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Designing with text

18 August 2014 08:15

Text on fabric is very popular at the moment.  We all know this:

Slogans on tee-shirts and sweatshirts are popular, as are bags like this one:

So, let's have a go at designing our own fabric with text. 

I used Photoshop Elements, and started by opening a canvas 20 cms square.   You could design an all-over pattern and cut out the pieces you need, or, especially for something like a bag, work on a canvas of the right size for each piece.  That way, you can centre your design, or lay it out in the way you want it.  Put all the pieces onto one larger canvas and save that for printing.

For the purposes of this blog post, I'm creating a design based on the name of the town where PmP HQ is - Dorking - and working on a 20 cm square.

Working in Expert mode, click on the Type tool.   Select the size, font and colour you want for your type at the bottom of the screen, click on the canvas and enter your text.  The text will be centred on your click.  When you're happy with your text, click on the green tick.  You can move or resize your text.  You will need to click on the Type tool again before you type your next text.  Here is a simple version of the bag design:

Or you can be a bit more adventurous and use different fonts, sizes and direction for the print:

Have you tried using text in a design?


'I love NY' image from