Based on Digital Textile Design, this course will encompass all the skills you will need to get you started. And it will focus on the two main print specific Adobe Products; Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. You'll learn some of basic drawing skills which will lead to generating pattern...
Taught by: Kenny Taylor.
Based on Digital Textile Design, this course will encompass all the skills you will need to get you started. And it will focus on the two main print specific Adobe Products; Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. You'll learn some of basic drawing skills which will lead to generating pattern repeating designs. The patterns will then be printed on to a lightweight cotton fabric. The primary aim of this course is to introduce you to digital printed textile design techniques and to learn the differences between the two main Adobe Image editing packages. It would be an advantage if you could bring along any of your own designs or photographs of patterns that influence you.
You’ll leave the course with the ability to create pattern repeats in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. You will be able to prepare print ready documents and have a greater knowledge of the processes involved with digitally printing your designs onto fabric*. You may go on to create your own designs or apply for another course.
Who Should Attend
Anyone looking for a fast-paced introduction to the digital textile-design process while gaining an all-round knowledge of the software. It would be an advantage if you have some previous digital design experience in Photoshop. As a guide students should be competent with the following skills:
- A basic understanding of how to select an area of an image
- A basic understanding of how to work with layers, including: duplicating, merging, and some of the additional layer options.
*N.B. Whilst we endeavour to complete the printing of student fabric samples by the end of the course, this may not always be possible due to time restrictions with day time classes. In such circumstances we will arrange for your work to be collected or delivered as soon after the course as possible.
'The most satisfying aspect, is the application of printing your design on silky-smooth lightweight cotton fabric (60gsm), about a metre long, on the final day. And since they are by designed by the sweat and blood of your own industry, they do feel more polished and luxurious than any paid for commercial brand.' - MJKM. Read the full review.
"The course structure was exactly what I was looking for. This was a great way to provide me with new skills within the textile industry. I thought it was excellent, the tutor was very knowledgable and as it was a small class he was able to provide everyone with the attention they required."
Kenny Taylor currently works as a Digital Media Technician for the University of the Arts, supporting BA and MA Textiles courses, since 2001. The role is split between Teaching Design Techniques and Digital Fabric Printing. Originally from a Graphics background, Kenny has have found his experience adds another dimension and is a technical asset when Teaching Textiles.
Previously, Kenny worked for PSD Associates/Fitch as an Designer on projects such as the BT Logo, and many others which involved a combination of Illustration, Typography, Corporate Identity, Animated Logos, and Web sites.
Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:
- Notepad and Pen
- USB memory stick (Min 5GB - if possible)
- Any visual influences or examples of style of work you like (photographs/drawings) to turn into a pattern repeat