Understanding trends and the direction the market is going to go is vital for anyone working in fashion. Print and textile designers need to understand what consumers are going to be looking for next. Thea Perez founded Polychrome.Design to provide prints as true digital working tools for fashion designers. Along the way, she has honed […]
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 […]
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. […]
I hear a lot of the same questions about how to do “this thing” in Illustrator, or where should I start if…I’m a total beginner, I don’t know how to draw, etc. And I know how hard it is to find quality, easy to follow Adobe Illustrator fashion tutorials. I also see designers doing things the […]
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 […]
If you work on a team, you probably know what it’s like to share Illustrator files. And chances are, you fall into one of these two groups of people: The File Fixer-Upper… or the File Messer-Upper. The File Messer-Upper You know enough about AI to make edits and modify files. But most of the time […]
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 […]
Tech are tedious – and you’d rather spend time designing than speccing. But they’re a requirement to get product made correctly. These simple shortcuts will save you hours in Illustrator and Excel
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. […]
As a fashion designer, it’s hard to remember what every type of garment detail is called (there are SO many kinds of pockets, sleeves, necklines, etc). Add textiles, trims, dyeing and printing techniques to that list, and your head will explode with all the variations. Enter Fashionpedia: The Visual Dictionary of Fashion Design. I had no […]
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 […]
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? […]
If you’re intimidated by Illustrator or feel completely overwhelmed and have no idea where to start, this free live workshop is for you.
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.
A tech pack is the blueprint to get your garment manufactured…which sounds simple enough until you sit down and try to put it all together. The amount of details you need to spec become overwhelming. How much info is enough? Should you create it in Illustrator? Where do you put certain things? To start, let’s look at […]
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 […]
If you’re frustrated that your fashion sketches look too flat, these simple techniques will help you add distress, fading and texture to bring more life to your designs. You can easily apply them to denim or any other fabrics.
A shoe obsession can do a lot of things. It can drain your wallet. It can make your feet scream in pain because, “damn these shoes are freaking cute but man are they uncomfortable.” But the most random for me was how it made me LOVE the Pen Tool.
Don’t draw pleats manually, one line at a time – instead, use these simple tricks to quickly and accurately emulate pleats in your fashion sketches in Illustrator.
In less than one minute, this simple trick will allow you to add a thick outline to your fashion flat sketches in Adobe Illustrator, giving them more dimension and depth.