Resources for Fabric Design and Printing

Resources for Fabric Design and Printing

Online Classes

Fabric Design

Pattern Design: From Hand to Screen to Surface Online Class

Resources for Fabric Design and Printing: Pattern Design: From Hand to Screen to Surface Online Class

Design Surface Patterns From Scratch Online Class

Resources for Fabric Design and Printing: Design Surface Patterns From Scratch Online Class

How to Design Fabric Online Class.

Resources for Fabric Design and Printing: Learn Fabric Design with this CreativeBug Online Class

Books

Software

Resources for Fabric Design and PrintingPhotoshop Elements – helps you enhance your photos with easy-to-use picture editing options

If you’re on a super-tight budget, free alternatives to Photoshop are:
Gimp
Paint.net
Pixlr – online editing only
PicMonkey – online editing only

InkscapeInkscape
Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and can be used to create more complex design shapes including repeating patterns. Inkscape is free and open source, and is an alternative to Adobe Illustrator which is now only available through the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription service. You can find Inkscape here.

Printer

Resources for Fabric Design and PrintingA home inkjet printer is perfect for printing designs onto fabric. Using a standard home printer you can print up to about 8″ x 10″, and using a wide format printer you can print even larger.

For printing on fabric, I currently use an Epson P400 wide format printer which prints up to 13″ wide by 44″ long.

You can find more information about printing on fabric using an inkjet printer, here.

Scanner

Resources for Fabric Design and PrintingrI use my scanner for scanning designs that are drawn on paper, as well as painted designs. Scanners by themselves can be quite expensive, however home printers with a built-in scanner are readily available and quite affordable, and you can usually find a printer/scanner combination at a lower cost than a stand-alone scanner. I use an Epson XP-340 Printer with Scanner and Copier.

Digital Accessories

Resources for Fabric Design and PrintingA digital camera is a very useful tool. I take my camera everywhere I go for capturing inspiration and for taking photos that I incorporate into my photo art designs. I use a Canon G12 which is a compact camera that falls somewhere in-between a basic point and shoot and a more professional DSLR.

For convenience though, you can’t beat the camera that’s included in your smart phone or the one on your iPad or tablet.

Digital Drawing Tablet

Digital Drawing TabletA digital drawing tablet allows you to create hand drawn designs quickly and easily directly into Photoshop Elements as well as other photo and drawing programs. It’s just like drawing on paper except it’s digital. Once the design is completed and saved, you can easily make any necessary edits and touch ups to the drawings in your software.

I use a Wacom Intuos Drawing Tablet which has a large 10″ x 6-1/4″ drawing surface and a budget price.