What is the course about?
This course will guide you through the steps and techniques used by embroidery designers that use adobe illustrator to assist in the creation of initial embroidery designs for digital embroidery or template design for hand embroidery.
What will we cover?
• Scanning in and then tracing hand drawn images to scale in adobe illustrator.
• Creating and opening artboards.
• Using the copy, paste, guides, rulers, pen tool, layers, image trace tool, live paint tool.
• Create and save colour swatches.
• Appropriate saving options in adobe illustrator.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Scan and trace an image using the pen tool.
• Use the appropriate tools and functions in illustrator to create a digital embroidery design.
• Confidently use layers in adobe illustrator.
• Save artwork in a variety of file types in illustrator.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for those with some experience using adobe illustrator and/or photoshop, as well as those working in the design industry looking to refine or improve upon their skill set, current students of embroidery and textiles, and those who are looking to manufacture and fully realise their embroidery designs in the future.
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.
Within each session you will be set practical exercises, which are supported by demonstrations, discussions, and handouts.
You will be set weekly outside tasks that you are required to do in preparation for the following session.
Tutorials and feedback will take place individually, with small groups and with the group as a whole.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Students should bring a sketchbook, notebook and USB memory stick.
Students are encouraged to bring along a mobile device that has a camera function or a digital camera to
record and reflect upon work carried out in each session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
If you would like to further explore digital design for textiles you might be interested in
VX299 Digital print: design and make a scarf
VX195 Textile and surface pattern: from drawing to digital print
VX442 Textiles: digital surfaces.