A field guide to fabric design : design, print & sell your by Kim Kight

By Kim Kight

In case you have ever dreamed of unveiling your designs on textile, cloth aficionado Kim Kight, of well known weblog precise Up, is the following to educate you ways. entire and refreshingly simple, this remarkable quantity beneficial properties major components. First, the layout and colour part explains the fundamentals with step by step tutorials on developing repeating styles either through hand and at the machine. subsequent, the Printing part publications you thru shifting these designs on fabric-whether its block printing, monitor printing, electronic printing or licensing to a cloth company-and tips on how to verify the easiest process for you.

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It hurts the livelihood of the artist and hinders your own creative growth, so just don’t do it. Instead, think about the less tangible aspects that draw you to the work—the lines, the mood, and so forth—and use that as a jumping-off point for your own work. That’s the essence of inspiration. 30 a field guide to fabric design Reproducing Vintage Designs What if you fall in love with a vintage fabric design and want to create your own version of it? The textile industry is full of vintage reproductions and adaptations, and you might wonder why people are free to copy these designs.

If you are creating a repeat anew in Photoshop, you may wish to create a separate 600 dpi, transparent-background file in the dimensions of your desired repeat size and the The artwork is deselected here. Live Trace preserved the wonky handdrawn qualities of the motifs well. Tutorial: DESIGNING REPEATS BY COMPUTER Figure 5: The artwork after Live Trace is applied—the art, originally a bitmap scan, is now in vector format. 41 step-by-step design Designing Repeats in Photoshop The technique for creating repeats in Photoshop is very similar to drawing them by hand; the only difference is that the Offset filter is used in place of cutting and rearranging quadrants.

Alleyways occur when some empty areas of the repeat are too big compared with others, or when these areas form distinct, directional shapes. Stepping back or zooming out can help identify problems you might not have noticed up close. Leaving the design for a while and coming back to it with fresh eyes is also very helpful. And of course it’s always good to have a partner take a look; maybe he or she can point out problems you didn’t notice. 55 step-by-step design designer roundtable: Favorite Tools What tool could you absolutely not live without when it comes to designing fabric?

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