously in class, I recommend that you don't get stuck here trying to decide which print is secondary, which is blender, and which is hero when you create pattern collections for Spoonflower. Instead, think of the end customer that are making, for example, baby clothes or dog bandanas or whatever end customer you can think of for your style and your designs. How would they like to match different pieces of for example baby clothes together print wise? I can't mention enough to think about the end customer when you create patterns for Spoonflower, instead of thinking of how you should create a collection based on certain rules. I generally do the sketching part pretty quickly. I just want a starting at point here. I know that I probably will change my mind along the process. I'm making the full collection, so I don't get stuck here thinking that it has to be perfect at this stage. Moving on, I know that I want to make some floral pattern in this collection, so I sketch up some flowers for one of the patterns. I think that I want this one on a cream white background, and I know that I want this collection to be loose, so I'm thinking of the style that I want using the moodboard as inspiration as I sketch. I also make sure to save the colors from the stripes pattern where we tried out to narrow down our color palette. So, I save those colors on the end row in my palette, so that I can use them in these sketches. I'm currently surrounded by palm trees living in Myoka. So, I want to add a pattern with palm trees to the collection as well. I'll draw a lot of palm trees, fruits, and cactaceae, as you might have noticed in my latest classes, highly influenced by my surroundings here in my Myoka. Maybe I want to add an ice cream pattern, so let's try that out. Let's try a two color wavy stripes pattern inspired by the waves in the ocean. I think that that looks really good. The thin stripes will probably look really good in this collection, that will probably be filled on blobby and bold shapes otherwise. Let's try out some citrus pattern as well, maybe oranges or lemons. I have drawn quite a few lemon patterns, and I've actually included lemons in a few pattern collections lately on Spoonflower. Maybe that might not make it to the final collection, but let's see. Now I want to create some simple patterns so let's do a stripes pattern into colors, simple but a very effective match to the other patterns. Let's add a simple dots pattern as well. On this one, I will try to add a few more colors on the dots, so that it balances out the other simple patterns in the collection. Here, we have our finished rough sketch with a bunch of different patterns. When you are finished with your sketch, save it as a JPEG to your camera roll, so that we can use it later on the class. Go to the actions panel, save as a JPEG, and to your camera roll. 10. Canvas Size: When it comes to which canvas size you should use in Procreate when creating patterns for Spoonflower, I really recommend to have a look at Spoonflower's own guide about sizing your design. I will link to this guide in the description of this class. You can read everything here, there's a bunch of information and I think that this guide explains it better than I ever could. With that said, I can share which canvas sizes I normally use. Generally I use one of two sizes, 3,600 pixels square, with 300 DPI in Procreate, worth 7,200 pixels, which is the double of 3,600 pixels and in 300 DPI as well. I always create automated patterns in square ties. You don't have to do that. You can create any type of tile you wish but I've always created mine in squares mainly to keep it simple. Why do I create patterns with two different sizes? Well, I always want to create my patterns in as large size as possible but Procreate has a layer limit. When I type in 7,200 pixels, I get a layer limit of eight when I have 300 DPI. When I know that I don't need to use more layers than this, I create patterns that are 7,200 pixels. But if I know that I need more layers in my patterns, I go for 3,600 pixels and that will bring me a maximum layers of 47. These are just my standard sizes that I use. Maybe it makes no sense for someone else, but for me it's easier to just have two standard sizes to choose from whenever I create patterns for Spoonflower, instead of needing to think about what canvas size I will use for each pattern. My normal size to keep my workflow flexible is definitely 3,600 pixels. If I however, want to make a pattern specifically for wallpaper design, I will prefer to use 7,200 pixel canvas. That makes it possible to get a larger scale of the repeated tile for the wallpaper, which I think often look good. Spoonflower recommends at least 150 DPI, so you could create a canvas with that too. But I always create all of my artwork in 300 DPI if I would like to use this design for something else in the future, that I need it to be 300 DPI. Because then I don't need to redraw the pattern, I already have it in high resolution. I won't go down the road to try to explain DPI to you in technical terms. I just don't think that I can explain that in a logical way. But in general terms, it's a matter of resolution. The higher your DPI is, the high-resolution your image has. Spoonflower has another guide on image resolution and DPI. You can learn more about this here. With that said, I will create the patterns in this class with different canvas sizes depending on how many layers I expect to use. But I will make sure that all of the patterns are at 300 DPI and have a RGB color profile. 