Join Robin Schneider for an in-depth discussion in this video What is a CAD flat?, part of Illustrator for Fashion Design: Drawing Flats.
- [Female] A flat is a technical illustration of a garment. It's used in the fashion industry to present all the info about a garment, kind of like an architect's elevation shows all the information about a particular wall of a building. One time, they were drawn by hand. Drawing them on the computer is now the industry standard. To be competitive in the fashion industry, drawing flats in Adobe Illustrator has become a necessary skill. You'll be hard pressed to find a company that doesn't use it. For an entry-level job, it's an absolute must.
There are a couple of different kind of flats that are used in the industry. There are technical flats, which are a very clean, basic flat, like this, that are used for tech packs and spec sheets. They are drawn to proportion with measurements added so the clothing can go into production. There's also a looser type of flat called a flare or a float that's more like a garment on a body without the body. Flats can be plain and basic, or fancy with extra embellishments. Everybody develops their own style, and every company has their own style.
Once you learn how to draw them, you will need to be flexible and adapt to the style of the company you're working at. Flats can also be filled with color to be used in a line sheet, or they can be fully rendered with fabric to show the look of the final garment. So, in this course, I'm going to show you how to use Adobe Illustrator to draw flats.
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
Photoshop for Fashion Design: Rendering Techniqueswith Robin Schneider4h 52m Appropriate for all
Illustrator for Fashion Design: Creating Brusheswith Robin Schneider2h 40m Intermediate
Drawing Foundations: Light and Shadowwith Will Kemp1h 52m Intermediate
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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