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Secrets of Digital Quilting--From Camera to Quilt: 8 Projects; 25 Techniques; Embellish with Paints, Inks & More Paperback – March 16, 2010

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Lura Schwarz Smith's book is soooo long overdue, but it was worth the wait! She and her National Geographic photojournalist hubby, Kerby C. Smith, have written a great book on working photography into your quilts. By using chemically treated and stabilized fabric sheets, anyone with a basic photo-editing program can print fabric images from an ink jet printer and sew them into quilts. But, really understanding how to do this well is where Team Smith's magic comes in. (Quilter's Home, June 1, 2010)

Lura Schwarz Smith has perfect timing. Just as quilters are becoming comfortable downloading pictures to their computer - and transferring them to fabric, Lura and Kerby show you how to take it to the next level. Don't let the cover intimidate you! The techniques are well-explained and progress at a learnable pace. She makes even the spectacular easy! (Checker Distributors, May 17, 2010)

For many, one of the most intimidating aspects of digital quilting is its technological requirements, but the authors of this book quickly put that fear to rest with their assurance that one need not purchase an abundance of fancy equipment to engage in digital processes. Instead, Lura Schwarz Smith and Kerby C. Smith teach you how to make the most of the camera and printer that you already have. Advice is given on how to take the most effective pictures, how to manipulate these images with basic software, and how to print on fabric sheets. Using fundamental design principles, the authors discuss how to combine your digital fabrics with the prints that are already in your stash, as well as more unusual materials like silks and sheers. They also expand beyond the digital realm, encouraging artists to incorporate other surface design techniques into their digital quilts using materials such as inks, colored pencils, paint and markers. (Quilting Arts Magazine, June 1, 2010)

This isn't a book to leaf through - it is book to be read from cover to cover. A digital camera, computer software and a printer, and the incredible knowledge in this book are the tools need to make stunning quilts. The technical pat is presented so that it will not scare even the techno-peasants amount us. Schwarz Smith, award-winning art quilter, and Smith, a National Geographic photojournalist, share all their professional secrets. There is an amazing amount of information between the covers of this book. (Stevii Graves, Journal of the International Quilt Association, July 2010)

Learn the secrets of getting the best results from your digital camera, inkjet printer, scanner, photo-editing software and printable fabric sheets. The inexpensive PhotoShop Elements is the only computer programme you will need and this will facilitate the creative possibilites of your quilting projects by using fabrics you have made from your own photographs. Inspirational photographs and user friendly instruction is the feature of this book. (Fabrications, 10/2010)

About the Author

Laura Schwarz Smith has been creating art quilts for more than 30 years one of which was included in the '100 Best American Quilts of the 20th Century'. Kerby C. Smith is a former photo-journalist for National Geographic.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571206590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571206596
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.3 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lura Schwarz Smith
Lura Schwarz Smith, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from San Francisco State University, has been producing art quilts for over thirty years. Before that, she was making very bad traditional bed quilts with her first quilting buddy, her mother, starting in the 1960s.
Originally showing in galleries in the 70s and 80s, over the past years she has shown quilts and received awards at regional, national and international quilt shows. One of her quilts was included in the 100 Best American Quilts of the 20th Century. Besides lately returning to her gallery roots, over the past few years she and her husband Kerby have enjoyed teaming up in teaching digital quilt classes and producing art using digital imagery for quilts. Of course, their best collaborative work resulted in their two children, Zoey and Gary.
Kerby C. Smith
Kerby's thirty years in journalism and ten years in marketing have honed the communications skills used to write, edit and produce magazines, television documentaries, commercials and advertising campaigns. He has worked as a free-lance journalist or photo-journalist for leading newspapers and magazines in America, and covered everything from riots during the Sixties to the first landing of the Space Shuttle at Edwards Air Force Base in California. While assignments for National Geographic Magazine have taken him around the world, he is most at home in America's West.

