My Top Five Methods to Reduce File Sizes in Adobe Illustrator

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“My files are massive! Why are they like this?” 

“Our files are so hard to manage. What is making them so big!”

“Is there no way to make my file smaller?”

I get these questions all the time, often from fashion designers in areas like intimate apparel where they use intricate designs and embellishments like scanned laces, pattern brushes and pattern swatches. Brushes and pattern swatches are two of the most memory-heavy functions or tools you can use in Adobe Illustrator (especially if they’re very intricate). Add in a few detailed raster images, and your file can easily go from a very manageable 1 or 2MB document to a 10 or 20+MB nightmare!

Sometimes, it really just ‘is what it is’. But most of the time, these issues can be managed, and larger files can be reduced. It starts with smart, efficient drawing techniques and a few helpful Illustrator tools and options.

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How to Have Fun in Summer School

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It may not feel like it today, but Saturday (at least in NY) gave us all a taste of spring and a longing for summer weather. And summer weather brings to mind all kinds of fun things: ice cream, sunshine, trips to the beach, and . . . summer school!

Ok, before you call me crazy, hear me out! School may be the LAST thing you equate ‘summer fun’ with, but perhaps it just hasn’t been the right venue. I mean, if you could take a class while lounging by the pool, mouse in one hand and mojito in the other, would that feel more like fun? . . . Yup, we think so, too!

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How to Use Symbols to Save Trims in Adobe Illustrator

Symbols can be tremendously helpful to save trims and create trim libraries. They also make it very easy to update an item that is repeated multiple times within a document.

So, what is a Symbol? A symbol is an art object that can be reused in a document. The other symbols reused on the page are called instances, and they’re all linked to the original artwork. They can be created using vector or raster artwork, and symbols can save time and reduce file size. Continue reading “How to Use Symbols to Save Trims in Adobe Illustrator”

How to Draw Fur in Adobe Illustrator

Have you ever wanted to create fur in Illustrator for one of your flat sketches (or even a fashion illustration) and found that it didn’t look as nice as you wanted it to? Well, have a look at our tutorial on creating fur. It’s pretty easy to follow and gives you a great looking fur that you can use over and over again. It’s also … Continue reading How to Draw Fur in Adobe Illustrator

28 Days of Black Fashion History: Naomi Sims

Before Naomi, there was Naomi . . . Sims, one of the first Black supermodels to grace the cover of a major US magazine. She would also serve as the blueprint for model turned entrepreneur, starting her own beauty empire after retiring from modeling. Born Naomi Ruth Sims on March 30, 1948 in Oxford, Mississippi, she was the youngest of 3 daughters. Her parents divorced … Continue reading 28 Days of Black Fashion History: Naomi Sims