Software instructions

A Beginner’s Guide on how to create bead-by-number patterns

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.

Assembly instructions

How to assemble your PhotoPearls bead project with double-sided adhesive sheets.

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PhotoPearls starter kits

The Starter Kit includes all the components you need to start making beaded art.

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Large bead picture made with PhotoPearls

Examples of large bead pictures created with PhotoPearls software and mounted with double-sided adhesive sheets.

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