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I can answer questions that focus on using computer aided design for textile design. My career focus has been on using adobe photoshop for textile design.

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Frederick Chipkin of Kew Gardens NY has earned inclusion in the 2008 edition of Who's Who in America and in the 2008 Edition of Who's Who in the world. Frederick's biography has been included in Who's Who Since 2004. To be chosen for inclusion, candidates must have held a position of responsibility or have attained a significant achievement. Frederick graduated Parsons School of design with a BFA in surface design. A textile designer for Liz Claiborne, Bernard Chaus, Manager CAD dept. I Appel, Owner of Design Society, and most recently Owner of Origin inc. Textile Design studio, Fredericks career has spanned 20 years in the industry. Frederick is best known for his book Adobe PhotoShop for textile design. Frederick first wrote his book Adobe Photoshop for Textile Design in 2001 and has been continuously updating it ever since. As of 2009 Adobe Photoshop for Textile Design is now in its 8th edition. The main focus of Frederick's book is to enable the textile designer to accomplish all the essential tasks of textile design without the use of a proprietary program or plugins. It guides you through step by step techniques for creating color combinations, repeats, color reduction of a tonal (watercolor) design and simple woven effects. There's also a section on how to use layers to create quick color combinations. There is a CD included with the book that contains color charts and practice images. For more information on Adobe Photoshop for Textile Design please go to . If you would like to see sample pages please go to or you can go to and type in the ISBN 0972731709 or 9780972731706


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Parsons School of Design BFA in surface design.

What do you like about this subject?

To me the computer is just another kind of ?paint brush?, that you can use to produce incredible effects. As a designer your main purpose should be to explore all the possibilities that this new medium brings.

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All of the following tools & techniques can be achieved using the software Adobe Photoshop. Square and Half/drop Repeats, Selection and Fill Tools (basic textile settings), Filling with a solid color, Color reducing a textile design in PhotoShop, Forced color reduction using the Marquee tool, Coloring your textile design, Cleaning a textile design, Editing a design

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aoi05/24/14101010Thank you so much for your helpful .....
Hanna04/01/14101010Thank you Frederick, that was very helpful!
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Recent Answers from Frederick Chipkin

2014-05-23 programs for textile design:

Hi Aoi,  This is sort of a loaded question. People tend to like the programs they are working with.  I feel that Adobe Photoshop has all the tools you need to design textiles and it's the most widely program

2014-03-27 Repeat print, fashion vs. home textile:

Hi Hanna,      Home furnishings often have a 36" repeat simply because they deal with large scale patterns. However there are plenty of home furnishing patterns which are small scale too and have no difference

2014-01-23 Color Separations - Fuzziness:

Hi again Shanna,       People work differently however just about 100% of the designs my studio works with and 100% of the work that I see from studios are in RGB or Indexed color mode. Usually designs

2014-01-23 Color Separations - Fuzziness:

Yes! If the design is flat then the magic wand is the appropriate tool.  FYI: Ultimately the design your working on would probably be ideal for   color reducing to indexed color. However since color reduction

2014-01-23 Freelancing - Best way to display prints:

Hi again Shanna,       I'm not an expert on everything however I'll answer you as best I can.  For research on printable fabric I recommend going to Dharma's websight:


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