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The Best Way to Create Custom Wrapping Paper

Custom wrapping paper is all the rage right now and you can create your own if you know how to create a high res file. There's a bit of a learning curve to creating a large pattern of artwork as opposed to creating a custom printed card. Here are a few helpful tips:


  1. Consider whether you want a pattern to be static or "tossed." A tossed pattern has the graphic turned in multiple directions so that no matter how someone is viewing a wrapped gift, some of the pattern is right-side-up. A static pattern is all one direction and is easier to create.
  2. Make the graphics smaller than you think they should be. When creating a large file (20" x 29" for wrapping paper sheets, 30" x 72" for rolled wrapper paper) you'll be viewing at about 30% (or less) of actual size so the pattern will look tiny. Be sure to occasionally view at 100% or better yet, print out a section of the design at full size so you can see how big your artwork will look when it's custom printed.
  3. If you're using any images, reduce the file size in photoshop before using it on your art file. If you repeat an image that's 5MB dozens of times on a sheet the file will get huge and slow down your work. A rough size of 2" x 2" at 150dpi is plenty big enough for digital printing.
  4. Stay away from big fields of solid color without any graphics, on a large sheet this tends to have streaks. Breaking up the background with a pattern and color variations will get you a better printed result.


You can find rolled wrapping paper printing and custom printed wrapping paper sheets on our site, create an account to get wholesale pricing if you're a creative pro:

Wrapping paper printing is available on gloss or matte paper for 20" x 29" custom printed sheets and uncoated bond for rolled wrapping paper with your design on it.

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