Join Robin Schneider for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring the workspace, part of Illustrator for Fashion Design: Drawing Flats.
- [Female Teacher] In this chapter, we're going to take a look at the Illustrator tools we'll be using to draw fashion flats. First, we'll open Illustrator and talk about the workspace. So, to create a new file you're going to click on the Create new button, right here. Once this window opens, we're going to select Print, and we're going to select Letter. You're going to to move over to this window and click Create. Now the reason for selecting Print is because it gives us an Artboard, which is this big white paper in the middle that is 8.5 by 11, which easily prints on your desktop printer, and since most of the work we're doing, is going to have its final version printed, this is the best way to work.
The gray area outside the Artboard, you can consider as scratch paper. You can draw on it, but it won't print. Up on the top is the menu bar. Each of these have drop-downs that relate to either tools or panels on the page, and we'll talk about that in a little more detail, later. On the left, is the toolbar. These are all the Illustrator tools. We're not going to cover all of them. We're going to stick to the ones that we specifically use for fashion. There are a lot of other great videos in the library where you can learn more about the other tools, if you're interested.
Up here, is called the Control panel, and the Control panel is context sensitive, meaning, it changes based on the tool you have selected. Over on the right, we have the Panel dock. Each of these panels has information that we're going to be covering a little bit later. This is a Swatches panel. Down here, we have the Layers panel, and we'll talk about those in more detail, in a later movie. So let's move on to the next movie, and we'll start to cover the basic selection tools.
Robin Schneider—a fashion designer and Otis College of Art and Design instructor—teaches you how to easily master the Pen tool as she walks you through drawing shirts, pants, skirts, and blazers. Learn how to maximize the power of Illustrator with Pathfinder, organize layers for quick and easy editing, and create custom symbol libraries. Plus, get tips and tricks to increase productivity and learn to lay out your designs in presentation-worthy line sheets.
- What is a CAD flat?
- Drawing shapes
- Editing shapes: rotating and joining
- Setting up your workspace
- Using a template
- Drawing shirts and blazers
- Drawing skirts, trousers, and jeans
- Creating symbols for buttons
- Creating professional quality layouts
Skill Level Beginner
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1. Getting Started: The Basics
2. Creating a Start File
3. Drawing a Basic T-Shirt
4. Drawing a Polo Shirt
5. Drawing a Button-Down Shirt
6. Drawing a Blazer
7. Drawing Pants
8. Drawing Skirts
9. Creating Symbols
10. Finishing Touches
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