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"This is a very useful book with a long future on my bookshelf." -Diane Gilleland, CraftyPod

"A must have book..." -Fat Quarterly

"If you love fabric like I do, then you'll want to add this book to your wish list - it's a fantastic addition to any designer's library." -Kate, CentsationalGirl

About the Author

Laurie Wisbrun is a self-made textile designer and author of the blog Scarlet Fig. She lives in Austin, Texas.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (February 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452101159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452101156
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a graphic designer, I wanted some great tips and tutorials for inspiration for digital textile design. It's a great quality book with great information on design execution and elements. One caveat to those interested in purchasing this book is that fact even though the book was published in 2011, the digital textile tutorial for the half-drop repeat for Adobe Illustrator (pages 82-85) are now outdated. Instead of the tutorial's long setup of guide and rulers and creating the half-drop pattern by putting together your design like a puzzle, Adobe Illustrator CS6 now has a pattern design feature where you can select your design and under the menu bar choose: OBJECT>>PATTERN>>MAKE. And from there you can customize your design by creating half-drop repeats, brick repeats, straight repeats, etc. You can even edit (and make future edits) of the design live with the feature and it saves automatically as a brush. This new Ai CS6 pattern feature saves the designer so much more time by letting them focus on the actual design process than the setup time for measurement execution. Hopefully one day soon, this book will be updated to focus on this great feature that many designer's do not know about.
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I've been a fan of Laurie Wisbrun's designs for quite a while so I had great expectations for this book and I wasn't disappointed. This book is great at being succinct in its explanations with enough information to be truly helpful and not too much to overwhelm. It broke down the process of creating, printing and selling fabric so well and gave tips, tricks and hints along the way. I don't make it through many of these types of books but this one kept me engaged from beginning to end. It's given me a lot to think about and allowed me to draft a plan for my own designs.
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I'm new to surface pattern design and have bought a couple of good books on the topic. This is excellent.

There is so much in this book to learn - it is angled at digital printing of surface patterns but does cover other printing methods in good detail. It covers the main players in digital printing retailing (like Spoonflower) - as well as gives good instruction on how to create different pattern types (such as repeat patterns, random patterns etc) suitable for printing.

It also has some really great interviews with a range of designers, some of whom I am aware of, some of whom were new to me - always a good thing to get variety.

I would definitely recommend this to people looking to take a step up from basic fabric printing to creating commercial, usable fabrics for selling.
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I really like that it showed me how to do repeats. I am using basic photo software (PSE11), but with her instructions, I was able to do repeats that I didn't think I could do. I am only 3/4 way through but I thought it has been very informative. I had never designed fabric before but now, within two or three weeks, I have designed 6 different fabrics and adapted them to three difference color families.
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I previously purchased another fabric design book that I thought was very good. However, this book is GREAT and even more helpful. I'm a newbie to fabric design, but not to technology, and I'm happy that this book covers both areas. I think though, that it's not just for newbies, but also for those who are experienced 'old-school' designers who are looking to become more tech savvy. Or like me: the creative tech savvy fashion/graphic designer/artist -that is new to fabric/textile design. I'm almost finished with the book, but will keep it on hand as a reference.

p.s. I almost forgot to mention that the binding on this book is textured and I love it. It 'told' me even before I opened it: "I'm special!".
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Great for beginners. However, beginner I am not so it
was really not enough for me. If you are a true beginner
I'm sure you'd get alot out of this book!
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I liked this book because it treated so many aspects of fabric design: marketing, hand printing, following trends, understanding color issues, etc. I also liked all the samples of fabric that were included. I am sure there is much more to learn about this entire field of endeavor but this gave me a taste of what is involved. I would recommend this to anyone with an initial interest in the topic.
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I am happy about, so far about what I am reading. I browsed through the chapters to see if it has information for what I bought it for. It seems to have every thing I need to learn. I'm not finished with it. I'll have to make a complete rating later. The Photography is great.
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