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.
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.
Welcome to our new blog feature Creative Workshop. In this blog spot we will be exploring different artistic mediums that can be used to create unique surface pattern designs. If you have a technique you want to share let us know!
Our first medium to explore are oil pastels. I like oil pastels because they give you a very vibrant color unlike crayons and they blend in an interesting way. I started with a small set of 10 but you can buy larger sets for greater variety of color.
With my sketchbook in hand I began to draw flowers. If you have never worked with oil pastels before, it is a little like using a crayon. As the pastel moves across the page it interacts with the texture of the paper, unlike crayons the texture that is created is more intense. For mixing you can use the pastels or a smudge stick. This is where you begin to play, so have fun.
My one bit of advice is to make your motifs on the larger size. My motifs were 1 1/2 inches and as any Photoshop fan will tell you you can scale down with good results but you can not scale up. Once you have finished with your motifs scan them into your computer at 600dpi or higher. I find the higher the better for a cleaner image.
Now that it's in the computer, pattern people do your thing.
Take a look at what I came up with, below. I am so pleased with the oil paint look of the motifs, let's see what you come up with.
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