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Subject: How To Put Fabric Swatches in a Computer Drawing

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Date Posted: 08:58:30 05/19/05 Thu
In reply to: K 's message, "Fabrics" on 15:41:14 03/10/01 Sat

On a previous post in Dance.net, someone asked me how I was putting actual fabric in my drawings. I figured this might be helpful for other dressmakers too!! (For a better idea of what I am talking about, check out this, www.dancinirish.com/LightGold3.jpg)

First you need Adobe Photoshop 7.0 to do it. I don't think the previous versions have the function you need (I could be wrong).

1. Take a picture or scan in your fabric swatches.

2. Crop it so no frayed edges show and you only have a square of just that fabric. You can use the images found on websites too.

3. Go to Image and then Image Size. Make sure the resolution is 72 dpi.

4. Then go to Filter and Pattern Maker. Your swatch will be in the middle of the page. Click and drag a marqueed square around it and click generate. The pattern maker will scramble up the image so keep clicking it until you find one that matches the original best. Click OK and it will ask you what to save it as. Name it and click OK.

5. Now go back to your sketch of your dress. Click on the pouring paint bucket and up top in a drop down box, it will say "Foreground". Click down and choose "Pattern" and choose your swatch. Now you can fill in your picture with the fabric swatch you chose.

This way you can get a better feel for what a dress will look like when done and nothing permanent can be started. You might start and realize that those colors look like crap together. This way, it will save you the headache.

from MT

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