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. […]
You’re currently reading Chapter 7, Part 2 of The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Illustrator for Fashion Design Whether you’re a remote freelancer or go for a traditional job, as a fashion designer, you will spend A LOT of time drawing fashion flats in Illustrator. What are fashion flats? Fashion flats are drawings of what garments […]
You know when you look back on designs you created years ago and CRINGE? It’s the weirdest thing… because at the time, you thought they were great. I was looking through some of my Illustrator flat sketches last week and for the first time ever, I realized the difference between what I’d drawn a decade […]
Last week I asked what you’re doing in Illustrator, and hundreds of you responded. Turns out, most of you are working on sketching flats and creating repeats. Which is why I created my latest videos for you – to give you exactly what you’ve asked for. Check out the tutorials below, and if you want […]
You hear it over and over, and you wish it wasn’t true, but everyone keeps telling you: “You must know how to sketch with the Pen Tool in Illustrator.” And they’re right. The Pen Tool is an essential for Illustrator users and fashion designers. But most of you kinda hate it. Me? I actually LOVE the Pen Tool. […]
Learn to sketch without the Pen Tool in my free 13 minute video (and cut your design time in half). I created it just for fashion designers just like YOU.
You’re probably doing your fashion tech sketches in Adobe Illustrator, but creating tech packs in Excel or PDM / PLM software. It’s tedious to export every image from Illustrator as a JPG and then import / place it into your tech pack. This video tutorial will show you the quickest way to get artwork out […]
Creating colorways and recoloring fashion flats in Illustrator can feel tedious. I know because I’ve watched hundreds of designers do it the long way… Doing things the long way in Ai looks like: Manually selecting each individual object on fashion flats. Editing every motif in repeating pattern swatches one by one. Messing with grouping and ungrouping to select and […]
We design in color, but we need a black and white sketch to create tech packs and spec sheets. This one quick trick will show you how to easily convert color sketches (or any other artwork) to black and white in a few clicks. You will learn: 00:24 How to change solid color positions to […]
One of the most interesting things I’ve learned over the years is the 80/20 rule. It can be applied to anything in life. Do you know how it works? Here are 2 examples: 80% of your success comes from 20% of your work 80% of your business comes from 20% of your customers Bottom line? […]
You know that pesky little V or butt shape that appears in your hem lines, neck lines, or other curves in your fashion flat sketches? Let’s get rid of it! In this video, you will learn: 01:14 How the “v” happens at your center front neckline or hemline 01:45 How to reflect half the fashion flat along […]
Simple tricks to help speed up your Illustrator workflow…because sketching fashion flats doesn’t have to take forever. In this video, you will learn how to: 00:52 Add stitching to your fashion flat with this simple hack 02:37 Create stylized movement lines by changing one setting 04:19 Change the width of a path from thick to […]
Drawing pleats on your fashion flats may seem tricky, but with a few secret tricks, it’s super easy. Learn how to quickly emulate pleats in Illustrator using simple tools…so you never have to draw this detail by hand again.
In less than two minutes each, this Illustrator tutorial will show you 5 simple hacks to turn boring fashion flats into realistic sketches that have depth and movement.
Technique 1: Sketch Fashion Flats by Copying Path Segments This first sketching technique will show you how to copy a path segment in Illustrator to to create a fashion flat with seams that line up perfectly. While this Illustrator fashion sketching method creates very tidy flats with paths that abut perfectly, it’s not my favorite. It lacks flexibility to change curves […]
I couldn’t be more excited about the release of Illustrator’s new Join Tool in the latest CC 2014 update (version 18.1.0)! This is an essential tool for drawing fashion flats since often we draw half of the garment, reflect and copy it, and then join the anchor points down the middle. This tool takes the work out […]
I hear things like this all the time: “I just want to sketch flats that look like real garments instead of circles and squares.” “I can sketch by hand really well, but always fight to create stylized flats in Illustrator.” “I really want my flats to look more relaxed and not so technical!” Well, guess what?! Adding some […]
When sketching flats and designing in Illustrator, we put our best foot forward to do top notch work and make awesome presentations. But it’s easy to lose the “design appeal” when it comes to technical flat sketches. If you’re preparing for a big presentation and really want to wow your client (or boss!), here are some tricks you can […]
My personal favorite technique for drawing fashion flats is to be a little less precise with paths and arrange objects accordingly.
Copying path segments is a little known trick in Illustrator and works great for drawing fashion croquis when you want to make sure that paths line up perfectly.