This page serves as a jumping off point, offering a small selection of possible programs and online platforms to support your specific design needs. And of course, you are always but a simple internet search away from a bevy of blogs, tutorials and articles to match your distinct learning style and creative goals. Listing here is not an endorsement by Spoonflower for any of these products or online content offerings. Well, we do quite fancy our Design Tools, our Blog, and Videos and Tutorials, so don't miss those!

 

Programs

Blogs and Websites

Books

Videos

 

Programs

  • Adobe - offering Photoshop for image creation and editing and Illustrator for vector drawing
  • Affinity Designer - offering vector and raster design tools
  • Art Rage - realistic art painting, oils, chalk, etc. (an earlier version is offered for free)
  • Canva - online design program
  • Convert My Image  - online conversion site to create JPGs from other file types
  • COLOURlovers - design program full of free pattern templates
  • Gimp - photoshop-like program
  • Inkscape - vector drawing program
  • Paint.NET - photoshop-like program
  • PicMonkey -  edit your own photos, or use their clipart and text to make something brand new
  • Pixlr - online photo editing tool with design options 
  • Sketchbook - drawing program for desktop, tablet, or mobile

 

Blogs and Websites

  • Design Sponge  -  "How to Make a Repeat Pattern"
  • Digital Arts - 31 tips to help with repeating pattern designs
  • Vectortuts Beginners Guide - A beginners guide textile design printing. Learn how to prepare a basic vector file for digital textile printing using Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Vectortuts Directory - directory offering tutorials for various design programs

 

Books

 

Videos