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
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:
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.
"Undo" and "Redo" buttons as
you make adjustments to see if you really like the changes you made before
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.
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
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.