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TDL News 5-30-21

Upcoming Event: Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

On Tuesday, June 1st at 11am Eastern we have our next Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle.

“The topic this time is on making sure your patterns and exports don’t have grid lines or flaws in the repeat that can happen because of a few quirks of Illustrator.

We’ll talk about those white tiling artifacts, aligning to the pixel grid, exporting for spoonflower, and things to watch out for when resizing. This will be a session that you can always refer back to when you are having trouble.”

Have questions about this topic? Post them in this forum thread.

The recording of our latest session with Laura Coyle is posted here.


Upcoming Event: June Kickoff

Let’s kickoff the month of June together as a community!

In this live event we will discuss our schedule for the month and complete a short exercise to prepare for the month ahead.

This event is on Thursday, June 3rd at 11am Eastern. A Zoom link will be sent out on the morning of the event.





Recording: LIVE One Hour Challenge

Chelsea’s latest LIVE One Hour Design Challenge was last week and the recording can be found here.

Here are the supplies that you’ll need:

  • paper,
  • something that wipes clean like a piece of glass or plastic (plastic wrap will work too),
  • masking tape,
  • paint (preferably watercolor but acrylic could definitely work too–maybe both if they want to experiment)
  • and a paintbrush

You can watch a recording of last month’s session here.


Recording Posted: Creating Colorways with Sherry London

What an amazing session by Sherry! In this recording you can learn a method for creating pattern colorways using the gradient tool in Photoshop.

Have a topic that you would like discussed in an upcoming presentation? Please tag @prancingpixel on the Tech Talk forum to let her know.





Recording Posted: Designing for Blinds & Curtains with Laura Olivia

If you are interested in designing patterns for home decor this is a presentation that you do not want to miss!

Laura dives into the details of creating patterns for home decor, specifically curtains and blinds.

You can watch the recording here.





Recordings Posted: Creating Collections Your Way
We wrapped up our “Creating Collections Your Way” training series and you can watch all of the recordings here.
We are planning on running this series again after the Sellable Sketch Group-Study wraps up and it will be added to the calendar soon!



Chelsea’s Challenge: Holiday Giftwrap

Chelsea’s back with another inspiring design challenge!

This month we thought it would be fun to work together on preparing some patterns for Minted’s upcoming holiday giftwrap challenge. Submissions won’t be open on Minted until later this month (see their estimated challenge calendar) but we can get a jump-start and get ourselves into the holiday mindset! We’ll be using WGSN-recommended trends for Christmas & Holiday A/W 22/23, just keep in mind certain tweaks might need to be made based on what Minted is looking for.

Get started here.



Recording: Exploring Pinterest & Tailwind with Jessica Molnar

In this live presentation guest expert Jessica Molnar shares how she uses Pinterest and Tailwind in her marketing plan.

This presentation recording is here.

Want to check out the paid version of Tailwind and receive $15 off? You can use my referral link here.




Upcoming Events

Here are some of the live events happening this month. All times are Eastern and all events will be recorded.

5/24/21: Sellable Sketch Group-Study begins

5/26/21 1pm: Live One Hour Challenge with Chelsea

6/1/21 11am: Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

6/3/21 11am: TDL Kickoff

6/9/21 1pm: Goals Check-In

6/21/21 11am: Photoshop Training with Sherry London


Textile Prints with Fizah Malik: Tile Prints

We are thrilled to announce that we just released a new tutorial in the Lab by the fabulous Fizah Malik!

This is the fourth in a series of tutorials that she has created for the Lab that will be released over the next few months. In this tutorial Fizah shares her technique for creating tile prints.

Watch the tutorial here.

Recording Posted: Lesser Known Pattern Layouts

In this presentation you’ll discover five lesser known pattern layout styles that you can begin using in your pattern development work. Step-by-step instructions are included for developing both scenic and free-flowing layouts.
Members can watch the recording here.




New: TDL Community Connect

Our TDL Video Chat room will now be open all day, everyday. Feel free to stop by while you are working on a project or to simply chat with your fellow members!

In the future we might need to have specific meeting times, but I wanted to open this opportunity up to people across various time zones and with different schedules.

Members can grab the link 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.

May 30, 2021

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