Need some inspiration and technical help? Download this photoshop video tutorial that takes you through every step of creating a photo-based print. We start with trend inspiration, take you through the creative process, then show you just how a swatch is built in photoshop. Finally, you’ll learn how to format your files and what to hand off to your client. All this information is formatted as a high resolution .mp4 file with easy to understand step-by-step voice dictation while you watch the process unfold. Each stage of design is sectioned off, making it easy for you to find the information that you need.
• Using Inspiration: A magazine-style layout of all our favorite tropical prints from runway and beyond inspires this lush print.
• File Size: Ever wonder about standard file sizes in the industry? There rules are loose but we provide a rough guide
• Working With a Photo: You found a flower or leaf from a photo but there’s so much clutter around it! What’s the best way to cut out the clutter and work with a clean shape?
• Layout and Repeat: Get creative with and have fun with your layout, then get technical and make your repeats perfect.
• File Organization and Format: Before you know it, you’ll have thousands of prints. Get organized and create a tidy system of numbering and formatting.
• What to incude in your layered file: You or your client may want to edit your file later on. Keep all your layers and make editing a breeze! Remove the clutter and keep your files easy to work with.
Get the full length video for $12.95
Have some beautiful artwork you’d like to turn into a repeat pattern? This Illustrator tutorial takes you through every step of the way. You will learn how to import and vectorize your artwork, and create a seamless repeat using Illustrator’s powerful Pattern tool. With easy to follow voice-over and demonstrations, we make it easy and fun for you to learn the technical aspects of file creation and management. Each stage of design is sectioned off, making it easy for you to find the information that you need. Whether you’d like to send your file to a printer or a client, you’ll learn everything you need to get it going.
• Using Inspiration: Some of our favorite spotty texture prints to get our juices flowing
• File Size: Come up with a standard size for all your prints
• Working With Imported Art: Have some hand drawn elements you’d like to turn into a pattern? Start here!
• Layout and Repeat: Use Illustrator’s Pattern Tool to make repeats a snap!
• What To Incude In Your Layered File: Layers, Swatches and more!
Get the full length video for $12.95
Watch a preview:
Shadow and light were predominant themes on the runway for Anrealage. In terms of print, this was probably the most innovative of the Fall 15 shows, with print placements that seemed to appear as if lit by a spotlight into a dark space. The rest of the outfit was the shadow, dark, heavy and even ugly. I like the metaphor here. As Carl Jung said, “To confront a person with their own shadow is to show them their own light.”
Rounding up the Autumn/Winter 2015 runway shows, we present more print trends for the season. Take a look at our earlier reports here and here for additional directions. Nostalgic florals with hints of the 1960s leave their mark in strong colors, or silhouette form, like those seen at Carven.
Winter staples like plaid, houndstooth, and checks are super-sized for impact. Miu Miu takes it one step further by mixing snakeskin details and graphic animal prints with over-scaled plaids.
The perpetually in fashion leopard print gets an update and goes out of focus creating a blurry (and furry) interpretation. Louis Vuitton’s animal skins make us question our vision as portions of the prints shift focus.
Which direction excites you most?
So many beautiful things to covet from the design studio Eskayel! Based in Brooklyn, NY, the studio focuses on environmentally responsible surface design. The company, founded in 2008 by artist and designer Shanan Campanaro, strives to keep production natural, recycled and local – within in the northeastern United States. Eskayel also donates 1% of all sales to a global network of non-profit organizations that are dedicated to planet conservation. All this and the designs are amazing! With a watery color palette that oozes tranquility, these textiles are a worthy addition to any household collection.
Slither into something snakey.
– bekah hilleson
Loving the combination of pattern/texture inlays and crystallization in the images above. Leng also creates some cool abstract paintings with a unique and multi-layered compositional style.
As the second installment to our print trend overview of the AW15 runway shows, we bring you the impactful collection of Kenzo. Chock full of pattern references from the early turn of last century, we find prints which look inspired by Wiener Werkstätte contributor, Dagobert Peche, in addition to Art Deco darling, Raoul Dufy. Tossed in the mix are 1980s inspired animal interpretations à la Memphis Group designer, Nathalie du Pasquier.