Digital Surface Design: Simple Techniques for Hand-dyed Fabric Effects and More with Diane Rusin Doran

Learn simple techniques for hand-dyed fabric effects with the expertise of Diane Rusin Doran.

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Learn how to create unique digitally-designed fabrics with an artistic flair.

Fiber artist Diane Rusin Doran takes viewers on a digital surface design adventure using her own photographs and manipulating them in Photoshop Elements. The simple process results in fabrics that resemble complex hand-dyed cloth, all without the chemicals, clean-up, and learning curve associated with traditional surface design.

Join Diane and learn how to create amazing digitally designed fabrics that combine colorful mixtures of realistic imagery with easily learned techniques. After an overview of traditional hand-dyed fabrics, Diane demonstrates how to create a variety of those effects in Photoshop. She takes the viewer through all of the steps for creating mottled backgrounds by using cloud imagery to mimic low-water immersion dyeing. Digital drip-dyed fabrics are created by using simple photo manipulation with stunning results. Digital fabric stamping is also a technique covered in this workshop, and incorporates using unique digital brushes for a stamped effect. Digital stamping techniques also create bleach discharge effects. Diane then shows a wide variety of examples of digital fabric printed at home with printer-ready fabric sheets, as well as printed professionally as yardage.

You’ll be amazed at the wide variety of hand-dyed effects you can achieve in your fabrics, all designed on a computer with photos you have on hand. Creating your own unique line of cloth is now a reality by learning this simple and accessible technique.


Order your copy of Quilting Arts Workshop: Digital Surface Design today!



Format: Video

ISBN 13: 978-1-62033-720-2

Runtime: 72 Minutes

Customer Reviews

poorly done Review by Laceflower

For a DVD that is about digital it would be elementary to be able to READ her digital screen. Not So! She uses Elements 11 and I have Elements 10, I have know idea what my choices would be in my program as I cannot read her blur of choices she makes. I also expected more techniques than the few she showcases. All around a BIG disappointment.

(Posted on 6/10/14)

Photoshop Elements?? Review by Scop

I'm disappointed. I thought I was getting a DVD that emphasized the Photoshop Elements techniques and not so much the quilting aspect.

(Posted on 5/29/14)

Question: Supplies Review by Robin

Which Photo Shop Element- I have a newer Macbook Pro- want to make sure I buy the right version to sync up with these instructions and to go with the Macbook i bought at the end of 2013...once I know I will purchase that program and those instructions....long been wanting to find away to put my local NW and Cultural images on scarves especially....thank you! More info needed before purchase.

(Posted on 2/28/14)

Great Techniques Review by Joyce

The idea of creating digital "hand-dyed" fabric is very intriguing. The techniques demonstrated and explained by Diane can be used for creating fabric as well as printed paper for scrapbooking, etc. The only thing that would have made this better would have been to include a project file so students could have a hands-on example to follow to get guided experience using Diane's techniques. However, the video did provide detailed instructions. I agree that having prior Photoshop Elements experience is helpful.

(Posted on 2/20/14)

Learned a lot from this Workshop Review by Susan Brubaker Knapp

This Workshop focuses on how to create digital art cloth similar to what Diane Rusin Doran uses in her work. Just what is “digital art cloth”? Well, it is cloth created on the computer that is designed to look like it was created using traditional surface design techniques such as hand-dyeing, drip-dyeing, painting, low-water immersion dyeing, stamping, stenciling, discharging and screen printing.

Diane walks you step-by-step through her process, using Photoshop Elements (the inexpensive version of Photoshop), so that even a beginner can achieve great results. I already know a fair amount about Photoshop, but even I learned some new tricks. My biggest revelation: there are things I’ve been wanting to try, but have shied away because of the mess and the chemicals. Watching this DVD made me realize that I can achieve these effects without the mess, a ton of practice, and stress.

After you design original fabric using these techniques, you can either print it out on your own printer, or have it printed at a service like

I learned a lot from this Workshop and highly recommend it.

(Posted on 1/27/14)

A good buy Review by Margaret

I'm a novice with Photoshop Elements, but the subject matter swayed me to buy the download as I'm keen to expand my textile techniques to embrace computer manipulation and fabric printing. I thought the tutor was easy to follow. A couple of times I went back just to make sure I was following correctly, but otherwise I managed to do almost everything Diane was showing us how to. The only thing I couldn't do was click and make the brush leave its mark on the layer. I must have been doing something wrong, I'm sure. I'm hoping Diane (or Margaret Applin) will make more videos on this subject.

(Posted on 1/22/14)

good video Review by Angie

Great techniques, especially the section covering how to make and use brushes. The download version ended abruptly, so I'm not sure if there was more or not.

(Posted on 1/11/14)

Good Video Review by Barbara

This video is helpful if you are familiar with Adobe Elements. I just purchased this program so I hope I can put Diane's knowledge to work. There are a few steps that she goes through pretty quickly and she assumes that you know what you're doing.

(Posted on 12/29/13)