Let's bring out your island's natural beauty with dirt pathways using the Custom Design Editor in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH). Read on to learn how to recreate "The Path", the famous custom design loved by the Animal Crossing community!
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This dirt pathway design was originally created by @Denim2_mori on Twitter, which is now known as The Path in the Animal Crossing community.
This is the perfect path design if you want to retain the natural look of your island. Many players have shared their own takes and variations with this design.
Now, you can learn how to make your own too! First thing, you need 9 custom design slots for this tileset.
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|1||Draw the tile base for each slot.|
|2||Paint the dirt.|
|4||Add personal touches!|
|5||Lay the tiles on the ground, and you are finished!|
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Once securing the 9 design slots, let us first draw the base of the 9 tiles. You can click on the images above to expand it.
For the grass patches, the actual grass will be seen, so we will use the transparent option to create holes, or grass spots, into the tiles.
After drawing the tiles, try placing them on the ground first to make sure that everything lines up.
When drawing the base, it is okay if the middle parts are misaligned, but make sure that you have the edge dots in place.
If you want to change it position, you will need to change the edge dots of the other tiles too, so keep that in mind while creating this.
Next, decide on the base color. Depending on the path type, you might want to consider different shades. Since we are creating a dirt pathway, we will use a dark shade of brown. Fill in the tile base with this color.
To mimic the texture of the ground, let's place dots of adjacent colors in random spots. We will be using different shades of brown, adjusting the hue as needed, to make it lively. We will be using 3 colors.
Next, to blend in with the grass, we will be adding gradients to the tile edges.
For the farthest part of the gradient, use your base color, and go darker as you reach the tile edge. For the gradient, we will be using 3 colors.
|1 (Base)||3||9||6||4 (Core Shadow)||3||13||5|
|5 (Light Shadow)||3||12||6|
Similar to adding gradients, add highlights and shadows around the grass spots so it looks three-dimensional.
Add more details to your liking! You can add flowers, leaves, or vines; draw whatever you want to make it yours!
If you would like to learn how to draw flowers, check out this guide!
How to Make Flower Patches
Once you are satisfied, place them on the ground. It is faster to do it with the Custom Design Path Permit using the Island Designer app. Decorate with furniture or greenery, and you are done!
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Because of the flexibility of the tileset, you can make small or big circles or patches for a natural look. The small patch uses 4 tiles, while the larger patch uses 9 tiles, the whole tilesets.
You can also make pathways of different widths. You can create thin paths with 2 tiles, or wider paths with 3 or more tiles wide.
The best way to use the dirt pathway design is by placing it in a curved manner. It looks natural, and you can place plants and trees around for that forest vibe!
Notes on usage and permission on recreating their design. (JP)
This instantly gained numbers on Twitter when it was posted, and a number of players also have created their own variations. However, if you would like to preserve @Denim2_mori's original work, feel free to use the hashtag #ThePathACNH.
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So you have an example for the narrow path? Going vertical and horizontal(single tile)
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