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Fashion Brushes For Illustrator

You’re currently reading Chapter 7, Part 7 of The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Illustrator for Fashion Design There are a lot of really cool and powerful features in Illustrator. But sometimes, how we can use them as fashion designers isn’t always SUPER obvious. Brushes are one of these features. Way too often I see designers […]

Lace Brushes & Swatches in Illustrator & Photoshop

You guys have been asking for a while…so I’m finally giving you some answers. Here’s exactly how to mock up lace in Illustrator (and a little bit of Photoshop – because even though I’m an AI junkie, there are a handful of times when PS is necessary.) Enjoy 🙂 How to Create Lace Trim How to […]

Why Should I Use Brushes in Illustrator?

Before learning how to make pattern brushes, it’s good to understand exactly what they are and why/when to use them.  Pattern brushes are a very powerful feature in Illustrator and offer many benefits: Improve file organization Speed up work flow Decrease time for editing/changing details Simply put, Pattern Brushes are repeating pattern tiles along a […]

How to Use and Load Custom Brushes in Illustrator

Brushes in Adobe Illustrator are a great option for anything that repeats linearly and this Illustrator tutorial will show you the basics of how to use brushes for beginners.  Some simple examples of brushes for fashion design essentials are stitching and zippers, but they’re great for other fashion flat details such as studs along a belt, or to emulate ruching […]

How to Recolor Brushes in Illustrator

Brushes in Illustrator are a great way to emulate many different fashion related items including stitching, rhinestones and sequins.  They’re easy to control and manipulate, and in this tutorial, we’ll go through how to change the color of brushes in Illustrator. The example below is shown with pattern brushes, but works with art and scatter […]

How to Load Brushes, Swatches, Styles & Symbol Libraries in Every Illustrator File

You may already know how to save custom libraries for things like swatches, symbols and brushes to use over and over again in your Adobe Illustrator workspace.  But did you know you can create a master template file with these libraries so you don’t have to reload libraries each time you work in AI? If you sketch tons of […]

Automatically Load Brushes, Swatches & Symbols in Every Illustrator File

You may already know how to save custom libraries for things like swatches and brushes to use over and over again in Adobe Illustrator.  But did you know you can create a master template file with these libraries so you don’t have to reload libraries each time you work in AI? If you sketch tons of fashion flats in […]

Ruching, Ruffles & Puckering with Pattern Brushes

Pattern brushes are an amazing feature in Illustrator and their use will make many tasks easier and more efficient. Learn how to make a very simple one to draw ruching and puckering.

Quilted Down Effect Using Brushes & Patterns in Illustrator

Tutorial video plus a vector download including a fashion flat, pattern brush & repeating pattern for quilting.

23 Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts for Fashion Designers (with animated gifs!)

When you’re learning Adobe Illustrator for fashion design, it can feel like you have to know EVERYTHING! And that’s OVERWHELMING.  Which is why you don’t need another printable PDF with every. single. shortcut. in the world. ? So, I decided to give you just what you need, and no more: 23 of my “can’t live without” Adobe Illustrator […]

Adobe Illustrator Shortcuts for Color and Repeating Patterns (with animated GIFs!)

When you’re working with color and repeating patterns in Adobe Illustrator, it’s frustrating to feel like everything takes FOREVER! Chances are, you just don’t know the right Illustrator shortcuts for fashion. Learning these simple tricks will help cut your design time in HALF. ? Which is why I put together my best and top 23 […]

How to Draw A Metallic Zipper in Illustrator (with the pull and stop in ONE brush!)

Drawing zippers in Illustrator is TEDIOUS! And if you want to add a gradient to make it metallic? You CAN’T do that in brushes! ?! In this tutorial, you’ll learn exactly how to: Create your ENTIRE zipper in one brush – including the pull, stop, stitching and more! The quick metallic “hack” effect for brushes […]

Illustrator Shading Tutorial: Make Your Fashion Drawings 3D with Folds and Shadows

Shading and shadows make your fashion drawings STAND OUT! But it can be a fight to do this in Illustrator and make your drawings look more 3D. Chances are? It’s because you don’t know the simple tricks to do this! In this tutorial, you will learn: How to draw organic shapes for shading and shadows […]

How to Draw Fashion Flats in Illustrator (In 20 Mins!)

If you want a job in any part of fashion, knowing how to draw fashion flats in Illustrator is a mandatory skill. The problem? Adobe Illustrator can be a really frustrating software to learn. And it can feel like everything takes FOREVER. But it doesn’t have to! CUT YOUR ILLUSTRATOR TIME IN HALF WITH THESE TUTORIALS ⏰ Oh. […]

Adobe Illustrator for Fashion Design: Ultimate Guide with Free Tutorials (2nd Edition)

If you want your first (or next) job in fashion design, Adobe Illustrator is required. This guide is full of free step by step tutorials and templates so you can learn quickly! Now, if you asked me today, I’d tell you I’m an expert at Adobe Illustrator for Fashion Design. But if I’m honest? I […]

Technical (Fashion) Design With Adobe Illustrator

You’re currently reading Chapter 7, Part 6 of The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Illustrator for Fashion Design Not a “designer” working on the creative stuff? “Technical” designers still have to use Illustrator. As a technical designer (AKA TD), your responsibility will most likely include: Turning color fashion flats into black and white tech sketches Creating […]

Seamless Repeating Patterns For Textile (Or Surface) Design In Illustrator

You’re currently reading Chapter 7, Part 5 of The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Illustrator for Fashion Design A while ago, I surveyed my email list of 10k+ fashion designers to ask them what skill they most wanted to learn in Illustrator. Drawing fashion flats won. Close second? Repeating patterns. See? Like the BIG nerd that […]

Change Colors Or Recolor Your Artwork In Illustrator

You’re currently reading Chapter 7, Part 4 of The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Illustrator for Fashion Design As fashion designers, we work with colors. A LOT of colors. Sometimes, you need to mockup LOADS of colorway options for garments or textile patterns. Sometimes you need to replace Pantone Coral with Pantone Lobster throughout an ENTIRE […]

Draw A Curved Line In Illustrator

You’re currently reading Chapter 7, Part 3 of The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Illustrator for Fashion Design It may sound fundamental. But it’s those SIMPLE things that can really trip you up. Which is why this is something that gets googled. A LOT: Now, the tutorials here go WAY beyond drawing basic curves. And I’ve […]

What’s The Best Way To Learn Illustrator Fast (And Maybe Even Free)?

You’re currently reading Chapter 6 of The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Illustrator for Fashion Design When it comes to learning Illustrator for your fashion design career, you have options. Now, contrary to the title of this chapter, some of these options are NOT free. Don’t worry, at the end of this guide, there are 37 […]

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