Are your CAD designs looking a little flat? Would you like to add visual richness and depth? Join us on Thursday for a series of tutorials exploring the use of texture in Illustrator.
Jill Turney will present a tutorial on editting handmade texture in Photoshop, and then adding it to Illustrator via use of the Transparency feature. She will also share various online sources for textures.
If you've ever been trying to add texture to a design in Illustrator, and ended by having an unfortunate encounter with the dreaded Spinning Wheel of Death, Pamela Farmer is presenting a two part tutorial that may be the help you need. In the first part, Pamela will focus on processing hand-drawn motifs in Photoshop, which will then be traced in Illustrator. In the next part, she'll move on to creating TIFF textures in Photoshop which can be used in Illustrator without weighing down your Illustrator files.
And if you can't join us in Berkeley, do not despair. The proceedings will be recorded, and shared later in the guild's private Facebook page.
I had the opportunity to beta test the course this spring, with several people from beginner to advanced skill levels in Photoshop; it does not disappoint! There are lots of excellent blending mode tips and tricks, and smart objects becomes your best friend! Not to mention all the bonus articles she adds along the way, with the most current new apps for color capture and working on tablets. By the end of the course students know how to take their new repeat design, upload it to Spoonflower correctly, and how to get the best color match for printing on fabric.
Sherry is very generously offering one scholarship to her new course for one lucky webinar participant, a $100 value. We will draw from the names of guild members who post questions live during the webinar and announce the winner on our blog.
Sherry will share Photoshop techniques you may not have known about or had time to discover on your on during our one hour webinar. There will be a live question and answer following her presentation.
So mark your calendars and pull up a chair to your monitor, open your tablet or turn on the Smartphone on the fly and join us!
Modern Thrive is hosting a workshop entitled The Business of Surface Pattern Design. Modern Thrive is partnering with SPDG to offer a 30% discount for the three day workshop exclusively for our members The coupon code is available on our member forums. If you're not yet a member, it's easy to join.
The Business of Surface Pattern Design workshop runs July 7th through 9th, 7 PM CST. Featured are three established and successful surface pattern designers. The course will cover:
Five years ago Cassie Bloom founded Modern Thrive, offering workshops designed to help you figure out what you want to do with your life. She is passionate about connecting the right people together to help them make amazing things happen. Workshops and coaching help creatives across a broad range of disciplines thrive in their chosen field. The range of workshop offerings is broad. You can learn to use social media to grow your business, or to manage your business finances. Past classes are offered on-demand, with new classes added frequently. The site offers free coaching too, connecting you 1-on-1 to a coach or expert who will either answer your question directly, or provide you with links that will help you find the answer to your question.
Whether you take the time out of your design schedule to put paint brush to paper or not you can recognize the raw beauty and flow of a hand painted work. It moves and vibrates as if it can not be contained on the piece of fabric in you hands. This is how I feel when I see any piece designed by Collier Campbell.
The famed Collier Campbell Design Studio was started in the early 1970's by Susan Collier and her sister Sarah Campbell. Their vivid patterns, influenced from the work of Matisse to lush garden flowers, have been featured on products from scarves to bedding, plates to rugs. Over the years they have designed for fashion and design firms such as Liberty, Yves Saint Laurent, Jaegar and Cacharel to name a few.
Although Susan passed away in May 2011, her sister Sarah is still producing beautiful vibrant patterns by hand. She also teaches workshops on hand painting and lectures on the textile design industry. Her next talk will be at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London March 1st and March 22nd where she will be talking about fabric painting.
If you are interested to continues to explore the work of Collier Campbell, The Collier Campbell Archive: 50 Years of Passion in Pattern would be a great place to start. The book contains over 300 pages of designs and a complete history of these amazing women.
Take a look at the video below to find out more.
Do you want to learn some new Photoshop and Illustrator techniques? Join us for our next meeting on Thursday, March 13 from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. to learn some Photoshop and Illustrator tips and tricks! Jill Turney will give a tutorial demonstrating the creation and use of art brushes in Illustrator. Jen Thayer will give a tutorial demonstrating some of the many selection tools in Photoshop. Other features are in the works. Hand-outs will be provided, and the demos will be recorded so you can review them at leisure in your own studio.
And BONUS! The evening also includes our first ever Guild Book Swap! Bring any design-related books that you are ready to part with, and maybe discover new treasures!
San Francisco Bay Area members of the Surface Pattern Design Guild may want to jet on over to the Design Center in San Francisco for Design San Francisco 2014, an annual event taking place this year on February 4th through 7th.
There will be speakers on a variety of topics. Zinc Textile will share the inspiration behind their new collections. Also included are textile designers Nomi Franklin and Seema Kirsh. Meanwhile Benjamin Moore will present Color Trends 2014. Another promising presentation is on Protecting Original Design: What Every Designer Needs to Know About Patent Law. While many of the speaker events require advance registration, these dates still promise many exhibits to be explored as a guest of the Design Center.
If you attend any of the Design San Francisco 2014 Events, we’d love to hear what speakers and seminars wowed you, and what you learned.
The new year brings us yet another fantastic scholarship opportunity, this time from The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design in conjunction with Print & Pattern. One fortunate winner will receive a free place for four modules of The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design on-line course taught by successful British designer Rachel Taylor. See the Print & Pattern announcement for more information, and how to enter. And hurry, the deadline is February 12th, 2014.
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