Designing textiles using Photoshop intensive
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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
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What is the course about?
This introductory course is designed for students, teachers, designers and textile artists who would like to investigate to creative potential of Photoshop for textile design.
This is a creative course that covers the basic technical Photoshop knowledge required to create textile designs, alongside exploring the design process, colour, texture and pattern.
What will we cover?
The course covers
- developing motifs and designs by hand and on screen
- scanning and cleaning up drawings
- working with photographs and drawings / paintings / textiles
- creating patterns and textures using brush tools
- image manipulation
- placement patterns, repeat patterns
- experimenting with colour
- file management and saving of digital designs
- printing possibilities of textiles - on paper and cloth
You will be taught step by step instructions on how to design and develop textile designs using Photoshop. You will work on a project of your choice, relating to your own favoured theme, with guidance from the tutor.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Produce a portfolio of textile designs as a body of digitally saved work for future development
- Produce some designs as prints on paper
- Produce evidence of image and design research and design development
- Work confidently and competently using a computer and Photoshop for textile design.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Beginners are welcome at this introductory level. Working in Photoshop, you are encouraged to develop your own design work through following the course and instructions. If you already have some knowledge of the programme you can work at your own level. Additional tasks will be provided to push you in development.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through visual and technical demonstrations and supporting handouts, samples and visual inspiration, demos, 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.
The more content you bring, the more opportunity you have to learn the process. 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. We will be using Macbooks in the design lab.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
VX253 Designing textiles using Photoshop: stage 2 is designed as a follow on from this course and allows you to develop your textile design skills using Photoshop further.
VW310 Illustrator for textile design II
VX442 Digital surfaces.
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.