The Ultimate Guide To Repeats

Empower your pattern development process through this five week self-study course.

The UGTR Story

How would it feel to stop guessing your way through the repeat process? How would it feel to go beyond the standard set and tossed layouts that you have used for years? How would it feel to have a system to developing patterns and repeats that you can refer back to when you are feeling overwhelmed or lost? Your design process would feel EMPOWERED and you would have the CONFIDENCE to get your work out into the world.

Knowing how to develop more professional patterns brings a sense of ease to the process, which allows your creativity to blossom. When we can quiet our inner voice that asks, “Am I doing this right?” or “What the heck does that mean?” we can focus on the fun stuff… the creative process.

The Ultimate Guide to Repeats shares the secrets to developing professional patterns and repeats for the textile design marketplace and is now part of our Textile Design Lab.

UGTR e-course really IS the ultimate guide. The tutorials explore pattern in great detail, from printing methods, to repeat methods in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Although the course is geared to textile design, all techniques are great for any design that requires a pattern: gift wrap, bags, tags, etc. I highly recommend UGTR to anyone who wants to get a solid handle on everything you’ll need to know about repeating patterns from a professional in the field.

What You’ll Learn

  • The steps to developing beautiful set, tossed and free-flowing pattern layouts
  • How to create professional repeats in Illustrator and Photoshop
  • What it means to be a textile designer and how textiles are printed
  • How and when to use Illustrator’s new CS6 pattern tool

You have no idea how happy I am about the Ultimate Guide to Repeats, it has been the perfect tutorial. The one I really needed. It’s like the whole mystery of repeats has been clarified for me. I have been winging things from what I can see and always felt sort of uncomfortable with it. You are a wonderful teacher.

Who This Course Is For

This course was designed for passionate designers who…

  • Want to learn how to turn their concepts into professional patterns
  • Want to stop guessing their way through the repeat process
  • Want to dive into the textile design marketplace with confidence
  • Tips and tricks to developing a print color palette
  • Want to begin creating patterns that stand out in the market

If you are looking for a resource with significant real world experience who is not only encouraging but also willing to answer a wide variety of industry related questions then Michelle is your girl. The added bonus is that she has Chelsea working along her side ready and available to help out. The pattern observer site not only offers a forum for sharing and developing ideas, but also provides a wealth of industry related inspiration and information. It’s great for someone new to the industry.

What you get with the course

Eight video tutorials, which vary in length from 15-65 minutes.
  • Lesson One: What it means to be a textile designer and understanding the production process
  • Lesson Two: Creating beautiful set layouts in illustrator, including how to use the new CS6 pattern tool!
  • Lesson Three: Creating more professional tossed layouts in illustrator CS6
  • Lesson Four: Using Illustrator CS6 to create more dynamic horizontal and diagonal stripes
  • Lesson Five: Developing jaw-dropping, free-flowing prints in Photoshop
  • Lesson Six: Creating repeats from flat files in Photoshop
  • Lesson Seven: Indexing for textile design production
  • Lesson Eight: Labeling your files for factory production
Course materials, which include checklists, templates and a resource guide for further learning. The Ultimate Guide to Repeats is now a part of our Textile Design Lab. Learn more here!


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