What design tools do you recommend?

What design tools do you recommend?

Professional designers frequently use Photoshop or Illustrator to create or prepare their designs. They might start with a scan of a painting or drawing or they might compose the image in the program itself. The pros also use special plugins for Photoshop, but Spoonflower is not just for pros, so...

There are a number of free programs available for creating and manipulating images:

Inkscape - Vector Drawing.

Paint.NET - Photoshop-like program.

Gimp - Another Photoshop-like program.

Art Rage - Realistic art painting, oils, chalk, etc. (an earlier version is offered for free).

LineTracer - Converts scanned sketches to .eps vector format.

WinTopo - Raster to vector converter newer, more robust than LineTracer.


What other surface design resources can you send me to?

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Here is a small sampling of websites and books we've used ourselves, but a quick web search will bring up many more design program tutorials and videos.


Vectortuts Beginners Guide - A beginners guide to preparing a basic vector file for digital textile printing using Illustrator and Photoshop.

Vectortuts Directory - A directory of many many Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials.

Computer Arts - A directory of Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials.

Cottage Industrialist - How to create seamless repeats.

Vectips - Illustrator tips, tricks, and tutorials.

Vandelay Design - Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials.


Photoshop for Photographers - Available in all Photoshop versions

Digital Textile Design


Spoonflower Videos on Youtube

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