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Fashion Design using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional / Short course
  • Course Fee:

    Available at no cost to eligible individuals (see criteria below).

  • Start Date(s): Next course dates to be announced soon
  • Duration: Wednesdays 6 - 8.30 pm, ten weeks (TBC)
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
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  • Entry Requirements:
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Please note: This course is delivered through the Enterprising Ashfield project, which is funded by the Government's Towns Fund. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is pleased to offer free (fully funded) places on this course to support individuals and employees of businesses that are based in the towns of Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Sutton-in-Ashfield.

The standard fee would normally be £745.

If you are not eligible for the Enterprising Ashfield project take a look at our professional short courses - CAD for Textiles and Fashion Print Design and CAD for Textile and Fashion Print Design Intensive

Textile and fashion businesses can benefit significantly from Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills; learning how to create digital designs and patterns can help reduce the time and costs associated with traditional design processes.

This course provides a solid foundation in top industry-standard software tools essential for fashion design professionals, using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

By learning these skills, employees can improve their job prospects and career development opportunities, whilst employers can enhance the overall efficiency and profitability of their businesses.

Whether you are an aspiring fashion designer or someone interested in learning digital design skills for the fashion industry, this course is your gateway to success.

On this course you’ll explore the basics of the software and learn how to apply these tools specifically to fashion design.

You’ll learn how to create and edit digital designs, add colour and texture to your designs and learn how to work with different file formats, prepare designs for printing and create technical specifications and production-ready files.

You’ll produce industry-standard working drawings and production sketches, whilst learning the essential functions of the software that will make your life as a designer simpler and more efficient.

What you’ll study

What you'll study:

During the course you’ll learn how to create digital designs and patterns using Adobe software.

You will be guided through a series of hands-on projects and exercises, allowing you to develop skills in designing, illustrating and manipulating digital fashion creations.

It’s tailored specifically for textile and fashion businesses and enthusiasts looking to gain the essential skills and knowledge required to create digital textile and fashion designs.

During this course you will:

    Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

    • User Interface: Navigating the Illustrator interface and understanding the tools.
    • Manipulating Shapes: Creating and manipulating basic shapes, lines, and paths.
    • Swatches: Understanding colour modes, working with swatches, and applying fills, strokes, and gradients to enhance your designs.
    • Layers: Working with layers and arranging your workspace effectively.
    • Digital Mood Boards: Creating inspirational digital mood boards.

    Fashion Illustration Techniques:

    • Flats/ CAD’s and Illustrations: Learn how to create proportional digital representations of your designs and tips and tricks to improve your illustrations.
    • Details & Textures: Use digital tools to create texture, print and details.

    Digital Design & Editing with Adobe Photoshop:

    • User Interface: Understanding Photoshops interface and essential tools for fashion design.
    • Editing and Retouching: Learn how to edit and retouch illustrations, prints and photography.
    • Print Manipulation: How to manipulate and enhance patterns and prints.
    • Exporting: Optimising your designs for web & print.

    Fashion Design Projects:

    • Create mood boards and colour palettes for fashion collections.
    • Design fashion illustrations and technical flats using digital tools.
    • Developing textile patterns and prints for garments and accessories.
    • Construct digital fashion look books and promotional materials.
    • Showcase your fashion designs through digital presentations.

What you'll gain

By the end of the course you’ll have the practical skills required for creating accurate and high-quality textile and fashion designs using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

You’ll leave with an overview of Adobe software packages and understand how you can implement the software in the future.

You’ll also receive a certificate of attendance when you complete the course, which is a great way to enhance your CV.

How you’re taught

In-person from the Summit Centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

Tutor profile: Laura Fish

Laura is a fashion designer who has worked with clients including Ann Summers, Dunnes, Claires Accessories, Debenhams, George, Matalan, Peacocks, Primark, Sainsburys, Smyths and Tesco.

Laura received her Fashion Design with Marketing and Production degree from the University of Huddersfield in 2014.

Her interest in teaching and love for 3D design was further developed while pursuing a Masters in International Fashion Design Management in 2020.

Laura is a tutor at Doncaster College in Digital Fashion Design with extensive teaching experience and a solid foundation in design, pattern cutting, and digital CAD 3D software, she possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to foster students’ growth and development.

Her industry experience in Design and Product Development further enhances her ability to provide her students with technical insights and real-world applications.

Entry requirements

No previous experience with Adobe software is required.

You are expected to have a basic understanding of computers and design principles and should be confident in saving files and simple computer functions.

To be eligible for a place, you must live or work in the towns of Kirkby-in-Ashfield or Sutton-in-Ashfield. To check if your home or work postcode is eligible visit the Enterprising Ashfield postcode checker page.

Fees and funding

This course is available at no cost to eligible participants.

If you are not eligible for the Enterprising Ashfield project take a look at our professional short courses - CAD for Textiles and Fashion Print Design and CAD for Textile and Fashion Print Design Intensive

How to apply

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If you have any questions about this course, you can email or call us at +44 (0)115 848 2813.