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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Milne on February 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent buy for anyone wishing to work with digital pictures and quilting. I commend the writers and publisher. Directions/instructions are easy to read and understand. I could never figure out the difference between software products, inks, fabric to use, etc and you told us what you use and what you recommend which is what I wish other book writers would do. They tend to stay generic and I want to know what "you" use and why. One of the best books I have bought in a long time.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Ann Thomson on April 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is the ultimate "how-to" book for anyone who ever wondered how to turn their digital camera pictures into one-of-a-kind quilts or other fabric pieces. This same book also works well for those, like myself, who never dreamed of doing this, but thought it sounded like a cool idea once they learned about it. :-)
The colorful, well-illustrated pages are not only informative, but in themselves inspiring, as they show many of the finished products created by the authors using these techniques. Their logical, step-by-step explanations take the mystery out of the whole process while instilling in the reader the confidence to pursue her own projects. This was essential for me, a novice quilter and average photographer.
I'm delighted to add this book to my library and recommend it strongly to any quilter or photographer who is ready to take her work to the next level.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne T. Mcbrayer on April 27, 2010
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I have been a fan of Lura's art quilts since I first saw her demonstrate her face-painting techniques on HGTV's Simply Quilts. This book combines Lura's talents in art and quilt making with her husband Kerby's expertise as a professional photographer. It includes useful information on the how and why of using your digital camera specifically for printing on fabric, which I have not found in other digital photography guides. The technical chapters demystify those all those settings on your digital camera and the different types of digital files. Best of all, it explains how to use Photoshop Elements software to improve your pictures for the effects you want in your digital photo fabric. Even if you only want to use a point-and-shoot camera without learning all the technical stuff, there is good information for you in this book. There are mini-art lessons by Lura which deal with elements of design like positive and negative space, symmetry and balance, shape and form, color and value. Additionally, there is a section in which Lura references the types of markers and paints that she uses to enhance her surface design with additional color and shading. There are eight projects which utilize the different techniques explained in the book, with handy page references. What I like about the projects is that they are not patterns or designs for you to replicate. Rather, they offer guidelines and techniques for creating your own unique photo project. A section on construction technique offers a tutorial on piecing curves the P-Free way: no paper, no pins, no planning! I recommend this book for anyone who wants to improve their digital photography and editing skills, and learn some new art quilting techniques.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Betty K. Davis on April 9, 2010
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This is a wonderful book for quilters who are interested in printing fabric or using photography within their quilts. The instructions are clear, the projects are fun and the photography is beautiful.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bernita M. Dodge on April 12, 2010
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A marvelous book by Lura Schwarz Smith and Kerby C. Smith, offers inspiration and encouragement with many juicy secrets. Printing photos on fabric using Photoshop Elements is explained and photographed with the actual screens. Experiments with different art supplies, pens, inks, paint, crayons, etc., have been done to offer advise on the lighfastness and washabilities of these products on the fabric photo prints, a great time saver when one needs to know which to use to enhance a color in a print. Creative elements in designing quilts will have one running to their sewing supplies to try this method of quilting, the book's last page of instructions is how to create the label! Flipping through the pages is a delight, the top of the pages show quilt designs of each chapter, the page numbers are next to a quilt block.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Feldman on April 14, 2010
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I love the idea of photos and quilting and wanted to go beyond the basic photo in a square memory quilt. Although I already had photoshop experience beyond what is in the book I thought what was there was just enough without getting bogged down. I thought the sample designs inspiring enough and the discussion of fabric and accessories again good without overdoing it. Overall I really liked this book for the way it tackles the topic. I think it suits the beginner to advanced beginner and would suit persons with minimal photoshop skills. I also thought the samples are the type of quilts people realistically look to do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SuzanneC on October 8, 2010
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This book is beautifully presented and has some great ideas in quilting and has some great projects to follow. Unfortunately when I purchased it I thought it was more of a 'take a picture and then transfer that picture in FABRIC to a quilt'. Which is not exactly what it does, it actually shows you how to print that photo onto fabric and transfer it to a quilt. Although it was not what I thought it is still a fantastic book.
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