What are some examples of seamless design

Seamless patterns for your shipping box (and other things)

Do you fancy a pattern? If you don't want to use smooth colored surfaces for the design, seamless patterns without visible edges are the first choice. In this post, I'll show you different ways to come up with a seamless pattern for your shipping box.

Many packaging designs use patterns that repeat seamlessly. Such a pattern is also called "rapport" and the repetition is called "rapport", an expression that is particularly used in the textile industry and by wallpaper manufacturers. It has also become a high art there to create such seamless patterns. Maybe you have a paisley shirt yourself - if you look closely, you will see the repetitions.

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We encounter these endless patterns in many places in everyday life, next to textiles / fabrics and wallpapers, for example on furniture fronts and work surfaces, wrapping paper or, uh, hygiene paper rolls. And of course on packaging, either used over the entire surface or only partially. Seamless patterns make a product livelier, more tangible or, depending on the orientation of your product, also more authentic. They also have an emotional effect, which often touches a target group more directly than a smooth surface of color.

Before using a seamless pattern on a shipping box or any other surface, you should of course consider whether a pattern design fits the target group and your branding / product or the corporate design at all. Maybe you need a texture that makes your product look more haptic - that can also be a seamless pattern.

It is obvious that floral designs appeal more to women, while reported bison skulls are more suited to bikers. If your product has a seasonal reference, there are also an incredible number of design variants. How you come to your pattern, I will show in the following sections.

A) Do it yourself

Create a pattern with an offset: Lined up at right angles, a repeating element looks pretty boring. An offset of the element works much better. I'll show you this using Photoshop as an example - but the principle can also be used in other programs such as GIMP or with vector data in Illustrator, Inkscape and Co.

Step 1:
The element is placed in the center of a square image. Important: Width and height must have an even number of pixels (in this example 400 x 400 px). Here I created it with a transparent background. First I select the whole picture (if the background is not transparent, just select the element before copying) and copy it to the clipboard. Step 3 shows why.

Step 2:
Now select Other Filters> Shift Effect from the Filter menu and set an offset of half the width and height of the image in pixels.

Step 3:
We're not done yet. The original element is reinserted from the clipboard and is again in the center of the picture. Now you select the whole picture and save the selection as a pattern (Edit> Define Pattern).

Step 4:
Now you can fill any other images with this pattern (Edit> Fill area with content: Pattern).

This basic principle can still be varied, for example by angling the element, for example (in step 1) by 22.5 ° and (in step 3) by -45 °. Another variation: Use another element instead of the original element in step 3.

Illustrator has also had a very useful pattern generator since version CS6 and recently you can also use the Adobe Capture smartphone app to create seamless patterns from camera photos.

B) Seamless patterns from the internet

Internet treasure trove: The World Wide Web contains a large number of pattern generators for various purposes. When searching for it, it is best to use the search term “pattern generator online”. I would like to mention some of these generators that are easy to use or that I particularly like:

You can find a simple pattern generator in BGpatterns. Nevertheless, you can use it to create very beautiful sample tiles. The online tool is practically self-explanatory.

Pattern Cooler offers a wide range of ready-made designs that you can change in terms of color, texture and appearance. The free version allows you to download a tile with a maximum of 300px by 300px, the paid version contains 4000px by 4000px and you can also download vector data.

Trianglify is a free pattern generator for the popular polygon patterns, in which you create the entire image area and select a color gradient. The generator is still in the prerelease stage, but does its job without complaints. I recommend post-vectorization for this. A subsequent double reflection also leads to a seamless tile.

PatternICO is an ingeniously simple and free multi-element generator in which you can use icons or other shapes of your own.

Tartan patterns can be created quickly with the TartanMaker free tool. The stripe generator for stripe patterns also comes from the same company.

Finally, I would like to introduce my fun favorite: The part is called Repper and even the demo version allows you to download a seamless tile (without watermark). The nice thing about Repper is the element of surprise and the quick variation of the seamless pattern. The paid desktop version of Repper (for Win and Mac) is available for just under 30 euros. And this is what it looks like in action:

In addition to these do-it-yourself tools, there are also commercial online services that work in a similar way to online stock photo agencies (which, by the way, also have seamless patterns on offer, just to mention that). One such pattern specialist is the Austrian company pattern design, which offers its customers seamlessly reported designs as royalty-free vector patterns or for a lower price as a pixel file. You can now choose from almost 12,000 designs, the colors of which can also be freely changed. Changing the size of vector files is not a problem anyway.

Most pattern providers with online shops prefer to address the textile industry, but of course the designs are also suitable for printing on other products such as our shipping boxes. One of the big names here is patternbank, which offers around 30,000 designs as vector or pixel files.

C) Have it designed

If the corporate ID and branding are very important to you, you can also have a designer (who is familiar with this kind of thing) create your own seamless pattern. In terms of price, this is also the top end of the flagpole.

Finally, I would like to show some designs from our customers, in which seamless patterns were used on shipping boxes from our shop: