How to Use the Custom Design Pro Editor | ACNH - Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

Animal Crossing Custom Designs Editor.png
Learn how to use the Custom Design Editor, as well as how to unlock the features on the Pro Editor upgrade in Animal Crossing: New Horizons (ACNH) for the Nintendo Switch. Read on to see how you can use and display your personal work on your character and on your island!

How to Use the Custom Design Editor

Open the App On Your NookPhone

ACNH - Custom Designs App on NookPhone

You can create custom designs using the Custom Designs app on your NookPhone. This app is available from the start of the game.

Select a Slot to Save Your Design to

Keep in mind what you're making a design for

The design will look better if you specifically create it for an item: is it for a shirt, or face paint?

Top Face Paint Canvas Floor*
Preview - Top.png Preview - Face Paint.png Preview - Canvas.png floor preview.png

You can preview what it looks like on the specific item by selecting Swap Preview on the toolbar.

If you use the Custom Design Pro Editor, you will select a type of clothing to create a design for.

*Floor preview added on the ver 1.4.0 update.

Play Around with Colors

Palette.pngColor Palette There are 15 palettes to choose from, and each palette has 16 different colors.
Changing the color palette affects current colors on the canvas.
Swap colors.pngSelect Between Colors You can rotate through the colors by pressing the L & R buttons.
Color picker.pngColor Picker To select a specific color on the canvas, point the cursor at the color and press the L & R buttons at the same time.
Change color.pngChange Color Customize colors from a palette.
Only availble with the Custom Design Pro Editor upgrade.

Try Out All the Drawing Tools

Drawing Tools
Pen.pngPen Pointer used for freehand drawing. Size is changeable.
Line tool.pngLine Tool Draw a line from point A to point B.
Rectangle tool.pngRectangle Tool Draw a rectangle outline from point A to point B.
Circle tool.pngCircle Tool Draw a circle outline from point A to point B.
Fill tool.pngFill Change the color of a group of pixels to a different color.
Circle stamp.pngRound Stamp Draws a circle with fill and outline. Size is changeable.
Star stamp.pngStar Stamp Draws a star with fill and outline. Size is changeable.
Heart stamp.pngHeart Stamp Draws a star with fill and outline. Size is changeable.

Change tool sizes

Mess around by adjusting the sizes. You can change the sizes of the pen and the stamps.

Utilize Other Tools

Other Tools
Fill all.pngFill All Fills the whole canvas with a single color.
Drag design.pngDrag Design You can drag the design on the whole canvas by moving the left joystick. Note that you cannot undo this action.
Swap view.pngSwap Preview Swaps the current preview to top, face paint, and canvas.
Mirror mode.pngMirror Mode Press the ZR button turn on Mirror Mode. This allows you to draw on one side and it will be mirrored to the other side. The mirror is always vertical.
Undo and Redo.pngUndo/Redo You can undo or redo a single action by pressing the - button.

Name Your Design

Name Your Custom Design.jpg
Give your design a name! This can be viewed by other players so remember to put a proper name!

Share Custom Designs Online

ACNH - Custom Designs Portal Screen

You can share custom designs online after unlocking the Able Sisters tailor shop.

You can also save other players' custom designs, as well as designs from previous Animal Crossing games by scanning QR codes. Check out our guide to learn more.
Custom Designs Portal - How to Share Custom Designs Online

Unlock the Custom Design Pro Editor

How to Unlock the Custom Pro Editor

ACNH - Custom Design Portal from the Custom Design Menu

You can unlock the Custom Pro Editor after upgrading to Nook Miles+. You can redeem it for 800 Nook Miles.

It is definitely worth unlocking if you want to show your creativity to the world!

Unlocked Features

What Should You Spend Nook Miles on First?

Create Designs for Different Types of Clothing

With Custom Design Pro Editor unlocked, you can create designs for a specific type of clothing.

Custom Design Editor Custom Design Pro Editor
Face Paint
6 Types of Tops
6 Types of Dresses
3 Types of Hats

Custom Design Pro Types of Clothing

Tank top.pngTank top Short-sleeve tee.pngShort-sleeve tee Long-sleeve dress shirt.pngLong-sleeve dress shirt
Sweater.pngSweater Hoodie.pngHoodie Coat.pngCoat
Sleeveless dress.pngSleeveless dress Short-sleeve dress.pngShort-sleeve dress Long-sleeve dress.pngLong-sleeve dress
Round dress.pngRound dress Balloon-hem dress.pngBalloon-hem dress Robe.pngRobe
Brimmed cap.pngBrimmed cap Knit cap.pngKnit cap Brimmed hat.pngBrimmed hat

Customize Colors from Palettes

Change color.jpg
You can customize each color from a palette by selecting Change Color. You can adjust the hue, vividness, and brightness.

Customize Each Side of the Clothing

Design a side.jpg
For each type of clothing you choose, you can design all the sides of the item including the front, left sleeve, right sleeve, and back sides.

Custom (PRO) Designs for Clothes

Related Guides

ACNH - All Custom Designs
Custom Design Guides

Hand Picked Custom Designs

List of Custom Designs
ACNH - Clothes icon Clothes and Accesories ACNH - Face Paint icon Face Paint
ACNH - Paths icon Paths and Floors ACNH - Sign icon Signs and Decorations
ACNH - Halloween icon Halloween Custom Designs ACNH - Toy Day icon Christmas Custom Designs
ACNH - Valentine Valentines Custom Designs ACNH - Cut-Out Standee icon Face-Cutout Standee Custom Designs

How to Make Custom Design Patterns

How to Make Custom Designs
ACNH - How to Make Custom Fireworks Designs partialHow to Make Custom Fireworks Designs ACNH - Custom Wooden Path InstructionsHow to Make Wooden Paths
ACNH - Custom Brick Path InstructionsHow to Make Brick Paths ACNH - Custom Platform InstructionsHow to Make Platforms
ACNH - Custom Dirt Path InstructionsHow to Make Dirt Paths | The Path ACNH - Custom Tatami InstructionsHow to Make Tatami Mats
ACNH - Custom Seashells InstructionsHow to Make Seashell Paths ACNH - Custom Sweets InstructionsHow to Make Sweets Floor Designs
ACNH - Custom Flowerbed InstructionsHow to Make Flowerbeds ACNH - Custom Flower Patch InstructionsHow to Make Flower Patches
ACNH - Custom Tiles InstructionsHow to Make Tile Patterns ACNH - Custom Stepping Stones InstructionsHow to Make Stepping Stones
ACNH - Custom Large Stone Tiles InstructionsHow to Make Large Stone Tiles and Slabs

Best Dream Towns on the Web!

Inspirational Dream Towns
ACNH - Top Dream TownsTop Dream Addresses and Dream Towns
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Share Your Own Designs!

QR and Creator Code Sharing
Custom Design Share (232)
Dream Address Code Share Board (487)

Custom Design Help

Other Custom Design Guides
How to Use the Custom Design Pro Editor
How to Share Custom Designs Online
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How to Customize Your Furniture, Phone, and Tools
List of Items Customizable with Custom Designs
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