Today, I thought I'd try out something new. Each image above is a clip of twelve designs. The first are my top twelve best sellers of all time. The second is my twelve newest designs that are for sale on your choice of fabric, wallpaper or giftwrap. The last is a preview of twelve of my newest designs, which are not yet available for sale. Enjoy!
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Of course, I'd love it if you'd choose one of my designs for this and I'd work with you to locate one of my 4600+ designs that suits you or create a new design to your specifications.
Ever have this happen - you're working with an image that fits comfortably on your screen and isn't too big, and then you realize it needs to be about 4 times bigger when it is printed out but doing that with your software will make it too big to work with or exceed a file upload size. This happens to me a lot and I was tired of not being able to generate a fabric image that didn't fit a full width of fabric without crashing my system or being unable to upload it to Spoonflower because it was over 40 MB in size. Well I finallly decided to search for a solution and one presented itself with the right price - free!
I found this software a couple of weeks ago and after fiddling with all the settings I'm able to generate some pretty decent enlarged files to fit 56" wide by yards long print areas that are still small enough to upload to Spoonflower and don't crash my system. SmillaEnlarger can be obtained from (http://smillaenlarger.en.softonicdownloads.com/). I can't wait to try it on full wall-height images for wallpaper strips and shower curtains and other large format applications. It's good to have a tool that works so well.
Someone bought a couple of yards of this today, making my 1000th sale a real scream! Of course, I've plowed every penny of my little 10% commission back into fabric proofing ... and then some. It started out as an expensive hobby. Now I can pay for most of my new swatches with earnings from sales so it's almost a self-sustaining hobby.
I've been asked how people create mockups of things using their patterns. There are several commercial ways available to do this. You can purchase software that creates realistic mockups. You can also upload your designs to any of several online manufacturers who provide simulated views of your final products featuring your designs. However, these product previews are often subject to copyright restrictions. So what can you do if you don't have money for templating software and don't want to violate the copyrights of the online manufacturers that you work with? You can draw a layered template!
The only tricky part of this is deciding which area(s) you want to put your design on and creating "punchouts" for them. Then you place a layer behind everything that you can edit at will to add your designs and manipulate them (rescale, twist, etc.) to make them look more realistic. You can also add transparent layers over your design areas to add shadows, pleats, wrinkles and other effects to make something appear more real. Lock any elements that you don't want to be able to edit. The shoe template below is a .PNG file that can be opened and edited. For this design, the trim around the opening and the outer heel can be edited together to change colors, the lining of the shoe can be edited, and the background design can be edited. You can also edit any of the text. I have added a tiny "template downloaded from www.glimmericks.com" on the left. I would appreciate it if you left it on the template if you reuse it but do not require attribution.
Don't mess with me, I'm a scientist - a computer geek with boundless curiosity and an artist's creative fires burning within. Part Vulcan - part Klingon - part DaVinci, I have a background in biophysics, computers and music. I find inspiration in the oddest places and my sense of humor and creativity pop out in the strangest ways.