Know Your Stuff: A List of Patterns A-Z

Argyle: A solid diamond pattern with an overlay of intercrossing diagonal lines.

argyle a list of patterns

Barcode Stripe: A pattern created by stripes of varying width.

barcode stripes

Burberry Plaid: A distinct plaid featuring camel, black, and red associated with British fashion house Burberry. 

burberry plaid a list of prints

Camouflage: Created to conceal a person or object, camouflage clothing is often associated with the military.

camouflage pattern list of patterns and prints

Dotted Swiss: Small evenly spaced polka-dots.

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Fleur De Lis: A classic French pattern consisting of a stylized lily composed of three petals.

Fleur De Lis pattern

Floral: A pattern featuring flowers or sometimes other nature-inspired elements like leaves or vines.

floral pattern list of patterns 2016

Geometric: A pattern formed from geometric shapes that often repeat.

geometric_pattern learn names of all pattern

Gingham: A pattern consisting of sheer lines that are overlapped to create a checker motif.

Gingham pattern a list of prints patterns

Glen plaid: A plaid created by assorted alternating dark and light stripes that overlap to create a pattern of checks that vary in size.

glen plaid list of patterns

Graph Check: Checks created by evenly spaced, solid, single-colored lines, like that of graph paper.

graph pattern

Herringbone: a pattern of zig zags created by short parallel lines that slope opposite direction of each other.

herringbone pattern list of patterns

Hound’s Tooth: A pattern made up of checks with notched corners to create a jagged effect.

houndstooth pattern

Ikat: A pattern created using or replicating an Indonesian tie dye technique.

ikat pattern list of patterns

Liberty: A small floral pattern developed and made famous by Liberty & Co. of London.

liberty floral print list of patterns

Madras: Brightly colored plaid design often used on summer clothing.

MADRAS_PLAID list of patterns

Ombré: A gradient effect where tones or colors are shaded into each other.

ombre pattern

Paisley: A stylized teardrop-shaped design.

paisley pattern list of prints

Pinstripe: A stripe pattern created by thin lines.

pinstripes list of patterns

Pucci: Brightly colored, boldly patterned designs in geometric, swirled, or kaleidoscopic prints created by famed Italian designer Emilio Pucci.

pucci print

Quatrefoil: An ornamental design made of a four-lobed flower or leaf, resembling a four-leaf clover.

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Shepherd’s Check: Small, even-sized, checks made from overlapping bands of twill-weave or finely slanted lines.

shepherds_check list of patterns

Tartan: A plaid made of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors, often associated with the Scottish.

tartan plaid list of patterns

Tattersall: A repeated pattern of evenly spaced horizontal and vertical stripes in alternating colors.

Tattersall list of patterns

Tessellations: A pattern made of repetitive interlocking shapes that can be repeated infinitely.

tessellations list of styles of patterns

Windowpane: Checks consisting of widely spaced stripes spread evenly apart to create a pattern that resembles panes in a window.

windowpane pattern

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LaunchMyWear How-to: Create a Print from a Photograph

This is the first installment of a weekly-running tutorial on different ways you can create art for your LaunchMyWear collection. In this one, we’ll explore how to make a print from a photograph!

cat bearded dragon print

Today’s tutorial will require Photoshop. Adobe Illustrator is also used for an additional step, but not necessary. Some basic knowledge of Photoshop would come in handy, but fear not if you’re a beginner. There are lots of free resources out there.

Because life if absurd and I’m obsessed with my pets, Andre and Shanté, they will be the source of my pattern today!

Cat and bearded dragon

Awww

1. Open desired photo in Photoshop. Click on the quick selection tool, located to the left in your toolbar, and select the area you want to feature in your print. You can use the magic wand or lasso to select the area, as well.

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2. Create a second blank document in Photoshop.

3. Copy and paste the selected area (ctrl-c, ctrl-v) and use the cursor to drag the layer to its own new Photoshop document.

copy and paste layer in photoshop

Double the Andre, double the fun!

