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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10 Jul 2014

Vector Pattern Brush Library Downloads

Pattern brushes are one of the most powerful yet under utilized features in Adobe Illustrator.  Grab a set of ruching, ruffles and gathering brushes or a basic stitch library and get to sketching.  Not sure what pattern brushes are or why they’re important?  Brush up on your knowledge here (what are pattern brushes and why to use them) and your skills here (video tutorial) (no pun intended, I swear!).

{Sew Heidi} Basic Stitches Vector Pattern Brush Library
{Sew Heidi} Basic Stitches Vector Pattern Brush Library

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09 Jul 2014

Best Practices for Drawing Fashion Sketches in Illustrator

I was poking around the AI application folder and discovered a t-shirt template.  Upon opening, I was less than impressed with how the garment was drawn and assembled, finding the quality subpar for Adobe’s high standards.  In this tutorial, I’ll go through how to use some best practices in drawing a t-shirt sketch in Illustrator.  If you’re still learning how to use the Pen Tool, I’ve got quite a few different tutorials for that.

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