Tutorials:

How to Spec Full Scale Artwork in Illustrator with Astute Graphics VectorScribe

July 19, 2017

Designers ask me all the time, “do I have to tell my factory how big the design is or where it should be printed?” And the answer is YES! It’s a requirement if you want to get your product made right. But speccing full scale art in AI is tedious. In this tutorial, I’ll show […]

Zoe Hong Illustrates Sew Heidi’s Illustrator Fashion Flat

July 05, 2017

What happens when two fashion nerds geek out at #youtubespaceLA? You get an awesome collab like this one. Sketching by hand is something I’m terrible at, which is why I brought you expert designer and illustrator Zoe Hong. Watch her (mesmerizingly) convert my “flat” sketch into a beautifully rendered illustration and learn some super cool […]

How to Charge for Project Based Freelance Fashion Design Work

June 28, 2017

Being a freelancer is tough. You don’t want to charge a crazy high hourly rate, but you want to make sure you get what you’re worth. If you work fast and are good at what you do, project based rates may be a good option for you. Let’s take a look at why you may […]

How to Spec Cut & Sew Panels on Your Garment

June 21, 2017

It’s critical to provide your factory with actual life size scale measurements for artwork, cut and sew panels, or seam lines on your fashion designs. Using both Illustrator and real life garments, learn how to mock this up and create specs to make sure your samples come in correctly – the first time. YOU WILL […]

What Size Should A Repeating Pattern Be for Printing?

June 14, 2017

Whether you’re a fashion designer, textile design, or surface pattern designer, you’ll need to spec your repeating patterns for manufacturing. This video will show you how to determine what size your repeat tile should be for printing based on print type (rotary screen, flat-bed screen, etc). You can also use this technique if you’re prepping artwork for Spoonflower.

How to Create a Mesh Repeating Pattern in Illustrator

June 07, 2017

It’s easy to create a mesh repeating pattern and add it to your fashion flat sketches – and I’ll show you exactly how in this video tutorial. You will learn: 00:33 Understanding the repeat of a mesh pattern 00:55 Building the repeat tile for your mesh 01:22 How to cut a hole out of your […]

How to Create Lace Trim in Illustrator

May 31, 2017

With a few simple tricks, you can mock up realistic lace trim in Illustrator (and a bit of Photoshop). Bonus trick? You can even change the color of your lace (even though it’s a photo) directly in Illustrator. Not what you wanted? Here’s how to create a lace repeating pattern swatch. In this tutorial, you […]

How to Draw A Shoe Fashion Flat in Illustrator

May 24, 2017

Since it’s asymmetrical, it can be hard to wrap your head around sketching a shoe in AI. In this video tutorial, I’ll show you the exact steps to draw a shoe using lesser known tools and features in Adobe Illustrator. You will learn: 02:25 How to create round corners using the Live Corners feature (Corner […]

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