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Jessica Swift's Pattern Camp!

Hi guys, Registration opened today for the January session of Jessica Swift's 2-day Pattern Camp e-course, and I wanted to talk about it here because it was such a helpful class for me. Pattern Camp was how I learned to make repeat patterns in Photoshop and Illustrator, and I can personally attest to the fact that it's incredibly informative, easy to follow, and just all around awesome. Jess is a really great teacher, and her methods are the best I've found. Repeat pattern making is one of those things that you can do a few different ways -- I've watched many a YouTube tutorial before taking Jess's class -- but I think the way she does it is easy to learn, and also gives you great, sophisticated results. PatternCampWallpaper copy I made this patterned wallpaper for our trade show booth and showrooms using a technique I learned at Pattern Camp! I really loved the format, too: it takes place over one weekend, BUT you can also work through the course at your own pace, which is what I did. You can work along with the class over the weekend intensive, or if your in-laws are in town that weekend or you want to go to brunch or something, you can absolutely do it on your own. The lessons are all video-based and written, and they take place in a private, password-protected area of the Pattern Camp website, which makes it very easy to take the course on your own time and work around your schedule. The weekend intensive is Saturday and Sunday, January 30-31, 2016, from 8am – 4pm PST each day. Access to the course and all the lessons is available for one month after the end of the weekend. A private Facebook group is also a fun, active community component of the class, and participation is encouraged, but again, not mandatory. The price is $239 USD, and having taken this class myself, I think it's absolutely worth it. BUT if you sign up by December 12, you can use the coupon code YESTOJANUARYCAMP at registration to get it for just $177! You do need basic Photoshop and Illustrator skills -- you don't need to be an expert by any means, but you need to know your way around the programs. I am definitely not an advanced Illustrator user, but I was able to keep up fine. I personally prefer working in Photoshop, but I really like knowing how to make patterns in both programs. Since all the lessons are video and written, if you're like UGH SCREW PHOTOSHOP, you can also just focus on the Illustrator lessons. Or vice versa. If you want to read more about Pattern Camp, or you're interested in signing up, you can do that here! Let me know if you end up taking the class, and what you think of it!

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