Designing textiles using Photoshop I
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VX252
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Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
What is the course about?
This creative course covers the basic technical Photoshop knowledge required to create motifs and tiles from your own artwork and images. You will be taught step-by-step instructions on how to digitally design and develop textiles using Adobe tools. We will initially start in the classroom where you will be guided into the software and scanning possibilities, developing a body of drawings. As we progress we will delve deeper using live online demonstrations, presentations, and activities investigating scale, composition, design development and pattern structure.
Later in sessions we will return to the class to print onto fabric and paper.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• Cleaning up scanned images and artworks
• Creating textures and drawings using the pencil and brush tools
• Developing motifs and designs by hand and on screen
• Working with colour images including photographs using photomontage techniques
• Explore placement patterns, half drops and all-over seamless repeat pattern
• Managing colour and saving swatches
• Sending files to print in our digital lab for sublimation white printing your own designs
• Printing possibilities for textiles on paper and cloth using the heat press
You will work to a project of your choice, relating to your own work or favoured theme, with guidance from the
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Feel confident in using a computer and Photoshop for textile design
• Produce evidence of image and design research and design development
• Produce and save a range of digital textile designs for future development
• Feel challenged to take design work further in the future
• Produce some designs as prints on paper or fabric.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Beginners are welcome at this introductory level course. You must have some experience of using a computer even basic computing skills. Understand simple instructions, measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
• This course will be a mix of face-to-face taught class sessions and online LIVE sessions
• Macs will be used in face-to-face sessions in weeks 1&2 and 7&8
• Weeks 3-6 you will be taught using Zoom for the LIVE technical demonstrations sessions with your tutor
• Google Classroom platform will store all tasks/session slides/notes/resources/ and live sessions links
• You will need to login into our Google classroom before our sessions starts.
• Group discussions and problem solving with Q&A
• We suggest you practise in your own time between sessions to develop skills. You will be able to access all notes at any time during the course and students will have a bi-weekly 1:1 tutorial with the tutor
• You will look at historical and contemporary pattern design.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
• You will need a computer with update-to date version of Adobe Creative Suite Photoshop and update version of Chrome as a browser. Your computer must have a camera built in as we will be sharing screens in live sessions
• You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth.
• Please use headphones with microphones during our sessions as this will block out all room noise in sessions
• Some basic drawings materials, black pens, a sketchbook or A4 white paper and a note pad to take notes
• Using your phone to take images
• A USB for transferring scans and when we work in classrooms
Your will need to have access to Adobe photoshop for this course on a laptop (not a tablet)
Wherever possible, please try to check the software is working as it should before the course starts, due to the nature of online learning, you tutors will not be able to support with technical issues related to downloading and installing software.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a range of classes in Digital Textile Design and Contemporary Crafts where you can explore the possibilities of what you have learnt on this course. Please browse the website to view the upcoming schedule.
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.