Hi. I’m James Brown and welcome to Pattern Designers. In this video I’m going to walk you through
how to get started as a textile designer in five easy steps. Be sure to stick around until the end to get
our free textile design cheat sheet. One, equipment. So first you’ll need a phone. You’ll use your phone for emails, social media,
and obviously phone calls, so a phone. Next you’ll need a computer. I run a MacBook Pro 17-inch. It’s a 2011 model. It’s quite old now, but I have run these for
like four to five years, MacBook Pros. They’re kind of a little bit indestructible. So that’s what I’ve gone with, the cheapest,
probably, 17-inch computer you’ll get and it’s at decent speed. You’ll use this for going on the Internet
and for producing artwork, your bread and butter. You’ll also need one of these, a printer. Get a printer because then you print out all
your artwork and see what your artwork looks like in print. You’ll also need Adobe Creative Cloud, the
Illustrator or Photoshop. Check this out. Here you’ll get Illustrator and Photoshop,
your basics for textile design. You can choose to purchase them individually
for 20 pounds per month, so that’s 40 pounds for the two, or you can choose, like I have,
to pay the 50 pounds per month and you get everything in Creative Cloud. The key ones that I use the most are Photoshop,
Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and After Effects. So it’s worth the 50 pounds because if I bought
then individually it would cost me a 100 pounds. Two, study your craft. Okay, so study your craft. You want to learn three to five techniques. You could choose water colors, paper cut,
screen printing, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, pencil drawing. Whatever you feel the most confident in, go
with those to begin with. I started with pencil drawing, water color,
and then a little bit of Illustrator. So next you need to keep practicing. I mentioned doing three to five techniques. Maybe round it down to two that you think
you’re the best at and keep practicing at those, just keep working away. Three, build your collection. So creating a collection of artworks. So now you’ve got your key techniques down,
you’re really happy with the way you’re producing those. You want to start building a collection of
artworks to present to people. Now you want to create a collection of about
a 100 to 150 artworks that will be your collection that you present to prospective clients. I think the best option would be to initially
start out printing on A3 paper, A3 or A4, whatever your design suits the most. For women’s wear and men’s wear clients like
to see the artwork on silk on a flowing piece of material. But if you can’t afford that stick with the
A3 to A4 paper. And I would recommend using a decent printing
company and then you might get a discount on the amount that you want to print. So if you’re printing a 100 or a 150 you might
get a discount because you’re printing so many. Four, brand yourself. So to start off with four, branding yourself,
I think the most essential thing is that you get yourself a logo, either your name or your
company name as a text logo. No, I don’t think you need an icon to start
off with as a textile designer, you just need that, your name defines you. And then you can put it alongside prints like
here Karolina York has and it looks clean and elegant. Here we’ve got Printfresh, it’s a little bit
more quirky. It’s got the “fresh” on an angle in the box. Looks cute and works for them. I would head over to somewhere like MyFonts
at the moment. Museo Sans is my font of choice, and you can
get different weights of the fonts that’s your favorite. Let’s have a look at, if you go to MyFonts
and choose, say, Sans Serif for example, then you can type in your chosen wording, your
company name or your name, and then head through the different types of fonts and choose one
that makes the most sense to you. Five, sell your work. So first I would make a list of the top 30
companies that you think your artwork would look good on their product. Then with these 30 companies I would find
the most important person to speak to at each of these companies, e.g. buyer, head of design,
manager of design, the people who make the decisions on buying prints, and then I would
contact them via phone or email and arrange a meeting to show my fresh, new collection. I hope this video has given you more of an
insight into how to get started as a textile designer. If you can’t afford or handle the time to
do everything right now then just be patient, keep chipping away at those essential things
and you’ll get there. Be sure to download our free textile design
cheat sheet, the link is in the description, and like this video, comment, give us feedback,
and subscribe to our channel. I’ll see you in the next video. See ya!


  1. SJ P says:

    Very helpful YouTube channel!! I’m starting out as a textile designer and was wondering what type of freelance work is most common for textile designers?

  2. Aisha Abd Alrahman Price says:

    Hi there just wondering if Inkscape would be good enough. I can’t afford adobe right now and Inkscape is free. Does it do a good enough job? Also do you live off textile design becaus after a printer, adobe, a lap top and everything else you end up putting a lot of money out. Thanks!

  3. J Jade says:

    Hi, how do you sell your work as a printed textiles designer? I know there are different types of licencing and some designers do commission work. But I'm having trouble understanding the legal side of things, such as contracts and how to go about it. It'd be great if you could make a video about it.

  4. Go See Christy says:

    I did not know how much goes into textile design until I watched this. WOW!! Thank you!

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