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Photoshop for Fashion Design: Rendering Techniques

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Learn to use Photoshop brushes, patterns, and special effects to create professional-looking fashion croquis and costume illustrations.

Harness the power of Adobe Photoshop for rendering your fashion croquis and costume designs, taking your sketches from concept to completion. These techniques are not limited to fashion use; they're perfect for all designers and illustrators. Join Robin Schneider as she shows you how to scan, clean, color, and render your hand-drawn illustrations with tricks for adding faces and hair. Then learn how to use filters and brushes to replicate fabric textures like linen, flannel, wool, denim, or fur, and make those fabrics wrap around the body with the Transform and Puppet Warp tools. Robin will also show how to lay out your ideas on presentation boards in a way that will make clients and buyers take notice.


  • Welcome
  • What you should know before watching this course
  • Using the exercise files
1. Working with Hand Sketches
  • Why render in Photoshop?
  • Scanning your artwork
  • Auto-aligning oversized illustrations
  • Prepping artwork for color
  • Filling with flat color
  • Shading with Dodge and Burn
  • Easy color changes with Hue/Saturation
  • Saving for layouts
2. Rendering Faces
  • Using Dodge and Burn
  • Using Illustrator symbols
  • Using a photograph
3. The Magic of Brushes
  • Brush basics
  • Making a bead brush
  • Creating a graduated bead brush with Shape Dynamics
  • Making a colorful bead brush with Color Dynamics
  • How to make a scatter brush
  • Controlling direction
  • Making boa and fur brushes
  • The perfect, all-purpose brush tip for texture
  • How to make a brush to paint hair
  • Making brushes from photos
  • Saving and loading brushes
4. Working with Scanned Fabric
  • Making a pattern with a scanned fabric swatch
  • Using Offset to make a seamless repeat of a texture
  • Making a seamless repeat of a random pattern
  • Finding and defining the repeat in a pattern
  • Saving and loading patterns
5. Working with Pattern Fills
  • Filling and scaling with patterns
  • Creating clipping masks
  • Warping patterns with Warp
  • Using Puppet Warp to wrap fabric around your croquis
  • Displacing textures to create depth in your fabric
  • Dodging and burning pattern fills
  • Swapping patterns
  • Organizing layers
6. Adding Texture with Filters
  • Using filters to add texture
  • Creating wool and flannel textures
  • Making a linen texture
  • Making a denim texture
  • Overdyeing and aging
  • Creating a leather texture
  • Making pony or cow spots
  • How to create a camouflage texture
7. Rendering Styles and Techniques
  • Sketching with a tablet
  • Making a marker-style rendering
  • How to create a watercolor look
  • Using overlay techniques to add a lace texture
  • How to add sparkle
  • Creating drop shadows vs. cast shadows
8. Layout Techniques
  • Creating inspiration boards
  • Making concept boards
  • Laying out croquis on boards and creating backgrounds
  • Saving for print
  • Next steps

Taught by

Robin Schneider

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