How to master Adobe Illustrator to create professional shoe designs

You have not heard from me for a while because I have been VERY busy creating an On-Line course that will be ready to go in a few weeks. I’ve done extensive research and  could not find anything that I would consider enough. As you will know if you are following me already I have done a few YouTubes on how to draw a Derby shoe. I have now created a course that will take you through the process at a good pace with templates and guidelines. The course is available at The Fashion Student’s Hub

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Save time on costly sampling by creating amazing rendered colour shoe sketches in Adobe Illustrator that you can use to promote and sell your new ideas and communicate effectively with manufacturers.

Photoshop – Selection and refine edge – now “Select and Mask”

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I always do non-destructive edits in Photoshop so that I can adjust all images until I am happy with my final image. I will then save the original version and I will also save the image as a JPEG file. I would suggest you download a quality image with some good contrast to follow along with my video

“Select and Mask is a great way to edit your selection professionally!”

Image size for mood boards

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Finding good images to create mood boards is very difficult. I think it is so important to understand image size and the final output of the mood board first. Will your mood board be electronic? Will you be putting it on a Pinterest page? Are you going to use your Mood board for a printed presentation? In this blog I will discuss how and where to look for good images.

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Understanding composition and mood boards

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What is a mood board? Why do we create them? What are the design principles we use when creating a mood board?

Once you have finished the mood board reflect on the following questions:

  • Have I created an easy reference tool to use when developing my range?
  • Have I reflected on the season and target customer?
  • Have I finalised my colour palette?
  • Have I used the most important images?
  • Have I summarised the theme?