ASDC Textile Printing

Part of the suite of courses which make up the ASDC professional qualification.

Start date October 2023

Exam Date May 2024

Below is a full list of lessons and topics that are covered in this course.

Learning Aims, Objectives and Outcomes can be found within the lesson “7.0 ASDC Textile Printing – Welcome”

Each lesson and any associated topic is available from the dates shown to allow you time to complete the lessons.

Take the first lesson, either by clicking on the link below or the list to the right to learn more about how the system works, what help in learning is available and how best to manage your time.

A useful booklet on How to navigate colour network can be downloaded.


The recommended text book for this course is highlighted here, and can be purchased as an e-book via the link given.

Textile Printing  – Edited by Leslie W C Miles, publisher SDC




This course will provide you with background and knowledge relating to textile printing. It will cover process methodology, including traditional mechanical techniques, as well as digital ink jet technology.

This course contains scientific content and is prepared and delivered by Antony Morton on behalf of the Society of Dyers and Colourists. Valuable technical discussion and collaboration with leading experts from within the textile printing industry and from the University of Leeds – Stephen Westland (Professor of Colour Science and Technology), Muriel Rigout (Associate Professor of Textile Printing and Design), Samantha Pugh (Associate Professor in STEM Education, department of Physics) – is kindly acknowledged.

It is important for you to understand the different fibre types available (natural and synthetic) and use the lessons and topics that you learn here to understand the different requirements associated with the printing of these fibres.

The following publication is available to you to help with some of the specific terms and definitions encountered within coloration industries.

  1. The SDC publication “Colour terms and definitions”

To fully appreciate the coloration of all textile fibres there is a need to understand the physical, chemical, thermal and optical properties of fibres in general. The following 4 documents provide this background information that you should refer to during your study. These documents are also useful reference material.

  1. General Physical and Mechanical properties of Fibres
  2. Mechanical properties of Fibres
  3. Thermal properties of Fibres
  4. Optical properties of Fibres

Extracts from some of the recommended texts as well as articles from Coloration Technology are made available to students in the lessons.

In the following lectures, commercial names are provided. This does not imply superiority of commercial products but is intended to serve only as an example. Similarly, whilst aspects relating to application procedures are presented, these are intended as being representative of typical application conditions only and are not intended to be employed for practical printing.


As part of every course we might make use of external links, such as YouTube or Wikipedia. Please note that the SDC is not responsible for the content of any external web link.