Hi all – today I’m excited to announce something else I’ve had in the works for a while – PDF pattern services and classes for aspiring PDF pattern designers!
When I started trying to make my first PDF pattern, the resources were wide and scarce. I compiled some of them here, but since then I’ve learned a lot just through my own trial and error, as well as some books I’ve purchased and other internet resources I’ve found. And I now have a system that works pretty well for me. So I thought I’d take some of the guesswork out of this endeavor for others, and share what I’ve learned. Because the teacher in me might be out of the classroom, but that just means the whole population of the internet are my students now.
I have a course called Creating PDF Patterns+ Pattern Grading available now to teach you how to scan, digitize, format for printing, and draft within Illustrator to create your own PDF patterns and then how to grade them. The course is taught through a combination of written course materials and video, and each lesson includes printable resources.
This is the course I wish I had been able to find when I started – it covers only what you need to know in Illustrator as a pattern designer, not all the other bells and whistles that graphic designers love about it. It is a vast program capable of a lot, but there are only a few tools needed as a pattern designer. So instead of sorting through hundreds YouTube or Vimeo videos about how to use it, and googling to figure out how to do what you want to do, I’ve focused the content for you – this is just what you need as a pattern designer.
I decided to focus on Illustrator for a few reasons:
- It’s what the most professional independent pattern designers I know use
- It’s the most accessible tool for beginners – yes there are workarounds that allow you to use Photoshop, but I don’t think building your potential business is where you want to be using workarounds that might affect your product quality. And there are also CAD software programs, but the price range is way out of the league of most people starting their own businesses.
- It’s stable software. I tried Inkscape before I committed to Illustrator, but it crashed on me constantly.
- Adobe now offers subscription services, which means that even if you can’t afford the huge price tag on the software, you can get access to it through their Creative Cloud on a monthly basis for a much more reasonable fee.
The right software and the tools to use it are an investment in your business. As businesses go, I still think a monthly subscription and the price of a course are super low startup costs.
Finally, I’ve had several fellow bloggers ask me about pattern digitizing services, but I no longer have the time to offer this service.