Digital Textile Print – Designing

Intermediate designing course about creating textile designs using Photoshop. Focuses on developing design collections and professional print techniques. This course follows on from Digital Textile Print Projects and some Photoshop experience is necessary.

Who is this course for

This course is designed for students who have some basic textiles or graphic design / illustration knowledge.
You will also be required to have basic understanding of Photoshop so you can work on your images and design textile prints.
You will at least need to know how to open an image, resize it, crop it and save it, but further manipulation knowledge would be preferable. This is not a computer skills course, and if you have little computer design skills may find it hard to keep up.

The course is designed as an extension of the introduction to digital print course, but anyone can join who has this required basic knowledge.
You will also need to have access to a digital camera, or digital images, which are brought to the class on a pen drive or other device to save the work.

If you have you own laptops you can work on, it would also be helpful, as you may have to share access to computers.

What does this course cover

The aim of the course is to introduce you to techniques in designing and preparing files to be digitally printed.
You will learn how to transfer drawings or digital photographs into a textile print, from heat transfer paper to a professional print run.

This is a very creative course but focuses more on designing on the computer for digitally printed images and textiles. It will cover from what you can produce at home with image transfer products, a computer and a printer, to how to get your designs professionally printed.

In the first part of the course, you will be introduced to transferring images and designs onto fabric using heat transfer paper, sublimation printing and other products. You will have a research trip to collect drawings and photographs for your digital designs.
The second part will be working on digital images for textile designs on the computer. This will cover graphic images, photographic images, repeat patterns and colour management.

The third part of the course involves the option of preparing files to be professionally printed.

The course will conclude with each of you taking the techniques you have learnt into developing a personal project to produce a final product. This will be very open and you can work into your images and mix techniques together.

You should have gained a basic understanding of how to use a range of techniques to transfer pattern and image on to fabrics. This includes:

Transferring images onto fabric using T shirt transfer paper and other products
Understanding enough Photoshop to develop designs for products such as bags and T- shirts
Produce evidence of image and design research and design development
Developing a personal product using these techniques
Knowing the products you need to use for each technique and where to source them

What will it be like

Teaching methods
Visual demonstration and verbal explanation.
Research trip
Written / visual handouts with diagrams for technical processes.
One-to-one teaching.
Group discussions.

Learning methods:
Hands on practical experience.
Taking notes and making drawings/designs.
Research trip
Working from handouts.
One-to-one learning
Group discussion.

Assessment is by questions and answers during group discussions
One-to-one teaching.
Weekly / regular set learning outcomes to track progress

What else do you need to buy or do

Basic drawing kit and paper or sketch book
Basic sewing kit, including scissors, pins, needle and thread, and tape measure
Digital camera and cable
Pen drive or other device to save work on.
Range of white fabrics to print on: including both 100% synthetic and 100% cotton at least 1m long.

Pinking shears
Cost of final digital print onto canvas, aprox £25
Materials for final project, which depends on the student and their chosen project.

You will be expected to arrive to the classes with visual research in a digital form - This could be colours, textures, design and images you use for inspiration and digital images and drawing you use for content.
You will be given homework to develop designs, visual research and digital images most weeks.
You will be encouraged to work at home or to use the open access computing facilities in B5, to practice and develop your computing skills
You will be free to do any additional research and study on top of that.

What this course could lead to

Learn different textile techniques that complement the course - including felt making, sewing and
Attend other art related short courses at The Mary Ward Centre - including Textiles, Printmaking,
Sculpture, and Painting, Photography and Computer aided design etc.
Attend other art related longer term courses at The Mary Ward Centre - including Pre-Foundation,
Access, Professional Practice course.
Attend other courses at different venues in the community
Progress into starting their own small business and making work to sell


There are such a huge number of courses on offer, I can always find something to fit in with my busy schedule.


Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’