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3 Videos – Week 5 – 52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series – How to create a sparkle (shiny) sequins brush with pixels (scanned or photographic details)

During this week’s tutorial(s), I hope that everyone walks away with something they have not tried before. We are going to have 3 videos covering the basic flat sequins brush creation, then step it up by dividing the different segments to create a dull sparkle and then in the advanced video we are going to create a brush that uses real images and change the pattern brushes’ color right inside of Illustrator. You can watch the video on our blog below or on our youtube channel. The files  that I am using in the video are available for download and for taking apart in the Free Member area (click here). 

Week 5 free fashion flat sketch sparkle sequins brush on crop top
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Video Week 4 – 52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series -How to use gradients, ombre or dip dye effect inside of fashion flat sketch detail

Tada Week 4 is here of our 52 week series of Illustrator tips for fashion design. Join in anytime. Watch the videos on our blog below/ youtube channel. The files  that I am using in the video are available for download and for taking apart in the Free Member area (click here). 
Week 4 free fashion flat sketch ombre sweater gradient
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Video Week 3 – 52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series – Dress fashion flat sketch cascading ruffle details – Rotate print inside of flat sketch detail

Week 3 is here of our 52 week series of Illustrator tips for fashion design. Join in anytime. Watch the videos on our blog below/ youtube channel. The files  that I am using in the video are available for download and for taking apart in the Free Member area (click here). 
52 weeks fashion flat sketching
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Video Week 2 – 52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series – Dress fashion flat sketch tiny triangles details

Week 2 is here of our 52 week series of Illustrator tips for fashion design. Join in anytime. Watch the videos on our blog below/ youtube channel. The files  that I am using in the video are available for download and for taking apart in the Free Member area (click here). 
52 weeks fashion flat sketching
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Video Week 1 – 52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series – Coat fashion flat sketch details

Today we are starting our 52 week series of Illustrator tips for fashion design. Join in anytime. Watch the videos on our blog below/ youtube channel. The files  that I am using in the video are available for download and for taking apart in the Free Member area (click here). 
52 weeks fashion flat sketching
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Tropical Fusion BlogHop 2014

The Surface Design Process explained in pictures:

  pantone color of the year 2014 radiant orchid 

Remember the year that Radiant Orchid was the color of the year? Well it inspired a textile design process from hand sketch to digital results. See photos of the entire process below. SCROLL NOW!


Hello and thank you for visiting, you landed on our blog hop. For those of you that do not know what a blog hop is, its a collaboration of bloggers (and designers in our case) that blog about the same topic and create a loop that you can follow. This blog hop is a group of 40 international designers and spread out over 4 days. You can follow along on our design and thought process  journey and see how the same color and inspiration will result in many completely different designs.

At the bottom of this post is the link to hop to the next designer's entry, or if you would like to start at the beginning of the blog hop you can click here and visit surface designer Mary Tanana's blog

Update as of July 2018 the loop is not longer functioning all the way around. BUT MARY TANANA has a list with all the blog links.

 

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How to trace an image in Illustrator or how to vectorize

after a long night of adobe illustrator for beginner online webinars, i am still inspired to share what we created working into the late night hours. the above image is an example of how adobe illustrator’s live trace or rather image trace function is quite powerful and creates great and very close to original image renderings as vectors. however the problem comes in when the original image is already pixelated and that the tracing results in color will try and imitate the look of the individual pixels and that it becomes a nightmare to handle as vectors. Continue reading “How to trace an image in Illustrator or how to vectorize”

Recommended Online Pattern (Surface) Design Classes – Free To Inexpensive

Updated this post on 8/8/2018 - New course information and Free Summary PDF Download/ Majo's class has been removed by her for now. But it's still a great read.

When I first wrote this blog post, I didn't have a public surface design course on my site nor did I have the resource vault filled with some of the resources mentioned on my blog. Enjoy!

  • Scroll down for visuals of the Adobe Max pattern people class that I was looking forward to taking a couple of weeks ago (or rather years ago by now). Thank you to everyone who suggested which designs to submit, Unfortunately the class was structured a lot different from what I thought and I did not get to use them. More about that below. 

If you have never heard of Adobe Max check out this handy summary of resources I collected there and why it is called the creativity conference along with some new technology - nerdy findings that I mention. It's in the vault. Sign up and grab the key by clicking on the image. I am overdue for writing a blog post on this. SO stay tuned, the summary is a guide that could help you convince your boss to pay to go and learn there, but the blog post would share more about all the fun I have at Adobe Max.

Creativity conference

But first, let me introduce you to a class that I am really looking forward to from a fellow surface design virtual friend of mine. Her name is Majo Bautista a Colombian fashion, textile & surface pattern designer. She has been such an excellent source of resources, advice, and inspiration in one of our online groups. So inspiring at times that I have been very curious about her design process, I believe that she will give so much information in this online course that I might sign up myself (Since Majo's course is not currently available I'll just show you some of her inspiring visuals and add one of my free YouTube tutorials below my recommended classes)

I always feel that even though I have been teaching Adobe Illustrator & Adobe Photoshop for years, it's important to occasionally peek into another's designer's workflow. There are so many tiny nuggets of valuable information that can be discovered when watching someone else being creative.

Surface design pattern online class

I loved Majo's course image. It shows her style really well and one can see clearly the type of patterns that she taught during the course.

Sketchbook exercise

In this photo Majo's shared how she uses her hand sketches to start her design process. 
As promised, here is a free video that you might want to watch. It's using the free templates that anyone can use from Madpattern.com.

On to Adobe Max's session that I attended YEARS ago. Here are some pictures with description of the class in 2013. Some might recall that I submitted some of my doodles to them to see them being put into repeats. I imagined that we would see a lot of examples of our designs being put into repeats, but this class was a lot more, like a pattern history and background information on pattern people than a tutorial based class.
These three pics are the three very clean designs that were made into a repeat.

surface design components, textile class 1

These are the 3 designs/ doodle from 3 different class participants that were being used.

textile class 2

This is the final "mash up" of the designs.

textile class

And look at it in color!

If you would like to stretch creatively in regards to creating textile - pattern - surface design art, also take a look at the online course that I created right here. The intro is a sample of one of the modules inside. 

online pattern class

Did you enjoy the video and images? Then let me know what you think in the comments below?

top new adobe creative tools for fashion designers

i am still at adobemax 2013 today, but here is a quick roundup on the top 4 creative tools that i am exited about for the apparel industry in regards to adobe programs and now hardware. please let me know what you think and share with me what you would like to see improved or what is your fav new feature? Continue reading “top new adobe creative tools for fashion designers”

Life long learning at Adobe MAX

Updated This Post On 8/8/2018 - Click here to see the visuals of the actual workshop that I attended and grab some goodies.

It's that time of the year again. I am going to Adobe Max next week ( that was in 2013). One of the courses that I am really looking forward to is called: " the power of pattern: how to create & communicate through patterns". The creators of patternpeople, which is a very inspiring and informative website, are offering this course. They asked us to send them 2 (maybe 3) black and white "seeds".  They are then going to show us how to make patterns with them.

Here is what their email to us said: " We're looking for simple doodles - from geometric shapes to squiggly lines" below you can see art that I am considering to use?  Which 2  should I submit?

which design seed for textile print design should i pick