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Learn hands-on fabric printing techniques with our printing courses in Sydney.

This textile and pattern design short course teaches you the skills to create exciting digital patterns ready for printing on fabrics and garments. Use your own hand drawn designs or digital images and photographs to create prints from scratch in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. This course will introduce you to the basics of colour, drawing, composition and pattern repeats and then process them into print files that can be used in fabric printing and garment manufacturing. Throughout the course you will receive personal feedback on your work from the course tutor.

Course outcomes

By the end of this fabric design course, you will be able to:

  • Understand Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop as it relates to the production of a print
  • Understand different colour palettes, base-cloths and their applications for fabric design
  • Develop your own creative style by making choices about types of patterns, images, drawings you use and repeat in your design
  • Produce your own unique and professional quality fashion fabric design ready for printing

Ideal for

This textile and pattern design course is an introduction to the world of digital printing and suits those interested in developing their skills in illustration, graphic design, textile design or Adobe software generally. That may be as a hobby or those seeking to begin a new career in these areas. Previous experience in Adobe software is not essential but some experience is helpful, at a minimum a basic level of computer proficiency is assumed.

Course content

  • Setting up a document for printing
  • Introduction to print design in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop
  • Creating a print design concept from your own source material
  • Working with placement prints
  • Working with pattern repeats
  • Learn about different colour palettes, base cloths and their applications for fabric design
  • Preparing a print to send off to printers

What to bring to class

  • In the first week students will discuss ideas for creating a repeating design using their own artwork, it might be helpful to bring along 1-5 Illustrations you have made at home (drawn with ink, pen, pencil, watercolour, gouache, etc) or perhaps photos or images you'd like to work with or use as inspiration - some of these may be scanned and used in your print in later weeks.
  • Please bring a hard drive to store your files (or a min 16GB USB) to all computer classes


Textile & Pattern Design Course

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$499Limited inc GST/$399.20/$449.10

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Course testimonials:

  • said:Really enjoyed the course thoroughly under the tutor! A well taught class with 1:1 with students, I learnt a lot about the career I want to pursue.

  • said:I would highly recommend this Fabric Printing Course with Liz Godkin. Liz took us through how to plan up different repeats in both Photoshop and Illustrator. After the three sessions I have a few designs ready to send to be printed and the knowledge to do more. Excellent examples, great notes and really good fun. Thanks Liz and Sydney Community College.

  • said:I’m a graphic designer but have always wanted to know how to create fabric patterns. After finishing this course, I’m surprised how much we learnt in a short space of time and now feel confident that I have the skills to start making my first collection.

  • said:The course was very inspiring! I learned more than I expected. The tutor was enthusiastic and shared a lot of knowledge. Gave me the push I needed to be creative again!

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