Our continued support of the i-dott charity saw one of our most recent award winners, Leila Rowarth, join us in January 2019 where she completed her AVA CST level 1 training course.

Leila was one of four award winners that we chose to take part in a week of training with us at AVA. Leila explained what this award meant to her but more importantly, how helpful the support of a charity like i-dott is:

I was thrilled to have been awarded 1st place within the Artisan category of the competition in 2018, it has given me confidence for my second year of studying. I learned so much about the digital element of creating a design and how to shape work in order to make it commercial. Through the i-Dott competition I won a week’s training on AVA software, this was a fantastic experience and the AVA team made me feel so welcome in Macclesfield. 

This competition has allowed me to network at the Gala Dinner and gave me my first opportunity to make connections with industry, specifically Westcott & Heney, where I did some work experience during summer and Fine Décor who sponsored my category. 

I would definitely recommend students entering this competition as it enables you to create industry links which are sometimes challenging to find through universities. I will definitely take part in the i-Dott competition next year as the briefs are exciting and the opportunities that come from it are extremely valuable. 

Leila went on to explain more about her experience here at AVA:

AVA was a fantastic experience awarded to me through the i-Dott competition. The training course ran by Sara was really easy to follow with the help and support of her teaching. Each student on the course received a booklet with all the information regarding the weeks training to take with us so we could all follow the step by step lesson. The AVA training has taught me so much, the main areas were: understanding and navigating the software, using different tools and filters, cleaning files, creating a repeat pattern, setting repeats at the correct sizes, colour ways and colour separation.

The software is fantastic and the support alongside the software makes it easy to use. AVA Assist is really helpful and I have used this regularly; it’s full of videos and step by step notes which helps when struggling with elements of a design.

The training is really useful and all my questions were answered. We even went more in depth into the software most days of the training as the group was eager to learn. After the training I have continued to use AVA as I was provided a copy as part of my award. I now use it at University instead of Photoshop as it is more efficient when creating colourways and separations in particular. During my last assessment at university I created my final design using AVA and will now continue to use the software.



AVA CST level 1 recent graduate – Elysha Butler

2019 kick started with a CST level one course taking place in the second week on January. A busy time for AVA as we exhibit at the annual show Heimtextil in Frankfurt, Germany but nevertheless this course was indeed a great success with 5 graduates completing their training.

We’re delighted to introduce you to one of our graduates: Elysha Butler.

“With a BA Hons degree in fashion design and a passion for print and design that extends into every part of my life, I have been able to develop a solid set of skills and processes including the development of print design from concept through to screen and digital print. In my own time, I continue to follow my love of print and pattern design through the creation of hand drawings, paintings and illustrations with the use of the Adobe creative suite which I translate into hand embroidered pieces, embellishments and print design. I have also extended my skills through the use of AVA since completing the Level 1 course in my spare time. With the combination of passion, creativity and technical skill sets I am looking to pursue my love of design within a suitable junior job role.”

Click here to view Elysha Butler – Portfolio or click here to access Elysha Butler CV

OUT NOW – AVA 5.2!

We are now shipping AVA 5.2…

Introducing Tabbed windows to clean up your working environment, allowing you to more quickly access the information you need.


A single Selections Palette window now operates as a browser so you don’t need one per document- saving further screen space.

Quickly locate your designs, motifs, templates and palettes visually using our new File Browser. Create your own custom file locations. View open or recent items, Save or Close all your open files with one click. We are sure that you will wonder how you lived without this great new feature..


Free yourself from everyday tasks by combining new Resize, Gripping, Saving palette items to make custom workflows which work at the touch of a button. Simply drag the steps into a Palette to create your own custom automation. You could, for example, press a single button to save a resized copy of a design as a TIFF, PDF or JPEG. Filter items can now be edited in the Palette.

More settings are automatically stored within AVA files, improving their portability between systems and when reopened in the future. You can also embed order information, notes or production instructions within a design using the new built in Palette per document! Simply drag PDF’s directly in or save filters and brushes within the design for use at a later date.

There is a new Thin filter, improved selection when clicking on vectors, and an enhanced zoom function. A new “stair case” Gamma feature has many uses including separations to stepped tone.

There are new Structure Simulation navigation and surface area features and please make sure you look for a demo of Productivity Manager as it now features easier setup and design searching.

Our brand new modernised ColourSys 2 is now installed as default. It’s nicer to use, contains many new features and paves the way for many more.

AVA 5.2 incorporates changes to make it look stunning on macOS Mojave’s beautiful Dark mode, allowing your designs to take centre stage.



Please note: This is just an introduction to the features. After installing, please see AVA Assist for more detailed interactive information about these and the many other features which are contained within this release.

For AVA 5.2 we recommend running macOS Mojave (10.14). Our minimum macOS requirement is now version 10.12.

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