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Are you tired of constantly wasting time and feeling uninspired because you are jumping from project to project without getting a rhythm and the design results that you want?
If you are thinking that there must be a better way and that you used to enjoy working in your industry, I want to assure you that this is entirely normal. Here are some of the other thoughts that clients, students, and entire design teams have shared with me:
I feel like a fraud because I don't know the shortcuts, latest updates in the design software I am using, and I haven't changed the way I worked in more than 5 years
I am self-taught and have huge gaps in my know how
I think they are going to fire me because I am too slow
I think they fired me because they think I am too slow
I am highly creative and love coming up with silhouettes and put the fabrics and trims together, but I don't know how to communicate the technical part (or reverse the technical and creative)
I have been stuck in junior (or insert any other fashion market) and really want to cross out and over into temporary design, but I don't know how and that I speak that market's design language and don't have the confidence
I have thought about starting to go freelance but I think it is too difficult
I've been interested in textile design for a while, but I do not know where to start
Everyone's sketches are so different, and there is a lot of problems when we are sharing files
Yes, there is a better way and you can change your work flow. I hear these fears and worries repeatedly, year after year from different people and every time we have found a solution to course correct, improve skills and bring back the joy and confidence in the design process, career, and journey that was chosen.
Here is what has inspired the one of a kind course content found here at FSCHBD's Studio:
My advantage is the immense amount of energy and curiosity spent working 10 + years full-time + freelance + as in instructor in many different segments of the apparel industry. Clients turning into students and friends that confided there fears and ambitions to me. And me not being afraid to ask colleagues on the job questions about their workflows and frustrations.
This has shaped the tons of resources now available in the studio. Never mind my years of attending Adobe Max (read more on my blog) the Creativity Conference and nerd-ing out there too.
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Carey Bennett - Costume Designer (Scrubs, The Office, & Superior Donuts)
Her instruction gets right to the point of what I need to know to complete my specific type of work. Starting as a complete beginner, I quickly and quickly learned how to turn my hand sketches into professional looking designs I could present to clients. She demystified Photoshop for me.
Jessica Mas - Sr. Technical Designer (Juicy Couture)
To anyone contemplating a career in fashion, or merely desiring to improve your marketability in this amazingly competitive field. I recommend seeking out Ludy's courses. As a teacher, she will bring out the best in you and help you develop the skills to bring your creative ideas out onto paper. She is the consummate professional with the talent to inspire you.
Melissa Morin - Associate Designer (Lucky Brand Jeans)
Ludy is the best Computer Aided Design teacher out there. She makes information accessible and easy to remember. This Video Training is the perfect mix of fun and learning, meanwhile preparing you for “real world” scenarios. You can tell that you are learning from an instructor with tons of fashion industry experience.
Here is what's inside the Studio:
Learn on all devices, anywhere at any time.
Inspiration and creative design processes explained.
Downloads of exercise files, slide shows, templates and links to resources. Can be used professionally right away.
Course options for the different stages of creative career.
These are the different categories inside the Studio:
Design - Business - Fashion - Textiles - Photoshop - Illustrator
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Okay, that sounds good, but will this really work for me?
Here's how you can apply this to your life in just three easy steps:
Decide what you want to learn
You can work through entire courses or you can use the handy quick guides to help you find a specific technique that you want to learn.
You can take the courses on any device and anywhere with WiFi.
Use the templates and make them your own
The courses come with the same files that were used during the recordings. But you can easily use what you learn to create your own design.
Take your design flow to a serene place
Finally save time and spent more time doing what you love to do.
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The online training provides you with the complete picture of what you need:
Guided by step by step instructions follow through the entire process from concept doodles to cleaning and recoloring images to creating the trim layout.
Example: By using files that come with each course, you quickly create trim mockups in Photoshop.
Files and practice drills. Hooray!
Learn to use files in varying formats like: ai, psd, jpg, pdf, and more
While learning Adobe Illustrator, you can use templates and files that range from basics to intricate work.
Sometimes you don't even have to make the most common beginner mistakes because you're provided with practice drills to avoid that.
And if you stumble somewhere else, I am only an email away to help resolve any questions you might have.
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But wait there's more! (Don't you just love those late night commercials? NOT!)
Once you move past learning the essentials you can use them in your branding (business or personal) and your social media strategies:
Visuals of slide decks and presentations.
Learn to use software, branding, video, and social media skills, to showcase your talents visually.
With the all-access to the Studio, you will also receive the slide shows and presentations that I use during live-in-person events like:
+ "How To Use Video In Social Media"
Frequently asked questions
How long does it last to get proficient in a software?
The courses on my site, especially the beginner ones, take time to work through, but the time that eventually gets recovered by knowing and feeling confident in your skills will make up for it beyond expectations. While everyone's learning curve varies, I have witnessed participants becoming well versed in Adobe Illustrator in as little as six committed hours or taking three times as long. It depends on a variety of external factors as well as your learning style.
Who is this not for?
If you are trying to be clever or find a magical solution that lets you skate by under the radar, then this training is not for you. What I mean by that is that I have met designers that are not willing to take the time to invest in learning how to work digitally and want a quick fix or band-aid solution to their problems.
"Show me how I can quickly fake it!"- This and similar requests have come my way a couple of times by people that are not interested in understanding the techniques that will last a lifetime.
Will this be any fun?
Once you overcome the initial learning curve (widespread initial uphill battle), you will have fun. Try to have fun in the meantime too, but: Yes!
And HERE IS WHY:
Yes, you will gain Fluency in software that is a global industry standard around the world which will give you a chance to focus on fresh ideas.
Will I need to have the latest Adobe Software?
You can start out with Adobe CS4. There is a initial learning curve of basics that has not changed. However so many of the intermediate to advanced techniques are based on tools that have been released later. When you reach that point you can always decide to subscribe to the Adobe Cloud which allows you to access the latest version of all Adobe programs.
What is the difference between lifetime, monthly, and yearly Studio access?
The short answer is that lifetime access is a one-time payment vs. monthly, and yearly options are recurring payments (subscription plans). Subscription access to the online content is only active during the time that the users' subscription is active. The lifetime access means that as long as FashionChalkboard.com exists online, the access is active to the content that was advertised at the time of purchase. In addition to that, lifetime access means that if FashionChalkboard.com is discontinued, the member will be notified and will receive instructions to download the content to keep forever (download to be completed within three months).
In regards to learning styles here are some thoughts. A person that learns really quickly and wants a refresher here and there and likes jumping around content might benefit from the monthly option. A person who wants to concentrate on a specific course or wants to take their time might want to consider the yearly or lifetime options. Annual vs. lifetime choices also depends on how many courses are interesting to you.
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