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Designing a Pattern for the Steampunk Competition

First of all, what is Steampunk?

Wikipedia says:

“Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century … Steampunk perhaps most recognizably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era’s perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. “

Alfred and Irma Prunesquallor from Mervyn Peake's Titus Groan books
Alfred and Irma Prunesquallor from Mervyn Peake’s Titus Groan books

Wikipedia says that the film of Mervyn Peake’s “Titus Groan” anticipated many of the tropes of Steampunk. Other films that have had a strong influence on Steampunk include Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil.

So, the key elements seem to be a Victorian feel, and an old fashioned idea of what the future will be. Jewelled or otherwise “scientifically” modified insects seem to play a reasonably large part, too. And dark lensed, round eyed goggles and glasses.

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Designing a Silk Scarf with a Border Using Photoshop

The total size of the scarf in pixels will be 6300 by 6300. Do you want a border on your scarf? What size border do you want? Bearing in mind that the edge will be rolled, so some of the edge will be lost in that way, I am going to set a border that is 200 pixels wide. So:

Make a New Image File

First of all, make a new image file (select File, New from the menu). Change the resolution to 150dpi, and set the size in pixels to 5900 width and 5900 height. Make sure also that the colour mode is set to RGB.
make a silk scarf

Fill the image with your Pattern


Next, I will fill the image with my pattern. (I’ll show you how to make a pattern in another tutorial, but just quickly, you draw your pattern repeat, then select Edit, Define Pattern, from the menu.) This is the pattern image I have added to my pattern library in this way.

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Liberty Press is Open

Welcome to Liberty Press!

It’s exciting to be open at last, after a long while of planning, and setting up this sister to our hand dyed yarn shop

There are limited fabric and paper choices at the moment, but they are all good, and more choice of fabrics and papers are on the way. Pictured is a colourful set of tea towels being printed onto cotton broadcloth.

Thanks for coming along.

Please do contact me if you have any questions, and I hope you will come back soon!

Best wishes,

Liberty Press