Do you learn better through watching a demonstration or by reading directions? I fall into the former category, and I suspect many others with an artistic eye do, too.
|Screen-printed pillow, designed on the computer,
by Margaret Applin.
For me, this is particularly true when it comes to working on the computer. I learn faster and retain the information better when I can watch someone go through the steps.
For example, as a novice to the intricacies of Photoshop®, I have been hesitant to use the computer to create designs for my fiber art projects. However, watching Margaret Applin’s video workshop Digital Design for Screen Printing has given me hope that I can succeed.
In her tutorial, Margaret gives an excellent overview of how to make a “brush” in Photoshop Elements that can later be used to create a Thermofax® screen for use in mixed-media and fiber artwork.
Her easy style, focused approach, and clear instructions made following along in my own studio possible.
|From digital “brush” to Thermofax screen
print, tutorial by Margaret Applin.
Here are some of her tips for avoiding frustration and confusion while designing:
- Pay attention to which layer you are on while you make adjustments. You may think you are making a specific adjustment and you don’t see the results you want because you have a different layer selected.
- Use the “Undo” and “Redo” buttons as you make adjustments to see if you really like the changes you made before continuing.
- During the design process, if you love a particular result you have created, duplicate it and save it as its own file; then continue working on your main file. That way, if you are unhappy with the results after further manipulation you can go back to the part you especially liked.
- When you start to build your digital design files, it helps to be very organized. Create a file-naming convention or different folders for your backgrounds, brushes, etc. Before you realize it, you will have collected a number of images that you will be searching through for a design.
- If you are sure of a design that you want to print out, save it as a duplicate with a new file name (“xxx-final”) and use that smaller file for printing. Save your original design with all of the layers as your “recipe” file.
Digital Design for Screen Printing is now available on Craft Daily, along with scores of other full-length tutorials you can watch anytime, as often as you like, with one low-cost subscription. Try it and see what you can learn by watching.
P.S. Do you learn better by watching, reading, listening, or doing? Or some other way? Let me know in the comments below.