How to Create a Lace Trim Pattern Brush in Illustrator: The Successful Fashion Designer by {Sew Heidi}

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 will learn:

  • 00:33 How to crop one repeat of your lace trim in Photoshop (using an image from the internet or one you took)
  • 01:15 How to check and make sure the edges of your lace trim will line up seamlessly to create a clean repeat for your pattern brush
  • 01:45 How to clean up the seam edges with the Clone Stamp
  • 02:37 How to delete the white background from your lace so it’s see through
  • 03:44 How to get your lace from Photoshop into Illustrator
  • 04:00 How to turn your lace into a Pattern Brush in AI
  • 04:12 How to automatically create corners for your lace trim (only in Adobe Illustrator CC and newer)
  • 05:20 How to fix white breaks in your pattern brush
  • 08:18 How to change the color of the lace in Illustrator (not Photoshop!) <— This trick is MAGIC 🙂


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How to Create a Lace Trim Pattern Brush in Illustrator: The Successful Fashion Designer by {Sew Heidi}
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