15 Aug 2014

Video Tutorial on Creating Realistic Fashion Pattern Fills in Illustrator

A few weeks ago I did a written tutorial on creating realistic pattern fills in Illustrator using envelope distort.  It went over quite well, so in response I did a video tutorial as well.  Envelope distort can be a bit tricky to work with, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to create much more dimensional fashion illustrations with pattern fills.  One of the greatest things about this feature is that the patterns maintain edibility, whether you want to change just the colors or change the entire pattern fill.

Grab a free download with discount code YT-ENVELOPE over at Illustrator Stuff.

01 Aug 2014

Creating Repeating Plaid Patterns

With many years of experience designing golf apparel, I’ve created my fair share of plaid repeating patterns.  It’s quite easy to mock up a quick one in Illustrator:

And if you want to take it one step further, you can add a specific weave structure, such a twill, using Photoshop:

Make sure you understand the basics of plaids (wovens) – some of the basic terminology can help you communicate your design ideas and manufacturing needs to others:
{Sew Heidi} Types of Weave Structures

30 Jul 2014

Illustrator Stuff Site Launch!

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An Artist Centric Marketplace featuring
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Eeek!!!  My husband and I have been working hard these past few weeks (well, we’re always working hard, but this time a little extra!) to get our new project, Illustrator Stuff, launched!  I’m so excited to tell you about it and can’t wait for you all to get involved.  I initially launched e-commerce right here on SewHeidi.com, but after some research and goal evaluation, we decided it’d be best to have the shop be its own site.

The new site will open up all sorts of possibilities…  The one we’re most excited about is the opportunity to build an online marketplace where other designers and artists can sell their vector graphics.  Whether you need to grab a download or you think you’d like to be a contributor, hop on over and check it out!

24 Jul 2014

Illustrator’s Pen Tool

{Sew Heidi} Illustrator's Pen Tool Key
I’ve done a fair amount of documentation on using Illustrator’s Pen Tool.  As you may have experienced, it can be one of the most frustrating tools to get the hang of, but it also is one of Illustrator’s most powerful tools, so it’s in your best interest to stick with it until you’re comfortable and savvy.  Watch the videos below to not only get familiarized but to learn some great tricks for using the Pen Tool in AI.

Part 1: Drawing a Fashion Sketch with Illustrator’s Pen Tool
Part 2: Precisely Manipulate Paths, Anchors & Handles in Illustrator
Part 3: Using the Reshape Tool with the Pen Tool in Illustrator
Part 4: New Features to the Pen Tool in AICC 2014

13 Jul 2014

Create More Realistic Fashion Illustrations

Simply filling a garment with a pattern in Illustrator can sometimes result in a flat looking illustration.  Learn step by step how to use Envelope Distort to add dimension and movement to your fashion illustrations with this written tutorial.  You can watch a 3 minute sped up video version of the process here (full time to complete ~20 minutes).

{Sew Heidi} Using Envelope Distort to Add Dimension and Life to Your Illustrator Fashion Sketches

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