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Adobe Illustrator for Fashion (CAD I): Introduction to Garment Flats

Mickaela Roxas, Graphic Design, Calligraphy

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14 Videos (1h 15m)
    • Trailer

    • Getting Started With Illustrator

    • Selection Tools & Creating Shapes

    • Basic Coloring & Arrangement

    • Unit 1 Deliverable

    • Unit 2.1: Introducing the Pen Tool

    • Unit 2.2: Align & Distribution

    • Unit 2.3: Reflect & Grouping

    • Unit 3.1: The Mirroring Technique Part 1

    • Unit 3.2: The Mirroring Technique Part 2

    • Unit 3.3: Going Further - Long Sleeve Button Down Shirt Part 1

    • Unit 3.4: Going Further - Long Sleeve Button Down Shirt Part 2

    • Unit 4.1: Designing Flats for Bottoms Part 1

    • Unit 4.2: Designing Flats for Bottoms Part 2


About This Class

Creating a garment flat in Adobe Illustrator is the most foundational skill a fashion designer needs to know. A garment flat is a basic digital sketch that displays a garment as if it were laid "flat". It's used to communicate your design idea technically - whether that's to a pattern-maker, technical designer, merchandiser, or manufacturer. Garment flats are also a must-have in any tech pack or fashion design portfolio.

What You'll Learn

In this class I'm going to teach you all the techniques, tips and tricks I wish I knew as a beginner. We'll cover:

  • Illustrator Tools. How to use pen and circle tools needed to create a garment flat.

  • Basic Shapes. How to create the lines and curves that make up a garment flat.

  • Flats for Tops. A more detailed understanding of creating garment flats for tops.

  • Flats for Bottoms. A more detailed understanding of creating garment flats for bottoms.

What You'll Do

You'll be able to apply these skills immediately to your own project: creating a set of garment flats you can share with your classmates for feedback. Looking to get your fashion design produced? Submit your design for funding on Betabrand

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Brilliant Class. never touched illustrator before, but this video showed me how to get started.
This class really helped me a lot with CAD design! Thanks!
Nice detailed step by step tutorial. I'm a beginner with illustrator and learned so much with this lesson. Thanks!





Mickaela Roxas

Graphic Design, Calligraphy

Mickey is the Junior Graphic Designer for Betabrand. Mickey has endeavored to teach herself the in's and out's of designing - without exhausting her life's savings. From tutorials about up-cycling flannel shirts to customizable stuffed-toys, Mickey provides advice that comes straight from her experience as an inspired rookie lost in a world of professionals. Her work and tutorials have been featured on several occasions including The Oakland Tribune,, and

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