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This article shows you how to make your own wrapping paper using your computer and favorite graphic editing software.

Steps

How to Create Custom Gift Wrap Using Photo Editing Software

1 Pick the image you want (ideally themed to match the gift or card). Make sure you own the rights to use the image. This example uses a little cartoon of a baby:thumb

How to Create Custom Gift Wrap Using Photo Editing Software

2 Change size and resolution – approximately 1” square at 300 dpi works OK to fill an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet

How to Create Custom Gift Wrap Using Photo Editing Software

3 If using Photoshop, make sure that Constrain Proportions and Resample Image are both checked, otherwise you might squeeze your image or end up with an image way too big or too small (basically what we are trying to do at this step is to make an image just the right size to fill a sheet of paper when repeated as a pattern).

How to Create Custom Gift Wrap Using Photo Editing Software

4 Just for good housekeeping, and in case you want to use it again later, save this smaller version as a new file (rename it and save it where you can find it easily)

How to Create Custom Gift Wrap Using Photo Editing Software

5 Select All (Control+A) and Copy to clipboard ( \Edit\Copy )

How to Create Custom Gift Wrap Using Photo Editing Software

6 Now to make this into a pattern that you can repeat, in Adobe Photoshop(TM) this is done by selecting \Edit\Define Pattern (GIMP, Imageforge and other free image editing software have similar features)

How to Create Custom Gift Wrap Using Photo Editing Software

7 Now create a new blank file of the the required size and resolution, e.g. 8 1/2 x 11 @ 300 dpi. Make it either portrait or landscape orientation as desired.

How to Create Custom Gift Wrap Using Photo Editing Software

8 Now comes the clever part, in the new file Select All (Control+A) and we are simply going to fill the entire sheet with a repeating pattern of the image copied above. In Photoshop(TM) select Edit\FillPatternthumb

How to Create Custom Gift Wrap Using Photo Editing Software

9 Click on the drop down box for Custom pattern thumb 10 All available patterns should then appear, and the item you just added should now be the last one in the list:thumb

How to Create Custom Gift Wrap Using Photo Editing Software

11 Click OK and your blank sheet should magically fill with repeating images:thumb

How to Create Custom Gift Wrap Using Photo Editing Software

12 Then just print on regular paper. It’s a good idea to “Print Preview” just to check that it is going to come out the way you expect. Check for Landscape/Portrait, paper size/quality, etc. “Draft” or “High Speed” print quality works for a faint ‘watermark’ effect (uses less ink too) You can also adjust Brightness and Contrast in your image editing program to get a similar effect.

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