In answer to requests for a more eco-friendly alternative to their other quality textiles, Spoonflower has introduced a new line of fabric called Eco-Canvas, 100% polyester with 45% recycled content. "Eco Canvas has a 54” printable width and is perfect for home dec and upholstery, backpacks, storage bins, plushies, play mats, kids shoes, jackets and loads of other projects."
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!
Want to learn some techniques that help make repeats faster and easier? Join us for our next meeting on Thursday, March 13 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm to learn some Photoshop and Illustrator tips and tricks! More details to come!
You'll want to bookmark this A to Z of Adobe Illustrator at vector tuts+. Author and actual illustrator Mary Winkler has set out all of Adobe Illustrator's many (many, many...) features and capabilities in one handy A to Z guide, complete with links to tutorials and/or brief descriptions of what each tool can do. We all have favorite AI tools that we go to again and again, so it's brilliant to have all the other tools briefly described. I'm putting down my blob brush, and spending a few minutes (at least) with each of these features; who knows what that might inspire!
Over at DesignMilk.com there's a giveaway going on. Three lucky people can win a one-year subscription to Squarespace!
Many designers use Squarespace for their portfolio websites, and even for on-line shops. The resulting websites are modern and professional in quality. This is a great opportunity to bootstrap your on-line presence. Head on over and enter. I know I am! And hurry! You've only got until January 12, 2014 to enter!
As surface pattern designers, I'd venture to guess that many of us have magpie tendencies. And many of us have come to regard Pinterest as an indispensable tool for indulging our magpie natures in a way that doesn't take up any physical space! At the same time, we want to treat our fellow designers' work with respect and give credit where due.
Recently, I stumbled on a little Pinterest trick I'd like to share. It makes properly captioning our pins a breeze. For the sake of example, these images are from the eminently browsable Metropolitan Museum of Art online archive. This is a screen shot from their Bauhaus textile collection, with archive info.
When I use the Pin It button in my browser toolbar, this is the preview I get from Pinterest. Look in the caption section. Could be more informative, right?
Back at the source page, highlight the most relevant information.
When I "Pin It" this time, Pinterest will automatically copy and paste the highlighted text. See below. Easy!