Designing textiles using Photoshop II

Course Dates: 04/05/21 - 06/07/21
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
Continue to learn Photoshop and drawing techniques in order to develop your textile design work. Expand your portfolio or project - developing a new body of work. This creative textile design course is an ideal progression for those who have completed 'Designing textiles using Photoshop I' as well as for established textile designers or students wishing to expand their knowledge in repeat patterns for print design.
This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £329.00 Senior fee £263.00 Concession £165.00

Course Code: VX253

Tue, eve, 04 May - 06 Jul '21

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

This is a fun and intensive course to advance your creative direction and push your understanding of designing textiles using Photoshop. You will be taken through a well-constructed and structured pathway of skills nad techniques to help you develop your tile esigns for repeats. 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 digital processes exploring mark making, colour, pattern structure, and scale. In this process you will balance more advanced samples of your work, with producing coordinated patterns such as dots and stripes to compliment these complex patterns.

You will be taken through a well-constructed and structured pathway of skills and 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. By the end of the course you will not only have some new design samples ready but will gain an awareness of achievable targets and an understanding of how to develop your work independently.

This course will be delivered online and onsite, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

What will we cover?

- 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 symmetrical/mirror 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 skills using Photoshop for pattern design and repeats
- Create 6-8 final repeat patterns designs building a collection
- Print some designs onto paper or fabric.

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 with basic IT and competent in your use of Photoshop and be able to import files, make selections, use layers and select and adjust brushes. Ideal for learners who have completed Designing textiles using Photoshop: stage 1, or students, designers and artists wanting help to develop surface pattern design or their textiles design career and portfolio with skills as above.

You should be able to navigate, zoom, Photoshop, Google Classroom and follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, technical handouts will be given. 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?

This course taught online using zoom with live technical demonstrations, Q&A, group discussions, quizzes and 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 and uploaded weekly in your eLearning platform. 1hr Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly advised.

If you do not have the software City Lit can provide a temporary license that will last for the duration of this course. If you require more information, please contact us on Please visit this link to check the software and hardware requirements for downloading the Adobe software:

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.
- 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 I've finished, what course can I do next?

You can further develop your skills and interest in design through a range of courses at the City Lit in digital
design, illustrator for textiles. Explore surface design using the Laser cutter or 3D printer.

You may want to focus on developing your textile drawing to develop your ideas. Advanced students could go on
to City Lit advanced textiles.

Kirsty Kirkpatrick

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.