Do you own a computer? Point-and-shoot camera? Smart phone? Tablet?
Are you using this equipment in producing and/or photographing your quilts. Or, do you need to learn more about it before you try to use today’s technology? Let’s start by looking at some design software.
Electric Quilt software has been around for twenty years now. I have owned every version of EQ since that time and wouldn’t even think about designing a quilt project without using it. It saves me so much time in selecting fabric and the placement of that fabric in a block or border. Without cutting a strip of fabric, you can move the colors around, and change lights and darks around at the click of your computer mouse. A lot of time and many dollars can be saved in figuring out which fabrics look best. Another good thing is the software calculates the amount of fabric you need. You can print the templates for individual pattern pieces or patterns for paper piecing. EQ has over 5,000 copyright-free block patterns, and you can even import your own fabric scans to use the fabric you’ve purchased for your quilt.
There is a new program called EQ Stitch, which is a plug-in for EQ7 that lets you create or import embroidery designs in minutes, or import photos to trace. You can personalize any project by adding machine appliqué with EQStitch; move, re-size, and rotate any favorite True-Type fonts to add a text element to EQ for easy lettering and monogramming. Who would have thought that we could make our own embroidery designs? Now you can! Check out the Electric Quilt products here.
And that is just the beginning of how technology can help in our quiltmaking. We will have professional photographer Gregory Case share more technology techniques with us at AQS QuiltWeek® in Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 20 – 23, 2014, at the DeVos Place Convention Center.
Adobe Photoshop Elements for Quilt, Textile, and Fiber Art Photography – Many people find preparing their images for use in shows, social media, web/smart phones/tablets, and print frustrating and confusing. In this introductory Photoshop® Elements class, we start with properly setting up your camera and then in Photoshop® Elements, learn how to color correct, brighten/darken your image, crop/straighten, put in different backgrounds, resize your image for various uses, and other techniques to complete the digital photography process.
One Hour Lecture to Improve Your Textile and Fiber Art Photography – If you have one hour, Gregory can show you how to improve your quilt, textile, and fiber art photography for juried show, print, and social media presentations. This presentation will show you the “best of” techniques and information.
Quilt, textile and Fiber Art Photography – If you’re frustrated with not getting the color right in photos of your quilts or textiles/fiber art, or your details and texture don’t show well, if your lighting is inconsistent, and/or you’re confused with juried-show image requirements, this class is for you. You will learn over 18 tips to improve your own quilt, textile, and fiber art photography for your own documentation and your social media/blog/website use for juried shows and print publications. We will cover the basics of your digital Point & Shoot or SLR camera, how to set up your “home studio”, achieve more accurate color, learn different lighting techniques, and the proper use of image-editing software.
The Digital Photography Point and Shoot, Smart Phone, Tablet, and Display Revolution – In the last couple of years, the sales of Point & Shoot (P&S) cameras have been decreasing as more people and artists are using their smartphones and tablets to replace their P&S cameras. Additionally, more people and artists are using the smart phones and tablets to edit and process their images bypassing traditional laptop or desktop computer-based image-editing software. Quilt, textile, and fiber artists are finding new freedom in presenting their work visually in social media, bypassing traditional methods of printed portfolios. Gregory will review how to improve your photography and overcome some challenges in using smart phone and tablet built-in cameras versus traditional digital point & shoot cameras. Learn current and popular “apps” for smart phone and tablet photographers regarding how to select, edit, process, and send your images.