Silk screening, air brushing, and hand painting have long been an integral part of fashion—but technology now makes it possible for both everyday designers and major fashion brands to turn absolutely any hand drawn doodle, print, or design in to a custom textile. While this innovative technology has been around for about 10 years, the newer generations are the most versatile, cost-effective, and user-friendly.
How Technology Makes It Easy To Turn Your Doodle Into A Signature Print
There are many textile manufactures that offer clients the ability to turn their doodles into prints. Each is a bit different, but they operate in a fairly similar manner. Before you invest your time and resources in selecting a textile company to work with, make sure that they can transfer or weave your design on to something more than just standard cotton and polyester—that is unless that is all you require. While each software solution is unique, the process goes a little something like this.
- First you hand draw a print or design on paper, or on your preferred electronic art program.
- Then you scan or upload your design to the fabric manufacture’s software program.
- Next edit the size and scale, select the colors of your print and background, and edit to perfection.
- Last but not least, you select the type of fabric you want your materials printed or woven onto.
In most cases, you must order at least a full roll or bolt of the print you desire. Depending on the software you use, you may be able to laser print a large piece of paper in your design to ensure you like the end look, before you place your fabric order. Make sure you work with a company that allows you to save your designs, and upload all of your designs to the Cloud.
The Sky’s The Limit
Don’t get me wrong, there are an unlimited number of options to choose from in any fabric store, but as an aspiring or established designer there have certainly been many times you have envisioned a design that you simply can’t find anywhere. Or, maybe you want to create a signature print—such as your own monogram the likes of DKNY, MK, Coach, or LV. Technology now allows you to do just that, with production costs that most designers can afford.
Not Just For Designers
This innovative technology was introduced to the masses during the 7th season of the hit design reality TV show Project Runway in 2010, and has since expanded and evolved. Now similar technology makes it possible to turn your print or design in to wall paper, framed art, personalized merchandise—or even a super cool gift for grandma!
The ability to have any print or design you want woven on to the fabric of your preference allows designers to take greater creative control of their designs. While there will certainly always be a need for mass produced fabrics and textiles—having the ability to create the textile of your dreams takes fashion to a whole new level.