11. Creating a Template: Before we start to create action patterns in this class, I want to mention that I already have other classes where I teach how to create different types of patterns in Procreate. For example, I have a beginner's friendly class, which is called create an editable pattern in Procreate with color variations. I have another class about how to create stripes and lines patterns, and the third class about how to create half-drop patterns in Procreate. If you watched my other classes, you might recognize the method that we will use in this class as it's similar to method number three from my class, about half-drop patterns. I won't go through the action pattern making process in Procreate thoroughly in this class, I will focus more about the collection in itself and why I create the patterns that I do in this collection. However, I will create the patterns here in class, but I will speed up the process and not share the technical parts of creating each pattern in this class, as I were to teach this in my other appropriate pattern classes. However, with the first pattern that I create, I will show you quickly how I create the action pattern tile. But for all of the rest of the patterns, I will move through that part really quickly. I think that this class is following information as it is, and it will probably be easier for you to follow along if I don't go in as detailed as in my other classes about the technical parts of creating patterns in Procreate. If you think that I moved through the parts about creating the action pattern too quickly in this class, check out my other classes about creating patterns in Procreate. You find them all on my profile page here on Skillshare. With that said, let's start to create the action patterns. Where do we start? Well, personally, I like to start with coordinating patterns, one of the simple ones that I have a clear idea of what I want to create. Maybe this is the hero pattern for you, then by all means, go ahead and create the hero pattern, which for me it would be this floral pattern. But for me at least it takes the edge of the overwhelming feeling that can arrive when you're supposed to create the full pattern collection, to start with a simple pattern that comes easy to me. Especially the pattern that I already have a clear idea of. It's easier to not lose the flow of my creativity and my process of creating the whole collection, if I start with a pattern that comes easiest to me. I hope that all makes sense. In this collection, I have a clear idea of this Sun pattern, so that is the one that I will start with. I head back to my gallery and I create a new canvas. For this pattern, I know that I don't need to use many layers as I only want to make it two colors, and I usually create my pattern files so that each color has a separate layer. For this pattern, I will go for a large canvas, 7,200 pixels in width and in height. Now, if you have a different type of iPad than me and you can't use this large size, then by all means, you can go down in size. I know that for this, I don't need to use that many layers, I think that around 6-8 layers is good to be able to work with, but I don't need more than that. Go as large as you can on your iPad if you want to create a large pattern tile. As I mentioned in the lesson about canvas size, I often go as large as possible when it comes to canvas size. Make sure that your canvas is in RGB and hit "Create." To save time, when I create my other patterns in this collection, I will start with creating a template file. What I mean with that is that I will save actions which will make it able for me to quickly create a pattern of this Canvas. This is my new method to quickly create patterns in Procreate and I teach this method in my other class about creating a half-drop repeats in Procreate, but here we will do the same method but for full-drop instead. If you think that this part is moving too quickly, you can head back to my other class about creating half-drops in Procreate to learn the details more fully. There are a few different techniques that you can create patterns in Procreate and I think that you should use the one that makes more sense to you. Lately, this method is the one that makes most sense to me and it's the quickest for me to make patterns. What I do is that I have a layer and I fill it with a color, it doesn't matter which color, you just fill it with a color. I make sure that I have snapping turned on and magnetics. If you want to make sure that you are exactly in the right position, you can also turn on your drawing guide and increase the size of your grid to maximum. Sometimes I feel that I need it when the snapping isn't that perfect and sometimes this not being seems to work better and then I don't need a drawing guide. What we will do is to use the Transform tool, tap and drag to create a box at the top left corner. Make sure that you have 3,000 width and height, and tap the Transform tool again. Then you tap your Layers panel and either you can tap your "Layer", tap "Select", or you can tap with two fingers on the layer, which will select that layer. Make sure that you don't have Color Fill selected here so that you will get the actual selection of your square. When you have selected the square, hit "Save and Load", and the little plus sign in Selections. Then you tap your box, drag it over to another part of your canvas, it doesn't matter in which order you do this, you just use another part, so the top right part for me, I make sure that it snaps in the exact right position. Then I tap the layer with two fingers, Save and Load and the little plus sign to save that selection, as selection number two. I tap and drag my square to the bottom left corner, tap that Selection tool again. If you somehow would have a lot of space outside of your square in this layer, it means that your square isn't perfectly filled. Somehow that happens, for me, it feels like a bug, I don't know why that happens. But to make sure that your square is filling only this position, the bottom left corner, you could also create a new square. In that case, fill your layer, tap and drag to fill in a new square in the bottom left corner. But for me usually it works by moving the squares to the different positions. Tap with two fingers and hold on the layer to create the selection, and save it as selection number three. Select your square with the Transform tool, tap and drag to the bottom right corner. Tap with two fingers on the layer, Save and Load, and selection number four. Tap the Transform tool, and here we have our pattern template. This template you can just name as pattern templates. Sometimes I just write pattern template 7,200 pixels really quickly, just to quickly see in my gallery view that this is the template. You could also of course rename it to pattern template 7,200 pixels. Now, when we will continue to create our first pattern, you will understand why we saved all of those squares as selections that will create an action in Procreate. 