Learn to draw fashion with Adobe Illustrator CC Intermediate

Illustrator training specifically tailored for fashion designers
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  • Lectures 29
  • Length 5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator to draw fashion flats. Develop your skills to enable you to produce creative, accurate product designs quickly and to standards required for retail and manufacturing.

In this intermediate level 2 course, you will learn further tools and features that take your fashion flats from basic to detailed and professional.

  • For students that have a basic working knowledge of drawing fashion with Adobe Illustrator or for students that have completed the Level 1 Beginners Illustrator 4 Fashion course.
  • Learn how to add detailed design features to your drawings such as fabric fills, patterns ribbing, draping and shading.
  • Learn to create reusable brush libraries of trims and stitching such as sequins, buttons, zippers and overlock stitching.
  • 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 well 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.

Course Overview

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 the 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 2 intermediate course is aimed at students that have a basic working knowledge of fashion drawing with Adobe Illustrator. This course builds on the foundations learnt in Level 1, progressing to more advanced skills and techniques to bring fashion flats to life. Students will learn how to build powerful trim and brush libraries to improve design efficiency and accuracy. Level 2 also looks more in depth at the use of colour, patterns, fabric fills and embellishments, to add dynamism and realism to drawings. The final section of this course features a selection of garment drawing tutorials, putting the skills and techniques learnt in the first part of the course into real life practise.

Every lecture includes supporting Illustrator work files so that students can follow the lecture exactly.

What are the requirements?

  • You should have Adobe Illustrator installed. The training is designed around the latest Adobe Creative Cloud 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.
  • This course follows on from "Learn to draw fashion with Adobe Illustrator CC - Beginner". You do not have to have completed the beginner course to take this intermediate course but you should have mastered the tools and techniques listed in the beginners course agenda before taking the intermediate course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Competently produce detailed coloured fashion flats
  • Create complex, resuable trim and stitch library components
  • You will be well on your way to becoming a fashion designer with expert skills in Adobe Illustrator
  • You will be ready to progress to the advanced training with the details including link and discount code provided in the course summary.
  • You will stand out from the thousands of fashion design graduates and make yourself more attractive to potential employers.

What is the target audience?

  • 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
  • Students who have completed the "Learn to draw fashion with Adobe Illustrator CC - Beginner" course and are looking to progress to the next level

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
02:10

This video introduces you to the structure of the intermediate course:

  • New tools and panels
  • Extending the previous workshops
  • New workshops
Section 2: Tools and Panels
03:31

In this lecture we learn how to join paths using the join tool.

08:52

In this lecture we learn how to manipulate paths and objects using the shape builder tool.

02:47

In this lecture we learn how to skew objects and patterns using the sheer tool.

02:41

In this lecture we learn how to widen paths using the width tool.

03:42

In this lecture we learn how to paint objects using the blob brush tool.

18:49

Topics covered in this lecture are:

  • Brush types
  • Paintbrush tool
  • Brush panel
  • Brush libraries
  • Applying brushes
  • Modifying brushes
  • Creating brushes
  • Saving brushes
  • Loading brushes
08:45

Topics covered in this lecture are:

  • Using symbols
  • Creating symbols
  • Editing symbols
  • Replacing symbols
  • Symbol tools
04:39
    Topics covered in this lecture are:

  • Unite
  • Minus front
  • Exclude
  • Divide
11:21

Topics covered in this lecture are:

  • Pattern fills
  • Scaling patterns
  • Rotating patterns
  • Moving patterns
  • Creating patterns
  • Pattern options
  • Saving patterns
01:50

Topics covered in this lecture are:

  • Transparency
  • Blending modes
02:39

Topics covered in this lecture are:

  • Draw normal
  • Draw behind
  • Draw inside
Section 3: Libraries
17:54

In this lecture we will cover how to draw the following components:

  • Zip pull
  • Belt buckle
  • Button
  • Button hole
  • Bows
  • Sequin
  • D-ring
13:21

Continued from Building Trim Symbol Libraries - Part 1

17:13

In this lecture we will cover how to create the following brushes:

  • Blanket stitch
  • Topstitching
  • Flatlock
  • Elastic casing
  • Drawstring
  • Zip teeth
  • Brushes from images
14:18

Continued from Building Brush Libraries - Part 1

17:42

Continued from Building Brush Libraries - Part 2

Section 4: Extending the Previous Workshops
19:42

In this lecture we revisit the t-shirt we drew in the beginners course workshop and enhance it with the following techniques:

  • Pattern fills

- Pattern swatch (stripes)
- Pattern options (star print)
- Random repeats (daisy print)
- Clipping masks (plaid)

  • Shapebuilder tool
  • Pattern with clipping mask
  • Stitches using brushes
  • Live Paint


For students that did not complete the level 1 beginners course, please see the downloads area for this lecture where you will find a t-shirt drawing Illustrator file so that you can follow along.

09:18

Continued from T-Shirt - Part 1

05:34

In this lecture we revisit the shirt we drew in the beginners course workshop and enhance it with the following techniques:

  • Shading with the blob brush
  • Creating button and button hole symbols

- Edit symbol instances


For students that did not complete the level 1 beginners course, please see the downloads area for this lecture where you will find a shirt drawing Illustrator file so that you can follow along.
08:18

In this lecture we revisit the jeans we drew in the beginners course workshop and enhance it with the following techniques:

  • Fabric fills

-Pattern swatches from raster files

  • Wash and embellishments effects

- Draw inside

- Bristle brush

- Art brush

- Scatter brush

- Blending and transparency


For students that did not complete the level 1 beginners course, please see the downloads area for this lecture where you will find a jeans drawing Illustrator file so that you can follow along.
Section 5: New Workshops
14:38

Techniques and functions:

  • Pen tool
  • Modify anchor points and bezier curves
  • Reflect tool
  • Average and join anchor points
  • Pencil tool (modify lines)
  • Layers
  • Profiles
  • Outline stroke/dashed stroke (topstitching)
  • Pattern Brush (elastic waistband and hem, drawstring)
  • Clipping Mask (elastic waistband and hem)
  • Blob brush (shading)
  • Transparency
14:54

Continued from Jogging Bottoms - Part 1

19:44

Techniques and functions:

  • Pen tool
  • Modify anchor points and bezier curves
  • Reflect tool
  • Average and join anchor points
  • Pencil tool (modify lines)
  • Layers
  • Profiles
  • Outline stroke/dashed line (ribbing and topstitching)
  • Clipping mask (ribbing)
  • Paint brush (zip tape)
  • Sheer tool (pockets)
  • Gradient panel
  • Align panel
  • Shapebuilder tool (colour blocking fill)
  • Live paint (colour blocking fill)
  • Blob brush (shading)
  • Transparency
19:57

Continued from Sport Jacket - Part 1

19:59

Continued from Sport Jacket - Part 2

15:59

Techniques and functions:

  • Pen tool
  • Modify anchor points and bezier curves
  • Reflect tool
  • Average and join anchor points
  • Convert anchor points
  • Pencil tool
  • Layers
  • Draw inside mode
  • Brush libraries (topstitching)
  • Symbol libraries (sequins)
  • Symbol sprayer tool
  • Symbol shifter tool
  • Symbol stainer tool
  • Profiles
  • Width tool
  • Blob brush (shading)
  • Transparency
09:26

Continued from Drapey Top - Part 1

Section 6: Conclusion
01:37

Course summary and links/discount codes for level 3

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Instructor Biography

Jo Hughes, Fashion and Retail Software Solutions Expert

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.

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