This week, I’m getting back to the basics, and when you’re talking about Adobe Illustrator for fashion design, that means using the Pen Tool to Flat Sketch. In my new video tutorial, I give a basic overview of how the Pen tool works, something many of us probably haven’t seen in a very long time (or ever for some who just hit the ground running … Continue reading Let’s go Back to Adobe Illustrator Flat Sketching Basics!
If you’re an intimate apparel or lingerie designer, lace is something you use all the time. And many designers struggle with creating lace brushes in Adobe Illustrator that can be used on a flat sketch, easily recolored and still keep the file size manageable. This video fashion tutorial will show you some great tips to do just that! Watch now on YouTube! Continue reading How to Create a Lace Brush in Adobe Illustrator
“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.
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”
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