12. Create the First Pattern: Moving on before we create our first pattern, I will stack all of the canvases that are included in this collection in one stack to keep everything in order. We have our 7,200 pattern template. I will select that one duplicated so that I make a copy and then I can use this pattern template later on. Tap that template and I will just clear that layer and I also don't want to join guides to be in the way when I draw my motifs, so I turn off the Drawing Guide. The very first thing that I do is to turn on reference, Load Actions panel, Canvas, and reference, and import the image of my sketch. This is giving me a direction for what I want to draw. The first pattern that I want to focus on, is this sun pattern. I always start my patterns with the background box and I think that these colors look good. So I will use the orange color, tap, and drag to create a background box. From now on, we will try out the colors when we create the patterns and that is how I decide on the final color palette. The first thing that I do when I draw my motifs, is even if I have this really simple type of motif, I always sketch up my motifs with the 6B pencil. I know that we all are different and you don't need to sketch up your motifs pre-hand. But my creativity and my process gets a bit of flow if I create a quick sketch first. So let's draw a few suns. Here, I cannot try out the placement of the suns. I don't want them to be perfectly balanced, I want them to look a little bit wonky and a little bit irregular. So even when I sketch, I can move around the motifs then just get a feel for how I want the pattern to look. When I've created my sketch layer, I will bring down the opacity on that layer and create a new layer on top of it where I can draw the actual motifs in color. I will use the cream, whites, and thick and texture brush, which you can download for free in this class, I will just try out the size and start to draw the suns. I want the suns to be kind of wonky looking and sometimes you need to draw a few motifs until I get the hang of what type of look I'm after and sometimes I need to redraw a few of the motifs, so that is what I'm doing along the way when I create this pattern. I created many patterns in Procreate. I've got to use to the placement of the motifs and how to place them it takes to create the balanced pattern. Don't worry if you don't succeed on the first try with practice comes not perfection because I don't want to say perfection. It's not healthy to aim for perfection. But at least you will get more experience the more you create patterns in Procreate. I promise you that if you stick to it and create pattern after pattern, you will get into it and we'll find a process that works great for you. After I've drawn all of the motifs and are happy with how they look, it's time to create the actual repeats. Remember that when you create the pattern, you make sure that no motifs are falling off the edges of your pattern tile in this stage of the process. Now, it's time to create our pattern. The first thing that I do is to delete the sketch in the layers panel and then you can choose here if you want to group your layers. I will swipe right to select both layers and create a group. With the group selected, we can go in and create our actions for the repeated pattern. If you do, however, have any issues with selecting all of the patterns in the group, you can just swipe through right on each separate layer to select both layers, and then we can start with our pattern-making actions. When you have selected both layers, tap the selections tool save and load and selection one, then the transform tool, flip horizontal and flip vertical. Selections tool again, and we will do the same with selection number two flip vertical and flip horizontal. Once again, Save and Load, Selection three, and with the transform tool, flip horizontal and flip vertical. The same thing where selection number 4 transform to flip vertical and flip horizontal. Now, if you have a pattern where the motifs have a very specific up and down direction, you will see that your pattern is turnaround here, and you could just turn your Canvas around by usually what I do is tap the Transform tool and rotate 45 degrees four times. Okay, great. So now all we need to do is to fill in the empty space with more motifs. I will draw more suns, and I will try to place them in a way that I feel is a good balance for this pattern. As you can see, when we have made these actions, we have created a repeated tile. What is falling off the edges to the right is coming in the edge on the left and the same with the top and bottom. That's exactly what will happen in any type of food drop pattern in any method that you created with. So moving on, I will fill in the empty space and draw more suns and I will make sure to place them in a way that I feel is balanced and good for this pattern. When I feel that I'm finished with a pattern, I swipe down with three fingers and tap Copy all, and tap Paste. This will give me a layer with a flattened image. You could also share your image as a JPEG to your camera roll and add it as a photo. Whatever way you prefer here. Now that you have your image, we will select it with the transform to make sure that we have snapping and magnetics turned on and drag it down to half of its size so that it's perfectly fitted to one-quarter of the canvas. We do this to try out our repeats and see if we're happy with the pattern tile and how it's repeated, or if we want to make some changes. Let's place one of the tiles on the top left then duplicate the layer and drag it to the top right, make sure that you snap them to each other and then place them in the exact right position. Duplicate again and drag to the