Tech Pack, Spec Sheet & Graded Spec Tricks for Fashion Designers using Adobe Illustrator & Microsoft Excel: The Successful Fashion Designer, tutorial by Sew Heidi

My 3 Best Tech Pack Tricks for Fashion Designers

May 04, 2017

Tech packs can seem tedious and repetitive – and if you’re like most of us, you’d rather spend time designing than speccing garments.

But if you want to get your products made – correctly – they’re a requirement.

Which is why I’m sharing some of my best kept tech pack secrets.

These simple shortcuts will save you hours of time in both Illustrator and Excel. Watch one, watch them all, either way, I guarantee your mind will be blown.


How to auto calculate grade rules in your tech pack using formulas in Excel

I see many designers doing tech packs in Illustrator and – gasp – MANUALLY calculating grade rules! Please, don’t do this! Use Excel and the simple formulas to make sure your spec sheet is accurate and that everything AUTOMATICALLY updates if you make any changes!


How to Create Technical Fashion Flats in Illustrator

How to Create Technical Flat Sketches in Illustrator

Many designers use inefficient methods to create tech sketches in Illustrator. This tutorial will show you the quickest and most effective way to organize your files so they’re easy to edit, manage and maintain.


How to Get Fashion Flats from Illustrator into Excel for Tech Packs

How to Get Fashion Flats from Illustrator into Excel for Tech Packs

You’re probably doing your fashion tech sketches in Adobe Illustrator, but creating tech packs in Excel or PDM / PLM software. It’s tedious to export every image from Illustrator as a JPG and then import / place it into your tech pack. This video tutorial will show you the quickest way to get artwork out of Illustrator with the highest resolution and smallest file size to use in other applications.


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