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Adobe Illustrator for Fashion

Adobe Illustrator for Fashion

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Kenny Macleod


This Adobe Illustrator course will give you a strong grounding in the tools and features of the programme, progressing to teaching you how to produce vector flat design drawings of garments and accessories for spec sheets. Emphasis will be placed on learning to use the pen tool to draw designs freehand and also to trace hand-drawn designs and scanned surface textile designs and photographs. You will learn how to use the colour tools to create customised colour harmony palettes and design ranges in multiple colourways. Furthermore, you'll arrange your designs with text annotations in a spec sheet and export them in PDF and other formats for distribution. Finally you will learn how to use Adobe smartphone apps for iPhone and Android to capture colour themes, brushes and shapes that can be used in your Illustrator design details and patterns.

The course will include:

  • Introduction to the work area, toolbox and palettes
  • Vector graphics including paths, fills and strokes
  • Using the selection and shape tools
  • Using the pen tool for lines and curves
  • Tracing scanned hand-drawn fashion designs, surface pattern designs and photographs of garments
  • Sketching garment flats
  • Using layers to organise designs more efficiently
  • Adding, subtracting and intersecting vector shapes using the pathfinder palette
  • Creating customised colour palettes for swatches and pattern tiles
  • Creative fashion design with Illustrator
  • Using the text tool to annotate final designs
  • Using Adobe smartphone apps for iPhone and Android for your Illustrator design details


Beginners. Please note this is a fast paced course and requires students to be computer literate.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutor Description

Kenny MacLeod studied fine art at Goldsmiths College, London and Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. His work has been exhibited in the UK and abroad including commissions for Bloomberg SPACE, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam and is held in the collections of the Arts Council England, British Council, Rijksakademie Amsterdam and The Wonderful Fund, London. In 2013 Kenny won the BUFVC Courseware and Curriculum Non Broadcast Award in 2013 for and cameraman and editor at London College of Fashion. A fellow of the Higher Education Academy he gained his PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education in Art & Design in 2009 and more recently completed his Masters in Post-Production Editing at the Media School, Bournemouth University in 2014.

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In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • Notebook and pen
  • Blank CD-Rs/USB memory stick
  • Images or examples of your own designs (optional)

As part of your research you will be required to do some printing. Please bring a small amount of cash to the course on your first day to credit your printing account.  It is unlikely you will need to spend more than £5.

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