Illustrator for Flats and Fashion Illustration

This 4-day course will help you to create fashion flats, repeat patterns and vectorising complex designs.

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Professional presentation of your work is essential in conveying your brand and product range and Adobe Illustrator plays a vital role in this. Flats and Fashion Illustrations are the essential tool for communicating the specifications and look, and they are the basis for garment construction and the visual presentation of collections.

Over this extended 4-day course, students will learn how to create basic flat drawings and illustrations, apply colour, patterns and add specifications. Under the supervision of our expert tutor, students will have the opportunity to practice and develop the practical skills taught and learn how to prepare the designs for publication and print.

The course covers the following main topics:

  • Create a professional workflow and Illustrator set-up for fashion flats and illustration
  • Create flats and fashion illustrations from a scanned image, using an array of different tools and techniques
  • Apply colour and patterns using industry-relevant colour skills and pattern repeats
  • Apply specifications for garment construction and presentations
  • Visualise your ideas and learn ways to prepare your files for print and presentation

This course is suitable for beginners, as a refresher or for those with a basic knowledge of Illustrator. The content is suitable for people working in the fashion and/or textiles sector, students, tutors or anyone interested in improving their computer design skills and learning techniques in Illustrator. Participants are required to have good computer skills and should feel confident using design software.

Essential information

  • Please set up a file storage account with Dropbox on which to save your work or bring your login details if you already have one. For security reasons, USB sticks and external devices cannot connect to our computer network and will not work.
  • You will need an Adobe ID. Please set this up before the course starts at and select ‘Get an Adobe ID’. Make a note of your ID and password and bring them with you. If you already have an Adobe ID, please check if your ID still works. You do not need to subscribe to the software as it is free to use when studying at the Museum.
  • Please bring a notebook and pen.

Our short courses are a great value way to learn essential design software. This course is taught in the Museum’s IT suite using the latest Adobe Creative Suite software on newly installed PCs and 24” 4K Ultra HD monitors. Led by our team of highly experienced tutors, tuition is in small groups with a focus on your particular learning requirements. The Fashion and Textile Museum is part of Newham College London.

About the tutor

Manu Hecht has been teaching the Adobe Creative Suite at the Fashion and Textile Museum for over nine years. She specialises in digital design applications for the creative industry, such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. She has worked in the fashion and textile sector for over 20 years and is also a lecturer for FE and university.


The Fashion and Textile Museum operates in line with all government guidance in relation to COVID-19. We regularly review our procedures and practices in order to ensure the safety and well-being of our visitors and staff. If you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive, please do not visit.

Confirmation email: Once you have made a booking, you will receive a confirmation email detailing all the information you will need prior to your course. You will also receive a reminder email one week prior to your course.

Registration: Please check your confirmation email for the registration time of your course. If the registration time for your course is before 11 am, please ring the intercom on arrival. For health and safety reasons, it is not possible to admit participants earlier than the registration time.

On arrival: Upon entry, please present your ticket(s) on your device or a note of your booking reference number. For any subsequent sessions, please give your name at the front desk on arrival.

Eating and drinking: No food or drink is permitted in the Museum, other than bottled water. The Fashion and Textile Museum is located in the heart of fashionable Bermondsey Street, surrounded by award-winning restaurants, cafes and pubs. So if you would like to enjoy a meal or a drink before or after your session, check out what’s on offer.

Please note that you are welcome to view the current exhibition when studying at the museum, but be aware that the exhibition space is closed on Mondays.

For more information, check out our plan your visit page or our FAQs.

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