Digital Stitch Session 1.

Today was a very exciting session. I attended my very first digital stitch session with Maggie (Stitch Technician). Having practised machine stitching techniques (free machine embroidery) for the last couple of years, it was very exciting to venture into a brand-new aspect of stitch. At first, seeing the big digital stitch machine and the new software was quite daunting. I was soon put to ease as Maggie explained the software and what we needed to do step by step. The first thing we learned was how to fill a section using the digital stitch software.

 Digital stitch fill techniques:

  • Weave fill (red leaf in top left-hand corner). – This is the most basic fill type that we learned today. This type of fill/stitch works best on medium to large areas.
  • Reshape- Use the reshape tool to refine any mistakes or misshaped shapes. Press the spacebar to switch points between curves and corners.
  • Satin Fill (slim leaf in bottom left-hand corner)– A smoother finish than weave fill, most suitable for small and/or narrow areas.  Always set stitch direction to go across the narrowest part.
  • Turning angle fill (Pink flower like shape in the middle)- used where the stitch changes direction in one object.  Great for creating natural effects on flowers, animals, people, clothing.

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Digital stitch line techniques:

  • Single line (dog’s hair) – a single fine line of stitch
  • Stem-stitch Line- An offset zig-zag
  • Triple line – heavier than a single line, giving an hand stitched effect
  • Motif Line- A row of motifs (pre-set or your own design) most suitable for straight lines or gentle curves.  Check size of motif for suitability
  • Satin Line- A more solid line, can vary the width up to about 10mm
  • Using turning angle fill to create lines of varying width (swirly question mark shape)

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Overall I found this session interesting, it was great to learn so much in one session.  I am now going to progress by creating my own sketches and drawings, I can transfer into the software and stitch my own designs. I am excited to us the single draw and the motif line to produce my sea creature sketches.

 

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Own Photographs.

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I wanted to make my concepts personal to myself, for this reason I have photographed my closest friends wearing a variety of my denim clothing items. I made sure these were all quite edgy and grungy photographs to correspond with my theme of ‘Urban Beat’. I thoroughly enjoyed taking these photographs, and also made the progress of them very entertaining as I knew the people behind the concepts. This is collection of my favorite photos from the bunch I took.

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These are my chosen three images that I will progress further into my concept design:

Colour and Mood Boards.

To begin the main aspect of my digital module I was asked to create a mood and colour board. I began by using techniques I already had knowledge of such as varying the layers, cutting and cropping images as resizing. I have gathered a number of images from the web and mainly Pintrest that inspire and relate to my theme of ‘Urban Beat’. I then narrowed them down specifically to my favourite and most inspiring imaged to create this mood board.

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I am very pleased with this mood board and I think it reflects my theme really well. I have included a lot of denim and fashion based pictures as I really want to focus my project of urban fashion.  As denim is really big and upcoming material in the urban fashion at the minute, I thought this would be a great area to focus my attention too.

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Following on from my mood board, I have created a colour board. I have used my main three favourite images to create this board and selected the colours that stand out the most to me to create a colour palette for my theme.  I love how bright and vibrant these colour swatches are, I also love how some complement each other very well such as the yellow and orange while other contrast with each other very well for variation such as the red and blue. I will proceed with these colour swatches by using them within my concepts and final designs.

Summary from the Digital Module.

 Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed this module. Coming from a background of little to none digital design experience, I was very surprised by how fast I actually picked the variety of skills up.

Starting with Adobe Photoshop, I struggled at the start with this and couldn’t get my head around the different uses of all the layers on one page, and how I re-sized or edited these layers to create my design. Once I had grasped this technique and began labeling and naming my various layers, I soon progressed within Photoshop and was less afraid of experimenting with different tools and techniques.

Moving on the Adobe Illustrator, this was my favourite one of the two as I didn’t have to worry about pixel size and got to work with vectors, meaning images could be resized to any size with no pixalation. My favourite part of illustrator was using the ‘image trace’ tool, where my simplistic and detailed sketches could be transformed into these, cartoon like images which I could then fill with colour, resize and edit to my preferred look.

My choses design brief was ‘Urban Beat’, I was very excited to dive into this brief and began researching the various words related to my chosen theme, e.g. graffiti, youth, grunge, urban. This inspired me greatly, and led to a mood board and colour board that I am very proud of. From researching and producing these boards, I decided that I wanted to focus my concepts on Urban Fashion.

I am very pleased with the colour palette I had chosen as it is very bright and colourful. I feel like I have the best of both words where some colours really complement each other, e.g. orange and yellow, on the other hand some of my colours contrast with each other to help make my designs stand out more, e.g. red and blue. On reflection, to improve on the use of my colour palette, I would experiment more with adding texture into these colours with more techniques that include layering and gradient techniques, I think this would add another dynamic to my designs and creating more texture would add more individuality to my pieces.

Over all, I am happy with my collection of designs, I think they all complement each other well as well as standing on their own as individual designs alone. To progress further with these designs, I would start to research and experiment with placing my designs onto actually objects. I would also like these objects to relate to my theme of ‘Urban Beat’ and look into electronics and social media. This means I could place my designs onto laptop/phones cases, profile background/skins as well moving into the urban fashion element and placing my designs onto clothing items.

I would like to carry on developing my digital skills throughout the rest of my time through university and summer and improve upon my knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator so that I can contribute these into my next body of work and add a new dynamic to my work.

Adobe Photoshop – Session 1.

Today was our first ever digital session. I was very excited to dive into the World of digital design as I had dipped into it throughout my Graphic Communication A level. I was thrilled to have an opportunity to learn Photoshop at a higher skill level.

The first thing we learned was that Photoshop is a pixel bases design programme (little squares of colour that build up a bigger image/design). This programme will be great for image merging and editing such as; mood boards, colour boards and customer boards. The main con to Photoshop is that as it is pixel based, the quality of the image deteriorates as it is made larger and larger.

Another important thing that I’ve learned through this session is the various colour settings, what they stand for and why they are used.

  • RBG colour = Red, Green and Blue. This is light generated through the computer screen which means the lights (colours) are directed straight into the eye.
  • CYMK = Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. This is light that reflected into the eye.

The first tasks we complete were the very basics such as; creating basic shapes, filling in colour, adding extra shapes and taking shapes away while the selection lines were still running.

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An interesting thing that I learned today was that I could see and un-see individual layers at any time by clicking the ‘eye’ button on and off next door to the tab of the layers.

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As well as learning the basic such as creating and filling shapes. We also began to edit these shapes using the ‘fx’ tab. Adding effects such as; bevel and emboss, drop shadows and colour over lays.

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Finally we learned to duplicate selected layers by grouping them and dragging them into the ‘duplicate layers’ tab. This means I can now create repeat patterns inside Photoshop which is very exciting. I am very intrigued to see what else I will learning over the next couple of weeks and broadening my digital design knowledge.

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