Are you looking forward to Halloween this fall? Why not make it extra fun by making your own Halloween perler bead patterns!
Here’s how using the Perlypop app for iPhone & iPad.
- Find a Halloween image online
- Choose your pattern size
- Choose your pattern settings
- Adjust the color selection
- Edit your pattern
Step 1: Find a Halloween image online
Let’s get started by choosing an image online. Perhaps you’d like to make a pumpkin out of perler beads? Or a ghost? Or maybe a skeleton? Whatever it is, simply find an image online and save it to your device.
We’re going to choose a pumpkin. So we just search for “cute halloween pumpkin” using our favorite search engine, choose an image and save it to our device.
The app can convert the following image types:
- JPEG: This is usually used for photos. If a JPEG image contains text or graphics, it may contain more colors than expected when creating a pattern. To avoid this, you should use the PNG image type instead.
- PNG: This is usually used for graphics. PNG images can support an empty/transparent background. This means that a white background will be output as empty pegs (instead of lots of white beads).
It doesn’t really matter which file type your image is, as you can edit your pattern later to get rid of any white backgrounds.
Once you’ve saved your image, you can create a new pattern in Perlypop by pressing the ‘+’ button > ‘Convert a photo’.
Or, if you’d prefer, you can also draw your own Halloween perler bead patterns from scratch. To do this, just choose ‘Draw your own design’ instead.
Tip: If you’ve saved your image to the ‘Files’ app on your iPhone or iPad, choose ‘Import a file’ instead when creating a new pattern.
This will bring up the first screen in the process: choosing your pattern size.
Step 2: Choose your pattern size
The first screen in the process allows you to choose your pattern size (please note: you will need the full version to access all sizes). As stated in the app, you should choose a bigger pattern size for the best results.
Why is this? Well, let’s say our image is 1000 x 1000 pixels. That’s actually a lot of pixels – 1 million to be exact! If we then choose a small pattern size of say 29 x 29, it’s impossible to fit all of that detail into a pattern that only contains 29 x 29 fuse beads.
Therefore, you need to choose a size that you’re happy with. Not too big that it’s difficult to make, and not too small that it won’t contain enough detail. The best way to work this out is to try different sizes in the app.
As we look at this screen for the first time, we can see there are 3 size options:
- 29 x 29: This is the standard size of a single Midi pegboard (in pegs).
- 58 x 58: This is the size of a pattern containing 2 x 2 pegboards.
- More: This allows you to choose bigger sizes – up to 30 x 30 pegboards!
For images with a fair amount of detail, we recommend a pattern size of at least 58 x 58 (or 2 x 2 pegboards). So let’s press the ’58 x 58′ button.
If you now press the next arrow at the top right of the screen, you are taken to the next screen in the process. Here you will see the first glimpse of your final pattern. If the output doesn’t match very well (i.e. a lot of detail has been lost), you will want to go back and choose a bigger pattern size. You can repeat this process until you find a suitable size.
Tip: If you want a particular pattern size but the output still isn’t suitable, try cropping your image instead using the crop button. This will effectively make your image smaller, allowing for more detail to be included in the final pattern.
Once you’re happy with your pattern size, you can move on to choosing your pattern settings.
Step 3: Choose your pattern settings
So we’ve already generated a pattern from our image, but it may need some improvement. On the second screen, you can choose your pattern settings. Let’s take a look at them one by one:
- Palette: This determines which colors are used in the pattern. You can choose from Perler, Hama, Artkal and Nabbi fuse beads.
- Blending: This allows you to reduce blocks of color in your pattern. You can choose between Low, Medium and High blending. Low will contain more blocks of color than High.
- Number of colors: Choosing a higher number of colors will generally improve the look of your pattern, but will also mean you will have lots of different beads to buy. (Please note: you will need the full version to change the number of colors).
Again, the best way to work out what looks best is to try each of the different settings and see how it looks. In other words, have a play around! It’s fun to see how the different settings change the look of your pattern.
Tip: You can also change the saturation, brightness, contrast and sharpness of your pattern. Increasing the sharpness in particular usually helps to improve the output.
Now you’ve found the best settings for your pattern, press the next arrow to go to the color selection screen.
Step 4: Adjust the color selection
This screen is useful for adjusting the colors that are used to generate the pattern.
You can turn them on and off individually, or replace them with another color. Each time you do this, your pattern will be updated to reflect the changes.
Tip: The count of each color is shown under the name. Depending on the pattern, you might want to turn off colors that are only used a few times in the pattern (e.g. colors that have a count of 1 or 2). This can help to make your pattern neater.
Once you’re happy, press the next arrow.
Step 5: Edit your pattern
Perlypop does a lot of the work for you, but if you feel your pattern needs tweaking in particular places, you can do this on the edit screen.
It’s super simple to edit your pattern. Just select the color or tool you’d like to use, zoom in to your pattern using two fingers, and then tap the bead that you’d like to edit.
It’s also a good idea to show the original image while editing your pattern. This will allow you to effectively trace over the image, which makes things even easier. To show the image, press the menu button at the top (3 dots) > ‘View…’ > ‘Show Image’.
As well as changing the color of individual beads, you can also:
- Remove beads
- Use the color picker to select the color of another bead in your pattern
- Paint a large area of beads by sliding your finger
- Change all of one color to another
- Fill an enclosed area
- Cut and paste part of your pattern
- Copy and paste part of your pattern
- Mirror part of your pattern
- Insert another pattern into your current one
Tip: You can turn on the remove bead tool at the same time as the paintbrush, fill or replace tools. For example, you might turn on the remove bead tool and the fill area tool, to easily remove a large area of beads.
After making all of your edits, press the next arrow to finish the process.
Step 6: Done
Awesome! You’ve just created your own Halloween perler bead pattern. The final screen in the process allows you to view your pattern and/or export it.
Export your pattern
You can create printable Halloween perler bead patterns by choosing the PDF option when exporting. You can also export your pattern as an image or Perlypop File. To do this, just press the export button at the top right of the screen > ‘Export’.
Let’s take a quick look at each option:
- PDF: This will create a printable PDF of your pattern, which you can then print or view in another app. You can also change the print scale to 1:1, meaning the printed pegboards will fit perfectly under your physical pegboards.
- Image: This will create an image of your pattern, which you can then share online. You can change the background color of the exported image using the slider. This allows all beads to made visible in the pattern.
- Perlypop File: Use this option to send your pattern to a friend or another device. (Please note: you will need the full version to use this option).
View your pattern
If you’d prefer to view your pattern in the app, you can do this by pressing the full screen button, which is next to the export button.
If your pattern contains more than one pegboard, you then have two viewing options:
- Overview: This allows you to view the whole pattern in full screen. You can tap individual beads to see their color, highlight all beads for a given color and also measure the distance between beads.
- Boards: Use this option to view your pattern board-by-board. Once selected, just tap a board to open it in a new screen. You can then mark it as complete once you’ve finished.
Tip: If you want to edit an individual board when viewing it, press the menu button at the top (3 dots) > ‘Edit Board’.
We hope Perlypop makes it super easy for you to create your own Halloween perler bead patterns.
Thanks for reading and happy beading!
Want to learn more?
Check out our other tutorials on how to make perler bead patterns.