third square and duplicate again and drag to the fourth square. Here we have our finished pattern tile repeated. This way, we can see how our tile looks when it's repeated and we can see if you want to make some changes to the pattern. I can now see that I want the orange to be a bit more warm and soft. So I change the background color to a new orange. If you want to make some changes to the motifs here, where they are placed, or how they look, the first thing to try out is to change the motifs that are free and not falling off the edges here. That's the quickest way to change that balance of your pattern if you just want to change where your motifs are placed. If you want to change what teams that are falling off the edges, you need to make the actions once again to free up the motifs that are falling off the edges in the original pattern tile. Because you can never change something that are falling off the edge without breaking the tile. So if you want to change this, you go back and make sure that you have all layers selected and then choose the selections again. Selection 1, flip vertical flip horizontal, selection 2, flip vertical, flip horizontal, and the same with selection 3 and 4. Then you hit 45 degrees four times to flip the pattern once again. When I've done this and I can make changes to the rest of the motifs. As I mentioned previously, this is how detailed I will go in this class about making the actual repeat. If you want to learn more about this, watch my other classes about creating patterns in Procreate for a more detailed explanation of the process. Now, I'm happy with this pattern and it's time to move on to create the other patterns in the collection. 13. Hero Pattern: Let's move on to create the hero pattern. Let me just mention first that it doesn't matter at all in which order you create the patterns. Do it in order to make the most sense for you. I also wanted to mention once again that from now on in this class, I won't go through the details of the pattern-making process, meaning that technical parts are creating the actual repeats. You can learn that in my quick explanation in the previous lesson or by watching my other classes here on Skillshare about creating patterns in Procreate. In this class, we will continue to move on and create different types of patterns than the full drop that I explained in the previous lesson. You can watch the full explanation and instructions of how to create, for example, half drop patterns and striped patterns in Procreate in my other classes here on Skillshare. With that said, let's move on to create the hero pattern. For the hero pattern, I will do a 3,600 pixels Canvas. I recommend that if you usually create the same sizes of patterns, you can easily create templates for all sorts of different patterns. For example, half drop patterns and full drop patterns with different sizes in Procreate. But moving on in this class, I will just create the patterns as I go and don't use templates. With that said, let's move on to create the hero pattern. For the hero pattern, I will do a 3,600 pixels Canvas as I might need to use more layers here. I will go for a floral pattern as the hero pattern. I will bring in my reference photo of the sketch. I don't know yet how many colors I want to use in the hero pattern, maybe just four or five as this is the look and feel that I want to create for this collection. But that is something that unfolds when I start to create the pattern. I have a look at my sketch in the reference window and I also can have a look at my mood board here to see if I get any ideas for the flowers that I wanted to draw. Many times I actually draw flowers just from my imagination as I tend to go for a really simple floral shape. Having a mood board to fall background is a good thing anyway, to make sure that I'm on the right track when it comes to the direction of the pattern collection and the mood that I want to create with my patterns. I will draw some rough flowers like this, trying out different colors and shapes. I try out different shapes to fill the in-betweens, the empty space between the flowers. I typically tend to create more dense-looking patterns. That's just the part of my style. Here I'm starting to find a look that I like. The colors are starting to settle as well. I try out the colors as I go in this pattern-making process. As these flowers are pretty big and few and simple, I will create a half drop of this pattern, which I teach you in my class, three ways to create a half drop pattern in Procreate. If you don't follow along with the half-drop technique, watch that class to be able to follow along in this process. The technique is the same as the full drop that we created in the other lesson in this class. But how to create the squares and rectangles to make the actions is a bit different. Watch that class to understand the process if you don't know how to do this already. When I've created actual repeats, I create some more flowers to fill in the empty space, and some more leaves. This is typically how I go on and create patterns in Procreate compared to, for example, Illustrator. The difference for me is that when I create patterns in Adobe Illustrator, on the desktop version I'm talking about is that I typically filled in the empty space with motifs that I already created. But when I create patterns in Procreate, I draw new motifs to fill in the empty space and the patterns. For me, this is a fun and intuitive part of the pattern-making process and it makes the pattern look a bit more flowing and alive. When I feel that I'm finished. I will try out the repeat just as we did in the last lesson. Paste in a flattened image and place the types next to each other to see how the pattern is repeated. If I want to make changes, I go back and make changes. I might want to change colors, so I might want to change the placement of the motifs or how they are drawn. Now I'm happy with this pattern, and for me, this hero pattern is finished. 