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Survival guide to Adobe Max And Is It Really a Creativity Conference? | FREE – PDF Overview with links to resources (Short)

Whether you're heading to Adobe Max for the first time this year or are a veteran and want to reminisce and share your thoughts with me, this blog post is the place to be. I'll share below all the highlights, tips, tricks, and ups and downs that I experienced at Adobe's yearly creativity conference over the years.

This blog post is going to be a long read ( 20 min) with lots of visuals and two videos. I summarize my survival tips at the bottom of the post. At the end of the post, I also break down my thoughts on Adobe Max for fashion and textile designers. Just in case you were wondering if it's for you and should you go?

Alternatively, grab a summary and links to resources. This summary breaks down the sessions and makes it easier to understand what you can sign up for. Click the image below and request the password for the resource vault! Ready. Set. Go!

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The Community Pavilion

To me, Adobe Max has two inspiring events happening simultaneously. One is very obvious, and that would be the sessions that are outlined in their catalog when you register. Those are broken down in many different ways, and I will speak about a couple of those further below. The second one that might not seem so apparent for newbies is the playground pavilion. The pavilion is where sponsors and other vendors showcase and sell their wares. Also, this is also where Adobe and said vendors create a lot of either educational sessions for their products, where you can meet and chat with authors, artists, podcasters, and even make connections with design teams at bigger companies like Adidas. The vendor-sponsored welcome reception is a great evening to walk around and see the entire place on the first night and see what you want to come back for on the following two days. The pavilion is also a place where you can create things. Here I have screen printed tees and postcards, created a mosaic type mini painting as part of a mural against bullying, have heat seat images onto metal via a process that I can't remember the name of right now, and many other fun things.

The pavilion is also a place to recharge your batteries, your devices and your body. Last year they had a oxygen bar with flavored oxygen that you could inhale through your nose. I am sharing a pics somewhere below of that. Kind of yucky at first but felt like a boost of some sort (coffee like?).

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Video and download – Week 15 – Beginner – How to flip and reflect brushes in Illustrator for scalloped edges along flat sketch edges – 52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series

Does your Illustrator brush give you a hard time when you have to reflect it to the other side of your flat sketch? Sometimes we don’t notice this until our brush has two different edges and the reflected copy comes out upside down. In this week’s tutorial, I am explaining how to fix this with two different methods. 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 dress flat sketch, a brush in 3 colorways, and a print in 2 colorways as well and these are available for download and for taking apart in the Free Member area (click here).

flat sketch template long sleeve dress with scalloped lace edge brush

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Video and download – Week 14 – Advanced – How to distribute and align objects around a circle in Illustrator – 52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series

Today we are going to use a method to create a even distribution of any one or multiple object around a circle. This comes in handy when we create elaborate designs, trims and layouts for our fashion flat sketching in Illustrator. I dare you to try and do this manually. You can view the video on myyoutube channel or after the jump here on the blog. This week’s free download comes with a flat sketch, two brushes, one is a stretch stitch brush and the other is a rasterized rhinestone brush and these are available for download and for taking apart in the Free Member area (click here).

flat sketch jumper overall pantsuit with rhinestones free download template

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2 Videos and download – Week 13 – Advanced – How to create a clipping mask from multiple objects on a skirt flat sketch in Illustrator -52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series

Having problems with clipping masks? Or fantasizing of more options when clipping one part at a time? There are 2 videos today diving into advanced clipping masks. The download today is a skirt flat sketch with clipping mask of brush strokes. 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).

flat sketch v neck top with ribbed binding

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Video – Week 12 – How to draw inside or create a clipping mask on a v neck flat sketch with ribbed binding in Illustrator -52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series

What sounds easier? Draw inside or create clipping mask?. Today we are going to learn how to use the draw inside feature in Illustrator to draw a ribbing right inside of a binding. The download today is a V- neck top flat sketch with a striped print and BONUS brushes. 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).

flat sketch v neck top with ribbed binding

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Video – Week 11 – How to transparency on fill without affecting the stroke on a rain coat flat sketch in Illustrator -52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series

We are in a rush today, why because it’s Week 11 and it’s a short quick tip that will help you one day. This week’s tip will help you keep your stroke or outlines on your flat sketch, while changing the transparency on the fill or inside. The download today is a rain coat flat sketch with mesh like raindrop print. 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).

flat sketch coat rain coat fashion

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Video – Week 10 – How to create varying length for pant flats in Illustrator -52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series

Week 10 is going to show you how another method of modifying existing flat sketches into a new style. This week there is a BONUS download of 3 prints. You can watch the video on our blog below or 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).

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Video – Week 9 – How to color block/ cut existing flats in Illustrator -52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series

In week 9 you will take an easy tip and transform your existing flat sketch into a new style. 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).

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Video – Week 8 – 52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series – How to create a realistic looking puffy quilt stitch for fashion flat sketch

Week 8 is here and while I try to make the videos really short, I can’t help but want to share so much information with you. I am limiting myself this week to showing you the creation of a realistic looking stitch pattern brush. But the files that are available for download are packed with goodies. There are 2 different quilt patterns and 1 realistic looking stitch pattern brush. You’ll see in the video what I mean by that. 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 7 free fashion flat sketch box pleat brush adobe illustrator
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Video – Week 7 – 52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series – How to create a box pleat brush for a flat sketch

Box pleat brushes can be used year around in many different ways in fashion design. Whether it is on a short skirt in summer or on a long woolen dress in the winter time. Learn how to create a brush and the tiny tricks to fix little annoyances such as lines or gaps and openings. Learn how to reuse components to make different styles of box pleats. 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).

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