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Custom Upholstery (COM)

What is COM?

COM stands for “customer’s own material,” which basically means that any fabric of your client’s choice can be used as an overlay on available products. 

How do I use the COM feature?
  1. Select your product. The configurator window will open.
  2. Select “Body Fabric” and “Custom”.
  3. Click “Add COM”.
  4. Select “Add material” and “Choose file” to upload your pattern.
  5. Adjust the size of your pattern and, if applicable, crop to select which portion of the uploaded image you’d like to use as your pattern.
  6. Adjust the width of your pattern to scale the sample with the furniture item.
  7. Click “Done” and name your material. Click “Apply”.
  8. In the material setup window, adjust your fabric’s vertical and horizontal alignment or alter its mapping strategy.
  9. Click “Apply” and you will be back in the body fabric menu.
  10. Click “Done” to continue customizing the frame.
What fabrics can be applied?

Any fabric can be applied to the products on our platform, however some pieces of furniture only come in select fabrics. Please check with your brand before planning a COM design. 

How can I get a fabric image?

To get a fabric image:

  1. Start by navigating to your fabric provider’s website and search for the fabric you need.
  2. Once you’ve found your fabric, save the image or download it and return to the configurator window with the COM menu open.
  3. Select “Add COM” to upload your fabric.
  4. Match your fabric’s dimensions to those listed on the company’s website.
  5. Once you’ve finished scaling your pattern, select “Apply”.
How can I spec an item with COM applied?

When spec’ing your design, all applied elements will be shown in the spec sheets.
There are two ways you can create a spec sheet: by clicking the “Summary” button or “Create Specification”.
See How do I generate a spec sheet of my design? for more details.

How can I create seamless textures in Photoshop?

There are plenty of perks to using DesignerBoard3D, but a major one is that you have an unlimited range of fabrics to choose from! All you need to start is the digital file of a fabric texture which you can use to overlay on any furniture piece in the DB3D Product List.

To create this digital fabric file, follow the steps below:

  1. To start, open your texture in Photoshop
  2. Unlock texture background to create an adjustable layer and name it “Layer 0”
  3. Drag “Layer 0” to the left bottom corner using the “Move Tool”
    Tip: Select “Snap” feature in the “View” tab, to help guide your pattern to align the layer in even quadrants.
  4. Copy “Layer 0” by right clicking on the layer and selecting “Duplicate Layer…”.
    You may also name this or leave it as a “copy” of “Layer 0”
  5. Drag the copied layer to the top left corner, similar to process of “Layer 0”
  6. Select the copied layer and “Duplicate Layer” and drag that copy to the top right and proceed with copying and dragging an additional layer to the bottom right, until you have 4 layers (one original and 3 copies) in all 4 quadrants of your canvas.
  7. Merge layers by selecting all 4 layers, right click, and select merge layers. Now you have one layer.
  8. To create a seamless appearance, select the “Healing Brush Tool”
  9. Select your layer, and hold “Option” or “Alt” on the keyboard to select the appropriate sample/copied area you would like to use to “retouch” your seams.
  10. Once completed retouching the seams you can flatten the image by right clicking the layer and selecting “Flatten image”
  11. Save your seamless fabric texture into a high resolution JPEG or PNG to be used as a COM material in DB3D configuration.