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Dear Frederick,

I work as a textile designer with Photoshop and Illustrator only. I find these 2 programs are the best to complete good work.
Recently, I began noticing more and more job postings requiring skill with Ned graphic, U4ia, Kaledo etc.
In order to stay in the industry, are these skills essential to have?
If so, which program do you recommend to learn?
I greatly appreciate for your advice.

Hi Aoi,
This is sort of a loaded question. People tend to like the programs they are working with.
I feel that Adobe Photoshop has all the tools you need to design textiles and it's the most widely program used to design textiles (and is very affordable). In my opinion you're fine (and marketable) with Photoshop. The fact that you also know illustrator is already a big plus. If you want to simply broaden your horizons then you can't go wrong with learning one of the proprietary programs you mentioned. FYI: Kalido would be my first choice. It seems to be the most popular proprietary program. Also FYI: I'm seeing a lot of enthusiastic chatter about a software called AVA CAD/CAM software. I know nothing about it but it's probably worth checking out.
I hope I was of some help,


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Frederick Chipkin


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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