How To Craft A Digital Quilt Design


Ever wondered what a finished quilt would look like in a specific design but lack the brain power to fully envision it? Or have you ever finished a quilting project and wondered why it didn’t look like the image in your mind? If your answer is yes, there is a solution to that particular conundrum. By using Photoshop or a similar image manipulation tool and a scanner, you can literally stitch a quilt digitally.

The first thing to do is to decide on a pattern and recreate it to scale on the imaging software. This requires a little knowhow on how the pattern stamping tool and resizing works on Photoshop and there are dozens of tutorials online to cover these topics. Make sure you save each piece of the quilt to a different layer, so that they can be filled in later. The next step is to scan all the fabric you will be using for the project. Save them as high quality JPG files. Once that is done, convert them to scale on Photoshop, decide where each fabric will go and use them to fill in each ‘piece’ layer of the quilt. Not only is this an easy way to recreate the image in your mind, it will also save the time and heartache caused when the final product does not look the way you want it to.

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