Designing textiles using Photoshop II
Time: 12:00 - 15:00
You will need to have access to Adobe Photoshop.When you enrol on a course at the City Lit, you are entitled to student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud. Please read the full course details below.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VX251
Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is a fun but intensive course to advance your creative direction and push your understanding of designing
textiles using Photoshop. The aim is to understand and take you through how to build a mini textile collection from
basic hand drawn designs through to complex pattern repeats. You will learn how to develop designs using a range of hand drawn and Photoshop techniques and explore how mark making, colour, pattern structure, and scale effect your final outcomes.
You will be taken through a well-constructed and structured pathway of repeat pattern making techniques to help
you develop your designs. In this process you will be looking at producing more advanced samples of your work,
and producing coordinated patterns such as dots and stripes to compliment these complex patterns.
This practical course will be delivered online and onsite to print, and will involve tutor demos presentation and class discussion. To participate in this online class you will need:
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/ with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone,
and preferably a camera.
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?
The topics we will cover include:
- Creative drawing and mark making techniques
- Experimental scanning using your phone or scanner
- Cleaning up drawings and artwork content digitally
- Expanding design development work on Photoshop
- Developing drawings and content into complex directional block repeats, half drop repeat pattern, Complex mirror/
symmetrical repeats and complex multilayer repeats.
- Learn to balance complex patterns with simple repeats like stripes or spot repeats
- Managing and working with brush swatches colour and pattern tiles
- Sending a file to a professional printer in our digital lab.
- Sampling onto fabric using the heat press and printing onto paper in our last session in the studio.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Analyse your creative work and define the direction you wish to develop
- Create content and drawings defining a new body of work
- Advance textile learners may develop old designs applying new digital skills to old drawings, artwork or designs
- Develop a body of digital designs saved for future use
- Understand Photoshop applications for pattern design and repeats
- Create six final repeat patterns designs applying new skills to design and drawings.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This as an intermediate course in textile software design but refreshers are welcome. You need to be confident and
competent in your use of Photoshop and be able to import files, make selections, use layers and select and adjust
Ideal for learners who have completed Designing textiles using Photoshop: stage 1, or students, designers and
artists wanting help to develop their surface pattern design skills.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, technical handouts will be
provided 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?
TThis course taught online using zoom with live technical demonstrations, Q&A, group discussions, and bi-weekly
1:1 with practical activities.
You will need to login into our Google classroom before our sessions starts where all course materials will be
stored. Details on how to access this will be provided in advance.
Week 10 we will be in the studio printing and heat transferring onto fabric.
Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged.
When you enrol on a course at the City Lit, you are entitled to student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud please read below.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
- - A notepad and pen to take notes during our sessions
- Your ideas and a selection of source 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.The more content you bring, the more opportunity you have to learn the process.
- We will supply fabric and sublimation paper.
- Using headphones with microphones will block out all room noise in sessions.
- You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth during live sessions
- Access to basic drawing material is advisable to explore different mediums, black pens different thickness, like a sharpie and ballpoint – we will discuss in class and provide a basic material list.
When you enrol on a course at the City Lit, you are entitled to student discount on Adobe Creative Cloud
Please see here:
Creative Cloud for Students
Please check the suitability of your computer system here:
Adobe system requirements
- You will need to create an Adobe account using your City Lit email address which includes your student number. (This is in the format firstname.lastname@example.org)
- You can access your City Lit email through your supplied Office 365 account.
- When your course finishes and you no longer have access to your student email, the software will continue to function on the installed machine for the remainder of the annual subscription.
- At renewal, you will need to create another Adobe account using your personal email.
- The Adobe account is not accessible to City Lit and technical support is extremely limited as a result. Adobe Creative Cloud for Students
Adobe Creative Cloud for Students - system requirements
Google classroom login help.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The techniques learnt on this course can be applied to many areas of Art and Design.
City lit runs a wealth of courses in contemporary crafts and digital textiles for beginners through to advanced learners. Please browse the website for upcoming courses.
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.