May 2016

Have you ever wanted to create your custom colored Gingham swatch in Illustrator? In this week 18, I am showing an easy and a more intricate way of creating the Gingham textile pattern in Illustrator. The easy method is going to be a swatch with flat colors. In the intermediate method, I will use a filter called Scribble to create a texture in the Gingham swatch to make it look more alive. You can view the video on my youtube channel or after the jump here on the blog. There you will also find a written step by step instructions. This week's free download comes with a flat sketch of a dress in 3 colorways. The file also included various flat Gingham swatches and multiple colorways of the textured Gingham swatch. Have fun using them as is or taking them apart. Free Resouce Vault (click here).   flat sketch template gingham dress

#17 is adding a little pop to your text across your garments. You can see the difference at the beginning of the video between regular text and then with the added Fisheye effect in Illustrator. You can view the video on my youtube channel or after the jump here on the blog. There you will also find a written step by step instructions. This week's free download comes with a flat sketch of a tee in 3 colorways. Use it to see your text effect in action right away. These are available for download and for taking apart in the Free Resouce Vault (click here).   flat sketch template long sleeve dress with scalloped lace edge brush

Have you tried distressing your flat looking technical denim flat sketches inside of Illustrator? It's quite easy by adding a little bit of a wash to it. Here are the step by step instructions or watch the video below: To see the results, make sure you have a denim swatch or flat sketch with denim underneath. You can also use a sold blue, but that doesn't let you see the real effect. In Adobe Illustrator: Step 1. Use your Ellipse tool to draw an oval. Use a white fill and no stroke. Step 2. Select the oval with the selection tool. Step 3. Go to Effect> Blur> Gaussian Blur  Step 4. Click on the Preview button in the Gaussian Blur options Step 5. Slide the Radius slider a little at a time from the left (no blur) to the right (a lot of blurs) to see the effect Step 6. You can press OK when you are satisfied with the result You can view the video on my youtube channel or after the jump here on the blog. This week's free download comes with a denim pant flat sketch, a wash for you to pick apart, and a seamless denim swatch in 3 colorways. These are available for download and for taking apart in the Free Resouce Vault (click here). flat sketch template long sleeve dress with scalloped lace edge brush