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 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: Willi Smith

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In 1988, NY mayor David Dinkins declared February 23rd Willi Smith day, in honor of one of the most talented designers of his era. He was F.U.B.U. before the brand, a man of the people for the people. And though he designed for the everyday man and woman, his line appealed to the wealthy and famous as well. Continue reading “28 Days of Black Fashion History: Willi Smith”