If you want to turn your favorite photo or drawing into a mural in Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Switch, you can do that using custom patterns.
You will need the Nintendo Switch Online app for Android or iOS to do this easily, as you’ll need to use the Animal Crossing: New Horizons features to transfer the patterns from your device to the game.
Step 1: Find your image file
Obtain your image file. Be aware that the more colors it has, the worse it’ll translate into the game.
Step 2: Crop the image into smaller, square pieces
Use an image editor to break up the image into even squares. Most photo editors will have a square cropping tool you can use, or you can paste and crop images into squares manually.
For the artwork at the top of this guide, we used large image that we were able to crop into 300-by-300 pixel squares. If the squares are too small, the detail won’t transfer well. Here’s an example of one of the four images we uploaded for the patterns at the top of this guide:
Save all of the pieces as separate files.
Step 3: Convert the image pieces into patterns
Upload each image piece to the Animal Crossing Pattern Tool by clicking “Convert” and uploading the file.
Then click the “Generate QR Code” button on the pattern tool.
Step 4: Scan the QR code
Scan your first QR code into the Nook Link function on the Nintendo Switch Online app.
Step 5: Download the pieces to Animal Crossing
Back on your Switch, press the Plus button on the pattern screen in Animal Crossing: New Horizons to download the pattern.
Repeat steps four and five until you have all your image pieces. (You can only download one at a time.)
Step 6: Arrange the pieces in your house
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, face your house’s wall and open the Custom Patterns menu from your Nook Phone. Select each pattern, choose “place on wall,” and select “canvas.” They’ll likely be positioned all over the place.
Close out that window and press down on your D-pad to enter the advanced furnishing mode. Press the Plus button to switch focus from the floors to your walls. Then press and hold A to drag your canvases to where they should go.
Note that placing patterns on the floor, side-by-side, will connect them seamlessly. But placing the patterns on your walls as a canvas will add spaces between the patterns. If you’re splicing up a person’s face or something with a lot of detail, it might look a little funky when you put it on the walls.
You can do this for just about every image, making them as big as you want them to be, provided that they’ll fit in your homes or outside on the floor. You can even make a three-by-three portrait of Ron Weasley eating chicken.
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