Digital photography is now part of our everyday lives, and most people have access to photo-editing software. Now it’s time to use this technology to create digital quilt designs. In this free eBook you’ll learn how to use the tools in Photoshop and Photoshop Elements to edit and manipulate your photos and scans; how to prepare your substrate for digital textile printing; and how to turn photos and scanned images from your journal and found materials into digital quilt designs.
Then discover ways to add texture to your substrate before and after digital printing on fabric and Photoshop project ideas. Come explore the digital side of quilting with this free collection of digital collage and quilt techniques. Download your free eBook to get started today!
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Go digital with your quilts with these digital photo art techniques!
Learn how to use Photoshop to create amazing works of fiber and fabric art. From digital textile printing to creating digital collages, check out all four great articles in this free collection
Article #1: Digital Photo Collage Technique
From Flat to Fabulous: Creating with Digital Monoprints by Margaret Applin
With Margaret’s digital art techniques, the textures and patterns you love working with on paper or fabric can be transformed and maximized to create the basis for dimensional imagery for your fiber art. Her digital photo collage technique allows you to digitally blend marks made on paper and fabric, creating monoprints without the mess of paint.
Article #2: Layering Digital Quilt Photos
From Snapshot to Art Quilt by Natalya Aikens
Natalya often uses her architectural photos to make artwork. Her process involves manipulating photos in Photoshop, digital printing on fabric, layering the images with vintage textiles and recyclables, and adding hand and machine stitching.
Article #3: Digital Fabric Printing for Texture
Textured Fiber Photographs by Wen Redmond
Digital fabric printing on a textured background lends an unusual dimension to photo-based fiber art. Wen’s process involves spreading lightweight molding paste onto a stabilizer base which can then be painted and fed into a printer to create a painterly photo thin enough to be sewn and manipulated.
Article #4: Digital Collages for Quilts
Using Digital Images in Quilted Collages by Margaret Applin
Margaret demonstrates how, through experimentation and play with digital art techniques, you can generate a number of images, turning them into Thermofax screens for use in surface design on a fabric collage or quilt. Photos can be reused, with photo-editing software, to create unlimited personal imagery.
What are you waiting for? You free guide to digital quilting patterns and techniques is only a click away!
Whether you are new to photo editing and digital art techniques or have experience creating digital quilt patterns and designs, you will find this book invaluable—with tips and tricks for success. First, Margaret Applin shows you step-by-step how to create layers in Photoshop Elements, with plenty of helpful guidelines for creating a digital collage. Next, collect your favorite photos and fabrics and learn how to go From Snapshot to Art Quilt. Natalya offers creative Photoshop project ideas and reviews the basic Photoshop tools you can use to create digital quilt designs. Digital printing on fabric takes on more depth when you prepare a medium-to-firm stabilizer with a thin layer of molding paste and paint first. Wen Redmond explains how to texture the substrate, size and format the image for printing, and then use the resulting image in a piece of digital photo art.
Finally, Margaret is back to help you put it all together. In this final tutorial you’ll start on the computer, using the photo-editing skills you’ve learned so far to play with scanned images of your journal drawings, stencils, photos, and paintings. Next you’ll transfer the images to fabric and begin to play again, this time with mixed-media art supplies, hand stitching, fabric scraps, and embellishments to create a spectacular piece of fiber art.