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.
Dena Molnar is a textile designer and the co-founder of WOVNS, a cutting edge textile technology platform that allows designers to develop and order custom woven textiles, in quantities as small as a single yard. In the era of digital fabrication platforms, desktop 3D printers and CNC machines, the goal of WOVNS is to revolutionize textile production, creating access and immediacy for woven textile development. Come join us for an evening with Dena as she tells us about her background and about how she built the new WOVNS platform. She'll discuss the process and challenges of developing such a platform, the benefits of small scale custom production and introduce us to creating our own designs on WOVNS. The meeting will be broadcast live on Periscope for our non-local members. To learn more visit the wovns website: www.wovns.com
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!
We last saw Bridget Kelly of The Little Acorn just over two years ago. As a designer, and buyer, she was a wealth of information about trade shows, and what buyers want to see there. With designs shown on fabric rather than paper, and including patchwork, embroidery and trims, Bridget's advice can elevate any designer's portfolio to something that is sure to catch the buyers' questing eyes.
At our May 5th meeting Bridget Kelly will give advice on the creative process of building a collection, from initial idea to the retail floor. As she did last time, Bridget will bring examples sure to inspire you to your next collection.
Please note: Due to a scheduling conflict, this meeting is a week earlier than originally scheduled. Otherwise, it's still at the Berkeley Finnish Hall. This meeting will be available for viewing by members on Periscope.
In another exciting first for the Surface Pattern Design Guild, we'll be broadcasting tonight's meeting live. Our members from around the world will be able to join us via the Periscope app. To find out more about how to connect, step over the forums.
We're pleased to announce our next guest, Burt Kallandar of Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers. At our next meeting Mr. Kallander will speak about the history of wallpaper and where it's going now. He'll also speak of the challenges of owning a small design-centric business, and the struggles and solutions that arise along the way. And of course there will be wallpaper samples to admire!
Since their founding in 1979, Bradbury and Bradbury have become THE purveyor of the sort of elaborate "room sets" you might find in a loving restored San Francisco Painted Lady. You may be surprised then to know that Bradbury & Bradbury's line has now extended to include papers suitable for early to mid 20th century eras, from Art Deco, Atomic Age, and The Mod Generation! They've recently added a Japanese inspired collection too.
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