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Hi Frederick,

Since I am trying to use GIMP software, instead of Photoshop (because it's free) to practice the lessons in your book,I'm wondering if you could tell me if the "swatches panel" (to which you refer on page 26), is the same as the "Palette editor" in GIMP. If it is not, perhaps you would know which tool provides a similar function.

Many thanks,


Hi Francine,

   Basically it's the same thing. To add a color to the "Palette editor" (in GIMP) you first mix a new color in the foreground color box (on the bottom of the main toolbox) and then click on the icon that's on the  "Palette editor" (on the bottom of the "Palette editor" 3rd from the left - it looks like a piece of paper with the edge folded). FYI: Even though GIMP can do mostly everything that Photoshop can do take note that it works very, very differently from Photoshop. It will be beyond difficult to use my book on "Photoshop for Textile Design" with GIMP. FYI: I have also have a book called "GIMP for Textile Design". With that said, if you have the ambition for it go ahead & have fun. As you said it's a free program.  


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I can answer questions that focus on using computer aided design for textile design. My career focus has been on using adobe photoshop for textile design.


Frederick Chipkin of Kew Gardens NY has earned inclusion in the 2008 edition of Who's Who in America and in the 2008 Edition of Who's Who in the world. Frederick's biography has been included in Who's Who Since 2004. To be chosen for inclusion, candidates must have held a position of responsibility or have attained a significant achievement. Frederick graduated Parsons School of design with a BFA in surface design. A textile designer for Liz Claiborne, Bernard Chaus, Manager CAD dept. I Appel, Owner of Design Society, and most recently Owner of Origin inc. Textile Design studio, Fredericks career has spanned 20 years in the industry. Frederick is best known for his book Adobe PhotoShop for textile design. Frederick first wrote his book Adobe Photoshop for Textile Design in 2001 and has been continuously updating it ever since. As of 2009 Adobe Photoshop for Textile Design is now in its 8th edition. The main focus of Frederick's book is to enable the textile designer to accomplish all the essential tasks of textile design without the use of a proprietary program or plugins. It guides you through step by step techniques for creating color combinations, repeats, color reduction of a tonal (watercolor) design and simple woven effects. There's also a section on how to use layers to create quick color combinations. There is a CD included with the book that contains color charts and practice images. For more information on Adobe Photoshop for Textile Design please go to . If you would like to see sample pages please go to or you can go to and type in the ISBN 0972731709 or 9780972731706

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