Learn to draw fashion with Adobe Illustrator CC - Advanced
What you'll learn
- Ability to competently apply advanced fabric fill techniques that adapt to the drape of the fabric, making your fashion flats look as realistic as possible
- Advanced digital fashion illustration techniques
- How to produce professional standard documents to communicate your designs to the wider design/buying/product development teams and supply chain
- How to integrate your illustrator drawings into professional standard design and product development workflows to improve efficiency
- Tools and techniques to increase your productivity
- How to optimise your AI files for integration into other supporting product development systems
- Achieve expert fashion design skills in Adobe Illustrator
- You will stand out from the thousands of fashion design graduates and make yourself more attractive to potential employers
- You should have Adobe Illustrator installed. The training is designed around the CC version of Illustrator, however you can still follow the training with older versions of Illustrator as many of the techniques will be the same. You should be aware though that there may be some functions featured that will not be available in older versions
- You should have completed the beginners and intermediate levels of the Illustrator 4 Fashion course as this course will assume students already have a certain level of Adobe Illustrator competency
Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to draw fashion flats and illustrations. Develop your skills to enable you to produce creative, accurate product designs quickly and to standards required for retail and manufacturing.
In this advanced level 3 course, you will learn advanced tools and techniques to make your fashion flats as realistic as possible but the main focus of this level will be about implementing your Illustrator drawings into the professional design and development workflow and improving your design efficiency and communication.
For students that already have a reasonable competency in drawing fashion with Adobe Illustrator and are looking to take their work to a professional level or for students that have completed the Level 2 Intermediate Illustrator 4 Fashion course.
Introduces new panels to increase your design productivity.
Producing fashion flats are only part of the design and development workflow. Your designs need to be communicated to the design and buying teams and the supply chain. We’ll look at how to use Illustrator to produce fashion illustrations, design cards and colourway sheets.
You will learn how to optimise your files for integration into other supporting product development systems and how to address compatibility issues with legacy versions of Illustrator.
Garment drawing workshops.
Learn essential skills required by the fashion industry
Having spent over a decade implementing and training software technologies into fashion brands and retailers across the globe, I spent a lot of time working with the designers. Over the years there seemed to be a common theme in the design room - lots of designers were using Illustrator proficiently but many either couldn't use it at all or couldn't use it very well. They also didn't adhere to any drawing standards or best practises so had problems such as not being able to easily edit each other's drawings, create colourways quickly or create reusable components properly, making them inefficient.
Illustrator 4 Fashion training has been specifically tailored for fashion, with the needs of the industry in mind. The training can be taken by company design employees, freelance designers, fashion design students and anyone else looking to learn or improve their fashion drawing with Adobe Illustrator.
Most Adobe Illustrator manuals and online training courses are industry generic with many modules not relevant to fashion drawing. It can be hard to know which features to learn and how to develop techniques to draw professional fashion designs. Illustrator 4 Fashion only teaches you features and techniques relevant to drawing fashion flats, illustrations and garment components.
The Illustrator 4 Fashion course is split into 3 levels; beginner, intermediate and advanced. This level 3 advanced course is all about design productivity and efficiency and how to successfully communicate designs to the extended supply chain including buying and suppliers. Students will learn the final set of advanced tools and techniques to make fashion flats looks as realistic as possible as well as introducing some new panels to increase productivity in a professional environment. To aid design communication, this level also looks at how to use Illustrator to produce fashion illustrations, including how to utilise the tools to achieve realistic fabric drape over a figure.
From a professional workflow perspective this level also details how to produce the supporting documentation, such as design cards and colourway sheets, needed to communicate designs to colleagues and suppliers. Finally, students will learn how to optimise Adobe Illustrator files for integration into other supporting product development systems and how to address compatibility issues with legacy versions of Illustrator
Every lecture includes supporting Illustrator work files so that students can follow the lecture exactly.
Who this course is for:
- Suitable for fashion design students
- Suitable for freelance fashion designers
- Suitable for company fashion design employees
- Suitable for anyone looking to learn how to draw fashion using Adobe Illustrator
With a background in fashion design and technology, I have been lucky enough to have spent the last twelve years travelling the world working with some of the biggest names in fashion and retail, implementing and training fashion technology solutions. I have become an expert in Adobe Illustrator for fashion design, 3D garment design and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management). When implemented and trained correctly all of these solutions help fashion retailers get products to market quicker and more efficiently with less costly mistakes making them invaluable to the industry today.
Many fashion students are graduating knowing nothing or little about these applications that are so critical to the product development process. One of the main complaints from fashion retailers and brands are that graduates lack key skills required by industry. Because the learning curve for these applications can be steep, and there are so many skills that fashion students need to acquire it is very difficult for universities to provide comprehensive training in everything within their fashion design programs.
There are also many people working in the industry today that have received little formal training on these applications. For example many fashion designers may use Adobe Illustrator but do not adhere to any drawing standards or best practises so have problems such as not being able to easily edit each other's drawings, create colourways quickly or create reusable components properly, making them inefficient. When designers, buyers or merchandisers want to perhaps start a new job, if that company is already using PLM, it can be very daunting to suddenly find you are expected to adopt an entirely new way of working if your previous company didn't work this way.
I am passionate about how creative IT applications can support both the creative design and product development process and now want to be able to share my skills and experience with students worldwide.