Apparently this blog was hacked.
I have repaired the damage and put up more fences to prevent another event.
I combined the 2 posts that seem to have been affected/infected. What I so breathlessly shared a few days ago has turned into a kind of opus (at least in my mind)..
Rewriting makes it hard to present the material with the fresh dewey eyes of “youth”. Meaning: I have some trepidation in sharing this method as factually and as flatly as before. I have tried a few things that required some tweaking. I’d rather not get into those details in an introduction- tooo messy. So, consider this the first layer.
During a recent workshop, at Digital Weaving Norway, there was interest in this process. (you know who you are!) I was having “one of those days” aka- a very little brain function day, and hope this tutorial will offer some assistance to my dear, new friends. This is really just an overview. This means, if you are completely unfamiliar with Illustrator, you may not feel this tutorial is a tutorial. And…you know- I can go into detail…so….ask me…I can make another update. My goal here is to demonstrate what CAN be done. There are countless tutorials by super sharp teachers on youtube that can get you basic and even fancy-but, none of them address the needs of weavers- hence this little ditty. This is my little way of trying to push the envelope forward for us Jacquard weavers on Photoshop and the TC2. Industry software has ways of doing this. Been there- it’s nice. But- so it wrangling amazement this way….IMHO
For this to work, I have to be aware of the how an object will look given the number of pixels used to express it. So…In order to have success and not introduce new problems, when starting in vectors, attention to settings and controls is in order.
Here we go again again:
In Illustrator preferences :
Uncheck anti- alias artwork
Since I am discussing patterns….you will see a box: “Transform Pattern”
Basically- if you check it- the pattern will seem to move with the object you filled- if you move that object. Unchecked- the pattern will seem to stay in place- if you move the object you will “capture” different pieces of the pattern.
(maybe there is a better way to put that?)
: to create patterns to export to Photoshop- I have left this box unchecked.
Set your units to pixels. You will have a better sense of how an object will look in thread (pixel) as well as the scale of the pattern repeat.
Here you can set another means of understanding how large or small your pattern will be in pixels. Just knowing the pattern tile size is not enough to know if your pattern will work in threads..err…pixels. Once a file is open, if you go to VIEW in the control Bar are SHOW GRID- you will see the grid.
When you open a new file- Double check that it opens in Pixels. I set the artboard to open in a size that is visually approximately the size of my repeat. This is another way for me to understand my pattern. This artboard can be resized if you wish. Change the color mode to RGB and select pixel for the preview mode.
After you click OK to open the file- go to the EFFECTS menu in the control bar- and go to Document Raster Settings
Finesse the resolution to match your loom.
My loom is set to 90 epi
UNCHECK anti alias
0 the number of pixels around your object.
- Make your pattern
a little note here- if you are completely unfamiliar with Illustrator you may not realize that it is very easy to make a little design motif element and scale it down or up and save that little bit as a symbol. I sometimes will make numbers of pieces of things to be combined and recombined. If you do this- you must break the link to the symbol before successfully using it as a pattern.
Additionally- Illustrator allows you to save palettes of colors, extract colors from images and organize them into folders. I haven’t seen a nice easy way to do this Photoshop.
Drag that pattern out from the swatches panel and on to workspace.
- Go to the Layers panel. Click on the arrow at the left of the icon to open the Group. At the bottom of the stack is the bounding box. If you have your pattern selected~ you will see 2 rectangular boxes surrounding your design. If your design has a seamless repeat that extends beyond the bounding box- you will see 2. If your repeat is complete inside the box- you will see one. The point is to locate the BOUNDING BOX. This defines the pattern tile.
You can see what is what by clicking the eyeball to the far left in the layers.
- Drag that box to the top of the stack. Still inside the Group.
- Make sure all paths of the group are selected by clicking on the ball at the far right.
A short note here- When you go to Photoshop- you will define this rectangular box as a pattern. It will be tiled out -just like your weaves- upper left hand corner L to R line by line like text on a page. Depending on how you grouped things when you made your initial for the repeat- and the repeat type- you may find that some fiddling is in order. The first time you try this- keep it simple to get the idea into your head- there are a lot of pieces to be aware of. I have seen a few repeats that were more difficult to copy because I grouped objects when I first drew them….it was tedious to track back to so that objects could be split. I am also a little suspicious of certain types of repeats…I need to research this a bit and get back. Even so- If you UNDERSTAND what you are doing- you can finagle your way thru to the light (so to speak). These kinds of questions are what had me holding this method somewhat close to my chest. I have finally figured out that I don’t have to have ALL the answers- just some.
- Go to Photoshop
- Open a New file If you can’t copy into Photoshop or you get weird text instead- go to the preferences/ file handling and clipboard and uncheck – the box that says “include SVG text”.
- Adjust the resolution to match your loom. You did this in Illustrator. I adjust the color mode here as well and decide if you want a transparent background. I often leave the background of a pattern transparent because I have something going on in the image that demands it (overlay) or I know that I can very easily add a fill layer of color in Photoshop.
- Select smart object Before you accept the paste LOOK up at the control bar at the top of the interface – UNCHECK anti alias. After I had all my settings in order- I didn’t have to uncheck this devilish box which seems to be everywhere just waiting to waste my flavor.
Now you can avoid many of the hours of clicks and tears in my misbegotten youth.