These essential skills are valuable to any number of design disciplines and design room positions. Those positions are,
Reducing colors in a design reduces the cost of producing that design. If we are designing woven or knit fabrics, then a color reduced design will cost less money to manufacture. This is true of graphic t-shirts, scrubs, signage and many other professional applications.
There are dedicated solutions to these problems in the form of textile design software such as Pointcarre and Tuka among others, but these can be considerably more expensive than Photoshop. If we are doing sufficient volume to warrant the investment, then applying the more expensive solutions is a justifiable consideration.
However, many design firms and studios will already have an Adobe membership.
Adobe design software is among the more widely and ubiquitously used design software solutions in the industry and are quite dominant in all the design industries.
Adobe's market growth over the last 14 years bears this out quite graphically:
Photoshop is not a software package that is dedicated to color reduction and recolor functions, but it sure does a great job of accomplishing these things. But it falls upon us as designers to figure out how to perform these tasks quickly and easily.
This proposed block of instruction is designed to teach us how to do exactly that.
We will be working with the rose pattern featured in the header of this page and site to develop our color reduction skills as well as our pattern re-coloring abilities.