25 Mar 2015

Creating Pleats in Illustrator: Simple Tricks

This Illustrator tutorial will take you through some cool tricks for creating pleats in Illustrator using the Zig Zag effect, a dashed stroke, and a clipping mask. Basic Illustrator skills are assumed, but nothing is too complicated, so get watching and learn how to add pleats to your designs!

04 Mar 2015

Quick Tip: Thick Outlines on Fashion Sketches in Illustrator

Depending on how you draw your fashion sketches or flats in Illustrator, it may not be super easy to add a thick outline to the perimeter of your sketch. In this quick video tutorial, I’ll show you a really quick trick to create a thick outline around your finished sketch no matter how you drew it.

27 Feb 2015

How Adobe Illustrator Will Change Your (Fashion) Design World

Many of you who browse my site regularly are already somewhat familiar with Illustrator and what it’s used for in the (fashion) design world.  For those of you who aren’t or who are just looking to broaden your knowledge, I recently wrote a concise overview at The Swatchbook (the supporting blog for online fabric supplier Offset Warehouse).  Brush up on your AI knowledge and learn how this software will change your (fashion) design world.
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18 Feb 2015

Patterns Inside Patterns: Workaround for Illustrator Limitations

If you’ve ever needed to create a pattern inside of a pattern in Illustrator, you probably got this error: “patterns cannot contain anything painted with a pattern”.  BUMMER!  Don’t worry though, there are a couple ways to get around this!  This article takes you through the steps necessary to create patterns inside patterns, giving two different options to work depending on your needs.  Jump on over to Illustrator Stuff to read the full post.

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06 Feb 2015

The Shape Builder Tool: How to Draw a Belt Buckle in Illustrator

If you’ve ever played around with Pathfinder in Illustrator to divide or unite shapes and have felt frustrated, you’re not alone.  Many people have difficulty wrapping their head around how to use this tool.  In CS5, Illustrator released the Shape Builder Tool which is a bit more intuitive to use use.  This quick video tutorial shows how to create a belt buckle using a few basic shapes and the Shape Builder Tool.  If you’re interested how Pathfinder compares, check out this video.