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Fabric Critique Requested 
29th-Apr-2013 07:28 pm
I've never designed fabric until now. I've seen so many great indie designers come out with cute designs!
Tell me what you think of it. Comment on what I need to add to make it better or more cute. I was going for a more simple sweet look instead of OTT.

EDIT: This print was made for time passing and has no purpose of being produced! Atleast until it had been improved.
EDIT: Thank you for the help! I will improve the print based on helpful comments.
30th-Apr-2013 03:16 am (UTC)
It looks like your going for a traditional paining look which looks good on the bows, but I would suggest tweaking how it looks in the crease in the top two parts of the bows. Also, I can't tell what the white dots are supposed to be, I'm guessing polka dots. If they are polka dots they need to look more painted on and not so fuzzy at the edge, it makes them look like random lights. The biscuit looks really good, but it looks a little fuzzy. And I would add a string of pearls going from the bows just to make it look a little more interesting if this was to made into a dress or skirt. If you think that would be a bit OTT I still suggest maybe adding a little something to it. Also, is it an all over print or just a border kind of thing?
30th-Apr-2013 03:47 am (UTC)
Thanks for the reply! I tried de-fuzzing them earlier. It looked better with the pictures smaller so I guess I have to fix the fuzzing again >.<. Also I still haven't decided if I wanted it to be a border print or all over.
30th-Apr-2013 04:12 am (UTC)
I think with the stripes being the background and how simplistic everything is it'd look better as a border print. Although that would depend on how it might look de-fuzzed and if you end up changing the design.
30th-Apr-2013 03:35 am (UTC)
I would ditch or flip the upside down bow. It looks off.

Heavily agree about de-fuzzing the dots and biscuits. I'm sure it was easier to do, but no one wants a fuzzy dress. Crisp details are important.
30th-Apr-2013 09:08 am (UTC)
+1 on upside down bow I kinda had to fight the urge to turn my head upside down to look at it XD

also...more biscuits, lots more biscuits :D
30th-Apr-2013 03:48 am (UTC)
The computer I was working on had a smaller screen so the print didn't look as fuzzy but now looking on a bigger screen I will go back to making it less fuzzy. Thank You for helping out!
30th-Apr-2013 04:30 am (UTC)
Just wanted to add that besides the dots being fuzzy, they also go outside the lines of the bow. Personally, I don't mind the fuzziness, but the fact that they go outside the lines is a pretty big deal.

Also, not sure if this was intentional or not, but the top and bottom bows are slightly crooked. That might just be me being nitpicky, but it really bothers me.
30th-Apr-2013 11:18 am (UTC)
For printing you need a higher resolution. Minimum is 150 dpi and 2000 x 2000 pixel. For a better outcome you need minimum 150 dpi, the width and length from the printing area in pixel. Then you need to outlone the parts of your print with one of the colors of the piece you outline. The fuzzy appears because of the low resolution. Outlines can fix the problem a little. If you have the pissibility make a vector graphic of it. Save all parts of your print seperatley and put hhem together at the end.
30th-Apr-2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
Since you mentioned that you want to improve it, I'm going to be very nitpicky to try to help identify areas that could be improved, since I know sometimes a second pair of eyes catch things that you might not notice when you are totally into a piece and have been looking at it a long time. That said, please don't take this as me saying it's bad or anything; I do like it, and I'm only being picky because you asked for critique. ^_^

So, you have a few stray pixels under the large bows in red and white (looks like little wisps left from a soft eraser?). That said, basically echoing everyone else, you want a brush with a much crisper edge (or, ideally vector, but you can't get as painterly a look with vector usually). If you are having trouble making it crisp, it's better to work larger and shrink it down, than to work at-size and have it be very fuzzy, IMHO. If I zoom out to about 25%, it gets reasonably crisp, but then we are talking about a 3-inch square image. You want to have your final image be larger than these are, and crisper, so you would have to work much, much bigger if you can't crisp up the painting style.

Also, pay attention to how wide your stripes are, and how wide the space between them is. If you switch to use vector, measure it out exactly. If you stick with raster like this, measure it to the pixel. Your left most pin stripe is closer to the center one than the right most one is, and they are otherwise uniform. If it's intentionally asymmetrical, exaggerate it more.

With your shading of the bows, watch your light source. The biscuit implies that the light is up and to the right, but the bow is the same bow moved around in space with the same shading (I know, I know, it's a lot easier. I'm totally guilty of doing this with digital art all the time; I notice it now because it's something I'm trying to break myself of). So, anyways, the mirrored large bows imply that your light source is right in the center, but then they (illogically) cast no shadow on the biscuit. The upside-down bow is partly disconcerting to people because it's shaded to be right side up. The places where the shadows are should be the highlights when we look at it upside down based on the contours of the shape.

That said, it's a cute idea, and you obviously have artistic talent and a good sense of balance, it just needs a little firming up.
30th-Apr-2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
You were really helpful and I appreciate that! Thank you for the tips on how to fix it. I haven't used my tablet in over a year and finally took it out. Your comment is really detailed and nice ^^
30th-Apr-2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
I love seeing fabric designs by other lolitas, it always looks so cute!
I would say that the biscuit could have a more prominent role, right now it is a bit overshadowed by the bows (and/or you could have more biscuits).
Also, is this going to be a repeat pattern? It is a good idea to repeat the image the way you envision it (border print, all-over...) so you can see if you need to draw new elements to fill up spaces or change the positions of what you already have.
30th-Apr-2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
I would use vector art if you want to make this as a print.
Using "paint" or "photoshop brush" always makes the print look sloppy.

Try making the cookies and bow more symmetrical.

PS: making fabric print repeat is a pain in the butt
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