Preferential Screen Resolution Setting in Adobe Photoshop for Actual Motif Print Sizes in Textile Design

Edward Apau

Professional paper
2021 / Volume 4 / Issue 4 / Pages 209-217
Received 6 January 2021; Accepted 22 February 2021; Published Online 3 May 2021; Published 17 November 2021

The use of Adobe Photoshop, a graphic design software, as a tool in textile designing has come to stay. There are numerous advantages derived from this software in textile designing, even though it is a graphic design program. Despite the numerous design advantages, the software presents technical constraints to textile design students and beginners in its visual representation of motif and texture pattern sizes. This problem of screen resolution settings affected the actual view of motif print sizes and texture patterns when printed in hard copy in relation to the soft copy for screen development. Furthermore, it affects design details during colour separation, screen copying and developing, and printing. The study employed the practiced-led research method in its approach to explore the possibilities of finding preferential screen resolution settings suitable for textile designing in Adobe Photoshop. The study revealed adjustments or modifications of the view-preferential settings of the program to ascertain the required screen resolution settings for textile motif and texture pattern sizes. This revelation bridged the visual differences between the soft copy and hard copy sizes of motif and texture pattern during and after designing. The research recommends that textile design students and beginners, as a prerequisite, adjust the view-preferential settings of Adobe Photoshop to obtain accurate motif and texture pattern sizes during and after designing.

Adobe Photoshop, Screen resolution, Textile design, Graphics software, Motif and texture patterns