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Digital Textile Design: Portfolio Skills (Portfolio Skills: Fashion & Textiles) Paperback – May 6, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Portfolio Skills: Fashion & Textiles
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing (May 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856695867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856695862
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Melanie Bowles is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Textiles at Chelsea College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London. For the past twenty years she has worked as a textile designer in industry and on a freelance basis for fashion and interior companies internationally.

Ceri Isaac is a Research Fellow at the London College of Fashion, specializing in digital technologies in the textile industry.

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I just got the chance to read it.
Iris V. Koranda
As a student I find this book super helpful and I recommend it to anybody who wishes to learn how to do textile designs with Photoshop and Illustrator.
SOFIA B. Kr
While you're there, check out her beautiful digital shibori work -- she also recently launched a blog, Make It Digital.
K. Kight

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By K. Kight on August 19, 2009
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Thanks to the emergence of digital textile printing (DTP), we've all been granted access to world that was previously accessible to a few. Some people have opened the door and peeked in, but are too scared to jump in and explore. Some have jumped in, but failed to negotiate the new language and technology, and have left disappointed. Some are fully in, but are sticking to old-world customs and not exploring what the new world has to offer.

The book Digital Textile Design by Melanie Bowles and Ceri Isaac is your road map -- your Rick Steves<, perhaps?! -- to this world. For our timid first-timer, it offers basic tutorials for creating motifs, color palettes, and repeats in both Photoshop and Illustrator. Our disappointed experimenter might be encouraged to try again after reading about the more technical aspects of the process (like color management), which are presented in a manner accessible to the layperson. And our enthusastic adopter (along with everyone else) will be inspired by the multitude of images from fashion and interior designers who are fully embracing the endless color and scale possibilities that digital printing has to offer.

In fact, anyone interested in textiles, whether or not they plan on ever using DTP themselves, will find this book valuable. Most of the 23 tutorials (listed in detail after the jump) are applicable to pattern design in general, not matter your end use. Experienced textile designers may find the tutorials too basic, but there is still plenty to learn from the artist profiles and overview of the state of the art and technology of DTP.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By JOSEPHINE on October 6, 2009
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This book contains a plethora of wonderful information ranging from current and future textile industry printing techniques and technical knowledge, to a range of Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials with a focus on creating textile patterns.

It a must read for anyone interested in the textile industry, printing techniques and wants to learn how to put patterns into repeat in Photoshop and Illustrator. I would recommend though that you have a standard knowledge of Illustrator and Photoshop in order to follow along with the tutorials. For more experienced Textile Designers who currently work in these programs and in the industry, the tutorials will likely be things you already know. There is however so much wonderful industry information, that I found it quite engaging, and learned quite a bit, even with being in the industry for over 10 years.

Below is more in-depth information regarding what's inside in order to help you decide if it is the book for you.

CHAPTER 1: Textile Design and Print in the Digital Age
This chapter introduces and explains digital printing in the fashion industry.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jasmine Haas on March 5, 2012
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If you don't know photoshop or illustrator: this will help you out tremendously, but you have to have access to photoshop & illustrator to make it worth your while.

If you already know about PS & AI, go to the library and get it (even if you have to order it from another cross country library), it's worth a look at & testing some of the tricks they do.

The books is very dated and everything looks like it came out of your Gma's closet. Not fun. But still worth a look.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lou Williams on December 11, 2013
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It's a beautiful and inspiring book but the tutorials don't work at all.
It seems no one ever actually tried following the instructions, before the book went to print.
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By Josefine on October 4, 2013
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I find this book really good.
I have been working as a designer for only a year but do not have any experience of printdesign or print processes.
I have learned so much even if I only have read 1/3 of the book.
This will be a great help in the future for me.
I can absolutley recommend to buy this.
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By Tauny on February 8, 2013
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AND I was hoping for a how to. This is more a we did this see how clever, without giving details that make it repeatable, however it is good for a jumping off point if you are the kind of designer that needs mind numbing impetus and minor works to make you say to yourself "I can do better than that" or "I would have done this" or "I would have used that" So passable, like a magazine article that you would read through once and put on the shelf to gather dust and maybe go back to a year later. Not as imaginative as I was hoping. But, maybe that's me, I expect spectacular so I have to get off my bottom and prove I can do better. This didn't get me off my bottom.
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