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Illustrator Class for Fashion & Apparel Design

Illustrator Class for Fashion and Apparel Design - Course Length: 2 days

This Adobe Illustrator training class provides a foundation for creating fashion, apparel, and accessories designs using Adobe Illustrator. Whether you are moving from a proprietary system or CAD to Adobe Illustrator or moving from traditional pen-and-ink to Adobe Illustrator, our specialized Illustrator classes help you master the Adobe Illustrator tools necessary for fashion, apparel, and accessories design.

AGI has trained thousands of fashion and apparel designers around the globe on how to best use the tools in Adobe Illustrator to create fashion, apparel, and accessories using the latest creative tools. Our customers include many of the largest labels and designers in the world, and our global presence has us delivering Adobe Illustrator training from the fashion centers of New York City, Paris, Milan, and Hong Kong. This course compliments the Photoshop for Fashion Design course, which serves as a perfect follow-up to this Illustrator class.

AGI’s curriculum for this Adobe Illustrator training has been designed in cooperation with AGI’s on-staff Adobe Illustrator experts and on-staff Fashion Institute of Technology graduates. This Adobe Illustrator training class is offered as a private or custom class and is focused on your needs to design apparel and accessories with Adobe Illustrator. For private and customized training, contact a training consultant at 781-376-6044.

Illustrator Class for Fashion Design or Textile Design 

This Adobe Illustrator training class is focused primarily on the needs of fashion and apparel designers. If you are looking for a course to assist with textile design, our introductory and advanced Illustrator classes will assist you learn the skills you need to create digital designs using Adobe Illustrator. This fashion and apparel design course will then help you construct your designs into garments.


Please call 800-851-9237 to schedule this training course.

Contact AGI to request course dates.

Fri, Jan 01 2016 - Online

Illustrator Training Class for Fashion and Apparel Design: Course Topics

Module 1: Getting To Know the Adobe Illustrator Workspace

  • Raster vs. Vector
  • Choosing a workspace
  • Opening a file
  • The document window
  • Using Artboards
  • Changing your view
  • The Tools panel
  • Using tools and panels
  • Custom workspaces
  • Customizing keyboard shortcuts

Module 2: Adobe Illustrator CC Essentials for Apparel Design

  • Using the shape tools
  • Constraining a shape
  • Selecting artwork
  • Using shape and transform tools to create artwork
  • Using layers when building an illustration
  • Cutting and pasting objects
  • Repeating a resize transform

Module 3: Working with the Adobe Illustrator Drawing Tools for Apparel Design

  • Working with the Pen tool
  • Tracing images
  • Adjusting the variable width of a stroke
  • Getting rid of stray points
  • Adding Dashed strokes
  • Additional Stroke options
  • Placing an image and using Image Trace
  • Editing existing paths
  • Reflecting and combining a shape
  • More practice with combining shapes using the Shape Builder tool
  • Using brushes in fashion illustration
  • Create new brush libraries

Module 4: Using Adobe Illustrator to Add Color to Fashion Designs

  • Basics of the Appearance panel
  • Creating a colorful illustration
  • Using Live Paint
  • Adding a symbol to your artwork
  • Saving swatches
  • Using the Color panel
  • Adding Pantone colors
  • Taking advantage of the new and improved Kuler panel

Module 5: Tracing Fashion Artwork using Adobe Illustrator

  • Importing images as templates
  • Placing an image using Image Trace
  • Image Trace Options
  • Working with the Method option
  • Abutting vs. Overlapping

Module 6: Using Live Paint in Adobe Illustrator

  • Creating a Live Paint Group
  • Using the Live Paint Bucket
  • Setting color
  • Editing Gap Options
  • Modifying Live Paint regions

Module 7: Organizing Adobe Illustrator fashion projects with Layers

  • Getting to know the Layers panel
  • Using layers to organize your illustrations
  • Using the Layers panel to make selections
  • Creating new layers
  • Moving items between layers
  • Paste remembers layers
  • Template layers

Module 8: Working with Symbols in Illustrator

  • Cleaning out the symbol library
  • Using symbols in the fashion industry
  • Creating symbols
  • Editing symbols
  • Importing a symbol library
  • Using the symbolism tools
  • Editing nested symbols
  • Saving symbol libraries

Module 9: Using Adobe Illustrator Patterns in Fashion Designs

  • Exploring the Pattern Options panel
  • Creating a pattern
  • Applying a pattern
  • Editing a pattern swatch
  • Editing a pattern in an object
  • Editing a pattern's application visually

Our instructors are the authors of numerous Illustrator books. You can see examples of the training materials created by our instructors by viewing our Illustrator tutorials.


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AGI's team of experienced instructors are led by the design and usability expert and best-selling author of more than 20 books including Creative Cloud for Dummies, Creative Suite for Dummies, and Photoshop Digital Classroom. Classes are led by experienced UX professionals who have extensive professional and training experience, and also work in our UX consulting practice