CAD For Fashion

About Cad for Fashion

At CAD for Fashion, we are passionate about embracing technology and innovation to create sustainable change in the Fashion and Textile industry. However, we know full well that it's not an easy task keeping up with the ever-changing world of creative, digital technology.

We have made it our mission to be the industry's approachable experts; inspiring confidence and empowering people to explore and enjoy being creative digitally. The tools you use should never hold you back.

“Illustrator should be a designers best buddy not their nemesis! As a designer myself I know the struggle”

Erica Horne Founder of CAD for Fashion

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What is a plugin?

Would you like to know what a plugin is and how it can help with fashion design? Take a look!

CAD for Fashion + Plugins

The overwhelm is real when you are learning how to use lllustrator. This is particularly true for fashion designers who have spent their education working with paper, fabric, paints and pins!

Once a designer gets to industry the realisation of a life spent creating your designs on a computer sets in and the struggle begins.

Plugins are powerful tools that can make this transition easier, allowing you to concentrate on the design rather than the software.

Benefits of Plugins

Plugins pop up as extra tools and panels inside your usual Adobe Illustrator workspace. They do a variety of different jobs but ultimately they enhance and simplify the things that the software already does i.e. native functions.

As a fashion and textile designer, the aim is to create the best quality designs and visualisations quickly and effectively, which is where these plugins can really help.

From making reflecting super simple, drawing even easier to libraries of easy to re-colour textures and trims... keep scrolling to see what we love about these plugins.

MirrorMe in Illustrator on a Windows laptop
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Which plugins are best for me?

Here are the plugins we recommend for fashion designers, including the ones used in our Kimono workflow!


Textures + opacity brush

Library of easy to scale, seamless fabric textures

Quickly and naturally recolour texures

Add your own textures and even print artwork

Organise your textures in the texture manager

Learn more about Texturino »


Instant symmetry

FREE when you download Astute Manager

Apply easy symmetry without complex groups etc.

Edit and see changes in real time

Perfect for garment flats, patterns and graphics

Learn more about MirrorMe »


Intuitive vector sketching

A more natural and easier to drawing tool

Ideal for stylus devices e.g. Wacom, Surface Pro

Personalise settings

Spend less time: trimming, joining and lining up points and paths

Learn more about DynamicSketch »


Sculpt + manipulate

Re-shape any line with total control and adjustability

Apply repeating profiles to any path i.e. hem lines, fur, stitching

Fill and recolour quickly and easily

Load from libraries or create your own

Learn more about Reform »