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The development of methodologies for digital colour printing in textile design

Gooby, Becky


Becky Gooby


This research project considers how designers can achieve colour fidelity when digitally printing on a range of fabrics, through exploring, and developing, existing colour tools and methods.
Digital screen colour, a mix of red, green and blue light, has a broader colour range to digitally printed colour, principally a mix of cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK) primaries. Design software allows a user to select colours from the screen that cannot be printed using CMYK colorants, which can be frustrating, and confusing, when printed designs don't match what is seen on screen.
Additionally, colour results are affected by factors such as structure and composition of the fabric, dye type, printer communications, fabric pretreatments and secondary processes- washing/ steaming. A textile designer will be required to understand and experiment with a number of variables in order to feel confident about the outcome.
A range of designers and SM Es were interviewed on colour in their practice. The interviews set out to discover if they encountered issues with colour fidelity in digital textile printing, and, if so, what colour management methods they employed.


Gooby, B. (2017, November). The development of methodologies for digital colour printing in textile design. Poster presented at Textiles and Life, Manchester

Presentation Conference Type Poster
Conference Name Textiles and Life
Conference Location Manchester
Start Date Nov 22, 2017
End Date Nov 22, 2017
Deposit Date Nov 30, 2020
Publicly Available Date Dec 2, 2020
Keywords colour, digital textile printing, design, textiles, print
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