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Free Software for Quilters

  • Briefly: Learn to design your own quilts with free computer software in this online workshop. Read more
  • Type: Workshop
  • Location: Online here on our website
    (requires an account to log in)
  • Tutor: Ruth Blanchet
  • Videos: 35
  • Skill Level: All levels
  • Number of Lessons: 4
  • Tags: Design a quilt, designing, Drawing, Free Software, GIMP, Inkscape, Line Drawing, online workshop, photo editing, PosteRazor, quilt pattern, Ruth Blanchet

  • Regular price $53.00 USD
    Regular price Sale price $53.00 USD
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    Have you ever wanted to make your own quilt designs from a photograph or picture and tried to draw or trace it with paper and pencil? Or wanted to use a computer program to assist your drawing but found they well all too expensive? Now your problem is solved with this online workshop. Ruth will show you the ins and outs of open-source software (free to download and use) so you can manipulate images and photos, draw outlines, resize, tweak and change them a multitude of times, color them, and more, but the best thing is, it can all be done time and time again without having to redraw it over and over.

    In this workshop, you will learn not only how to use GIMP (a raster graphic editor), Inkscape (a vector graphic editor), and Posterazor an image enlarger, but how to download and install them, what to watch out for so you don't inadvertently download the wrong software and how to use these three programs as well as some other useful tools. You will understand the difference between raster and vector graphics, learn how to use Layers and how to edit images and draw outlines.

    So who is this workshop for? Any quilter who wants to develop their own design from a photo, composition, painting, or drawing. Any teacher who wants to draw templates for their students. Any quilt designer who wants to draw professional templates for their patterns. Anyone who wants to learn how to use GIMP, Inkscape, and Posterazor.

    This four-lesson workshop includes a starting up lesson (for downloading your programs correctly) and understanding the elements in drawing, then three more lessons, one dedicated to each of the programs. And if you get stuck or have a question, you have a forum where you can get help from your teacher who will be checking in on a daily basis.

    This course is for anyone beginning in using the software mentioned and will cover most topics for drawing templates and basic editing of images. It is ideal for quilters who wish to develop their own patterns.

    This Workshop includes: 

    • SPECIAL FEATURE: This on-demand workshop can be accessed anytime
    • 30+ step-by-step videos 
    • Text and Images
    • Teacher-led forum for questions and answer
    Note: Once purchased, you can access the class data any time, 24 hours a day and you get immediate access. (if you don't have an account we suggest you sign up for one prior to purchase)

    Requires: Computer with internet access for downloading software.

    Note: this workshop is directed to using Windows, however, all software is available to be used on a Mac and the information is the same or similar. Mac users need to be confident in using their Mac to enroll in this course.

    Question: What does it mean by Duration of 10 or 14 weeks?
    Our standard duration for teacher help is 10 weeks. If you feel you need longer we have an option to select 14 weeks of teacher help. We find this is plenty of time for the student to be engaged. After the teacher time is ended you still have access to the class data and you also have access to extend your time at a later date (details are included in each class)
    Question: Is the workshop self-paced or do lessons open at certains times such as on a weekly schedule? 
    Workshops are self-paced. All lessons are available as soon as you access the class for the first time unless otherwise stated in the workshop description.
    Question: After I register for a workshop, how long can I access the class data (videos, text, images etc)
    Once purchased, you can access the class data at any time, 24 hours a day for as long as you need. On occasion, a teacher or workshop may retire, in this case we will give you fair warning so you can download the class data so you can still access the information.
    Question: Do I need to make an account?
    Yes, you need an account so you can log into the workshop. If you don't have an account we suggest you sign up for one prior to purchase. Workshops held at academyofquilting.com require an account on that website.
    Question: Can I ask the teacher questions?
    Yes, you can ask the teacher any questions relating to the workshop. Details on how to do this are provided in the course.
    Question: Where do I find the workshop I purchased?
    Sign into your account by clicking on the figure icon in the top right corner of this page. You will be directed to your workshop. Alternatively, click here to sign in.
    Question: Can I use PayPal to purchase a workshop?
    Yes, you can but we will need to send you an e-invoice as we no longer use PayPal. Please let us know which workshop you want when contacting us. There is a $2 transaction fee added per workshop.

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