Two textile design Techniques using Adobe Photoshop software

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Two textile design Techniques using Adobe Photoshop software

Postby FrederickC » Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:10 pm

Cleaning your texile design

The process of cleaning a design is the process of neatening it up. It is totally subjective so there is no right or wrong way to do it. Sometimes you clean your design before you color reduce it. Sometimes you clean it after.

While working on your design (before or after you color reduce it) you may notice several things. One thing that you may notice is that there are stray pixels (dusty looking speckles) in parts of your design where you don’t want them to be. Another thing you may notice is that some of the shapes in the design do not look the way that you want them to look.
Use your editing, selection and fill tools to clean up these stray pixels and neaten up (redraw) the parts of your design that you don’t like. This is a very simple task that you will be doing, however it requires judgment and you will only acquire judgment through practice.
This may seem too simple for you and you may want a trick. OK here’s a trick.
“The Trick”
This trick is usually used under the following circumstances.
You have a design that has a flat ground and has been reduced down to indexed color. Within this flat ground you have a lot of stray pixels (dust) that you don’t want to be there.
Before you do the following make sure that your background color on the Toolbox is set to the background color in your design. Now simply take your magic wand tool and select (click) on the ground color in your design. Then go to Select → Modify→ Smooth (The Sample Radius should be at 1 or 2 pixels) → OK. Then hit your delete key on your keyboard. A large amount of your stray pixels should be now cleaned up.
You can do almost the same thing by going to Select → Modify → Expand (Expand by 1 pixel) → OK. Then hit your delete key on your keyboard. Try out both ways. Be careful if you’re working on a design that has a lot of fine lines. Designs with fine lines may not work with this technique.
Note: If you hit the Delete key and your background has turned transparent (it has little gray boxes in it) then you should flatten your design before doing this technique. Just go to Layer → Flatten Image.

Creating a square repeat by using the Offset Filter

Creating a repeat using the Offset filter is the most versatile and commonly used method for creating a repeat in PhotoShop. It requires a lot of juggling between color modes but once you get the hang of it, it's rather quite easy.

1. Start out by opening a design that is in the Indexed color mode.
2. Change the color mode to RGB.
3. Click on Filter, drag down to Other then drag over to Offset.
4. The offset dialog box will pop up. Make sure that the Wrap around function has been selected. Make sure that the Preview box has been checked.
5. Change the numbers in the Horizontal and Vertical boxes to 1000. Your design should now appear offset. Which means that there should be a vertical seam in your design and a horizontal seam in your design. If you don't see a seam in your design then keep changing the numbers next to the horizontal and vertical boxes until you to see a seam appear towards the middle of your design. Click OK.
6. Click on Image drag down to Mode drag over to Indexed color make sure that the word Exact appears next to the word Palette and then click OK.
7. Using your drawing and selection tools change the cut off motifs that are next to the seam so that they appear whole and part of the design. This last step will require some practice.

When you're done with step 7 repeat steps 2 to 6 to double check and see if your repeat is working.

Adobe Photoshop for Textile Design covers the following subjects:

Selection and Fill Tools (basic textile settings)
Filling with a solid color
Color reducing a textile design in PhotoShop
Forced color reduction using the Marquee tool
Coloring your textile design
Cleaning a textile design (tricks you should know)
Editing a textile design (Copy, Cut and Paste)
Square and Half/drop Repeats
Creating a plaid
Mini bodies (placing a textile design into a fashion sketch)
Color reduction of a tonal design
Basic Photo draping (placing a textile design into a photograph of a person or object)
How to use the color charts included on the CD
Creating layers with various tools
Adjusting and Tinting layers
Matching colors to a color chart (a must for color accuracy in designing textiles)
Pulling colors within a layer
Using Color Range to select a mask
Reducing a layered design down to indexed color (advanced watercolor technique & color reduction of a textile design)
Photo Draping a textile design using the warp tool.
Photo Draping a bed
Using Bicubic Interpolation to resample an image (resizing an image)
A note about pixels per inch in relation to textile design
Placing colors on the Color Table in the order you want
Trapping and Platforming and Fall-ons in textiles
Color reducing a watercolor floral design down to a soft stipple
Quick method for adding stippled highlights to a flat image (without using the airbrush tool)
File management - an easy way of saving your textile designs so you can find them again (easily)
Advanced textile design techniques
Color reducing a watercolor floral down to 7 or 5 or 3 colors using a soft stipple
Color reducing a design down to index color in 5 minutes. We'll show you a technique that should really speed things up.
Color reducing a design down to index color in 5 minutes again (this time with a stipple)
Add a stippled highlight to a flat image without having to use the airbrush tool.

The book Adobe Photoshop for Textile Design is a learning system. The following subjects are covered: Selection and Fill Tools (basic textile settings), Filling with a solid color, Color reducing a textile design in PhotoShop, Forced color reduction using the Marquee tool, Coloring your textile design, Cleaning a textile design, Editing a design (Copy, Cut and Paste), Square and Half/drop Repeats, Creating a plaid, Mini bodies (placing a textile design into a fashion sketch), Color reduction of a tonal design, Basic Photo draping, How to use the color charts included on the CD, Creating layers with various tools, Adjusting and Tinting layers, Matching colors to a color chart (a must for color accuracy in designing textiles), Pulling colors within a layer, Using Color Range to select a mask, Reducing a layered design down to indexed color (advanced watercolor technique & color reduction of a textile design. These books are self published by Origin inc.

You can visit us at http://- forum abuse -/BOOK.htm or at http://www.designtextile.com/
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