Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pattern Template Redesigning

Today I have been switching my pattern template from Microsoft Word to Adobe InDesign. I am taking it from a double-half-portrait-page landscape orientation to a full page portrait orientation. Whilst I am keeping my purple and green colour scheme, I am limiting the use of large blocks of colour and photos to the cover page and possibly the additional information and project gallery pages at the end of the pattern, so that the pages that NEED to be printed out are relatively simple and print well in B&W or grayscale.

I am starting the process with my Gathery Up Scarf pattern, then I will try to format my free snowflake patterns and my Tea Set pattern. I will attempt to make charts for these patterns on Adobe Illustrator... a new challenge for me to learn how to orient the charts in the round and then attempt to indicate multi-level (as for the Irish Rose) or 3-D (as in the teacup) stitching in diagram form... So much to learn!

Old Format:

New Format:

What do you think?


Snowcatcher said...

And here I thought you were redesigning your website... born blonde!

I like the new look. Looks very streamlined and professional! And I envy your willingness to struggle with the charting. I'm trying, but I just don't have enough sit-down time!!!

Marikamum said...

You are not being too blonde! I redesigned the website two days ago and now I am redesigning my pattern template - a whole lot of changing going on! :')

Willingness may not equal success, LOL, but I will give it a go. It seems to be a significant value-add-on to offer, especially for patterns which have been published in magazines and I am now offering for individual sale (like the tea set... and charting the free flakes is good practice for the others...) I don't know that I would do it for weekly free patterns, like you publish on your blog... unless practice makes it MUCH quicker!!