Introducing Project Paras

A new set of tools for fashion and room artists to help streamline the process of designing prints for fabrics.

 

Project Paras

 

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What is Project Paras?

Bold prints and striking patterns – whether you’re shopping for a new outfit or refreshing the look of your sitting room, an eye-catching design is all important. You use Photoshop today to start your fabric designs. That’s why Adobe is introducing Project Paras for Adobe Photoshop CC - a new set of tools for fashion and room artists to help streamline the process of designing prints for fabrics. Now you can do more, much more, all within Photoshop, while keeping every element editable until you are ready to send it to your printer. This includes previewing patterns, defining separations, setting colorways.
Project Paras
In today’s retail environment, the ability to bring the latest designs to customers as quickly as possible means that we have days or weeks to bring a product to market instead of months or years and instead of introducing two or four new looks a year following the seasons, we want to introduce new stock every few weeks. Many creatives are already using tools from Adobe to create their designs digitally before sharing them with the manufacturers of fabrics. Getting the design right can be a time-consuming process, requiring multiple rounds of testing and refinement - whether you’re fine-tuning on screen, making samples of a short length of fabric or preparing an order of many hundreds or thousands of yards. We’re looking to help artists accelerate the process of creating prints and improve the efficiency of handing off the designs to the mills who will turn the vision into reality with no surprises. More and more fabric is being printed digitally, but we don’t always know how our designs will be manufactured. Sometimes we don’t know if we’ll be printing on natural or synthetic fibres or what pigments and dyes will be used. We need to be flexible to allow for traditional screen and engraved roller printing, as well as the latest digital techniques. Project Paras lets you be creative today, without worrying whether you can print tomorrow.
  • A solution for all sizes, small to extra large

    Whether you’re creating a design to use for a project at home, building a collection for your online boutique or working to assemble this year’s high-street fashions, then Project Paras will help you to capture your creativity without compromise. 

    Project Paras has been conceived to help you make prints for fashion or fabrics for furnishing. You don’t have to stop there – it can even help you to create gift wrap and T-shirts!

  • A solution for all sizes, small to extra large
  • Keeping Photoshop designs editable
  • Keeping Photoshop designs editable

    Adobe Creative Cloud applications have long supported the concept of being ‘non-destructive’, allowing users to make changes to their designs in a non-linear fashion by enabling independent layers, adjustments and filters, even letting you place a vector Illustrator CC smart object in a Photoshop CC design which you can edit later. Project Paras doesn’t require you to freeze or flatten your work or convert to indexed images, to create your designs. At any time, you can make changes to your repeat or colorway and Project Paras will update automatically. Whether you need to alter an existing element or add a new one, there’s no need to redo your work – make a change and Project Paras will handle the rest.

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Essential tools

Project Paras introduces new tools for making repeating patterns, creating separations and defining colorways.
 
  • Repeating Patterns
  • Repeating patterns

    Project Paras lets you create a print that repeats on a basic grid, with a horizontal brick or a vertical drop. You get to see your work in the context of the surrounding repeat and the effect of any changes you make are seen onscreen. Need to fill a gap on the edge of your design? Project Paras provides a solution that lets elements flow beyond the edge of your central tile and wraps them around to the other side for a seamless result.

  • Defining separations

    Whether you’re using screen printing or engraved rollers you’ll need to break down your work into separations of discrete colours. Project Paras has some powerful options to help you to identify the most significant colours in your design. You can use the built-in tools to make suggestions, pick the colours yourself or use a combination of both. However many colours you’re targeting for your print – 16, 12, 8 or as many as you choose – you’ll be able to see how your design can be reproduced with the number of colours that your printing process and budget affords.

  • Defining separations
  • Working with colorways
  • Working with colorways

    When it comes to thinking about printing, you’ll want to specify which dyes or pigments you want to use to manufacture your design. Project Paras allows you to specify which named colour you’d like to use for each of the separations. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a colour book from your fabric mill, a third-party guide from Pantone® or other suppliers or your own in-house library of colours for the upcoming season, you’ll be able to specify the exact colorway to be used for your final print and see the colours side-by-side with your original design.

  • Export to production

    Ready to print? Project Paras allows you to save your work in formats compatible with both traditional and digital printing techniques. You’ll also include XMP metadata in your files that can be used in production to automatically get you the result you imagined, whether it’s the definition of a repeat style, the size of your print or the colorway you want to use.

  • Export to production