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A Year in the Making

A Year in the Making

What a month it’s been! It feels like last months event and the Adobe Textile Designer demo was so long ago now, but what a fantastic night it was.

In July we celebrated CAD for Fashion Academy’s 1 year anniversary with an event called ‘A Year in the making’. The event was a chance for us all to look back on the last year and see how far we have come. Learners, industry friends and C4F Tutors were all there to raise a glass for everything we have all achieved! From small hurdles, slow and steady progress to complete shake-ups of life, work and personal development.

We are grateful to all of you who were able to join us on the evening to raise a glass! and to those who sent their congratulations.

Owner Erica Horne and resident, fashion print and graphics expert Stephen Rose; raise a glass to celebrate CAD for Fashions first year.

Adobe’s ‘Textile Designer’

At the event, we were treated to an exclusive Demo from our resident fashion print and graphics expert Stephen Rose. He told us all about Adobe Photoshop’s ‘Textile Designer’, formally known as ‘Project Paras’. This new plugin is going to change the way you create your repeats in Photoshop for the better! He showed us how easily it allows you to capture different colour combinations and also how it gives you full technical control over your output when you are ready to print.

Have a go in the studio! 

After the talk, we opened up the studio to let everyone have a go at using the new plugin. We provided a demo file and simple instructions which meant everyone was able to have a play and see how incredible the new features could be when it is finally rolled out in the main program.

Stephen Rose supporting our learners whilst they try out ‘Textile Designer’ for Adobe Photoshop

It’s fair to say there were some pretty excited faces in the room…

“This is how excited I am about the preview I’ve seen tonight of the new Adobe software – Adobe Textile Designer. This is gonna change my life! @cadforfashion 🖤🖤🖤” Alix Webb

Overall the event was a great success and it was our genuine pleasure to share it with you all. It also attracted a fair bit of interest outside our little community; including a little company called… Adobe! Next week myselfand Stephen will be on a video conference to California to speak with Mike Scrutton; Director of Print Technology and Strategy at Adobe. He is in charge of developing the ‘Textile Designer’ plugin and wants to speak to us about what we think! 

Over the last few weeks, we have been collecting feedback from you guys on Instagramand Facebook so we can help to make this feature the best it can be before its rolled out in the next major update. If you have any feedback or suggestions we would love to hear from you and will be passing all of this on to Adobe next week. Get in touch on info@cadforfashion.co.uk

Adobe’s ‘Textile Designer’ for Adobe Photoshop
Meet the Team – CAD for Fashion Resident Expert… Stephen Rose

Meet the Team – CAD for Fashion Resident Expert… Stephen Rose

We’re lucky enough at CAD for Fashion to have a resident fashion print and textile expert, Stephen Rose, who tutors our digital print and textile design courses.  Stephen is a mine of information and knowledge, with vast industry experience which he is more than happy to share with those taking our digital courses.  

Stephen Rose – Resident Fashion Print and Graphics Expert.

While many believe that CAD software is difficult to use, you will find that if you’re taught the right tricks and techniques and the correct way of doing things from the start, rather than being clumsy, frustrating and time consuming, these programmes are incredibly quick, efficient and effective to use for fashion and textile design.  And Stephen certainly is an expert in his field!  Founder and owner of Now! Design, Stephen has 20 years’ experience of developing and designing placement prints and repeat pattern fabrics for everything from fashion apparel to sportswear and soft furnishings for countless high street stores and well-known brands – with many of his designs becoming bestsellers in stores and online. 

In addition to his incredible talent, Stephen’s a thoroughly nice guy with a calm and patient teaching style.  Whether they’ve come in as complete beginners or designers wanting to refresh or top-up their skills, most of our course attendees come away amazed at how much they’ve learnt and managed to achieve.   You really can get to a higher level, faster if you’re trained by experts!

Stephen teaching our Adobe Photoshop for Fashion Print and Textile Course.

Driven by his passion for print, Stephen has also co-founded Graphic Moda, a creative marketplace for digital fashion print, which brings talented designers and buyers together to supply commercial fashion retailers with exclusive high quality designs at fair trade prices.  

“I’ve dedicated my career to digital fashion print design and I really enjoy taking courses at CAD for Fashion and helping others to learn what’s possible – seeing them realise what the software can do (or, rather, what they can do with the software!), achieving new things, finding shortcuts that will help immensely in their day-to-day work, creating something that looks amazing… it’s incredibly rewarding.  It’s my passion and if I can help to fuel that in someone else, well, there’s nothing better.”

Stephen Rose

Thanks Stephen – it’s great to have you on the CAD for Fashion team!

Find out here about our forthcoming courses or sign up for our newsletter to be amongst the first to hear about new and exciting courses and workshops planned for 2019.

