While fabric patterns can repeat in every direction and come in a variety of sizes, designing for wallpaper requires you to always have the width of the roll in mind. Wallpaper rolls have to match up, so the repeat has to be very precise.
Since Spoonflower wallpaper rolls are 24 inches wide, your design’s width has to divide evenly into 24. For example, designs that are 24, 12, 8, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1. Length doesn’t matter as much because rolls can be printed up to 15 feet long, so you have plenty of room there. What if my design doesn’t divide evenly into the 24-inch width?
Your design will be resized automatically if it’s not evenly divisible into 24. If your design file is pretty big the system might scale up, or scale down your design if you don’t have enough pixels to work with. Double-check the dimensions to the right of the preview to determine how much the scale has changed.
Your wallpaper, fabric and gift wrap settings are independent from each other, but If you needed extra precision, you could upload copies of the same design and only order it on specific products.
Can I make a mural using Spoonflower wallpaper?
Yes, it’s possible to make a mural, but it takes some careful planning, some powerful software and a really big file.
Let’s say you wanted to make a mural that is 6’w x 4’h. Since wallpaper rolls are 24 inches wide, you would need three custom rolls that are four feet long -- Spoonflower can print short rolls too, you don’t have to buy a full roll. With your high quality file open in Photoshop, you would need to divide it into 24 x 48 inch sections, and upload each one separately. Then each section would print on individual rolls. This may take some finagling to get it right, and test swatches can help you determine if your mural is lining up properly before committing to the full project.
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