Adobe releases Textile Designer Plugin for Photoshop

Last October Adobe announced Project Paras, a plug-in to Photoshop. The response was very encouraging. A broad range of textile designers, from major brands to independent professionals to part-timers and hobbyists, signed up to test it. The adobe team listened closely to their feedback, and used it to make the product even better, it pointed out. The result is the Adobe Textile Designer Plugin for Adobe Photoshop. This month, Adobe will  exhibit Textile Designer at ITMA (booth #H3-A123A), the quadrennial textile technology show June 20-26 in Barcelona, Spain). “Adobe Photoshop is an indispensable tool for fashion and décor artists to translate their vision into an eye-catching design, and a printable pattern,” the company said. “However, even with the power of Photoshop, repeating artwork often means repeating steps, which can be cumbersome and can undermine the creative impulse. The designer must work on the core tile, and the overall pattern, simultaneously paying close attention to both. Changes to colours and shapes in the core tile must be meticulously propagated to each unit in the full pattern. A late change may mean going back to “square 1” and starting over,” it added.

The Adobe Textile Designer Plugin for Adobe Photoshop will help fashion and décor artists to streamline this process. It’s basically a set of tools which enable greater creativity and productivity in designing prints for fabrics. Designers can build and preview repeating patterns, define separations, and work with colourways, all within Photoshop, while keeping every element editable and reversible until the design is ready for printing. Like most Adobe Creative Cloud applications, it supports non-destructive elements with independent layers, adjustments, filters, and allows users to place an Illustrator smart object (vector) in a Photoshop design that can be edited later. After a design is ready to print, designers can save their work in various formats, and can include XMP metadata in their output files that can be used in the fabric production process.

Mike Scrutton.

“Adobe Textile Designer was conceived to help designers make prints for fashions and fabrics for furnishings” said Mike Scrutton, Director of Print Technology & Strategy at Adobe’s Print & Publishing Business Unit. “Designers can be creative today without worrying how they’ll print tomorrow. Adobe Textile Designer is flexible to allow traditional screen and engraved roller printing, as well as the latest digital techniques,” he added. Adobe Textile Designer Plugin for Adobe Photoshop is now in beta testing – so it’s free for anyone to try and subsequently provide feedback to Adobe.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.