14. Coordinating Patterns: Moving on to create the other coordinating patterns in the collection, the secondary and the blender prints, let's create a palm tree pattern. I'm not sure how many layers I need here, so I will do it 3,600 pixels Canvas size. I'm guessing that I want to make a half-drop pattern, so I might as well duplicate my hero pattern file where I have my half drop actions and remove the motifs from my hero pattern to create a completely new pattern of this file and use it as a template for half drop patterns. As I teach in my other classes about creating patterns in Procreate, I always make sure to keep my colors separated in layers, that way I can easily change the colors and make different colorways of each pattern later on. I start with drawing the brown stems on one layer and then the green parts of the palm trees on one layer and of course, I have my background books which I always start with when I create the patterns. For this pattern, I will try to add some texture and see how that looks just to make the palm trees a little bit more interesting. If you watched my class about how to create half drop patterns in Procreate, this is the same technique that we add texture in that class and during this process, I figured out that what I guessed about creating this pattern as a half drop is a good choice. It's a great way of creating more interest in a pattern with just a few simple motifs. I'm trying the pattern out and I'm happy with how this looks. For many of the patterns I use the brush thick and texture but for the palm trees I use a smooth filler and I add a little bit of texture with the green stamp too. Moving on with the rest of the patterns I will go through them even more quickly and share more about my thoughts with the different patterns then the actual method of creating them or which brush I draw them with. Next step is the waves pattern, this one is supposed to be the ocean in a abstract away. The inspiration comes from the ocean anyway. This is one of the simplest blender prints, I want the lines to be thin here to balance out the thickness and the boldness of the other motifs in the collection. Basically, I create the stripes pattern in the edges but I'll make sure that it's wavy along the pattern tile. As I mentioned previously in class, I will mention it once again, to learn how to create all stripes patterns in Procreate, I have a full class just about this. You can check out my class, how to create stripes and nice patterns in Procreate if you want to learn this through me. Moving on, I tried to use different background colors in the collection and not only create patterns with cream-white backgrounds, which for me somehow are the easiest to create and what comes naturally for me when I draw. As I have the bold flowers and the palms with cream-white background, I will try to create the other four patterns in the collection with other colors of the background. Moving on, I'm creating a more simple wonky stripes pattern with also only two colors but bolder types of stripes. About the color choice, I tend to create the full collection of the patterns first and then I create several color variations of the patterns. At this starting point when I create the original six patterns, it really doesn't matter if the colors are perfectly matching in the collection of these six patterns. We will create many different color variations of each pattern and for me, it's the customer that gets to decide which colorways of the patterns that they want to match together. Let's move on to the very last pattern and I will create a dots pattern here. For me dots and stripes are fun patterns to create, it goes quickly and I think that they never go out of style and will always be popular. For this dots pattern, I will use a few more colors than just two. Let's go for four colors here. If you want to name the patterns after the different types, hero, secondary, and blender, I would say that in this collection the flowers are on the hero, the dots, and palm trees are the secondary, and the waves, stripes, and suns are blender. But as I mentioned previously, I'm not too fussy about naming my patterns hero, secondary and blender when I create first time flower. I tend to think more about the collection as a unit and how the different patterns would match together on different textile products. For me, as I aim towards the kids in the market, I think about all baby products when I create my collection and how the customer could match for example a baby body with the bowtie or tights. Great. Now we have created all of our original patterns, let's move forward and create a few color variations of each pattern. 15. Colorways: As I mentioned earlier in class, it's a good idea to offer several colorways of each design when you sell on Spoonflower. You are not your customer and just because you don't like yellow on, for example, clothes for your baby, doesn't mean that the customer don't like yellow for the clothes on their baby? Yes, of course, you should stay with colors, that is your style, but within your style, I would recommend to offer several colorways of each pattern. Maybe you don't want to create another colorways for a very complex pattern and that's fine, of course, create what suits you. But in general, if you can also work more colorways than one, you have a better chance to sell your designs. I will show you really quickly in the first pattern that we will change the colors of how I changed the colors of the pattern. But if you feel that it's moving too quickly, check out my class, create an editable pattern in Procreate with collaborations for a more detailed explanation. Let's take this sun pattern. I will select that one and duplicate it to make a copy of the pattern. Then I will tap into the next file, the copy. Here I will just tap the background layer and tap and drag a new field color to create another colorway here. Let's go for the green, for example. If I would like to change the color of the suns, I would swipe to the right on the layer with the suns with two fingers to create an alpha lock on that layer. Then I will select a color. Let's go for the darker green. Tap the layer and tap "Fill Layer". Now we have a completely different colorway