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Digital Textile Design

Digital Textile Design

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Kenny Taylor


This course will introduce you to the digital skills needed, to get you started in digital textile printing. Focusing on the two main print specific Adobe Products: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, you will learn how to generate repeat pattern designs.

The patterns will then be printed onto a silk bamboo fabric.Through step by step exercises, you will be introduced to the fundamental digital printed textile design techniques and learn the differences between the two main Adobe image editing packages.

Throughout the course you will consider how to adapt your design in relation to the final application, whether this be for a fashion, interior or fine art outcome.

It would be an advantage if you could bring along any of your own drawings, or photographic influences to inform your designs.

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to Adobe Photoshop: Selecting and Layering Tools

  • Preparing an image: scanning and cleaning

  • Creating pattern designs using Adobe Photoshop

  • Creating and editing vector shapes using Adobe Illustrator

  • Polyester sample printing using a heat press

  • Digital fabric printing on bamboo silk

Course outcomes
You’ll leave the course with the ability to create pattern repeats in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. 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. If you have no previous experience of using Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, it is recommended that you attend either an evening or Saturday course.


*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. Final work will be printed onto Silk Bamboo.

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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.

You will need an Adobe ID to participate on the course.

You can set this up before the course starts at and select ‘Get an Adobe ID'.

If you already have an Adobe ID, please check your login details still work.

You do not need to subscribe to the software. This is free to students when studying in college on any UAL networked computer.

Please remember to write your login details down safely and bring these along on the first day of your course.

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