Digital print: design and make a bag

Course Dates: 31/01/20 - 21/02/20
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Silvia Sacrestano

Create your own patterns and designs for transfer onto a practical tote bag. Explore colour and collage techniques; how to download and scan images; plus simple digital manipulation in Photoshop. Also covers mono-printing and heat press techniques to transfer your final print onto a bag.


What is the course about?

This course is ideal for beginners who interested in exploring pattern, colour and images to be transferred onto a personalised tote bag. You will learn how to develop your own visual ideas using scanning, drawing and collage techniques, plus step-by-step instructions on how to use basic functions in Photoshop. You will work on a project of your choice, relating to your own favoured theme, with guidance from the tutor. As this is a short and intensive course, you will need to arrive prepared on your first session with a selection of images / photos / drawings / ideas to work with to enable you to be able to work with your own designs.

What will we cover?

- Developing designs by hand using collage techniques
- Scanning and downloading images
- Experimenting with photos /scanned artwork / drawings / paintings / textiles
- Basic image manipulation with Photoshop
- File management and saving of digital designs
- Printing possibilities of textiles - on paper and cloth
- Using a heat press to transfer your final image onto a tote bag.

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

- Produce a range of textile designs suitable for printing onto a tote bag
- Produce evidence of image and design research and design development
- Use Photoshop confidently for colour management, scanning and printing
- Be able to save your work digitally for future development
- Produce some designs as prints on paper & fabric
- Ttransfer images with a heat press.

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

Introductory level, beginners welcome. Working in Photoshop, you will develop your ideas using tutor-guided instructions. If you already have some knowledge of the programme you can work at your own level.

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

Through practical demonstrations both to the group and to individuals. Group discussions and feedback are encouraged. You will be taught through visual and technical demonstrations and supporting handouts, samples and visual inspiration, short lectures, practical exercises, group tutorials and one to one support.
You will be given weekly homework tasks 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?

You will need to arrive for all classes with:
USB memory stick with at least 4GB of memory
A4 folder for handouts, notes and design printouts.
A selection of images / photos / drawings / ideas to work on. These can be your drawings, photographs, paintings, fabric samples, designs and images but can also be colours, textures and patterns that inspire you.
If you are able to, bring the images on a USB stick.
The latest professional equipment and software are available for your use throughout the course.
Use of Adobe Photoshop outside the class will be beneficial which can be downloaded from for a 30 day trial for free and then for less than £10 per month. Https://

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

VX271 Laser cutting for fashion fabrics
VX299 Digital Print: design and make a scarf
VX442 Textiles: digital surfaces.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VX298

Fri, day, 31 Jan - 21 Feb '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £127.00
Concession: £97.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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