21 Oct 2014

Fashion Design Sketching Made Easy with the Join Tool in Illustrator

I couldn’t be more excited about the release of Illustrator’s new Join Tool in the latest CC 2014 update (version 18.1.0)!  This is an essential tool for drawing fashion illustrations since often we draw half of the garment, reflect and copy it, and then join the anchor points down the middle.  This tool takes the work out of joining paths that are overlapping or have gaps and does all the work for you!  Watch this Illustrator video tutorial that I did in collaboration with Laura Coyle of Illustratoring (do yourself a favor and browse her site, she’s an amazing illustrator and has a knack for teaching Illustrator) to see how it works, and grab the fashion technical flat template over at Illustrator Stuff to follow along.

15 Oct 2014

Create Denim Textures in Photoshop & Illustrator

Illustrator is a great tool for drawing fashion flats and repeating patterns, but sometimes you might want to use raster (pixel based) textures for more realistic looking fabric fills.  This tutorial will show you how to create a denim texture in Photoshop and then turn it into a repeating pattern to fill your sketches in Illustrator.  You can grab a similar denim texture and the shirt used in the video over at Illustrator Stuff.

08 Oct 2014

Technical Fashion Flats in Illustrator: A More Artistic Approach

When creating and designing, we put our best foot forward to do top notch work and make awesome presentations.  Sometimes we lose the “sex appeal” when it comes to technical flat sketches, but there are ways you can add some flair.  It can take a bit more work, but will really show off your skills.

I’ll note that I actually did these for some large format posters at a workshop I taught, but I tripped over them recently and was reminded how nice they had come out, so I wanted to share.  My day to day Illustrator tech flats are a bit less glamorous as I just don’t have the time to make them so purdy…but sometimes it’s nice to go the extra mile!

The addition of drop shadows and pull outs are a simple touch that add some dimension while still making the instructions easy to follow.
{Sew Heidi} Technical Fashion Flat Sketch

This next one requires quite a bit more work, but I truly love the way it comes out.  It might not be the best approach to use in a tech pack for production, but it’s perfect for fancy presentations if you want to convey to a client the details of a garment in conjunction with the color sketch.
{Sew Heidi} Fashion Flat Technical Sketch

This last one isn’t much different than how you would actually want to prep the artwork for production, but you can see that taking a little bit of time to make sure everything is aligned, callouts are sufficiently contrast and specs are clear and easy to follow will really go a long way not just visually but in production as well.
{Sew Heidi} Tech Fashion Flat Illustration

23 Sep 2014

Fashion Tech Flats in Illustrator: Get Organized!

After working with too many companies that I felt did it wrong, I created a very organized and efficient way to organize my fashion tech sketches in Illustrator that I’ve used for many years now.  For me, it’s proven to be the best method – perhaps it will work for you as is, or you can adjust as needed to fit your needs.  NOTE: This method works best if you use Illustrator + Excel (or some other software) to compile your tech packs (as opposed to the entire tech pack being compiled in Illustrator).  Make sure to grab the free tech pack layer template file to follow along! 

Working with Layers, we’ll keep everything in one AI file.  I start with the flat SKETCH as the bottom most layer.
{Sew Heidi} Fashion Tech Flats in IllustratorRead more…

19 Sep 2014

Fashion Design in Adobe Illustrator: Beginners Workshop

My next (and possibly last of the year) Illustrator for Fashion Design course for beginners is right around the corner…as in just 10 days away.  Register now and secure your seat.
142 West 36th Street 6th Floor, New York, NY 10018
Session 1: Monday, Sept 29, 2014

Session 2: Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014
Session 3: Monday, Oct 6, 2014
Session 4: Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014

Adobe Illustrator for Fashion Design Classes, New York City
Held in the NYC garment district, I’ll teach you more than you ever thought possible in this 12 hour intensive course.  We’ll cover: Workspace and Navigation, Objects and Color, Selection and Drawing Tools, Layers, Grouping, Locking and Hiding, Mastering the Pen Tool, Stitches and Brushes, Fashion Flats Sketching, Advanced Sketching tricks (Ribs, bindings, etc), Seamless pattern repeats, Image Trace, Live Color, Symbols, Libraries and Templates and more.