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TDL News 11-4-19

New Design Challenge: Boho A Gogo

Welcome to the November Chelsea’s Challenge! This month we will be tackling the “boho” or bohemian trend for Spring/Summer ’21, which combines a really fun mix of influences and is a great style in which to push your creative boundaries. You may want to think of end products like voluminous maxi dresses, peasant blouses, and items adorned with ruffles or fringe that really capture that free-spirited bohemian feel, but you also don’t need to limit yourself to designing apparel–feel free to adapt this trend to any market that interests you–it certainly carries over into accessories, home decor, stationery, etc!

Incorporating global and folk influences, the maximalism trend, and nods to the 1970s, boho style is very much an eclectic mix and match that can be interpreted in so many ways–this is what makes it so fun to play with! A few brands you may find inspiring for this theme include Etro, Ulla Johnson, Johnny Was, and Free People.

Take a closer look at this design challenge here.


Speed Up Your Design Process Using the Content-Aware Fill Tool

In this new tutorial Chelsea shows you some ways of using the new Content Aware Fill command in Photoshop to speed up your design process. This tool can be used to aid in building textures and all-over patterns, and as a short-cut when putting certain patterns into repeat.

Now, with the latest release of Creative Cloud, we have a fabulous new dedicated Content Aware Fill command that allows you to preview and adjust the fill before applying it to your design. Let’s take a look at how this works with a few different examples!

Check out the tutorial here.



Grab Your Spot: Photoshop for Designers 1 & 2 Group-Study

Mark your calendars! Photoshop for Designers 1 & 2 Group-Studies start on November 18, 2019!

Your creative spirit does not have to be inhibited by software or the digital art world. The two can come together in an amazing collaborative effort. In these 6-week courses you’ll discover the most efficient and effective use of Adobe Photoshop while creating the artwork that you love to design.

Photoshop for Designers 1 is an intensive course, so we recommend starting with that course and then taking Photoshop for Designers 2 when it runs again in the Spring or you can work through the self-study at any time!

Members can register here.


Recording: Exploring Print Studios with Laura Olivia

In this training Laura will shares how designers can work successfully with an agent/studio with a focus on those selling designs with the full copyright. She will explore how to choose the right agent, how to get the best out of your working relationship and what it takes to make a full time living through this avenue.

Members can find the recording here.





Weekly Art Critiques. Please join the TDL community on THURSDAY at 1 PM Eastern for a live art critique. Our art critiques are fun events where Lab members come together to review artwork and ask questions about pattern design, marketing and sales. A registration link will be emailed the morning of the critique and will also be posted in our Weekly Art Critique forum. Textile Design Lab members can watch past critiques here.

November 5, 2019

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