of this pattern. I will however, keep the sun's cream white here and only change the background color. Undo that, and here we have changed the background color to green. When you have finished recoloring the pattern tap "Gallery" to head back to your stack. In this class, I will create 42 designs out of these six original pattern piles, and that is because I want to create a large collection with many different colors to choose from. But I wanted to keep it at a maximum of 42 patterns, and that is how many you can use to prove your designs in the most affordable way on Spoonflower. I will talk more about this and explain it more in detail in the lesson about proofing your designs. But moving on, I have in mind to create 42 patterns in this collection. A guideline that I have set up for myself is to create at the most eight colorways of each pattern. This is simply because at this moment you can upload a maximum of eight designs on Spoonflower at the same time. So to simplify my process and keep everything neat and organized when I upload the patterns, this is what I do. This is, however, of course not what you need to do, but for me this makes sense. With that said, I will create copies of the sun pattern here until I have eight of those. Then I will go in and change the background color of each. I make sure that I like the matching look here, that you can match different sun patterns together. Maybe you want to match all of them or maybe in groups of a few that match really well together. This is a matter of preference and also experience when it comes to matching the patterns in your collection. When you have created as many collections as I have, you learn your way of working and with experience, find your way of matching colorways as well. When it comes to choosing more colorways to add to your collection, when you feel that your first collection, as I felt here with six patterns, didn't have enough colors to make it interesting as a collection of 42 patterns, I go back to my original sketch and my original color mood board and see which colors I can add. Then I adjust them a bit to make them match and eventually, I will end up with a good balance. Sometimes I create all of the 42 patterns first and the colors that I think they will look good in and then I go back and change some of the patterns. These colors look good. Let's move on to the other blender prints. Here I want to have the same colors as my suns. For me, this is an easy way of making the blender print match well together. I use the same colors on many of them to be able to match. For example, the sun and the waves or these trucks in the waves in a very simple way. Fast-forward a little bit and I have created eight of each pattern of the blender prints and they have the same colors. I think that these looks great, so now we will move on with the palm trees. The first thing that we will do is to make a copy of the pattern and tap into the copy. I know by looking at this pattern that I don't want another background color of it. It will not work with the mood of the pattern and the motifs, the way they are drawn. Maybe this doesn't make sense for anyone else, but this is how I see this pattern with the cream white background. As I had six original patterns in this collection, if I multiply six with eight, which is the maximum amount of colorways that I wanted to make of each pattern, that is 48. I want to create a maximum of 42 patterns. For this pattern, I might as well create only three colorways, as I think that it will be hard to create more colorways and still keep the mood of the pattern. I will create one pink version and one beige brown version as well. I think that, that looks good. Then moving on to the floral pattern, the hero pattern in the collection. Here I know as well that I want to keep the background cream white. So I changed the colors of the flowers, the dots and the leaves. I want to keep the leaves in a light color to not compete with the flowers, which are the stars of this pattern. But I can change the hue of the leaves a little bit differently depending on if I want the warm beige or cold beige color to match the colors of the flowers. Actually here, when it comes to the flowers, I just try things out based on my color mood board. Also I might try out colors in other color palettes that I created previously. I add a few colors that I think match well together, as well as with other colors of the palette. I want to keep the colors calm mostly more towards pastel than bright. But yeah, I might also want to add one or two popping bright-colored floral patterns here, to try that out. With the flowers, I'm actually just having fun and seeing which color combination I like for this pattern. I know that I need to add more colors to create more versions of this pattern and as I try out the colors in this pattern, I see that there are many combination that look really good in this pattern. I want most of the flower patterns to match as an overall pattern collection. But I'm also trying out this popping yellow and blue and the red and pink to see which are the patterns my customers on Spoonflower likes the most. That's one thing that I really enjoy with Spoonflower. You can try things out easily and if you find that something doesn't work, you can go in another direction for the next collection you create. Moving forward, the last pattern is the dots pattern. With this, I will use the new colors from the flower pattern and create matching dots patterns. I also want the dots patterns to match well with other patterns in the collection, of course. But I won't mind to create the pattern here and there in my collection that can add a bit more popping effects like this blue dots pattern, for example. That was a speed-up process of how I create colorways for the different patterns. Here we have all other 42 patterns finished in this collection. 