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Read this Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch (ACNH) guide about Custom Designs & scan QR Codes! Including how to make, how to use Nook Link, features, and more!

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Check Out The Nook Phone App!

How To Make & Use Custom Designs

Use Nook Phone To Make Original Designs

Use Nook Phone To Make Original Designs

To create your own custom design, open your Nook Phone and select the app. Choose "Change Design" on an empty slot to make a new custom design.

Can Be Used To Make Eyebrows

Add Eyebrows With Custom Designs

You can add eyebrows to you character through the use of custom designs. You can change how your character looks with this method!

Check Out How To Design Eyebrows!

Can Be Placed On Walls, Floor, & Clothes

Can Be Placed On Walls, Floor, & Clothes

Custom designs can be used as wallpaper, as flooring, and patterns for clothing. It's a great way to customize your character, your house, and your island!

Share Your Custom Design In Our Forum

custom design forum

Visit our Custom Design Forum & share your Custom Design. You can get other players' custom designs as well!

Click Here To Go To Custom Design Forum

16 Colors In One Palette

16 Colors In One Palette

You'll have access to up to 16 colors per palette or per custom design. The canvas is 32 x 32 squares and you can use colors to create masterful designs of your own!

Transfer Past Custom Designs

Transfer Past Custom Designs
Previous Games - Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

You can transfer your custom designs from New Leaf and Happy Home Designer on the 3DS. You need to use the Nook Link app and be subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online to use this feature.

Check Out Nook Link App Features!

How To Get & Use Pro Design Editor

Redeem For 800 Nook Miles

The Pro Design Editor can be redeemed by spending 800 Nook Miles at the Nook Stop terminal. This unlocks the Pro Design Editor on your Custom Designs app.

Check Out How To Earn Nook Miles Fast!

Provides More Ways To Make Designs

Provides More Ways To Make Designs

The Pro Design Editor allows you to make custom designs for different types of clothing and headgear. From shirts to dress, gowns and even bonnets or caps.

Allows Customization Of Colors

Allows Customization Of Colors

With the Pro Design Editor, you can customize colors and change color palettes. This lets you create more designs with a variety of different shades & colors.

Pro Design Tips

Have A Physical Sample Ready

If you're trying to make a pro design, try to have a physical sample ready. It'll be easier for you to copy that sample if you can see it physically.

Place Background Color Nearby

Place Background Color Nearby

It's best to set the background color adjacent to your most used colors. This makes corrections easier and you don't have to go too far down the color wheel to fix and mistakes.

Adjust Background Color Last

Adjust Background Color Last

It is also recommended to adjust the background color last. It's easy to change colors by selecting the "Change Color" tool but it's best to adjust the background color after all your designs have been implemented.

Start With Smaller Designs First

Start With Smaller Designs First

It's easier to fill in colors with bigger spaces so concentrate on finishing up your smaller designs first. It'll also be easier to adjust the sizing of smaller designs.

Determine Design Size ASAP

Your overall canvas is 32 x 32 squares so it's best to determine the size of your design as soon as possible. Once you've designed a part, take a step back and look at the overall design to adjust its size.

Look At Overall Design Frequently

Look At Overall Design Frequently

You'll see the overall look and feel of your design on the lower left part of the screen. Whether it's a dress, a painting, or a hat, checking the sample will help you determine the scale & look of your design.

Custom Designs Uses List

Custom Designs Uses List

Tops Face Paint
Mannequin Display Easel Painting
Display On Ground Canvas
Hanger Tile Mat
Wallpaper Flooring

Pro Designs Uses List


Tank top Short-sleeve tee Long-sleeve dress shirt
tank top short-sleeve tee long-sleeve dress shirt
Sweater Hoodie Coat
sweater hoodie coat


Sleeveless dress Short-sleeve dress Long-sleeve dress
sleeveless dress short-sleeve dress long-sleeve dress
Round dress Balloon-hem dress Robe
round dress balloon-hem dress robe


Brimmed Cap Knit cap Brimmed hat
brimmed cap knit cap brimmed hat

How To Scan QR Code With Nook Link

Steps To Use Nook Link

No. Procedure
1 Subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online & download Nintendo Switch Online app
2 Sync Animal Crossing New Horizon & Nintendo Switch Online app
→ Learn more from here!
3 Open Nook Link from Nintendo Switch Online app and scan QR code with Design feature
4 Download the scanned Custom Design in Animal Crossing New Horizon

1~2. Sign up & Sync Nintendo Switch Online App

Get NSO Subscription & Online App

First things first, you need to have an active Nintendo Switch Online subscription. After subscribing, download the Nintendo Switch Online app then log into your account.

Learn How To Get Started With Nintendo Switch Online App From Here

3. Select Nook Link Then Custom Designs

Select Nook Link Then Custom Designs

After logging in, check your in-app services & look for the "Nook Link" option. Select this, then go to "Custom Designs".

Check Out Nook Link App Details!

3. Scan QR Code

Scan QR Code

Open up your 3DS & scan the QR code of the design to activate the transfer! Note that in order to get QR code in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, you need to be close enough with Sable.

Compatible Past Animal Crossing Titles

  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

4. Confirm Transfer In-Game

Confirm Transfer In-Game

Once you've completed and confirmed the transfer, check your Custom Designs app in the Nook Phone to locate your newly transferred design!

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