Designing textiles using Photoshop III: expanding personal projects

Course Dates: 13/09/22 - 18/10/22
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Online
This short intermediate course will improve your Adobe Photoshop pattern tiling skills while learning new basic vector drawing skills in Adobe illustrator. We will improve on creating narratives for print design using multiple motifs and storytelling. Not suitable for beginners. You will need your own access the Adobe Creative Suite on your Mac or PC before class.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00

Course Code: VO114

Tue, eve, 13 Sep - 18 Oct '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is for textile print designers, and students who want to build on their creative design work developing concepts and creative ideas while improving on technical knowledge in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
You will learn basic graphic and illustrative drawing tools to enhance pattern making skills for textile design. You will explore software using pencil tools, vectors and shape builder tools to help enhance drawings and extend on building existing brush palettes and further advanced knowledge on pattern structure. You will work from an existing project or collection of designs while learning new skills to enhance your design and artwork.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Identify and expand pattern knowledge for your personal project building on existing drawing skills, developing imaginative responses to your starting inspiration/ mood board or designs.
- Experiment with ideas navigating Adobe Illustrator basic interface and test drawing tools for developing motifs for pattern design
- Extending the brush tool palette in Adobe Photoshop using vector drawings imported from Illustrator
- Work with scale for large tile designs for repeat patterns strengthening visual communication exploring more pictorial/illustrative pattern work
- Learn graphic/ illustrative drawing styles through the work of contemporary Illustrators and textile designers.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Navigate the Adobe Illustrator interface while using drawing tools to create basic motifs expanding your design work
- Expand designs or artwork using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, understanding the difference between software programmes
- Improve on decision-making skills to identify repeat pattern structures best suitable for your artwork and narrative
- Engage and share in supportive critical discussion of your own work and of others.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an intermediate Photoshop course but suitable for beginners in Illustrator. Ideal for learners who have completed Photoshop stage II for textile design. We will be flipping between both programmes. You will have experience in creating repeat patterns like half drop and seamless repeats but may need a refresher on certain skills or using different tile sizes for projects.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This course will be taught online using live sessions using Zoom and Google Classroom eLearning platform.
- Class discussion and critique, demonstrations, 1:1 tutorial
- A computer or laptop will be needed, not a tablet. A fully updated google chrome browser works best for zoom live sessions.
- You will need to login into our Google Classroom before our sessions start as all course materials and tasks will be held here. You will be emailed a joining code nearer the time. You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient bandwidth at times when demonstrating in Adobe.
- It is expected that you will work on personal projects outside of the class time to develop your work as the course progresses to improve on designs and skills
- Tasks will be set to a brief by your tutor for your project and development needs, one will be issued for discussion in session one.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a computer (not a tablet) with update-to date version of Adobe Creative Suite Photoshop and Illustrator and up to date version of Chrome as a browser. Your computer must have a camera built in as we will be sharing screens in live sessions.
- Please use headphones with microphones during our sessions as this will block out all room noise
- Some basic drawings materials, black pens, a sketchbook or A4 white paper, note pad to take notes
- Using your phone to take images if you normally use a scanner
- A task will be issued before our first session based on your mood board of ideas or designs

When you enrol on a course at the City Lit, you are entitled to student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud

Please note:
- You will need to create an Adobe account using your City Lit email address which includes your student number. (This is in the format
- 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?

City lit offers a range of courses in Digital Textile Design and Contemporary Crafts for beginners through to advanced learners and professional practitioners. Please browse the website to discover our upcoming courses.

Kirsty Kirkpatrick

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.