For the third year in a row, Spoonflower is participating in Me-Made-May with an extra special employee sew along! Remember when we made Zeena dresses and Stasia dresses? This year Spoonflower employees chose to stitch up a versatile recent favorite in the sewing community, the Zadie jumpsuit! Truly making it their own with wild pattern hacks and a wide variety of Marketplace designs, all stitched up in a variety of 12 different Spoonflower fabric types between them (with one stand out fabric that was the clear favorite among all the sewists!).[Read more…] about 10 Ways to Customize the Zadie Jumpsuit for Me-Made-May
This is it! You made it to the end! You will find that your journey in surface design is never ending, as there’s always something new to learn and improve with every turn. That’s also what can be so rewarding about this creative pursuit. If you’re serious about sharing your designs with the world and not just making art but making art that sells, you need to get serious about marketing your work. It’s something all creatives feel a little weird about at first. “You mean you want me to promote…. myself?!” Yes! It’s extremely validating and rewarding to be able to earn compensation doing what you love, not to mention seeing the things others go out and create using your fabric.
Whether you’re entertaining the idea of creating surface designs full time, maybe starting a handmade business using fabric you designed yourself to make things, or if you’re well into a creative business venture already, all your hard work will be in vain if you don’t go the extra step to promote yourself and your body of work. Spoonflower makes it easier to be successful with things like commission bonuses, frequent payouts to your Paypal account, distribution on external platforms and more. Today on this momentous last day of the #12DaysofDesign series, we’ll explore exciting ways to benefit from selling your designs, effective ways to market yourself, and even how to build a physical portfolio you can take with you to expos and conferences. Let’s dive in!
To get started selling the designs you’ve uploaded on our site, there’s no need to sign up or do anything differently, all you need is to make sure you are a verified seller on our site, and that your Paypal information is updated in your account. You can update that by logging in and clicking on “My Account” under “My Studio” and selecting the “Spoondollars” tab. Why sell? We’re glad you asked… [Read more…] about 12 Days of Design: Day 12 Market Yourself
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:
- Click ‘Change Colors’ for the design you want to adjust.
- The color changer tool will convert your image to an image with 24 colors. You can now change any of the the colors in your design. See the flow chart below:
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.
We’re half way through the 12 Days of Design! Need to get caught up? No worries, you can find all previous posts and catch up at your own pace here. Now that you’ve started sketching your artwork, select your design elements by narrowing down or adding to your preliminary sketches. You will want to make the focal points for your design at this stage, isolating and focusing on the standout features of the overall design. With your elements complete, you will arrange them into the pattern you are creating. Your elements can come together in many combinations, so pay attention to what you’re drawn to visually as you’re creating each element. You may find that once you start, less is more, and that’s okay, too!
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.