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Digital Pattern Design and Print

Digital Pattern Design and Print

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Kenny Taylor


Based on Digital Textile Design, this course will encompass all the skills you will need to get you started in digital textile printing.  It will focus on the two main print specific Adobe Products; Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. You'll learn some freehand drawing skills which will lead to generating repeat pattern designs – the patterns will then be printed onto a lightweight cotton fabric.

You will be introduced to digital printed textile design techniques and will learn the differences between the two main Adobe Image editing packages when creating printed textiles.

It would be an advantage if you could bring along any of your own designs or photographs of patterns that influence you.

Topics Covered:

  • Designing and editing images in Photoshop.

  • Freehand and precise drawing techniques, using Adobe Illustrator.

  • Creating pattern designs, using both Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator

  • Visualisation techniques using Adobe Photoshop. 

  • An insight into the digital fabric printing process.

Course Outcomes
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 textile designs onto fabric*. You may go on to create your own textile designs or apply for another digital textile printing course.

Who Should Attend
Anyone looking to learn the principles of digital pattern design using Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, and gain an insight into the digital fabric print process. It will be an advantage if you have some previous experience, but not absolutely necessary as guidance, handouts and online information will be made available. If you have no previous experience of Photoshop and Illustrator the evening course format would be recommended.

Course Level

*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, particularly 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.

Student Reviews

'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.

"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."

Tutor Description

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

Please be advised that this course will be taught using the Adobe Creative Cloud.
A free 30 day trial is available to download from the Adobe website.
Student discounts are also available should you wish to subscribe to the ‘Annual plan, paid monthly'.

Available dates