Fabric Design for Digital Printing

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Course description

Learn fabric design for Digital Printing in Sydney.

If you would like learn how to design and produce your own fabric or wallpaper print then this is where to start. It’s easier than you think!

Over these sessions you’ll be working alongside a professional textile designer, to create your own beautiful textile design using a combination of hand and digital illustration techniques.

You’ll then layout the design, choose your colour and fabric.

Once you are happy with the result, your design will be sent off for professional printing.

You could then go on to create your own stunning garment or item of soft furnishing with your fabric!

The possibilities are endless and it’s all your own work!

Please note: A basic level understanding of Mac computers is recommended to undertake this course, but is for complete beginners of Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop.

Course content
  • Introduction to print design in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Creating a print design from concept through to final outcome
  • Appreciate the many sources of inspiration for designs & how to adapt them for printing
  • Placement prints
  • Pattern repeats
  • Learn about different colour palettes, base cloths and their applications for fabric design
  • Multi-colour printing
  • Preparing a print to send off to printers

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

  • understand different techniques available to fabric designers
  • learn to use basic Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop for fabric design and prepare to send to printers
  • learning about different colour palettes, base-cloths and their applications for fabric design
  • learn about eco & sustainable benefits of digital printing, and why it is important to make responsible choices
  • produce your own unique and professional quality fashion fabric ( you will be given support to place your order and send the file but need to organise your own payment / postage for fabric ordered – fabric is $50 per meter // min 1 meter per order // and postage is around $15 in a small express satchel).
Please bring to each class
  • Notepad and paper or a tablet
  • A hard drive to store your files (or a min 16GB USB)
After Your Course

To make something special with your fabric, you can take one of our sewing courses here at Sydney Community College:

Sewing Courses at Sydney Community College

Or head to Bobbin & Ink, a sewing and printing studio run by our lovely sewing tutor Laura Walsh, where you can get help and use equipment by the hour to finish your beautiful piece!


Before the class – please organise:
  • 1-5 Illustrations you have made at home (drawn with ink, pen, pencil, watercolour, gouache, etc) - to scan in and create your print with, in the computer
  • Please bring a hard drive to store your files (or a min 16GB USB) to all computer classes
  • Tilly’s Art Supplies in Rozelle, 10% off.
  • Art On King Art Supplies in Newtown, 10% off.
  • Eckersley’s Art Supplies in York Street, 10% off.
  • Natural Fabrics Online, will waive the 20% Service Fee (for orders under $100) and cutting fees (in orders under $200) for students – no minimums.

Avoid disappointment. Enrol early.

Please ensure that you have given a valid email and mobile number as all course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

Course testimonials:

  • Charlotte said: I’ve had a really amazing time. Rob my tutor was really great! Knows his stuff and had a lot of time for each of us personally which was awesome! Definately got out of it what I wanted more!!

  • Elena said: Rob was an excellent teacher. Very patient and knowledgeable and would take the time to speak to each of us. Very satisfied with this course.

  • Giorgia said: Student gave this course 3 stars

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