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.
Erica Horne Founder of CAD for Fashion
Would you like to know what a plugin is and how it can help with fashion design? Take a look!
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.
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.
Here are the plugins we recommend for fashion designers, including the ones used in our Kimono workflow!
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 managerLearn more about Texturino »
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 graphicsLearn more about MirrorMe »
A more natural and easier to drawing tool
Ideal for stylus devices e.g. Wacom, Surface Pro
Spend less time: trimming, joining and lining up points and pathsLearn more about DynamicSketch »
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 ownLearn more about Reform »
Interactive small group courses and 1-2-1 tuition run live via Zoom, ensuring you get personal support as you learn and work on creative briefs set by our expert tutors.