this is a great book full of all sorts of advice, tip and tricks, and interviews to help you in creating a fantastic portfolio to showcase your work to it's best ability...that's what we all want, right?
Digital Textile Design - Portfolio Skills
the great thing about this book is it takes you step-by-step through the creative process...from those initial sketches and how important they are, the proper way to scan and transfer to your computer and how to use Illustrator and Photoshop to make AMAZING patterns!!
the step-by-step tutorials are excellent. one specific one i have found useful is the filters tutorial - they take one image and show you all of the filters that Photoshop has to offer:
the Illustartor tutorials are very easy to follow (and that is coming from someone who finds it rather tricky!):
a fab few pages on how to create a colour palette from images and photos in Illustrator:
and the all important - how to create REPEAT PATTERNS!!! what we all want to know, in an easy-to-follow breakdown for both Photoshop and Illustrator:
this tutorial proved very helpful for when i was putting together my portfolio. it shows you how to apply your patterns to actual objects and furniture in a realistic way. i know that isn't to everybody's taste but it is very handy to know and the outcomes can look great!!
the book also features interviews from a range of artists talking about their work, how they started, their processes...
you can buy this from Amazon.co.uk for £15.75 or form Amazon.com for $23.10