Change Colors in your design with our color changing tool. When you click on this tool, you will be taken to a new page, where you can make color changes. You can select different amounts of color options depending on how many hues you have used in your design, then make changes to specific colors.
Computer monitors display millions of different colors. Since a blue color may be called teal by some and turquoise by others, there has to be a way to describe colors without being so subjective. Today, we’re exploring hex codes – a combination of six numbers or letters that identify a specific color.
Hex codes are often used in design software like Adobe Photoshop, and our Color Changer tool uses them too. Spoonflower color maps have their corresponding hex codes listed within each color chip as an easy reference. Color maps can be printed onto any of fabrics and wallpaper, so you’ll know what a specific hex code will look like on that particular substrate.
Here at Spoonflower we print in sRGB and identify colors using hex codes. If your heart is set on a particular color, like a Pantone color, for example, we strongly recommend that you find the closest equivalent hex code and order swatches to confirm the closest match. Test swatches are the best way to confirm how colors will look on the fabric or wallpaper you plan to use.
Now, onto changing colors using our color changer tool.
On the design page for the design you wish to alter:
For more information and tips on using the color changer tool, follow this easy tutorial! You may also find it helpful to read more about the Spoonflower Color Map and the way we print colors. Check out this resource on downloading an ASE profile.
So — you’ve gone through all the hard work of creating a design and that’s great, but you’re not done yet! It still needs to repeat. A fun feature of Spoonflower is that you can set up your preferences on scale and repeat for each type of product (fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap). An image can be large scale for fabric and then smaller scale for gift wrap. We also offer 5 different types (basic, half-drop, half-brick, mirrored and centered) of repeats that let you use one simple element to create a fabulous design. Let’s go over each one.
This is an example of the basic repeat, which will be the default repeat on the design when you first upload it to your Spoonflower account. [Read more…] about 12 Days of Design: Day 9 Discover Repeats
Your design should now be finalized and ready to upload. Not ready yet? That’s okay — you can catch up with us here. Uploading images to Spoonflower is super simple! Once a file is uploaded to our site, you will find several ways to continue tweaking your design. Today we’ll focus on walking step by step through the upload process, highlighting our handy design tools and features along the way.
We created the design above using free high-res Photoshop brushes we downloaded from Brusheezy. The file was saved out of Photoshop as a JPG, 150 DPI, 720 x 600 pixels. The only thing you’ll need to follow along is a digital file that meets the Spoonflower image requirements. Got one? Great, just log into your Spoonflower account (or create one here if you do not already have an account), and let’s upload our designs! Here’s how it works: [Read more…] about 12 Days of Design: Day 8 Upload Your Design
Hopefully yesterday you were able to scan your sketches into the computer and nail down your design elements (if not that’s okay, get caught up here) because today it’s time to get digital! While professional designers frequently use Photoshop or Illustrator to whip up designs, Spoonflower is not just for pros! Here is a handful of our free favorite tools and apps.
Sketchbook is a great mobile tool for freehand drawing and creating designs from scratch that is available for both Android and Apple devices! Both SketchBook Express and SketchBook are free, and they offer add-on tools you can purchase.
Lots of brushes, pens, markers and other drawing tools.
You can create custom canvas sizes up to 2500 x 2500 pixels which prints at 16.7 x 16.7 inches on fabric.
Ability to create layers and use blending modes.
You’ve gathered inspiration, picked a theme, color palette and decided on the medium you want to work with. Now it’s time to get started sketching your initial ideas. Sketch with pen and paper, grab your digital drawing tablet, or jump in and work directly with the medium you’ve chosen for the finished design. Remember, you’re just sketching at this stage, so use whatever tools work best for you to mock up all of the ideas you have.
You have your inspiration, theme and color palette, so it’s time to choose a medium for creating your design. Don’t be afraid to experiment! You can create with any tools or supplies you like, from crayons to puff paint to digital design software. Mix different ways to create—make a collage of photos and words from a magazine, scan a painting to add digital graphics and text overlays, or bust your fabric stash to add texture and depth to a drawing. Just be creative and have fun. Follow along with us today as we go into depth about a few of the most popular techniques designers in our community like to use.
Once you go through the preliminary steps of gathering inspiration and picking a theme for your design, it’s time to focus on what could be considered the most important element of design: color. With colors, you can set a mood, attract attention, or make a statement. You can use color to energize, or to cool down. By selecting the right color scheme, you can create an ambiance of elegance, warmth or tranquility, or you can convey an image of playful youthfulness. Color can be your most powerful design element if you learn to use it effectively.
Today kicks off the first day of our 12 Days of Design! Have you signed up to get daily emails outlining the steps to create your first, or newest, textile design? [Read more…] about 12 Days of Design: Day 1 Finding Inspiration
So you’re creative. You like to doodle, draw, paint, print, or photograph. Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to finally take your art and learn how to turn it into surface prints that sell. If this description sounds eerily like you, then come spend the next 12 days with us learning how to take the glimmer of an idea to a finished fabric design. We’ll go through how to take the first steps of finding inspiration, sketch initial ideas and choose a color palette, all the way through to how to market yourself and properly tag your designs so they show up easily in search engines. Join us for 12 Days of Design!
WHAT? We’re kicking off 2017 with 12 days devoted to learning how to create a textile design from start to finish. Challenge yourself to get inspired and get serious about turning your art into marketable surface designs. We will walk you through each step in creating a design ready to upload to Spoonflower and sell in the marketplace. Follow along as we provide daily tips on finding inspiration, creating a design element, working in Spoonflower and marketing yourself.
HOW? The best part is that all you have to do is check your inbox each day. Sign up to receive each day’s step via email starting January 1, 2017, to guide you through the fabric design process. If you’d like, snap a photo of your progress and use the #12DaysofDesign hashtag each day to share your process. You can use this hashtag on your social media outlet of choice. We’ll be re-sharing our favorite posts throughout the series.
So tell us, will you accept the challenge and get started designing surface patterns that sell?