Designing textiles using Photoshop I
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Hybrid (choose either online or in-person)
This course will be delivered online or in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VX252
Available start dates
Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
What is the course about?
This creative course covers the basic technical Photoshop knowledge required to create motifs and tiles from your own artwork and images. You will be taught step-by-step instructions on how to digitally design and develop textiles using Adobe tools. Initially you will be guided into the software and scanning possibilities, developing a body of drawings. As we progress we will delve deeper using live online demonstrations, presentations, and activities investigating scale, composition, design development and pattern structure.
For the last session we will return to the class to print onto fabric and paper.
You can choose to attend this course either live online or in person.
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• Cleaning up scanned images and artworks
• Creating textures and drawings using the pencil and brush tools
• Developing motifs and designs by hand and on screen
• Working with colour images including photographs using photomontage techniques
• Explore placement patterns, half drops and all-over seamless repeat pattern
• Managing colour and saving swatches
• Sending files to print in our digital lab for sublimation white printing your own designs
• Printing possibilities for textiles on paper and cloth using the heat press
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...
• Feel confident in using a computer and Photoshop for textile design
• Produce evidence of image and design research and design development
• Produce and save a range of digital textile designs for future development
• Feel challenged to take design work further in the future
• Produce some designs as prints on paper or fabric.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Beginners are welcome at this introductory level course. You must have some experience of using a computer even basic computing skills. Understand simple instructions, measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
• This course will be online live sessions with the last session being taught face-to-face at City Lit.
• You will be taught using Zoom for technical demonstrations sessions with your tutor
• Google Classroom platform will store all tasks/session slides/notes/resources/ and live sessions links
• Group discussions and problem solving with Q&A
• We suggest you practise in your own time between sessions to develop skills.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
•You will need a computer with update-to date version of Adobe Creative Suite Photoshop and update version of Chrome as a browser. Your computer must have a camera built in as we will be sharing screens in live sessions
•You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth.
•Please use headphones with microphones during our sessions as this will block out all room noise in sessions
•Some basic drawings materials, black pens, a sketchbook or A4 white paper and a note pad to take notes
•Using your phone to take images
•A USB for transferring scans and when we work in classrooms
You will need to have access to Adobe Photoshop for this course on a laptop (not a tablet)
When you enrol on a course at the City Lit, you are entitled to student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud
- You will need to create an Adobe account using your City Lit email address which includes your student number. (This is in the format email@example.com)
- You can access your City Lit email through your supplied Office 365 account.
- When your course finishes and you no longer have access to your student email, the software will continue to function on the installed machine for the remainder of the annual subscription.
- At renewal, you will need to create another Adobe account using your personal email.
- The Adobe account is not accessible to City Lit and technical support is extremely limited as a result.
- It is recommended that you do not use the online storage available on Adobe accounts as access to your work is subject to the continuation of your subscription.
- Adobe sales can be contacted on 0800-028-0148. Adobe Creative Cloud for Students
Adobe Creative Cloud for Students - system requirements.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
From this course it is possible to move onto Designing Textiles using Photoshop II. Please browse the website to view upcoming courses.
Kirsty Kirkpatrick is a designer-maker whose innovative, pattern-based designs have appeared at Berlin Fashion Week, The British Council, Tate Modern and Royal Academy of Arts. Her work puts social responsibility and ethical thinking at its heart, and has featured in, amongst others, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Observer. Kirsty studied Constructed Textiles at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art & Design, Dundee, and is an alum of Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. She has spoken at the London Design Festival and internationally for WGSN on design development trends and insight for the fashion and interiors industry. Kirsty merges the old with new, specialising in process; applying digital and new technologies with traditional hand making. She teaches textile design using Photoshop and Illustrator and, laser cutting. Her experience of teaching adults is wide ranging from lecturing to delivering workshops, and she has a passion for using her expertise to help others develop their skills, achieve their potential and transform their lives. Her approach is highly supportive, collaborative and hands on. Expect to experiment...and to have fun.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.