Sometimes the click of one key on the keyboard can change the entire appearance of your workspace in Illustrator. Learn what some of the common ones are and how to get your workspace back.
If you work in fashion, you spend a lot of time in Adobe Illustrator. And the worst feeling is to feel like everything takes FOREVER! My best is that you’re doing things the roundabout way and don’t know the right AI shortcuts for fashion. Learning these simple tricks will save you HOURS each week (and […]
This video will give you a quick overview of the Illustrator interface and show you how to draw a button. The essential tools and drawing techniques shown here are fundamental for every fashion designer. Everything you design in AI will build on these essential skills (and make sure to watch part 2 next). You will […]
One of the simplest ways to work faster in Illustrator is by cleaning up your workspace. It’s not glamorous and it’s not brag worthy (you probably won’t be saying “oh, look what I can do!”). But it’s a super easy way to increase your efficiency, and the best part is that it’ll take you just 5 […]
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 shortcuts […]
Drawing fashion flats and illustrations in Adobe Illustrator is an essential skill for working in the industry. But sometimes you want to scream at your computer because it feels like everything takes FOREVER! My guess? Is that you just don’t know the right AI shortcuts for fashion. Cut your design time in HALF with these […]
You’ve probably seen one of these error messages before: “The file was generated by a new version of Illustrator. Would you like to import this file? Some data loss may occur.” “Can’t open the illustration. The file was generated by a newer version of Illustrator and cannot be opened. Please resave it in a format […]
If you haven’t yet, watch Illustrator Illustrator for Beginners Part 1 first. Some of the tricks in this video may seem basic or unnecessary, but as you start creating more complex artwork in Illustrator, these fundamentals will prove invaluable for your fashion designs. In this tutorial, you will learn: 01:15 How (and why) to group objects in Illustrator 02:45 […]
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 […]
If you use custom libraries for brushes or other assets in your Illustrator workspace (symbols, swatches, graphic styles, etc), it’s easy to make sure they appear right off the drop down menu as long as you know where to save them. By default, this is not where they are saved and you have to manually search […]
In Illustrator, it’s easy to emulate ruffles, ruching, elastic and gathering with brushes. This is by far one of the more underutilized brushes I see, finding that most fashion designers draw ruffles manually one by one. This tutorial will go through a few different techniques to easily create a basic ruffle brush to use […]
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 […]
This tutorial will show you how to load any Pantone swatches in your Adobe Illustrator workspace including paper (Coated, Uncoated, etc) and cotton (TCX / TPX) books. This is a great way to mock up fabric for your clothing line in Illustrator. Q: Where do I find the Pantone colors in Illustrator? A: It depends on what Pantone book […]
Learn how to create, precisely place and manage guides in AI as well as how to turn vector objects and paths into guides.
In Adobe Illustrator CC it’s really easy to create round, bevel or chamfer corners on your shapes with the new Live Corners feature. It’s a great trick to edit motifs for surface design or soften corners on fashion flats. This tutorial will show you how to edit corners individually or on the entire shape. You will learn: Why the new Live Corners is more powerful […]
An easier way to manage multi page files, multiple artboards (released in CS4) allows for a lot more flexibility within Illustrator. Learn how to create and manage them as well as some best practices.
I’ve seen many ways and methods of organizing Illustrator artwork…here’s the rundown on the grouping method.
Not understanding linked vs embedded files in Illustrator can drive you (and those who use your files) nuts! Learn the difference!