How To Make Your Own Beading Pattern

Create, edit and print bead pattern with PhotoPearls software for macOS® and Windows®

Select photo

Start by selecting a photo for your project.

Important! Use high-quality photos. Select a colorful picture that is not overexposed with a lot of flash from the camera.

Select size

Choose the size of your project. 

Standard sizes are 1, 4, 6 (portrait), 6 (landscape) pegboards 

You can manually change the text fields Width and Height to the desired size, calculated in the number of beads.

1 pegboard = 30 x 30 beads. 

cm * 2 = number of beads 
(for example, 15cm * 2 = 30 beads)

Select area

Crop to cut out any unwanted parts of the photo. 
Recommended doing for facial portraits if the project is less than six pegboards. 

You can also move the box around by clicking anywhere inside of it and then dragging your cursor to move it around.


Click the Pearlify button to translate your selected photo into the pattern. 

To improve the pattern, you can add or remove bead colors and change the brightness and contrast. 

Tip! To find out the color number, then move the mouse cursor over the beads in the pattern to see the refill color number.


In edit mode, you can use the brush to draw freely or use the eraser to remove beads on your pattern. 

Print / Save

When you´re finished editing, click the “Save bead pattern” button to save your changes. 

Click the “Print bead pattern” button to print your pattern.