Designing textiles using Photoshop: stage 1

Course Dates: 16/04/18 - 02/07/18
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Kathy Schicker

Create designs for printed textiles, which may then be printed on cloth. This course is ideal for beginners in Photoshop who are textile artists, designers, or interested in exploring pattern, colour and texture.


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 pattern.

What previous students liked most about their course:
“Very clear teaching style, well structures classes with a clear end goal but also a lot of possibilities discussed for further work.”
“The tutor was well prepared, thorough and has an expert grasp of the subject matter as well as a patient demeanour. She has given us lots of ways to explore on our own.”
“Being able to fill in the gaps in my ‘digital knowledge’ and so pursue my own textile designs at home.”
“Achieved a lot in a very short time and felt very supported. Gained a lot of skills and confidence to be able to use at home in my own practice.”
“The very detailed and small steps. It is well organised and efficient. A good balance between technique and inspiration.”


What will we cover?

The course covers:
painting and drawing on screen
creating patterns and textures
scanning images and fabric samples
collage, photomontage and image manipulation
repeat pattern and colourways
file management and saving of digital designs
printing possibilities for textiles - on paper and cloth.

You will work to a project of your choice, relating to your own work or favoured theme, with guidance from the tutor.

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 previous students have achieved on this course:

“I achieved a deeper understanding of pattern construction especially complex repeats. Also learnt a lot about Photoshop tools – though there is a lot more to learn!” TW
“I learnt how to do repeat designs digitally and print out on jacquard paper, and how to send designs to a printer.” JW
“I think I have an idea of what could be my style and I know how to realise some simple things quickly.” WN


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

Beginners are welcome at this introductory level. Working in Photoshop, you are encouraged to develop your own design work at your own pace. If you already have some knowledge of the programme you can work at your own level.

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. The course is structured progressively over four days. Computers are Macintosh, 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 CDs 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, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Course Code: VG466

Mon, day, 16 Apr - 02 Jul '18

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £299.00
Senior fee: £239.00
Concession: £182.00
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