Designing textiles using Photoshop: stage 2

Course Dates: 18/01/18 - 08/03/18
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Kathy Schicker

Use your Photoshop skills to create designs for printed textiles, which may then be printed on cloth. This is an ideal progression from the stage one course (course codes VG466/VK471) for textile artists, designers or anyone 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 further investigate the creative potential of Photoshop for textile design.
This is a creative course that covers all the basic technical Photoshop knowledge required to create placement and repeat textiles designs, alongside exploring the design process, colour, texture and pattern.
There will be an opportunity for students to print their designs onto fabric during the course which will include sending files to a professional digital print bureau.

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?

• Developing motifs and designs by hand and on screen
• Scanning and downloading images
• Working with photographs and drawings / paintings /textiles
• Creating patterns and textures
• Image manipulation
• Placement patterns, repeat pattern and colourways
• File management and saving of digital designs
• Printing possibilities for textiles - on paper and cloth.

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

• Produce a portfolio of textile designs as a body of digitally saved work for future development
• Produce some designs as prints on paper
• Produce some designs as prints on to fabric
• Produce evidence of image and design research and design development
• Feel confident and competent in using a computer and Photoshop for textile design.

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?

This course is the follow on course from VK456 and VG466 Designing Textiles using Photoshop: stage 1. It is suitable for students with some experience of working in Photoshop and an understanding of how to use layers, channels and make selections. Photoshop experience can come through work, be self-taught, or from the range of Photoshop and design courses taught at City lit.

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?

You will be taught through visual and technical demonstrations, short lectures, practical exercises, group tutorials and one to one support. We will use a range of resources including handouts, samples and visual inspirational material.
You will be given weekly tasks to do outside class and are encouraged to practice on Photoshop and develop designs between classes.
Please note the City Lit uses Apple Mac computers in Digital arts.

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

As this is a short and intensive course, you will need to bring a selection of images to each class to work on your own designs. These can be your drawings, photographs, paintings, fabric samples, designs and images or can also include colours, textures and patterns that inspire you.
Please bring a USB memory stick with at least 4GB of Memory (or portable hard drive to store your work but please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to ) CDs/DVDs for saving work are available
It’s also a good idea to bring an A4 folder for handouts, notes and design printouts

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?

There are other courses in digital arts offered at City Lit to improve your Photoshop skills.

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: VK483

Started Thu, day, 18 Jan - 08 Mar '18

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £199.00
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