Illustrator for Fashion Design

0800 156 0777

Learn to use Illustrator for fashion design

Our one day Illustrator for Fashion course is aimed at designers working in the fashion industry, that have completed the Illustrator Getting Started beginners course or have equivalent experience and wish to learn specific techniques for Fashion design.

During this course you will learn how to use Illustrator to create flats, drawing items such as shirts, skirts, and trousers. You will cover working with custom brushes to create things like zippers, stitching, lacing and more.  Illustrator features covered include things like custom brushes, symbols, libraries and patterns as well as many others.  In addition to the regular tools found in Illustrator you will also be introduced to a number of extensions which lend themselves to using Illustrator for fashion design.

Private Tuition (from £495 + vat)

This course is available either as one to one tuition or as a closed course for your team. This can be done at our centres in London and York or your location.

In order to ensure you get exactly what you need, you can speak with our instructors to ensure the course is customised to your needs. Call us free on 0800 156 0777 or LiveChat to speak with one of our team.

The Illustrator for Fashion course covers a range of intermediate Illustrator topics which are especially suitable for those working in a fashion design environment. The standard topics we cover are listed below.

Illustrator for Fashion

Image tracing and importing

  • Tracing your sketch
  • Colouring-in your sketch
  • Sketching directly within Illustrator

Drawing flats

  • Drawing a T-Shirt
  • Adding sleeves
  • Drawing the back view
  • Adding the neckline
  • Drawing skirts, trousers or dresses
  • Drawing a blazer or jacket

Drawing a Croquis

  • Drawing a figure
  • Tracing a Croquis
  • Using multiple fills and strokes
  • Adding features, eyes, nose and mouth
  • Drawing hair
  • Highlights and shading

Working with Custom Brushes

  • Types of brushes
  • Using and editing brushes
  • Creating stitches
  • Making a zigzag brush
  • Making an overlock brush
  • Making a zipper brush
  • Saving and loading brushes
  • Using the Blob Brush to create drawstrings and lacing
  • Creating brushes with Adobe Brush CC

Working with Symbols

  • The benefits of using symbols
  • Saving and loading symbols
  • Creating rivet and eyelet symbols
  • Creating a basic button symbol
  • Creating a zipper pull symbol
  • Creating buttonhole symbols
  • Creating symbols for drawstrings and lacing

Organising your work

  • Using guides
  • Using layers to organise designs more efficiently
  • Creating customised colour palettes for swatches and pattern tiles
  • Working with Libraries
  • Using the text tool to annotate final designs

Extending Illustrator

  • Using a graphics tablet
  • Drawing your shapes with a pen
  • Useful Illustrator extensions for fashion designers
  • VectorScribe
  • DynamicSketch
  • MirrorMe
  • Phantasm
  • InkScribe
  • Denimaker
  • ColliderScribe

Sharing and Output

  • Presenting and Sharing Your work
  • Presentation and layout styles
  • Saving for print and email


The Illustrator for Fashion course introduces a variety of skills for those who already have some experience of using Adobe Illustrator and are working in a fashion related area.

You will learn

  • How to turn your sketches into basic vector shapes
  • How to colour-in your sketch
  • How to create sketches from scratch within Illustrator
  • How to create flats within Illustrator
  • How to add features like eyes, nose, mouth, and hair to your sketch
  • All about the different brushes available within Illustrator
  • How to make your own, custom brushes
  • The best ways to organise your work effectively using artboards and layers
  • How to use a graphic tablet with Illustrator
  • About some very useful plugins for Illustrator that lend themselves to Fashion work
  • How to print, export, and share your work

Our scheduled courses are designed to ensure you have a professional and productive experience.  With 20 years practice we have had plenty of time to get it right, but we are always open to new suggestions as well.

Reasons to choose Highlander for your Ilustrator training

  • A proven track record - Highlander has been established for 20 years.
  • High quality instruction - All of our instructors are Adobe Certified Instructors.
  • We make sure you are happy - Our satisfaction guarantee ensures you leave with a smile.
  • Follow on support - We give you 12 months post course support.

What you get on a Highlander Course

Start and finish times

Our courses start at 9.30am and typically run until 4pm. The finish time is based primarily on how much information people can retain in a day without being overwhelmed, and can vary slightly depending on individual class size and ability.


Each delegate is provided with use of a computer, setup with the latest version of the software they are learning. Our London centre has a mix of Mac and PC's, so if you have a preference please advise us when booking. Older versions of software can usually be catered for on request.

If delegates prefer to work in their own environment and would rather bring their own laptop that is equally fine.


Hot drinks and bottled water is provided throughout the day together with a selection of biscuits and sweets.  There is a scheduled 15 minute break mid morning and again mid afternoon.


There is a one hour break for lunch to allow delegates some time "off the screen".  Both our centres are in areas which offer a wide range of options for lunch.

In London we are located on Upper Street in Islington which is one of London's more popular locations for eating out, offering everything from popular cafe's and burger & pizza bars through to a wide range of restaurants.  In addition we also have an in-house cafe in the building should you not wish to venture further.

In York we are located on the well known Bishy Road, with a wide range of popular cafe's just a few metres from the front door. The street regularly features in national newspapers and has been described by Wall Street Journal as "an enclave of gourmet delis and cafes" while The Times described it as "York's answer to Notting Hill".

Course Materials

Course manuals / books are provided for all our standard scheduled courses and you get 12 months access to our learning management system which contains a variety of content ranging from video tutorials and refresher exercises through to copies of course slides.

Internet Access

All the machines have full internet access and free wifi is available to use within our centres.

Certificate of Completion

All delegates receive a certificate of completion to show they have completed an Adobe Authorised Training Course.

Who should attend this course

If you have never used the pen tool, and have not worked with paths or adjusted curves before, you should take a look at the Illustrator Getting Started course. If however you are comfortable with this kind of thing and are looking to develop more specific skills that relate to the fashion industry then this course is aimed at you.  You don't need to be an Illustrator expert, and this course is best suited to those who are at an intermediate level and want to move beyond the basics of Illustrator.

The course is very much hands on, and our class sizes are capped at a maximum of 8 delegates in London and 5 in York, ensuring plenty of one to one attention.  The course is also available as a closed course at your own location.