By Kim Kight
In case you have ever dreamed of unveiling your designs on cloth, cloth aficionado Kim Kight, of well known weblog real Up, is right here to coach you the way. accomplished and refreshingly elementary, this notable quantity beneficial properties major components. First, the layout and colour part explains the fundamentals with step by step tutorials on growing repeating styles either through hand and at the desktop. subsequent, the Printing part publications you thru shifting these designs on fabric-whether its block printing, monitor printing, electronic printing or licensing to a cloth company-and how one can ascertain the easiest process for you.
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The motifs are now ready to arrange, manipulate, color, and put into repeat (Figure 5). Figure 4 6. Work in the current file if your scanned art was already in repeat. ) If you are creating a repeat anew in Photoshop, you may wish to create a separate 600 dpi, transparent-background file in the dimensions of your desired repeat size and the The artwork is deselected here. Live Trace preserved the wonky handdrawn qualities of the motifs well. Tutorial: DESIGNING REPEATS BY COMPUTER Figure 5: The artwork after Live Trace is applied—the art, originally a bitmap scan, is now in vector format.
Select all layers and merge them into one layer (Layer > Merge Layers). Apply the Offset filter (Filter > Other > Offset), setting the Vertical Offset to half the original size (here it is 500 pixels) and the Horizontal Offset to 0 (Figure 12). Be sure the Wrap Around option is selected. 6. Fill the middle area with motifs between the top and bottom horizontal guides, leaving some space near the guides themselves. Then, crop the middle so that it contains exactly the original layer on the left, the bottom half of the topright layer, and the top half of the bottom-right Figure 12 Tutorial: DESIGNING REPEATS BY COMPUTER Figure 10 45 step-by-step design 8.
This is a tricky one to answer. It seems like there are so many collections coming out so frequently that there must be something for everyone. On the flip side, there is substantial competition. With my first collection I didn’t think too much about trends—it was enough to design a whole collection that I was excited about! Going forward, though, I have put more thought into trends—though to be honest, I am still figuring it out. One nice aspect of the relationship I have with my manufacturer is that they have been doing this a long time and have a more intimate knowledge of the market as a whole and a better idea of trends as they relate specifically to fabric.