4. Use the clone stamp tool or eraser to soften edges. To select the area you want to clone, hold down the alt key while clicking on desired area. Then, click again where you want to apply the cloned selection. If you’re new to this feature, take a few minutes to play around with it. It’s incredibly intuitive once you get the hang of it, but requires a little getting used to. In this case, I’m selecting the white background and applying it to the edges of Andre’s fur, to soften the appearance.

softerning with stamp tool

This is getting weird.

hue saturation5. If you want a cartoon-y effect, I recommend turning up the saturation, which will help keep the photo from getting washed out during the process of making it look more illustrated later in AI. To add saturation, go to “Image” on your menu bar, then “Adjustments” in the dropdown. There, you’ll see an option for “Hue/Saturation”. Turn the saturation dial up and press ok. You can also turn up the exposure under “adjustments”, which I have done here.

vibrant andre

6. To create the cartoon-y effect mentioned above, save your saturated document and open in Adobe Illustrator. Go to “Object” in the top menu bar and select “Artboards”, followed by “Fit to Artwork Bounds”, which will be necessary for saving/exporting the file later on. From here, you can click on your image and an “Image Trace” box should appear. Use this to change the preset to 16 colors.

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You can also use the pen tool, located on your toolbar to the left, to trace your photo and create an outline.

andre pen tool adobe illustrator how to

7. Return to Photoshop after exporting your art from Adobe Illustrator (don’t forget to check the “Use Artboards” box when exporting!) . From here, create a background color with the paint bucket tool.

paint bucket background

8. Enlarge your canvas size and copy and paste your photo repeatedly until you begin to create a print. Here, I added Shanté to the mix in the same way that I did with Andre earlier.

Canvas size photoshop how to

9. Keep going until you develop the desired size and look.

keep going canvas size

10. There you have it! After re-sizing to 20MB or less and saving, your artwork is ready to be uploaded to LaunchMyWear. You can also size it into a square and use the tile option when uploading to LaunchMyWear.com Your print is now on its way to being turned into an incredible one-of-a-kind item. You’re not going to find this scarf anywhere else, that’s for sure!

shandre cat and bearded dragon lizard scarf

Have fun! And, as always, tweet you designs or questions @LaunchMyWear.

cat bearded dragon print

Your Print Guide for Spring/Summer 2016 is Here!

Dolce-and-Gabbana-SS16 around the world prints launchmywear.com

If you caught any glimpses of Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection, you’ve probably already caught the buzz. After watching the absolutely dazzling array of cheerful, globally-inspired prints that walked the runway, I wanted to pre-order one of everything the models were wearing. Unfortunately, that isn’t in my budget this year, as I am not Beyoncé 😦

D&G took us around the world, with loud, in-your-face color and embellishments that were streamlined in classic, feminine silhouettes. Just look at these photos from the show!

D&G Dolce Gabanna s/s16 show lineup prints launchmywear.com

This recipe of adventurous prints and color in ladylike cuts made for an absolutely delightful show that, of course, inspired me to create my own look on my LaunchMyWear:

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Clearly inspired by D&G’s lemon print here

Marc Jacobs’ print game was strong, too. His collection showcased a lineup of models with tons of pumped-up, old Hollywood glamour, and even more New York Dolls-style attitude. Marc Jacobs is one of my favorite designers, so, of course I had to pay homage to his  incredible Spring ready-to-wear line, as well.

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My take on his plaid/floral numbers. I ❤ you, Marc!

Another gorgeous collection that stood out for me was Diane Von Furstenberg’s. I know floral prints in a spring collection isn’t a new concept, but Diane Von Furstenberg does it so darn well. This woman knows prints like she knows wrap dresses. So, this Spring ready-to-wear trifecta wouldn’t be complete without her.

DVF spring 2016 inspired tank launch my wear

Love her mix of prints!

Other labels that brought it for S/S 2016 included:

Gucci (Spring 2016 Ready-To-Wear)

Gucci spring 2016 launch my wear

Jonathan Saunders (S/S16 Ready-To-Wear)

Jonathan Saunders ss16 launch my wear

Temperley London (Spring 2016 Ready-To-Wear)

Jonathan Saunders ss16 launch my wear

And Clover Canyon (Spring & Resort 2016)

clover canyon ss16 resort 2016

Because MyWear® is the perfect platform to create custom clothes with your own custom prints, every runway show can provide inspiration for your own designs, without the Beyoncé bank account! What are your favorite looks from S/S16 collections? I’d love to see your takes on them! Be sure to tweet your designs at us @LaunchMyWear