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This short course provides Intermediate Level computer skills for textile design using both Photoshop and Illustrator. It focuses on creating repeating patterns for both fashion and textile applications using digital printing technology.
Course presenter: Angela Fraser.
Angela graduated as a textile designer from Wellington Polytechnic in the 1970’s. After working as a carpet and knit designer she moved to art education in the 1980’s. She taught printed textiles at AUT from 1994 and completed her MA Art and Design in 2004. Angela has taught on the Textile and Design Lab’s short courses since 2007 and has developed an enviable reputation in this field. She has also developed innovative teaching resources including a collection of learning videos covering software skills for Digital Textile Design. Angela now runs her own textile design and consultancy business.
Course content -
The course is taught on dual boot computers (Mac and PC option) equipped with the latest Adobe CC software. You are welcome to use your own laptop provided it has the latest Adobe CC Illustrator and Photoshop software. Repeating patterns allow a design to be filled across the width and length of a fabric panel or be used for continuous metreage. The introduction of digital printing has enabled designs to be developed from a range of sources including scanned drawings and photographs.
This course covers a number of techniques for creating repeating patterns using both Photoshop and Illustrator. You will learn about digitising artwork, optimising originals and creating a unit of repeat or tile. In Photoshop you will use Define Pattern, Pattern Fill Layers, as well as Solid Colour and Gradient Layers. You will also use Layer Masks, Healing Tools, Adjustment Layers and Blending Modes to develop repeating patterns. In Illustrator you will be introduced to Image Trace as well as the new Pattern menu. You will also learn how to prepare files for digital printing for both Photoshop and Illustrator. At the end of the course a sample print of your design will be digitally printed onto fabric.
Learning outcomes -
- Be introduced to digital textile printing technology, processes and workflow
- Digitising artwork using scanners, cameras as well as Smart Phone Apps.
- Create a unit of repeat or tile in both Photoshop and Illustrator
- Create repeating patterns in both Photoshop and Illustrator
- Photoshop: Define Pattern, Pattern Fill Layers, Solid Colour Layers, Gradient Layers, Layer Masks, Healing Tools, Adjustment Layers and Blending Modes
- Illustrator: Use Image Trace and Pattern tool
- Develop one or two designs to be output as a fabric sample using digital printing
- Gain an understanding of file formats and preparing files for digital printing
Participant requirements -
Competent computer skills and experience with using Photoshop and Illustrator are the advised prerequisites for this course.
What to bring -
Materials are provided but please bring refreshments with you for morning and afternoon breaks and lunch. There are several cafes in the locality that cater for all dietary requirements. Please bring along at least 4 jpg files sourced from digital colour photographs or scans of original artwork. However for more graphic styles drawings rendered with pens are more suitable than pencil sketches.
If images are from the Internet, filter your search engine to find large images. If photographs are from a digital camera, ensure they have been taken on a high quality setting. Please bring along a USB storage device to save your work files. The amount of fabric printed on the second day of the course will be 0.5m. If you want to print a larger quantity the cost of the additional amount will be chargeable.
AUT University, Room WG 707, WG Building, Cnr Mayoral Drive/Governor Fitzroy Place, Auckland CBD.
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