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.
In the wake of Jen Hewett's visit, we're still all abuzz about creating stamps for use in our surface pattern design, so here are a few tutorials to get you started.
In SJaneCraft's YouTube video she talks about the tools and materials, and demonstrates carving a stamp. Hand Carved Stamp Tutorial
Reg Silva's tutorial on How to Carve Eraser Stamps is full of information, including advice on carving erasers (not all types work) and additional carving tools.
Carolyn Hasenfratz' Rubber Stamp Carving tutorial has detailed advice on carving stamps that will last well.
Martrice Smith has tips on workflow in her tutorial, and introduces the use of a roller to apply paint. She also shares a really clever tip for using a phone book as an "inking plate."
The Blue Berry Ash blog gets a little more hardcore with a tutoiral on carving stamps from linoleum blocks.
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's brief post about her interlocking (two part) stamps will inspire you. For more information on her process, you can order her book, Carve, Stamp, Play: Designing and Creating Custom Stamps from Amazon.
Should you want to use your stamps on fabric, Jesse Breytenbach shares tips in her three part series on Printing Fabric. In the third post in the series she takes you through the process of preparing your fabric for stamping, applying your design, and then setting the ink.
For some inspiration, guild member Jill Turney blogs about her stamp-making adventures, and maintains a board on Pinterest with tons of inspiring stamping images.
Are you bringing your "problem children" to the meeting tonight? Learning from each other is one of the best features and benefits of belonging to the Guild!
THIS JUST ADDED: Do you have an Illustrator or Photoshop problem that you need help with? Bring your file on a laptop or thumb drive, and we'll have an impromptu peer-to-peer problem solving session!
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!
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!
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pattern design related news, information, or tips to share? We want to hear from you!