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Illustrator for Fashion Design: Advanced Drawing Flats

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Learn how to draw technical flats quickly and efficiently. This advanced course focuses on time-saving shortcuts and professional best practices for fashion illustration.

Learn how to draw technical flats quickly and efficiently using Adobe Illustrator, with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions from fashion design instructor Robin Schneider. Generate professional-quality fashion flats in no time with her timesaving tricks. Find out how to use templates, build custom keyboard shortcuts and actions, and make fashion brushes that you can use to "paint" details such as stitching, zippers, and trim. Learn how to create a bank of reusable symbols for common elements such as button holes and drawstrings. Discover how to build realistic pattern fills from scratch or using fabric scans. Robin brings it all together for some examples drawing denim and knitwear, and provides tips to modify existing flats, such as adapting pants from straight leg to boot cut. Last but not least, explore professional practices that incorporate style guides, libraries, and sources, for a more consistent style and a more collaborative workflow.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
1. Getting Started
  • Tools you need to know
2. Techniques for Speed
  • Setting up a start file
  • Graphic styles
  • Custom keyboard shortcuts
  • Using actions
  • Offset action
3. Creating Brushes
  • The benefit of brushes
  • Double needle topstitch
  • Cover stitch
  • Zigzag
  • Zipper
  • Brush from trim
  • Editing brushes
4. Creating Symbols
  • Using symbols
  • Rivet and eyelet
  • Buttons: Four-hole and shank
  • Button hole
  • Zipper pull
  • Drawstrings
5. Working with Pattern Fills
  • Filling, scaling, and rotating
  • Making pattern fills from fabric swatches
  • Recoloring pattern fills
6. Drawing Denim
  • Denim jacket: Front collar
  • Denim jacket: Front bodice
  • Denim jacket: Sleeves and buttons
  • Denim jacket: Back
  • Jeans: Front
  • Jeans: Back
7. Drawing Knit Tops
  • Long-sleeve T-shirt with gathers
  • Long-sleeve T-shirt back
  • Hoodie: Front
  • Hoodie: Back
  • Hoodie: Up
  • Turtle neck front
  • Turtle neck back and sleeves
8. Drawing Knit Bottoms
  • Leggings
  • Joggers: Front
  • Joggers: Back and pockets
9. Manipulating Existing Flats
  • Leggings: Straight leg to boot cut
  • Top to dress
  • T-shirt to raglan
10. Professional Workflow
  • Style guides for stroke weights
  • Style guides and organizing libraries
  • Recoloring art and using multiple sources
  • Next steps

Taught by

Robin Schneider

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