I told you about Spoonflower, the site for custom-printed fabrics quite awhile ago, but I only recently got around to trying them out. I learned a few things in the process!
Have a sample printed! That's actually all I did, and I'm really glad, because for just $5 each, I got little 8x8 inch tests of two prints. Very reasonable price to try out your design, I think.
Don't use an image that has too much detail. It just won't come out. Wherever detail is subtle or begins to pile up, the fabric will just appear to be printed with a solid muddy color. This is not their fault! I needed to pay more attention to the image size and the printing resolution.
Color is tricky. I will need to do color calibration on my monitor before having anything else printed. Also, remember that there will not be light shining through your fabric like there is on your monitor, so the colors will not be quite as bright.
Read up on fabric design. This series deserves a special place in your bookmarks: Mama Made Designs has a FABULOUS tutorial series for aspiring fabric designers. Start with the link above, and then just click to the next in the series near the top of the page:
- Part 1: Thinking About and Creating Your Design
- Part 2: Computer Art Programs and What They Do
- Part 3: Getting to know Inkscape, a Vector Art Program
- Part 4: Finishing Your Design and Creating the Perfect Tile
- Part 5: Color Calibration Part A & B
Here are some other services to try out:
True Up does a digital fabric printing guide, comparing 4 companies
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I'm looking at fabric designs in a new way and trying to trying to gauge how some of my graphic designs would translate.
It would really be fun to make totes or pillows from my own "designer" fabric.