How to Make Wooden Paths | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

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Own the rustic look with wooden plank paths in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). Read on to learn how you can create your own wooden path design using the Custom Design Editor, as well as see other wood path designs.

How to Create Wooden Paths

Resulting Look

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This is how the wooden path design looks when completed. At first glance, it looks like it only uses 2 design slots, but it actually uses 3 custom design slots.

Steps to Create a Wooden Path

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Using red, draw 3 rectangles as the base of the planks.
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Use orange to draw lines at the bottom of the planks.
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Use light green to draw lines at the top of the planks.
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Use yellow to draw lines on top of the orange lines.
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With yellow, draw 2 dots on both sides of each planks to mimic stakes. The base planks are complete.
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We will start doing the wood grain. Feel free to design however you like. First, we will use light blue to draw lines.
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Use dark green to add more texture.
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Change red to the main wood color.
Hue: 3rd from the left
Vividness: 8th from the right
Brightness: 4th from the right
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Change orange to the darkest shadow color.
Hue: 3rd from the left
Vividness: 7th from the right
Brightness: 6th from the left
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Change yellow to a mid-shadow color.
Hue: 3rd from the left
Vividness: 8th from the right
Brightness: 7th from the right
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Change yellow-green to a highlight color.
Hue: 3rd from the left
Vividness: 8th from the right
Brightness: 5th from the right
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Change dark green's color.
Hue: 3rd from the left
Vividness: 8th from the right
Brightness: 5th from the right
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Change light blue's color.
Hue: 3rd from the left
Vividness: 8th from the left
Brightness: 6th from the right
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Check if you are satisfied, and the first tile is completed!
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Copy the design. We will now make the second tile.
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Using the Move Design tool, we will move the design horizontally.
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Erase the right half, and the second tile is completed!
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Duplicate the first design again. We will edit the third tile.
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Move the design again horizontally.
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This time, remove the left side. The third tile is complete!
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Arrange them like this for a natural look!

How to Change Colors on a Palette

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1 In the tools section, select Change Color.
2 Select a color with the L and R button and adjust the sliders as needed.

How to Create Custom Designs & Use the Custom Design Pro Editor

How to Make Wooden Paths (Advanced)

Add Dents for a More Realistic Look

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The wooden planks introduced in the section above are basic planks. If you want to go for more texture, add wear by adding dents.

Custom Design Editor Drawing

To do so, simply use the transparent option to cut off dots or sections of the planks. Do this while simultaneously looking at the preview on the bottom left side of the screen for best results.

Hachi's Wooden Path Designs


These are various wooden path designs created and shared by Hachi. Check out their Twitter to view more of theid custom design patterns!

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