16. Name and Save Your Files: One part of the process to upload patterns to Spoonflower that I've found a way of making more efficient is to name your patterns. You can do this on Spoonflower when you upload the patterns, naming them one by one but that, for me at least, took a lot of time and I'm an impatient person. So I've come up with a way to save more time. We start with naming the patterns in Procreate. This is not only good to keep everything organized in Procreate, but also a great technique to save time uploading to Spoonflower. I tap the name of a pattern, write the name and I write the colorway. Then I select all of the parts to the text except the colorway and tap the little copy symbol over here. Tap "Enter" to save the name on that pattern, and then I tap the next pattern with the same motifs. Tap the little paste symbol over here, and I write the colorway, tap "Enter" and continue like this for all of your patterns until you have named them all. For Spoonflower, it's more important to name your patterns of what the motifs are, then, for example, some dreaming title. This has to do with search result. It's more likely that someone will see your patterns in a search if you include, for example, dog in the name of the pattern. If it's a pattern with dogs than if you name the pattern your own dog's name or something completely different than what's included in the actual pattern. Continue like this until you have named all of your patterns and then what we will do is to save the files as JPEGs to a folder on your iPad and this is the important part, not saving them on your camera roll. If you save them to your camera roll, you will lose the file names. I created a folder on my iPad that's named Spoonflower and this is just a working folder where I place the patterns that I will upload to Spoonflower. This is not a folder where I backup and save my files, in the long run, it's just a folder where I save the files on its way to Spoonflower. 17. Upload to Spoonflower: We have reached the end of this process. We will start to upload our patterns to Spoonflower. I won't show you how to create your account on Spoonflower and all of that. In this class, we will focus on the actual upload. Tap Upload Designs and here you can see that you can upload a maximum of eight files. Let's start to upload our collection eight patterns at a time. As I've created a maximum of eight colorways of each pattern, it will be easy for me here to keep track of which I've uploaded. I will add them pattern by pattern. If you have created 42 patterns, this process will take quite some time. Now, to be able to show you my whole process of uploading designs, I've actually already uploaded these and proofed my designs and made them for sale. I needed to do this so that I could create this class and show you the full process with my proofed designs. The patterns that I'll show you here as an example to upload patterns in class are actually the six original patterns that I've already made for sale in my shop. But now I made them private again so that I can show you how I work with patterns in my design library to be able to sell them. When you uploaded your designs, it might look a little bit different as you probably haven't proofed your designs yet, and might not yet be able to make them for sale, for example. With that said, we will move on to our design library when you've uploaded your designs. I usually first go to the list view, especially when I've uploaded a bunch of designs at the same time as we've done here. Here I start with adding a few details. The first thing is the description. I upload so many designs, so I don't take time and write a specific description for each pattern. I do believe though that it can be a good thing to do for the search results and also if you want to say something special about every design. If you want to do this, you definitely should, and maybe not follow my lead on this. But what I write in description though is a short information that you are allowed to reset products created with my designs purchased here. I select the checkbox for each of the patterns, and I copy my description from another pattern and paste the same in here. Then I tap Updates. Now I've changed the description for all of these patterns. Then I write in tags for each of the patterns. Tags are a must to have a chance to be viewed in the search result. I'm writing keywords here that describes the pattern. Usually, I write kids and baby, my own name and sometimes I add minimalists or something like that that describes the style. Colors are also good keywords and also, for example, scale. If I've uploaded several colorways of the same pattern, I tap in the checkbox and hit Edit tags and write in the same tags for all of those patterns. Maybe I will just add a few more tags for each pattern like which color it is. But here I tap the tag books separately as these patterns aren't the same. Great. Now I will tap this auto view. Here I will tap each of the patterns with two fingers to add them each to a new tab. That way I can work with many patterns at the same time. I tap one of the tabs and here I have my pattern. As you can see, the file name has automatically been imported here, which means that I don't need to write or change the name. This saves me a bunch of time. The first thing I do to get a good feel of the scale of the pattern is to tap Wallpaper view here and the little box that says Room. This way I can imagine the scale on fabric as well as I can see how it will look on wallpaper. You can tap on all products to get a look at the original scale of your patterns on both wallpaper and textiles. But for me, it's quicker to have a look here on the Wallpaper view first. Then I might tap on all products if I wanted to check details on the textile products. For the half-drop patterns, I need to tap in half-drop and for the full-drop, you just keep it at basic. The next thing we need to do is to choose the size. Sometimes you might want to have a few different sizes of your designs. Let's say that you want one to look good as bedding, one as baby clothes, and one as a tea towel or pillow cover. In that case, you don't need to change the size of your files before you upload. Just make sure that you upload the largest file size that you would like to have and then you hit smaller here