Monday, February 8, 2010

Spice Up Your Design With A Print!

How To Create & Add A Print /Texture To Your Fashion Croquis


In this tutorial I will show you how to spice up any fashion design with a fun and funky print. For this tutorial you need a sketch or any desired image, desired print (either scanned fabric, or digital fabric print), and Adobe Photoshop. This tutorial is fairly simple, and is a great method to learn when applying finishing touches on your fashion sketches/illustrations. 

Step One


Open up your desired sketch in Photoshop, and color everything else that will not have the print on it. This is optional, but I find it helpful as well as time saving. I will not cover how to color your fashion croquis in this tutorial, but if you would like to learn how click the following link .

Step Two

This step can be done in several ways, but I decided to select the garment using the Polygonal Lasso tool. This tool enables you to select the garment piece only by clicking along the lines of the dress all around until you snap back to the beginning point. Of course an easier way, but sometimes not as precise way to this is to use the Magic Wand tool.

Step Three


Create a new file 5 by 5 inches, with a resolution of 72. Paste or drag in your scanned texture within this file.

Step Four


I chose an over-sized Zebra print, and decided to add a bit of color to it. To achieve this, you go to Layer > New Layer, and change the blending mode from normal to multiply. Then click Edit >Fill with your desired color.

Step Five

After you got the desired color effect, go to Layer > Flatten Layers. Next, you will go to Edit > Define Pattern. A dialog box will open, like the picture above. Type in the name of your desired print and click OK. Your print is now ready to be used!

Step Six


Next click Edit > Fill > Pattern. Then find your pattern then click OK.
Step Seven

The print may or may not come out at your desired proportion. If this is the case go back to your textured print file and go to Image > Image Size, and change the resolution number and repeat the steps above again until you have the desired look. I wanted an abstract look so I stuck with this size.

Step Eight

Use the Smudge, burn, and dodge tool to create any finishing touches to the print.

Step Nine

Lastly, add any finishing touches and textures to your fashion Illustration and you're done!
I hope this tutorial helped! If you have any questions and/or comments please share!

Fashionably Yours,

Since the tender age of twelve, Schaumin Chanel Alexander has been creating fashion illustrations, and designing Womens wear apparel. Shortly after graduating college with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design & Marketing, she began freelancing her talents. SchauminChanel is the main designer and chief operator of Creative Conceptz Ltd., a company dedicated to freelance fashion design.


F (The Very Subjective) said...

a description like this is just what I needed (my both arms are left when it comes to photoshop and alike), thank you!

UmaPreve said...

This tutorial is very helpful. I have always wondered how the colours were filled in.. Thank you so much!

SchauminChanel said...

Your welcome! I am glad it helped you both out in some way! :)



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