Perfect Your Pixels: Tips for Printing Digital Art on Fabric

So many of today's fiber artists have a desire to design their own fabrics. We can do it in our studios with surface design techniques and create a single piece of fabric, or we can design the fabric online and have it printed by an on-demand printing company. 

But how to start? Lucky for us, renowned surface design expert Jane Dunnewold has in recent years learned to combine surface design ideas with digital technology to create digital imagery for printing.

One of the most important aspects of printing any digital art design is the resolution of the original image, Jane says.

In her eBook Tips and Techniques for Successful Online Fabric Design , Jane explains what resolution is and why it's so important:

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Printed test swatches from Jane
Dunnewold's digital imagery.

Resolution, a term used for online publishing, refers to the dots of ink or electronic pixels that make up a picture-whether it is printed on paper or displayed on-screen. The term DPI (dots per inch) is probably a familiar term if you've bought or used a printer, scanner, or digital camera.

Think of dots per inch or pixels like dots of paint in an Impressionist painting. Up close the viewer sees the tiny dots of color. From a distance, those dots of color turn into a recognizable picture. Pixels are like those dots of paint. They add up to create a picture and the more dots there are on the surface, the more detailed the picture becomes.

Why is this important? Every camera has a finite number of pixels it is capable of recording. In order to maximize the options available to you when it comes to sizing photos for online printing, it's a good idea to shoot pictures as "raw" or at the highest resolution the camera is capable of producing. Otherwise the size of the designs on your fabric may be smaller than you really want.

Once the pictures are taken by the camera you can always reduce the number of pixels, but you can never add more. So keep your options open by taking very high-resolution pictures.

In her thorough and entertaining Quilting Arts WorkshopTM video, Design & Print Your Own Fabric: Tips & Techniques for Successful Online Fabric Design, Jane guides the viewer through her method for creating one-of-a-kind cloth using improvisationally designed artwork, a home computer, and readily available tools.

This approach to fabric design is totally accessible. It's like having your own fabric design studio at your fingertips on your home computer.

Now, with this companion eBook, you can follow along with the video and discover even more of Jane's helpful tips and techniques to create unique fabric that is all your own. With a bit of practice and experimentation, Jane will have you designing your own fabric in no time!

Find out more about Tips and Techniques for Successful Online Fabric Design and download your copy now.

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One thought on “Perfect Your Pixels: Tips for Printing Digital Art on Fabric

  1. Curious, How can one print their own fabric? My printer cannot print anything larger than
    8.5″ x 11″.
    I saw some artwork done by my grand-daughter and I thought wouldn’t that make beautiful fabric.
    Thank you.