Creating Schematics With Illustrator

Segments make you doubt your sanity? Beziers driving you round the bend? Learn how to make the pen tool obey in this class on drawing garment schematics with Adobe Illustrator. In addition to building pen tool proficiency, class will cover using basic workspace elements like guides and grids; creating and manipulating shapes and points; using fill and stroke options; adding text; using align and distribute tools; scaling, rotating and reflecting objects; and exporting schematics for production.


Laptop with Adobe Illustrator loaded and charged battery, pencil and paper for taking notes.


Adobe Illustrator CS6 or later (Mac or PC) must be loaded on your laptop. You can download a free 30-day trial of Illustrator, or subscribe to a CC plan for as little as 19.99/month. If you are subscribing to CC, make sure you have activated your membership & downloaded the app before coming to class. You must have a basic understanding of how to use computer applications, and do the pre-class homework.

The homework is designed to get you familiar with using Adobe Illustrator on your laptop. You should receive the file from your conference organizer, or you can download it here:
Homework: Creating Schematics With illustrator

Follow-Up Session

Schematics class photoYou’ve taken Creating Schematics in Illustrator, have worked through exercises again, and tried to make your own schematic. But now you have questions: What line weights are best for my company’s patterns? Which type face or size should I use? How do I draw circular garments and dimension lines? This 1-hr follow-up over Skype will cover your questions and problems, using screen sharing to demonstrate solutions. Limited to 5 students; $20. 

Homework: Draw a schematic to screenshare. You’ll get more instructions on using Skype after you enroll.

Next Session: Wednesday, February 15th, 6:00 p.m. Pacific / 9:00 p.m. Eastern

For info about the next session, get in touch.