under design size, then you can save different sizes in different files. I will only have one size here of each pattern. I think that it's great to have different sizes of each design and I do that sometimes in some collections. But for this class, I won't upload more than one of each pattern. When I think that the wallpaper is a good size, I tap Save and while it saves I can move on to another tab with another design to save time. Here I have a look at the wallpaper again and decide the size. Hit Save, and move on to another tab. When I've saved the wallpaper size on all of the tabs, I move onto fabric. Here, I try things out. Some patterns will do better as large prints and some as a smaller scale. Usually when it comes to fabric, I need to see the size on the products to make the final decision. I try out a size and tap View All Products. Sometimes you need to wait a bit and refresh the tab a few times until it changes or saved. Now we look at the products and I can see if it's a good size for this pattern. What I see here is that I might want to make it smaller, so I go back and change the size a bit more. When I'm happy, I hit Save. Then I do this for all of the other tabs as well. Why I choose different sizes are based on experience and also by thinking about the end customer. Once again, what might this design be used for? What scale should it be in that case? Should this design be offered in a few different sizes or is it enough with just one size? Many times I try out the design before making the effort of adding more sizes. You never know which design that will be most popular. Sometimes you'll be surprised and it's not at all the design that you thought would be most popular that becomes your main seller. I usually wait a bit when I created a collection to see if the designs sell well. If they sell, I add more scales. This is all I do in this view. Actually, I think that the list view is more efficient to work with when it comes to everything else than sizing your designs and choosing basic or half-drop repeat. We're back in the List View and here we can add a new collection. Tap Add Collection, name your collection. I typically don't write a description here either. Again, I believe that it's probably great to do so, but I just don't feel that I have the time for it. I make sure that I don't have this checkbox tapped in so that the collection is private for now. Then I can tap the checkbox for all of the designs that I want to add to the new collection and I tap up here and just tap the Collections. 18. Proof Your Designs: It's time to proof your designs before you can go ahead and make them for sale. First things first tap collections and find your new collection. There's a shortcut option here in the middle that will take you directly to what we want to do to prove our designs. Fill a yard, or it can tap into your collection and then tap "Fill a Yard". Now, how you can come to the fill a yard option might change when Spoonflower do updates on their site, you never know. But what we want to find here is the fill a yard thing. It doesn't matter where you find it or how you find it. I tap this and that will take me to some more options. If you created a smaller collection than me, you can of course, fill your yard with less designs or with two collections or three collections, or fill a yard with only two swatches. But I will use this one, one yard up to 42 designs. Tap that one and choose your fabric, I usually go for the petal signature cotton here, and then tap "Design Your Project". Now it's time to design our yard filled with our pattern swatches. Place your patterns as you wish here. You place a design by tapping it and then tapping "Books" over here. To make it pretty, I usually want to spread out my designs and not place the same pattern next to each other but that's just me, you don't need to do that, but the full yard will give me a great look at overall collection then without needing to cut out all of the swatches with a scissor. Typically I tap the patterns in order here and spread them out like this. This will take some time, as you can see. Let's just speed it up a bit. When you are finished like this, you tap "Add to Cart" and order your sample. That's all there is to it. Fast-forward in time a bit, and this is what you get but of course with your own designs printed on it. When you got your proof, you can have a look at all of the designs in your collection and see if you're happy with all of the colors and the scales of the patterns and all of that. If you would like to change something with your patterns, the scale is just to change like we did it before and hit "Save" but if you need to upload a completely new file, let's say that you want to change some colors, you tap "Upload Revision" and "Upload a New File" and that's all there is to it to proof your design and then make it ready for sale. 19. Make for Sale: Now we have reached the very end of creating a pattern collection for Spoonflower. We have proofed our designs, got our samples home, checked them out. We are happy with them and now we are ready to make them for sale. What I usually do is to do this from the list view as I mainly upload collections so I have a bunch of patterns that I want to make for sale at once. Go to your design library again and the list queue and tap the check boxes for the patterns that you want to make for sale and then you tap, ''Make For Sale''. Just like that, your designs are available for the public to purchase. Now we can have a look in our shops to see how they all look published on your page. That's the last little piece that you needed to do to make your collection for sale on Spoonflower. 20. Final Thoughts: That's it. We're finished with the class. We have created a full pattern collection in Procreate. I have uploaded mine to Spoonflower and maybe you are on your way to do so. This is a process that I personally do all of the time. What I teach you and share here in class is my way of working with pattern collections in Procreate and uploading them to Spoonflower. 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