Today's second edition of Digital Download Day comes from Spoonflower staffer and designer extraordinaire Eloisa (Natitys on Spoonflower!). Here's the deal: we encourage you to download these designs, play around with them, change the colors, add text, whatever! Then upload them to your Spoonflower account and see them come to life on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap (personal use only, please). We are in the dead of winter here in North Carolina at Spoonflower HQ, so we're day dreaming of all the bountiful blooms in hibernation mode until spring! Enjoy these fun, mod florals, and we can't wait to see how you manipulate and play with these designs!
surface design tools
We are so delighted that you have created a design from start to finish over the last 8 days of our SpoonChallenge! Now that you've created a digital file and have uploaded your design, explore the abundance of free, high-quality design tools and resources available online. We've rounded up a few of our favorites, but please let us in on your favorite tricks of the trade in the comments!
PicMonkey is a free image editing tool that allows you to resize your files, add graphics and text to images, and even create collages. You can actually access PicMonkey directly from our site when you upload your image–Eloisa's blog post shows you a sampling of what you can do!
Pattern Observer is geared toward helping you take your surface design to the next level. While their blog is chock full of interviews, advice, and even textile history, they also offer comprehensive e-courses that will take you from creating your design portfolio to honing in on creating sketches that you can sell.
MAKE IT IN DESIGN
Make It In Design also offers courses, tips, and a vibrant community of fellow designers. There is truly something for a desinger at every level on this site, including issues of MOYO Magazine, their quarterly publication dedicated to surface design.
Creative Bloq delivers tips, inspiration, and resouces for all types of design–graphic, web, 3D and more. They've rounded up 2500 Free Resources for Designers, featuring typography, graphics, and even Photoshop ad-ons!