What is the course about?
This course is designed for students, teachers, designers and textile artists who would like to investigate the
creative potential of computers in textile design. While learning Photoshop, we explore colour, texture and
What will we cover?
The course covers:
-Cleaning up scanned images and artworks
-Colour washings and colourways on paper
-Creating patterns and textures
-Scanning images and fabric samples
-Repeat pattern and complex repeats on paper
-Printing possibilities for textiles - on paper and cloth
-Managing and working in colour, swatches and basic colour theory
-Sending a file to a professional printer
You will work to a project of your choice, relating to your own work or favoured theme, with guidance from the
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Produce and save a range of digital textile designs for future development
- Produce some designs as prints on paper
- Feel confident and competent in using a computer and Photoshop for textile design
- Feel challenged to take design work further in the future.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Beginners are welcome at this introductory level course. Working in Photoshop, you are encouraged to develop your
own design and work at your own pace. If you already have some knowledge of the programme you can work at your
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and
safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be
able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The programme will be taught through demonstration and helpful guidance. Technical assistance will be
available. Macs will be used, with Photoshop compatible to PC.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Books can be recommended but are not essential purchases.
Printing costs are covered on the course. You will
need to buy USBs for storing your work at the advice of the tutor.
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course,.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VX251 Designing textiles using Photoshop: stage II
VX298 Digital print: design and make a bag
VX442 Textiles: digital surfaces.