Fashion Goes Digital in Derby

Fashion Goes Digital in Derby

There’s much more to being a fashion designer than having an eye for style and a flair for design. In an increasingly digital world a good working knowledge of CAD software is crucial but, unfortunately, it’s something that’s often overlooked on design courses.That’s why experienced designer, Erica Horne, has created an innovative new studio and training academy, CAD for Fashion, in Derby. Training can be hugely beneficial to fashion designers from students, to freelancers, to corporate teams and while specific computer aided design courses are popular in London there’s previously been little available in the Midlands.

Erica explains: “I studied fashion at Derby University and always particularly enjoyed using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. It wasn’t really covered in depth on the course computer-aided but I got on well with the software and began helping friends with it. When I graduated 6 years ago and began working as a childrenswear designer in Nottingham I continued to teach people how to use the software. Eventually, this led to teaching short courses at Nottingham Trent University, visiting lectures at Derby, Birmingham City Universities, and offering tuition to people at home. The demand was clearly there – this software can play a huge part in a fashion designer’s role nowadays and knowing how to use it properly, understanding the shortcuts, and using it in the same way as colleagues so that you can collaborate effectively makes life so much easier – so that’s why I set up the Academy.”

Erica Horne – Owner CAD for Fashion Studio & Academy
One of CAD for Fashion Academy’s resident experts – each one highly skilled and still practising as a designer in the Fashion industry.

As well as running the academy, through the studio side of the business Erica still works as a freelance designer and product development manager with award-winning Nottingham designer Fazane Fox amongst other brands. It’s this continued hands-on, industry experience that qualifies Erica to teach CAD in the most current and relevant way.

“I’m up-to-date with the latest versions of the software; I know how it works and what fashion designers need from it. It’s not bespoke software and most generic courses cover Illustrator and Photoshop for graphic design. The fashion industry has specific uses and requirements, so that’s what I focus on.”

Erica Horne – Owner CAD for Fashion Studio & Academy
Erica Horne – At the CAD for Fashion academy Launch Event helping some guests with the Adobe Illustrator challenge.

For businesses, Erica can work with whole teams to ensure that they’re all using the software efficiently and in the same way, leading to slicker processes and easier collaboration, as she did recently with Nottingham based MotoDirect. Courses cover all levels, ranging from complete beginner to intermediate or refresher, with corporate courses adapted specifically to a team’s needs.

If you would like to find out more about how CAD for Fashion Studio & Academy can support you and your needs please get in touch!

Jess Priest at CAD for Fashion Academy

Jess Priest at CAD for Fashion Academy

We were delighted to welcome the incredible talent that is Jessica Priest to the CAD for Fashion Academy recently.  Jess is a well-known and very successful artist and printed textile designer, whose stunningly effortless floral designs have been sold to Anthropologie, Vera Wang, Toast and Calvin Klein as well as numerous high street brands.  Having graduated from Winchester School of Art in 2000 Jess began working at a top London print design studio, and now works from her home studio in Buckinghamshire.  As well as designing, Jess teaches all over the UK so we were thrilled when she agreed to come and deliver a guest workshop at the CAD for Fashion Academy.       Needless to say, the session was a sell-out success, and those who were lucky enough to attend were certainly not disappointed!  Jess spent the morning teaching the group about watercolour floral painting as they created their own work, honing their individual style and technique under Jess’s expert guidance.  She was inspiring and knowledgeable, sharing her tips, artistic flair and industry experience with the group who all came away buzzing and eager to put their newly refined skills to good use. Jess’s freehand teaching was later complemented by an afternoon digital session run by our resident print expert, Stephen Rose, during which delegates were able to work in our Mac suit to clean up and translate their morning’s work into seamless repeat pattern designs using Adobe Photoshop.  From watercolour painting to professional textile design, all in a day!     This afternoon session was so popular we are running another in January for those who missed out on the day; Book Here if you are still unsure get in touch, we even have someone from another of Jess’s workshops joining us to learn how to work with their artwork in Adobe Photoshop. The course suited everyone from complete beginners with an interest in floral art, to those already working as professional fashion designers wanting to expand their skill set.  Feedback from all attendees was wonderfully positive… which is exactly what makes it all worthwhile!      
…can’t find words to tell you how much I enjoyed yesterday’s workshop! For your enthusiasm, patience and hospitality thank you so much!”
“…Jessica Priest shared her beautiful talent for painting florals, Stephen Rose gave a brilliant photoshop workshop and Erica Horne hosted the event and was so warm and welcoming.  If you get the chance do check out this place; these people really know their stuff.  I promise you’ll leave feeling inspired!”
“Saturday well spent at CAD for Fashion with the incredibly talented Jessica Priest… it’s so good to learn new skills in the workplace both freehand and on Adobe to help enhance your role!”
  Due to the success of this session, another one is planned for May 2019 – in fact, there’s already a waiting list for those who are interested so, if you’d like to attend the next one sign up to our mailing list to make sure you don’t miss out on a place.  We’d love to see you there!