How to use custom designs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Create your own designs with the Nook Phone, or use the NookLink to import custom designs to use in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

The thing about Animal Farm is that it’s all about control. Wait, this is Animal Crossing? Ah, then what you must be here for is customization. In Animal Crossing: New Horizons you’ll have the chance to create and import your own custom designs to print on cushions, clothes and more thanks to a fancy thing called NookLink. Want to know how it all works? Here’s how to use custom designs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How to use custom designs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How to use custom designs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
 
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Do create your own designs in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, all you need to do is whipe out your NookPhone (L2). Select the Custom Designs app and you can get straight to work painting designs that can be hung on your walls, stood on canvases, painted on the floor or even stuck on your T-Shirts. By using the Tools menu you can swap the display between a canvas and clothes, so you can easily design for what you're after. Buying the Pro tools from a Nook Stop will also expand your capabilities, allowing for more advanced clothing designs.

How to import custom designs

You're also able to import custom designs from Animal Crossing: New Leaf or Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. To get your own custom designs from these games in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you’ll need to have access to the Nintendo Switch Online app (available on Google Play for Android and the App Store for iPhone). This must be connected to your Nintendo Switch account as well.

Open the Animal Crossing: New Horizons section of the app and you’ll enter NookLink. Here you can scan QR codes for custom designs created in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer. If you’ve made a pattern in those games, load it up and use your phone to scan the QR code. 

NookLink will register the code, and allow you to load the design from the Custom Designs app on the NookPhone in Animal: Crossing New Horizons. You can apply your designs to T-shirts, cushions and more, so everyone else can appreciate your perfect pixel art.

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Using a custom design in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is as simple as that. Be sure to visit our game hub for Animal Crossing New Horizons if you want more tips, tricks and news.

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